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inside poynton february - march 2018


Issue 73

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inside p o y n t o n “Don’t just think it, ink it. Written goals transform wishes into wants, dreams into plans, and plans into reality.”

What’s INSIDE this month

This quote dropped into my inbox recently and it struck me that it’s a great one for the new year. I know we’re already a month in but who says you can’t make a resolution anytime? You might want to achieve something tangible, such as ticking off an item on your bucket list, reaching a health and fitness goal or taking up a new hobby. Or you might seek to change the way you behave or respond to situations, such as trying to be more positive or kind.

4 Diary of a Geeky Knitter

Whatever your hopes and dreams are, making yourself accountable is one of the best ways to make sure they come true. Writing something down is a simple way of doing this but it’s not the only one. Some people choose to tell the world their goals on social media, others just tell a few friends and family.

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One thing is for sure - once it’s ‘out there’ you’re so much more likely to succeed.

43 INSIDE Guide

7 Dementia Friendly Poynton 11 barry’s gardening tips 12 Snowdrop Festival 14 the book group recommends


17 think japan in 2018 21 Puzzles 22 Jake’s Perspective 28 The Walk 30 stay protected when connected


34 park house recommends 39 Just 4 Kids 40 Children’s Activities 50 Puzzle Solutions 53 Useful Numbers 54 Classified Index


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Diary of a geeky knitter Hello dear readers – here’s hoping you made it out on the other side of Christmas with success and a smile, and that you welcomed in the New Year in style! I’m looking forward to new and exciting challenges coming in 2018, as well as getting stressed out even more excited for my (now fast approaching) nuptials in October. I’m sure you will get tired of me mentioning it soon, but until that time, it’s safe to assume I will bring it up at least a couple more times.

Just a couple of Norwegian men

Knock your socks off Before we look forward to 2018, © Practical Publishing Ltd. can I take a moment of your time to quickly glance over your shoulder back at November 2017, because it was in this month that I had my first full knitting pattern published in one of the magazines I work on, Knit Now! I knitted these socks (glamorouspublishing-world-alert – those are actually my feet too! Very last minute photography) using a wool that was specially dyed in order to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Unfortunately, the limited-edition wool is totally sold out now (probably not down to my feet, much as I wish it were) but you can still buy the pattern in issue 81 of Knit Now which you can find online at if you are interested! They were a lot of fun to knit and design, and I look forward to having a few more patterns published next year, so watch this space!

Around the same time that my pattern was out on the shelves in your local supermarket, I attended an event at a wool shop in Warrington (the knitters reading this might have heard of Black Sheep Wools) which was an evening of ‘hygge’ with Arne & Carlos – an internationally acclaimed pair of knitting designers and, in effect, woolly superstars. Don’t let it be said that I’m nothing if not committed to my interests. The talk was wonderful! They spoke about their journey into the industry, and their life in Norway, living in a disused railway station that they renovated for their little corner of Scandinavian heaven, on the edge of the most gorgeous lake I have ever seen, with pine tree forests for miles around. I was blown away by their charm, and the chance to get excited over knitting with a room full of ladies as excited as I was! If you have always fancied attending an event or workshop that you were unsure of before, I can’t recommend that you get out and do it enough; particularly if it’s something you are passionate about! Keep checking your INSIDE Guide for what’s going on near you. For now, I wish you all the very best for 2018 – I’m off to price up just how much exactly it would cost to move to Norway to knit and drink wine all day long…


TWO DEMENTIA-FRIENDLY GROUPS in POYNTON Just a year ago Living Well and Poynton Golden Memories started dementia-friendly groups in Poynton, meeting on alternate weeks to give weekly provision. Before that people had to travel further afield to find a similar group.

Living Well When Helen and Mike Bradley heard Living Well was looking for volunteer leaders, they gave it serious thought. ‘I don’t like just going to church on a Sunday and sitting down and not doing anything to help in the community,’ says Helen. ‘We wanted to make a difference, and this is a very practical way of doing that. Mike and I lead, but without our team of volunteers Living Well wouldn’t happen. And the single thing that stands out to me is the commitment of the carers.’ Living Well meets fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons in St George’s Hall. Carers bring along the person living with dementia, meet each other, chat, perhaps share similar problems or just enjoy an afternoon out. The pianists Colin Davies and Sylvia Walker play regularly with a medley of well-known songs, while Helen and Mike lead the singing from the front. The tables are set out with percussion instruments and the words of the songs. Everyone joins in, claps and sings along. Those with dementia often recall the words, even if they don’t speak much in between. Faces light up. Tea, coffee and biscuits flow all afternoon. This is followed by a fun session of Hokie Cokie, gentle exercise which raises body awareness and listening. Afterwards there’s a low hum of conversation as people move back to the tables and choose a ‘Break-Out’ activity. Faces remain bright as people concentrate on table-top games like Bendy Dominoes, Connect4,

Living Well: Helen Bradley

jigsaws, colouring in or a craft activity. Living Well has a careful routine of activities which may include a quiz or a visit from another group like Cheshire Dance or the Alzheimer’s Society Support Worker. Each meeting ends with Bingo. Several carers said how much people with dementia like to go out, which isn’t easy in winter; Living Well caters for this need, countering social isolation. Living Well began with the prayers of a number of people who longed to serve the community but didn’t know how best to do it. Now it more than fulfils this heartfelt desire. Living Well: Alternate Tuesdays 2.15 to 4.15pm. Doors open at 2pm, Drop-In. St George’s Church Hall, Poynton, SK12 1NH Phone Helen Bradley 07745 322215 email:

Will you still need me? Will you still feed me, when I’m 64? by Jenny Cooke

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POYNTON GOLDEN MEMORIES It began with a chance meeting between Judy Hatton and Gerald Scriven at the Alzheimer’s Café in Macclesfield and snowballed. Poynton Golden Memories is led by Judy, Edith Clark and Gerald, who are also all carers. They are assisted by many volunteers who do so much and meets fortnightly at The Centre on Wednesdays. Judy writes, ‘We all feel the need to share the journey of this terrible disease with others in the same position. It’s our first anniversary since starting in January 2017 after we’d made a successful grant application to Cheshire East. We quickly outgrew the Methodist Church hall and now meet at The Centre. The aim of the get-togethers is to lighten everyone’s spirits and support our members with laughter, enjoyment, information and friendship. We always start with a hearty sing-song with two accordionists and a tuba! We then have fun with chair games like bat-the-balloon before doing light exercises. Lunch is at 1:00 pm with soup and cake. Afterwards there are crafts, table games, a small pool table and darts to choose from, with Bingo to finish. We organise occasional outings: trips on the Mary Sunley Canal boat, afternoon teas/ brunch at Brookside and a Christmas lunch/ party.’


Golden Memories: Judy Hatton, Gerald Scriven and Edith Clark

The overwhelming impression given by both groups is that the leaders, volunteers and carers all say, ‘Yes! We’ll still need you and still feed you when you are 64, 74, 84 and 94… We are there for you.’ POYNTON GOLDEN MEMORIES GROUP Alternate Wednesdays 11am to 3pm, drop-in £5 per couple, lunch included (arrive by 11.45am if you’d like lunch) The Centre, 107 Park Lane, Poynton SK12 1RB Phone Judy Hatton 01625 879376/ 07768 160095, Edith Clark 01625 875372, Gerald Scriven 01625 875261

Edith says, ‘This has been the best medication ever for me, helping to set up the group. I’ve been a carer for five years and it’s hard work 24/7. You get so tired as they often wake up in the night. It’s not just short-term memory loss but forgetting how to do the most basic personal tasks.’ Gerald agrees. ‘When your loved one first gets the diagnosis, you feel the world’s collapsed…but we try to reach out to as many people as possible in the same situation. The Mayor’s support, donations from many local charities and shops really help to keep things going.’


Judy adds, ‘Once you as a carer pluck up the courage to take your spouse to a meeting you realise how many people are out there with dementia. We really need each other. When you first start to share your experiences, you choke up; you feel as if you’re being disloyal, telling tales about your loved one. But gradually you realise, we’re all in the same position and there are those who are far worse off than you. So ‘sharing the caring’ by talking helps immensely.’

■■ Dementia UK ( ) explains that music accesses different parts of the brain than language. So, music can be used to communicate or engage someone with dementia, even if they no longer speak or respond to other people’s words.

■■ Age UK ( Total number of people with dementia in UK predicted to be over 1 million by 2021. There are no long-term cures. ■■ Alzheimer’s Society ( ) points out that dancing leads to emotional closeness and security. Music requires little or no mental processing. This means that singing doesn’t require the cognitive function which is not present in most dementia patients.

POYNTON – A DEMENTIA FRIENDLY TOWN Sharon Duke, Communities Co-ordinator 01625 872238

barry’s gardening tips february - march 2018

I’m writing this on a rather bleak January morning and trying to recall how the garden will look in a month or so… hopefully better than it does now. I still have a hedge or three to sort out before the birds begin their nest building. Some can start as early as March, so I need to get a shift on. There’s a 14-foot leylandii hedge running along one boundary, which fortunately backs on to the railway line, so I have no neighbours to complain about the lack of light. I also happen to like trains. I cut this once a year using just a ladder with a wooden plank tied across the top to spread the weight as I lean it into the hedge. This is gradually moved along and on a good day I can do it in around 5 hours (plus tea breaks of course). Sounds like hard work and it is, but the sense of satisfaction at the sight of that crisply cut, big green block is well worth it - and knowing I have a whole 12 months before I have to do it again is even better! Speaking of cutting down large things, I have several Fatsia japonica plants which are beginning to take up more than their fair share of space. I love their tropicallooking leaves and robust nature. They thrive in a shady corner and do well in pots (don’t forget the watering). They look particularly good with the leylandii hedge as a backdrop but the biggest is now around 7 feet tall and you have to walk under its canopy to get past. This is creating a lot of shade and the leaves funnel rain water down your neck as you walk beneath. So, using loppers and a small pruning saw I cut the main stems by 50% this week. In the spring they will sprout from the cut ends. One more job done.

Another pruning task to do around now is the Mahonia. They will have finished flowering by the time you read this so it’s the perfect opportunity to lop the tallest stems. You can take them down pretty low if necessary and they’ll shoot back. A tough plant. Another toughie is Wisteria, which can sometimes cause a little confusion. In winter you can see the structure much more easily without the foliage, so January and February are good months to prune. Shorten each of the whippy stems (the long ones that you pruned to 5 or 6 leaves in summer after flowering - you did do that didn’t you?) back to 2 or 3 buds. This keeps the plant tidy and the flowers are less likely to be obscured by leaves. If you’re the lazy type you can forget the summer prune altogether and just cut back (to 2 or 3 buds) around now. Your plant will look messy and be heavier going into the autumn, which means it is more like to be damaged by high winds, so you make your choice. Might be worth noting all this down in your diary so you remember to do it. There is no point mentioning snowdrops (but I already have, so I’ll carry on) as they will probably be on their way out by now but hopefully you managed to bulk-up your collection with a few more pots from the nursery (or garden centre). I ordered 100 plants from a local place (Prestbury nursery). They are grown nearby, lifted and delivered on the same day. I get a phone call, pick them up and plant them on that same day. It’s cheaper to buy them this way. You could put that in your diary for next year as well. Well this bleak morning has turned into a bleak afternoon but there are 101 things to be done out there, so I’d better get that wooden plank out of the shed… if I cut out the tea breaks I may even get the hedge cut before it gets dark!

by Barry Davy email:


National Garden Scheme


On a wintry day in February there is possibly no better activity than being in a National Garden Scheme garden surrounded by hundreds of flecks of white snowdrop heads, creating a carpet of glamour which is a spectacular sight to behold. In 2018, 100 gardens will open for the third annual National Garden Scheme Snowdrop Festival, some with as many as 300 named varieties of snowdrops. Many gardens display a mix of snowdrops, hellebores and other early spring flowers, with the mix of colours making them beautiful to ‘galanthophiles’ and all. George Plumptre, Chief Executive of The National Garden Scheme, says: “During our first Snowdrop Festival in 2016 many of our garden owners were overwhelmed by the amount of visitors that attended their openings. Many remarked that visitors were perfectly happy to wrap up warm and brave the elements to see the stunning view of hundreds of snowdrops on display in a garden.” Visitors to Snowdrop Festival gardens will also have the benefit of knowing that their entrance fee is supporting wonderful causes; the National Garden Scheme currently donates around £3 million annually to their beneficiary charities, which include Marie Curie and Hospice UK.

Bucklow Farm


by John Hinde

Details of all National Garden Scheme gardens opening for the Snowdrop Festival can be found at:

PARTICIPATING GARDENS Nationwide, over 80 gardens are involved in the NGS Festival. Local participants include:

BUCKLOW FARM Pinfold Lane, Plumley, nr Knutsford WA16 9RP Open 25 February 1pm to 3pm, £3.50, children free. It’s just a short drive through the country lanes to this quirky English country garden, complete with the sight of free-range hens set against carpets of snowdrops and spring bulbs. See how Dawn and Peter Freeman have brightened up their winter garden with carefully selected plants providing colour from leaves, stems and berries to brighten the dullest winter day. Light refreshments available and, as a very welcome treat, mulled wine for inner warmth!

WEST DRIVE GARDENS Open 19 February, 1 to 3pm, £3, children free. With displays of hellebores and snowdrops, here are two gardens of very different character, reflecting their

West Drive Gardens

owners’ gardening styles. Although suburban, they are surrounded by mature trees and have a secluded feel. There is a wildlife pond and other water features, though some inhabitants may be hiding if the weather is too chilly. Ceramics and containers with alpines complete the picture. Light refreshments.

RODE HALL - Church Lane, Scholar Green, ST7 3QP) Snowdrop Walks: 3 Feb - 4 March 11am to 4pm Tues- Sat (Closed Mon) Enjoy a beautiful end-of-winter walk for all the family in a wonderfully diverse landscape with over 70 varieties of Snowdrops – one of the largest displays in the country. The terraced rock garden and grotto area are carpeted in snowdrops in February followed by daffodils and bluebells. The tearooms are open serving homemade cakes, light lunches and refreshments. A roaring log-burner in the winter sets the scene.) For opening times and information, please phone 01270 873237, email or visit www. Adults £5/Children £2/Under 5’s free.

Further afield If distance is no object, venture out towards the Wirral peninsula to visit Liz Carter’s NGS garden.

BRIARFIELD - The Rake, Burton, Neston,CH64 5TL Sat 24 & Sun 25 February 1pm to 4pm. Admission £3, children free. One of NGS Cheshire’s most popular gardens, but traditionally a late Spring and Summer event. Liz’s garden is again part of this year’s snowdrop festival. You can also meet Liz in Neston Market each Friday morning, selling her rare and unusual plants (70% to NGS).

the book group recommends Helen Dunmore is adept at peeling back the public record to expose the private struggles of those whose lives are caught up in the melting pot of history, highlighting their small joys and their determination to hold on in the grimmest of circumstances. Her final novel Birdcage Walk did not disappoint. It is 1792, Europe is in the throes of political turmoil. Lizzie Fawkes has grown up in radical circles, where each step of the French revolution is followed with eager idealism. Her mother Julia is a passionate advocate of women’s rights, her stepfather writes rousing republican pamphlets. But Lizzie has recently married Diner Trevant - a property developer who has borrowed massively to invest in Bristol’s housing boom. He has everything to lose from social upheaval and the prospect of war. Soon his plans for a magnificent terrace built above the two-hundred-foot drop of the Avon Gorge come under threat, once-eager buyers retreat, creditors loom, and workmen demand payment. Diner believes that Lizzie’s independent, questioning spirit must be coerced and subdued. She belongs to him, law and custom confirm it, she must live as he wants. What develops is a tense drama of public and private violence and resistance. Incredibly well written, there were times when we felt we couldn’t continue reading - the sense of menace and foreboding was just too great to bear. Dunmore died in 2017 – this was her last book - a great read! Swing Time is the latest novel from Zadie Smith and very much a contemporary work. Two girls, residents of neighbouring housing estates in London, meet as their mothers take them to a community dance class, and recognise in each other the same shade of brown. The unnamed narrator is clever and self-doubting, while Tracey is confident and self-destructive. Subtle class and racial nuances separate them, Tracey’s unstable home has an absent black father and an obese white mother who aspires to “get on the disability”. Our narrators ambitious Jamaican mother and brow beaten East-End father are little better at parenting. The girls are drawn to each other in a turbulent friendship that lasts on and off into their music video and pop culture dominated adolescence. While Tracey pursues her dreams of starring in West End musicals, our narrator quietly rebels, disappointing her mother with her chosen university and then her job as personal assistant to globe-trotting international superstar Aimee. Madonna-like, she combines her music with fashion shows, photography, and the patronisation of a small Gambian village where she builds a school for girls only, before spending a fortune adopting a baby and bringing her back to the west for a supposedly better life. Swing Time has lots of fascinating insights into issues of race, class, gender, celebrity and identity. We did enjoy the book, particularly the childhood episodes. However, we felt that some judicious editing would have brought more focus.


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


by Kristina Hulme

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

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

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

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Jake’s perspective Hi again everyone! The New Year will be well into swing by the time you read this but Happy New Year anyway! I hope you are all well and ready to start the new year with a bang!

the path. Now this is an amazing thing to see but it is also quite intimidating when you know you’re going to have to walk through the middle of them. When I finally reached them I stopped to take a photo which they clearly didn’t like as three of the big ones with antlers stepped forward and started grunting at me. That’s the moment I really started sprinting and didn’t stop for about a mile I was so scared. But later I looked at my phone to discover some great photos. See the one with the antlers! Imagine him after you!

Mustwalkitis is back for the New Year If you have been reading my article since the start around two years ago you will know that my parents have a very serious case of “Mustwalkitis” – that very rare disease which makes the infected person absolutely addicted to walking. Perhaps not surprising then, that my mum decided to plan a New Year’s Day 4-hour walk. At the end of the day I was absolutely exhausted, which is strange because I should be used to it. Luckily though there were loads of us so we had a good laugh. This is us at the trig-point in Lyme.

The Poynton Ghost train A few weeks ago I was out with my mates riding in “the bowl” and playing football at Deva when we witnessed one of the weirdest things trundling past on the train tracks in the creepy mist - a brown and yellow very old fashioned train which was completely deserted, had nobody on it, made no sound and was about a mile long.

Is Mustwalkitis genetic? When I look at my parents stood at the door staring longingly at their walking boots I think “I will never be anything like them”... However, recently I have been finding myself at the top of hills running along with not a person in sight. The other day I was at the top of Bowstones and I saw one of the most incredible things. I looked down to see hundreds of deer just huddled on


Normally I wouldn’t have thought anything of it but one of my mates happens to be very superstitious and believes in ghost trains, so he started saying some really weird stuff and scaring me half to death. Me and my other mates, stupid as we are, completely believed him and were convinced we were haunted until a few days later when he told us it was apparently the wrong colour to be a ghost train. Do you know what though? I’m still not convinced. The things he said seemed too detailed to be fabricated and I’ve never ever seen a train like it before. Have you ever seen a ghost train? In Poynton? If you have, let me know... Once again, Happy New Year and I’ll see you next time!

by Jake Crossley

in touch your local community noticeboard february - march 2018

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCETY ANNUAL EXHIBITION Come and see a fantastic display of photographs produced by the North Cheshire Photographic Society! Our exhibition of members images in Poynton Civic Centre will be open to the public from 10am until 4pm on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 March with free admission. In the evenings of 22nd and 23rd we will be hosting our major photographic competitions featuring the best images from clubs all over the North West and beyond, and all are welcome. Wednesday 21 March evening: North Cheshire Challenge Interclub Print Competition in the evening. Thursday 22 March: Exhibition open and North Cheshire Challenge Interclub Digital Knock out Competition in the evening. Friday 23 March: Exhibition open. Members only Exhibition Dinner and Awards Presentation in the evening.

For more information visit Poynton Civic Centre, entry to the exhibition is free

CORRECTION Dear Sir, I feel the need to correct the author and Peak Ranger re the article entitled “A Cracking Walk to the Edge” in the Nov-Dec issue which refers to Peep O’Day Farm.

Peep O Day East Elevation showing eye window

I am the owner of the property referred to, Peep O’Day Farm situated at the top of Maynestone Road, Chinley and can confirm categorically that the small east facing window referred to in the shape of a human eye very much exists and has not been removed nor ever will be! I have positioned a poster outside my house on Maynestone Road for people to read, as many people stop on their walks to ask me the origins of the name. My research has led me to believe this is the most likely explanation and I believe the eye and inscription was incorporated to commemorate the name when this part of the building was built by the owners in 1841. Hope this clears up any confusion. Dave Botham

HERITAGE GARDEN Poynton’s Heritage Garden will have an official opening on Saturday morning, 14 April, to be performed hopefully by a local celebrity. Finishing touches will be made to the Garden between now and then, and Spring planting will also have been undertaken, to include some sensory plants and herbs. The Garden Committee are looking to involve Poynton’s younger residents at the opening, and steps will be installed to help them access the raised bed. There are plans too for a bug house and a nesting box.

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MAKE THIS DAY COUNT East Cheshire Hospice Poynton Support Group would like to offer a massive thank you to the Poynton Community for their generous support of our recent ‘Make This Day Count’ charity fund raising event. We are delighted to announce that to date we raised over £6,000. We would like to offer special thanks to our local businesses and groups, including Aldi for allowing us to do a bucket collection and others who held fund raising events including Poynton Home Gardeners Club, Poynton Community Art Group, Amanda Holding Fitness, Easy Latin Dance Fit, Vernon Building Society, Serisabelle, Poynton Dippers Swimming Club and Manfords Comedy Club at Poynton Workmen’s Club, A Hundred Endings at Poynton Legion Club, The Cask, Proseal UK Ltd, Poynton Jemmers, Scottish Country Dance. Thanks also go to Wards End Garage, Wish Dental, and Poynton Rambling Club for their generous donations. Also, Magnolia Tree for letting us use their shop front, and all the shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs who had collection boxes or donated raffle prizes. Finally, none of this would have been possible without the tremendous effort from the Poynton community who supported the Hospice by coming to events, bidding for donated items, holding coffee mornings and dinner parties, putting money in collection boxes, buying quiz sheets and donating their small change.

Your generous support will help our Hospice provide care, comfort and compassionate support to those in our community who have life-limiting illnesses

AN UPDATE FROM YOUR MAYOR As my adopted good cause for my Mayoral year, which runs until May this year, I chose the Living Well Dementia Support Group, which holds free drop-in sessions on alternate Tuesdays at 2.15pm at St George’s Church Hall. We are very fortunate in Poynton to have two groups offering dementia support, as we also have Poynton Golden Memories; this is now my other adopted good cause. You can read about both groups on page 7. On 14 November last year I was delighted to report that I had beaten my original fundraising target of £1500, and had been challenged to double this to £3000 - which I did! I have decided that the first £1500 I have raised will be donated to Living Well, while everything I raise after that will be split between Living Well & Poynton Golden Memories. This will help the two groups, both of which are flourishing, continue to deliver their invaluable services!

Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore, Poynton Town Mayor

POYNTON VILLAGE 10K Let’s hope the sun shines on the Poynton 10K like it did last year. If you’re taking part you will already know the date but for spectators it will be held on Sunday 25 March, starting at the Civic Centre and taking in country lanes, the inclines and Poynton Pool.


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REMEMBERING SS STOCKPORT Every year in February, a service is held at Norbury Parish Church to remember the gallant crew of The SS Stockport, which disappeared in the North Atlantic sea on 25 February 1943. Many a man alive today owes his life to the SS Stockport, a vessel which had been chartered from the Admiralty and used as a convoy rescue ship. During her short career, SS Stockport saved more lives than any other vessel in service - on one voyage she saved more than seven torpedoed ships in one day. The crew showed excellent team spirit which reflected in their work and was tragically reinforced when the courageous men went down with the ship on that fateful night. Records state that she was sunk by German U boat U604, while picking up survivors in the Atlantic; two torpedoes hit her bow and neither she, or her crew, were ever seen again.

Stockport in about 1911 doing what she was designed for – taking holiday makers from Grimsby to the Hook of Holland and Germany for holidays.

A model of the Stockport when she was converted to a Convoy Rescue Ship.

Before this the 30-year-old Stockport had saved hundreds of survivors from torpedoed vessels - including 350 from ships lost in attacks on convoy SC107 in October 1942. The Stockport had also been in action the previous August with the destroyer Viscount to locate and drive away the German Veilchem from the edges of convoy ON 122. Her peacetime job had been to ferry holiday makers across to Holland for the London North Eastern Railway, but the 1600 tonne ship, with a top speed of 13 knots, was finally sought out by Hitler’s U-boat fleet. Despite claims that the SS Stockport was a struggling ship, out of its depths in a war dominated by younger more powerful ships, it was one of the most valiant and professional ships in the Royal Navy, and the spirit of its brave men alone helped carry it through the turbulent waters of war. The service this year will be held on Sunday 25 February and will be followed by a march past, then lunch at the Conservative Club with the Mayor of Stockport and invited guests. These include relatives of the crew who were lost, retired seamen from various parts of the north west and members of the British Legion.

The event is organised by the Royal Naval Association Hazel Grove and District branch which meets on the first Monday of the month at Hazel Grove Conservative Club as well as celebrating different Naval occasions throughout the year.


A STROLL AROUND RAINOW This walk is quite short, just under 5 miles, with no steep hills and quite well-defined paths. Use the White Peak map, Ordnance Survey outdoor leisure 24, or Explorer 268. Map Ref. SJ 762952 The walk starts from Smithy Lane, adjacent to the Robin Hood Pub. Rainow is an old parish and straddles the road from Macclesfield for some distance. Originally in Anglo Saxon times it was called Ravenho (the hill of the Ravens.) We walked down Hope Lane, just past the Robin Hood Inn, turning right into Sugar Lane, then passing a fairly new but small housing development and soon left the metalled road to go right past the footpath sign, along an ancient flagged path behind a row of terraced cottages. We passed through a narrow squeeze stile and crossed a small stream running through an area called Hayle’s Clough. On our left could be seen a garden, originally laid out by a wealthy mill owner called James Mellor, sometime in the mid nineteenth century beside his house, still called Hough Hole House. Not only was he a successful business man but also a devout follower of the popular but small Swedenborgian Christian sect, it flourished up to the early 1970’s. The gardens were laid out to follow the


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

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

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

The Walk

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

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


Are you protected when you are connected? It’s Damian from SR Computers here, with some security tips for you. Most of us use a device that is permanently connected to the Internet, either at home, or when out and about. These devices include laptops, smartphones and tablets. It is important to stay safe when using these devices. I have the following tips for you. Always use anti-virus software on all computers and devices. This includes Android phones and tablets. The only ones that really don’t need it are Apple’s iOS devices. Follow these guidelines for ensuring a strong password. Don’t use simple, easy to guess passwords such as names of friends, family and pets. Don’t use words from the dictionary or commonly used passwords such as 12345 or QWERTY. Always use a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. If thinking of - and remembering - passwords seems too much, then try using a password manager. Many are inexpensive or even free. Then you only need remember one master password as the manager generates the other passwords for you as you visit each website. When away from home be extremely careful when using public Wi-Fi hotspots. Never use an unknown ‘Free Wi-Fi’ hotspot. If you are out and about and need Wi-Fi then choose a secure, protected one that you would need a password for. Finally, always use common sense. NEVER click directly on links in emails. Navigate to the required page yourself. Any email from a trusted source such as your bank or HMRC should never provide links in emails but will give instructions on how to access their sites. If you are still unsure contact them by telephone to confirm if the email is genuine. This applies to friend’s emails too. How do you know they have not been compromised?

We hope that you find these tips useful. Remember, I am always happy to help you with any computer security issues.

how many should I see? When looking for a property, it is natural to want to see as many properties as possible before making the “right” choice and common-sense dictates that a handful of alternatives should be viewed before buying. Our job as professional estate agents is to help buyers make decisions that are genuinely in their best interests, which, without our assistance, they might have had difficulty making. So here are some pointers for those buyers who might be struggling to balance the merits of No. 33 with its new kitchen against No.16, with the better garden. First, there is a place for instinct and sometimes the heart should be allowed to influence, if not rule, the head. This is a home after all and not a stock-market share. Ask yourself the obvious question, “Could we be happy here?” However, sometimes you need your head to agree with your heart. Is your favoured property a significant

improvement on where you already live, or are you just being bowled over by a smart exterior or fashionable lighting? Weigh up the important aspects of life – commuting time, school run, parking, entertaining space (although do you really entertain that much?) Satisfy these first before allowing the view or the extra storage space to sway you away from your reason for moving. Finally, you can bet your bottom dollar that if you instinctively like a particular house, other buyers will as well. We usually find that a property that fills most people’s basic needs, as opposed to their wants, will sell very quickly. The more you see, the more difficult it becomes to make a decision at all. So, our advice is this: decide your minimum criteria with your head and once these are satisfied in a property, let your heart take it from there. Happy hunting!

Park House Recommends Gisburn Forest About 10 miles scenic drive from us is Gisburn Forest, which is a great place for walking and off-road cycling. From the car park at Park House turn left and after a couple of hundred yards take the right turn signposted Bolton-by-Bowland. Drive into Bolton-by-Bowland, continue through the village (take a note of The Coach and Horses Pub which is great for lunch). Turn right at the Copy Nook Pub then follow signs for Slaidburn until you come to a fork in the road. Continue right until you reach a cross roads where you go straight across into the start of Gisburn Forest. Drive for half a mile and then turn right into The Hub where you will find a great café and parking. There are three cycle routes – easy, moderate and one for only the fittest and lots of lovely walks through the forest.


Holden Clough Garden centre and Garden Kitchen Café On your way to Gisburn Forest, or when returning, why not call at Holden Clough run by John Foley who was BBC young gardener of the year. Well worth a visit. The Garden Kitchen Café is renowned for its Picnic Table Afternoon Teas – though you may have to book in advance!

Coach and Horses at Bolton by Bowland This Inn has just undergone a total refurbishment and has a lovely bar and restaurant – another tempting proposition.

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need to replace the whole window including the frames and all the hardware, howeverCloudy2Clear have come up with a simple and cost saving solution… Just replace the glass! If you see condensation in your windows just visit our website or give us a call on 0800 61 21 118. We will send out our highly experienced engineers for a free no obligation quote. A Cloudy2Clear quote takes on average no longer than 20 minutes. Once the quote is completed, we will sit down with you and explain the problem and tell you how we can fix it.

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



Poynton Methodist Preschool 7.30am-5.30pm Monday to Friday, Term Time. Off Park Lane, opposite Poynton Civic Hall. Dedicated, caring, highly qualified, experienced staff and superbly spacious indoor and outdoor facilities. High quality care for all preschool children from 20 months to school age. Free first session. Offering the 30hrs Extended Free Entitlement Funding Please call 01625 871115, email or visit our website at

Wiggle Tots Group 9.15 - 11.15am Term Time only. St Paul’s Pre-School, Marley Road, Poynton, SK12 1LY. Maximum 25 children per session, £3 per family. Contact: Clare 01625 858222 or email

St. Paul’s Catholic Pre-School 9-3pm Open Monday – Friday Term Time only. Marley Road, Poynton. A caring and stimulating environment, open to all. Please call ahead from more information – 01625 858222

Sessions: 2-3 ½ yrs (10:15 am and 11am) 3 ½ -5 yrs (9:20am & 11:40am) at the Civic Hall, Off Park Lane, Poynton, SK12 1RB. Term time only. Contact Alick for a FREE TASTER SESSION (subject to availability) on 07961 045330 or Email website;

Playaway 9.30-11.30am Poynton Baptist Church. Contact 01625 859036

tuesday Rhyme Time 10-11am Term time only, open to all preschool aged children and babies. Come and join in the fun of rhyme, music and song. Expand your social network and meet new parents. Pay per week, no termly commitment. Please call 01625 87115, email or visit

Wednesday Bright Stars Toddler Group 9.30-11.00am Term time only, St Georges Church, Poynton. For more information contact Sarah Williams 01625 876889 Pre-School Dance 2-2.30pm Term time only. St Martin’s Church Hall, Shrigley Road North, Higher Poynton. All children welcome from age 18 months. Contact 07903 727763 or email

Thursday Parent & Toddler Group 9.30-11.30am Term time only, Poynton Methodist Church. For more information contact the church office on 01625 871592 Rhyme Time 10.30am Poynton Library. No booking necessary and no charge. All babies and toddlers welcome with parents/carers. Contact 01625 374818


Rugbytots (For Boys & Girls 2 to 5yrs old) Come and have lots of FUN at the World’s favourite Rugby Play programme! Building confidence, Social Skills, Coordination, Teamwork, Colours, Numbers, Shapes and much, much more!

Saturday Baby Ballet & Tap 9-10am The Hockley Centre, Park Lane. Step Ahead School of Dance, contact Natalie on 07799 614260 for further details. Footy Fun – football for boys and girls 2pm-3pm for Y1. 3pm-4pm for Preschool & Reception Poynton Leisure Centre. For more information contact: Jo Sewart mobile: 07733 076 264 or Pete Hayward mobile: 07867 306 356. Methodist Who Let The Dads Out? 9-11am 4th Saturday each month for dads and grandads with their children aged 0-7. £2 per family which includes a bacon butty for Dad and healthy snacks and juice for children. Just turn up. Contact church office 871592. Who Let the Dads Out? 9.30am-11am Second Saturday of the month during term time, St Georges Church Hall, Poynton. For dads, grandads and other male carers and their children aged 0-7 years. £2.50 per family which includes a bacon butty & coffee for the dads and toast & juice for the children. Contacts Sarah Williams on 01625 879277 or email

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february - march 2018

selected events in your area

Thursday 1 February

THURSDAY 8 February

Would you like to meet new friends? Are you over 50 and single? Thursday Group is a friendship group for men and women, with several activities run by the members every week. These include walking, dancing, badminton, theatre and restaurant visits. For more info, see, or ring Mike on 07860 396286, or just come along to new members night on the first Thursday in each month where you will be met by group members. The Bulls Head Pub, 30 Wilmslow Road, Handforth SK9 3EW 8.30pm

Worth Probus Club Bernard Loveday will speak to us on ‘Modern Cardiac Surgery’. Please contact Peter Owen on 01625871574 or for further details. St. George’s Church Hall 2pm

Saturday 3 February Cheshire Sinfonia - Beautiful Music in Bramhall. Beethoven: Overture Leonora no. 3; Sibelius: Violin Concerto – soloist Andrew Long; Brahms: Symphony no. 4 in E minor. Tickets: £12 (Full), £10 (concessions), £3 (students) Reserved tickets available in advance from 07967 852986 or at the door. St Michael’s Parish Church, Robins Lane, Bramhall, 7.30pm

Wednesday 7 February Poynton Local History Society ‘The Lost Corn Mills of Poynton & Others’ is the subject of a presentation to be given by Phil Alexander. Annual membership of the society is £12, and guests are always welcome at £2 per visit. Tel: 01625 872068 St Paul’s Community Room, Marley Road, Poynton, SK12 1LY 7.30 pm

Wednesday 7 February Poynton Philatelic Society As our Guest speaker is unable to attend this evening, we will be having a Members Evening. Some of our members will be displaying their interests which is always an interesting insight into their subjects of collecting material. Ron Phelps 01625 877643 North Room, Poynton Community Centre, Park Lane 7.30pm

Thursday 8 February Poynton Home Gardeners Club. Mr Marcus Chilton-Jones the curator of RHS Bridgewater will talk about the plans for this new RHS garden. Further details from Elaine 01625 871603 Royal British Legion Club, Georges Road West, Poynton 7.30pm

Tuesday 13 February East Cheshire Association of the National Trust Lecture: Woodsmoor with Sue Bailey Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AB 2pm

Wednesday 14 February The Arts Society North East Cheshire Protest Art – Social Art: Politics and Art Do Mix. A lecture by Elizabeth Strang, Guide at Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Coffee from 9.30am. Potential new members always welcome and to attend as a visitor, please contact Maggie Schofield on 0161 427 9451 or Brookdale Theatre, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 3AB 10.30am

Weds 14 to Fri 16 February NK Theatre Arts Presents TEECHERS This comedy written by Jon Godber in 1984 is a play within a play in which three students put on a performance for their teachers. Everything in the play is reduced to the bare essentials, with very little set and the three actors playing 20 other parts. Ticket prices £11/£10. 24 hr Box Office 0333 666 3366 The Forum Theatre Romiley Stockport SK6 4EA 7.30pm

Thursday 15 February Poynton Morning Townswomen’s Guild Kath Reynolds will speak on Goose Grease and Brown Paper We welcome visitors, £2. Contact Kath on 0161 456 5299 Poynton Civic Hall 10am to 12 noon Continued over


Thursday 15 February

Wednesday 21 February

Wilmslow Guild Natural History Society Malagasy Endemics – Lemurs and leaf-tailed Geckos to Elephants Feet by Michael Pettipher. Visitors very welcome (£4) More information from David Warner 01625 874387 Wilmslow Guild, 1 Bourne St, Wilmslow SK9 5HD 7.30pm

Poynton Luncheon Club Enjoy a delicious lunch then sit back and listen to Victor Crawford talk about the NW Air Ambulance Service. For more information contact membership secretary Pam Orton 0161 483 4557 The Deanwater Hotel

Friday 16 February

Stockport Walking and Outdoors Group An illustrated talk about the Peak District Boundary Walk by Julie Gough. All are welcome, admission £1. For details of all our events visit Hazel Grove Civic Hall 8pm

The Wellspring Quiz - Our popular annual Quiz, hosted by Gordon Burns, offers a good night out. Tickets £12 include supper and a glass of wine. Teams of six are formed at each table. A beer, wine and soft drinks bar will be on site. Parking is free within the school grounds. We look forward to a fun evening. Stockport Grammar School, Buxton Road Stockport SK2 7AF 7pm for 7.30pm

Friday 16 February Stockport Historical Society Not only a Ledger: William Turner, Vintner – a talk by David S White. Visitors very welcome. Admission £2.50 Further information from Tony Nightingale 0161 440 0570 Stockport Sunday School, Nangreave Road, SK2 6DQ (Next to Aquinas College) 7.45pm

Saturday 17 February Stockport Symphony Orchestra welcomes local celebrity Jennifer Pike to play Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The programme also includes Sibelius Tapiola and Brahms Symphony no 1 Conductor Peter Stark. For more information please see Stockport Town Hall 7.30pm

Tuesday 20 February Poynton U3A General Meeting. Keith Birkett will speak on The History of Roberts’ Bakery. Entrance £1 including refreshments. For more information contact Main Hall, Poynton Civic Centre 2pm to 4pm

Tuesday 20 February Mark Helliwell – My approach to Landscape Photography Mark is a local professional landscape photographer from Macclesfield. On this evening he will be sharing some of his work and philosophy. His work has been recognised in several regional, national and international competitions. Hosted by North Cheshire Photographic Society. Non-members £5 on the door. For more information visit Poynton Civic Centre 7.30 for an 8pm start


Wednesday 21 February

Wednesday 21 February Poynton Philatelic Society We welcome our Guest Speaker, Mr Mark Dutton, who will be displaying his collection of Wars of the 20th Century. This is a superb wartime collection. Ron Phelps 01625 877643 North Room, Poynton Community Centre, Park Lane 7.30pm

THURSDAY 22 February Worth Probus Club. Peter Ashburner will speak to us on Flog It. Please contact Peter Owen on 01625871574 or for further details. St George’s Hall 2pm

Saturday 24 February Bollington Chamber Concert – Busch Piano Trio Formed in 2012 this young trio has built up an enviable reputation for their eloquent and sensitive playing. Smetana Piano Trio op 15, Bridge Phantasie Trio H79, Schubert Piano Trio no 1 D898 Bollington Arts Centre, 8pm

Saturday 24 February Poynton Ceilidhs The Watch, caller Michelle Holding. Dances are all explained by the caller and walked through before the music starts playing. Tickets £9 on the door, cash only, under 16s are half price. Reserve or purchase from Poynton Community Centre, 8pm

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Saturday 3 March


Wilmslow Wells for Africa Souperday A choice of four delicious soups served with bread, all homemade, plus a hot drink are included in the entry price. You can also choose to buy from a wonderful array of cakes. Preserves, textiles etc. can also be bought. All the money taken goes to our charity to help provide clean, more reliable sources of water in rural Africa, enabling lives to be transformed. Admission £4 (children half price) Wilmslow Methodist Church, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AR 11am to 2pm

Worth Probus Club. Russell Hedley will speak to us on ‘Enchantment of the Galapagos’. Please contact Peter Owen on 01625 871574 or for further details. St George’s Church Hall 2pm

Tuesday 6 March Tillman Kleinhans – 40th Anniversary Tour. Having shown us previously his wonderful postcards from Provence, Tillman returns to share his trip along Route 66. Hosted by North Cheshire Photographic Society. Non-members £5 on the door. For more information visit Poynton Civic Centre 7.30 for an 8pm start

Wednesday 7 March Poynton Philatelic Society One of our members Mr Alan Green, will be displaying his subject Malta Pre-Stamp to King George V. Alan is an expert in Maltese stamps and his displays are always enjoyable with some scarce material to be seen. Ron Phelps 01625 877643 North Room, Poynton Community Cente, Park Lane 7.30pm

Wednesday 7 March Poynton Local History Society. Tony Bostock will give a presentation entitled ‘Cheshire Pubs & Pub Signs’. Annual membership of the society is £12, and guests are always welcome at £2 per visit. Tel: 01625 872068 St Paul’s Community Room, Marley Road, Poynton, SK12 1LY. 7.30pm

Weds 7 to Sat 10 March 2018 Brookdale Amateur Theatre presents Dear Lupin by Roger Mortimer and Charlie Mortimer. Box Office 0161 3022302 Brookdale Theatre, Bridge Lane, Bramhall Curtain up at 7.45pm

Thursday 8 March Poynton Home Gardeners Club TV personality Adam Frost will speak on his 7 gold medal winning gardens at Chelsea.Ticket- only event £5 for members and £10 non-members ,tickets from Elaine 01625 871603 Royal British Legion Club, Georges Road West, Poynton 7.30pm

Saturday 10 March The Barnby Choir accompanied by Musica Nova. The choir will be performing Mozart Coronation Mass and Bach Bridget Dem Herrn. The programme will also include Missa Fidelis composed by Lloyd Buck who is the conductor of the Barnby Choir. Tickets £12, £10 (Concessions), £5 (Students) available on the door or in advance from Anne Macdonald on 07810 517464 St Michael and All Angels Church, St Michael’s Avenue, Bramhall SK7 2PG

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

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

Thursday 15 March Poynton Morning Townswomen’s Guild. AGM and presentation of cheque to North West Air Ambulance. Contact Kath on 0161 456 5299 Poynton Civic Hall 10am to 12 noon

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Friday 16 March

Weds 21 to Friday 23 March

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

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

Friday 16 March 52 Skidoo presents This Joint is Jumpin’ Macclesfield Library is excited to announce that they will be joined in March for a Cheshire Rural Touring Arts performance. Join us for an evening of music and comedy themed around the 1920’s - wear your best twenties get-up and dance the night away in the library! Suitable for children aged 12+ Tickets from the library, over the phone on (01625) 374000 or via our Facebook page. £8 – Adults, £7 - Concessions (Aged 60+, Students, Children), £25 - Family Ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children) Macclesfield Library, Jordangate, Macclesfield, SK10 1EE 7.30pm

Saturday 17 March Mendelssohn’s Elijah Presented by The Lindow Singers and Sale Choral Society with the Sale Sinfonia Orchestra, conductor Russell Medley. Tickets: Concessions, £15; Full price £18; Young People £6 from RNCM Box Office or call 0161 907 5200. The Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9RD 7.30pm

Tuesday 20 March Poynton U3A Meeting This will be our Annual General Meeting. Please come to vote for the committee and perhaps consider putting yourself forward as a committee member. The AGM will be followed by an update of parish news from the town clerk. Entrance free. For more information contact Main Hall, Poynton Civic Centre 2pm to 4pm

Wednesday 21 March Poynton Luncheon Club Wooing & Rooing is the title of a talk by one of our favourite speakers, Mrs Marion Baldwin, after we have enjoyed a delightful lunch. For more information contact membership secretary Pam Orton 0161 483 4557 The Deanwater Hotel


Wednesday 21 March Poynton Philatelic Society. Our Guest Speaker, Mr Peter Kirk, who is the Secretary of the Macclesfield Philatelic Society, will be displaying Great Britain - The Three Kings, which is a superb presentation of our nations stamps of the War years. Ron Phelps 01625 877643 North Room, Poynton Community Centre, Park Lane 7.30pm

THURSDAY 22 March Worth Probus Club. Derek Brumhead will speak to us on Kinder Railway and Reservoir. Please contact Peter Owen on 01625871574 or for further details. St George’s Hall 2pm

Weds 21 to Sat 24 March NK Theatre Arts Presents. The Who’s - ‘Quadrophenia’ *with special permission from Pete Townshend*. WINNER of Best Actor, Best Musical Director & Best Musical at the 2013 Manchester Musical Awards NK Theatre Arts Rock Musical returns to The Forum Theatre! The central figure of Quadrophenia is Jimmy a teenager struggling with a split personality. Through his eyes we see his impassive parents, the 60’s Mod scene, his deluded romance and his anger and frustration against society. To Jimmy, being a Mod is everything; a way of life, and a chance to be special. Ticket prices £15 (10% discount for INSIDE readers) 24 hr Box Office 0333 666 3366. The Forum Theatre Romiley Stockport SK6 4EA

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

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Saturday 24 March Hazel Grove Orchestra Concert. Smetana - Vltava Mahler - Songs of a Wayfarer Soloist: Michelle Robinson (Mezzo Soprano) Dvorják - Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’ Admission £8, accompanied Children under 12 are FREE. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night of the concert. Contact details: telephone 0161 449 7347, Hazel Grove Methodist Church, Wesley Street, Hazel Grove, SK7 4JQ 7.30pm

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

Saturday 24 March Poynton Ceilidhs. Time Bandits, caller Baz Parkes. Traditional dancing to live music. Experience not necessary! Tickets £9 on the door, cash only, under 16s half price. For advance tickets visit Reserved tickets will be held on the door till 8.15pm Poynton Community Centre 8pm to 11.30pm. Doors open 7.45pm

Saturday 24 March The Fitzwilliam Quartet. As one of the oldestestablished and best-known British string quartets the Fitzwilliam needs no introduction. Programme: Purcell Fantazia no 7 Z738, Marcus Barcham Stevens Double on Purcell’s Fantazia no 7; Fantazia on one note, Praetorius/Brahms Chorale Prelude: Es ist ein Ros’ enstsprungen op 122 no 8, Beethoven Quartet in F minor op 95, Schubert Death and the Maiden D810 Bollington Arts Centre 8pm

Tuesday 27 March Macclesfield Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire. The impact of Macclesfield’s Mayors in the Great War: Joseph Whitmore, Edwin Crew and Joseph Frost - a talk by Peter Ramsden. Admission £2 per meeting inc refreshments The Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD 7.30pm

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Inside Poynton Issue 73  
Inside Poynton Issue 73  

Community magazine including local news and what's on