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inside poynton april - may 2018


Issue 74

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

What’s INSIDE this month 4 Avro - a proud heritage 7 the book group recommends 8 the pott shrigley abduction 13 barry’s gardening tips 14 national garden scheme 19 Elizabeth Gaskell’s House 22 Diary of a Geeky Knitter 24 anyone for tennis? 26 inside people 29 In Touch 36 The Walk 38 pea and mint soup 42 the problem with plastic 45 Travel by Design 49 Helping Hedgehogs 50 Puzzles 53 Just 4 Kids 54 Children’s Activities 57 INSIDE Guide 66 Puzzle Solutions 69 Useful Numbers 70 Classified Index




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A Proud Heritage BAe Systems factory, based at Woodford, has always been proud of its heritage. As early as 1992 we had a Heritage Centre, in an area of the factory called New Assembly, located on the other side of the site runway from our present building. When aircraft production ceased at Woodford in 2010, the site’s future entered a period of uncertainty and there was concern that we might lose the Centre. Fortunately, BAe were keen to maintain some record of the aircraft site, which had been producing aeroplanes since it was opened in 1924.

Vulcan XM603

The decision had been taken to turn the site into a housing estate. When the builders moved in to demolish the aircraft hangars and other buildings, our centre was at the top of the hit list so we began looking around for new premises, finally opting for the site fire station, a large building located on green belt land within the site. After extensive renovation of the building, including a new roof, we were able to remove all our aircraft artifacts, from various places where they had been stored before the builders demolished the previous centre, and we began to set up our new museum. We finally completed the move, and opened our doors to the general public, in November 2015. More than a hundred years of aviation history has been brought to life in our main exhibition hall. The display takes the form of a timeline, beginning in 1877 when Alliot Verdon Roe, the company founder, was born, and ending when the Nimrod Mk 4 aircraft were scrapped in 2010. Below the timeline are numerous story boards and, for aviation boffins, more in-depth information is available on lectern mounted notes. Above the timeline, colourful


murals are spaced around the exhibition walls and several large aircraft models are hanging from the ceiling. Around the exhibition floor are display cabinets containing more models and historical items, and we also have three nose sections of aircraft built at Woodford; the Lancaster bomber, the Canberra and the Anson. Close to the main hall is located the nose section of Vulcan XM602, and within its fully equipped cockpit, visitors receive a comprehensive talk about the aircraft from one of our Vulcan experts. This is a firm favourite for visitors and they reach for their cameras as soon as they enter it. Next to XM602 is our well-stocked shop. We also have a flight simulator assembly where visitors can try to take-off, fly and land a large number of aeroplanes, from the early bi-planes to the latest Nimrod. Films are being shown in a separate room, and in addition we have separate ongoing activities for children. Outside stands our complete Vulcan, XM603, in all its glory. Various car clubs have parked their cars in a line alongside it for photographic opportunities. Also, outside are the nose sections of a VC10 and a Nimrod. Our cafe is on the second floor offering snacks and light lunches and affording panoramic views of 603 and the hills beyond. We are open on Tuesday and Thursday for groups of ten or more people who have booked in advance. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday we are open to groups, and to the general public, who do not need to pre-book. Ample car and coach parking is available. For more information about the museum and about events we are holding this year, please visit, call 01625 877534, or why not just pay us a visit? by Keith Wright - Photos by Mike Batty


the book group recommends Our Book Group started in 1979 so next year we celebrate 40 years! We have reported on our reading since the first INSIDE Poynton magazine was produced in 2006; we hope that over the years you have found something memorable among these recommendations. This will be our final official contribution, not because we have stopped meeting (we haven’t) or stopped reading (definitely not!) but, now we are mostly retired our diaries are far less rigid, so our meeting schedule has become rather fluid. Our final two recommendations are two of the best ever. We love Irish writing and Solar Bones by Mike McCormack is no exception - it is a novel written in a single 223-page sentence. Don’t let this put you off - you will soon be captivated by its engaging and fascinating voice. It is All Souls’ Day and the Angelus bell is ringing from the village church. Marcus Conway, husband, father and civil engineer, in some small way responsible for the wild rush of construction in County Mayo in the boom years, sits at his kitchen table. He is gripped by a “crying sense of loneliness for his family.” As the bell tolls he reflects on the trials of his family life, the recent financial crisis in Ireland, local politics and the virulent strain of flu that made his wife dangerously ill. He recalls skyping his son Darragh, in Australia, who seems unable to focus on his future, and a trip to his artist daughter’s first solo exhibition - the text of court reports from local newspapers written in her own blood. He remembers the life of his mother and father, a world of curraghs and tractors, and scenes of intimacy with his wife. The effect of reading a sentence uninterrupted by full stops made us feel that if we stopped we would miss out on some crucial bit of information, almost impossible to put down. Such a good read. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara was shortlisted for The Booker in 2015 and at over 700 pages is one of the longest books we have tackled. Four former college room-mates are making their way in New York. There is Malcolm, an architect still living with his parents at the age of 27, and JB, a portrait painter struggling to stand out from more experimental peers. There is Willem, an aspiring actor, mostly waiting on tables and Jude, a junior state prosecutor. We learn that Malcolm feels unloved compared with his sister, Willem’s brother died as a boy, JB used to pretend he was poor to discomfit his white friends. Jude is a mystery to his friends, he has problems walking and keeps his body covered, he reveals nothing of his background. Later we find him locking himself away to cut his own skin. As we follow the friends over the decades, each becomes successful in their own field, and the focus on Jude intensifies. Harrowing and uplifting, A Little Life is a chronicle of our age of anxiety with its attendant dramas (cutting, addiction, childhood abuse) but if anxiety is our age’s burden, then friendship is its balm. Maybe hard to read but certainly impossible to forget. Keep reading - we certainly will and will be looking to INSIDE Poynton for recommendations!


THE POTT SHRIGLEY ABDUCTION Why was Ellen Turner, 15, of Shrigley Hall, abducted in 1826? Was she taken in a carriage to Gretna Green for love or money? In the first week of March 1826 Edward Wakefield hired a barouche and a ‘servant’, who travelled to a boarding school in rural Toxteth, Liverpool. The servant handed over a forged letter to the school. Ellen Turner was called down to read that her ailing mother was suddenly taken ill. Communications were difficult in those days and the school believed the scam. Ellen entered the barouche willingly and was taken on a roundabout journey to Pott Shrigley, as she thought, by coach and coaching inn. En route they met a ‘Captain Wilson’ alias Wakefield, who spun a story about driving on to Carlisle and meeting her father who was secretly bankrupt and wanted to secure Ellen’s great inheritance by her marriage. Ellen must have believed Wakefield’s story. Instead they drove on to Gretna Green and married on Wednesday 8 March. Then Wakefield wrote to Ellen’s father and gave an address in Paris. He also put an announcement in The Times newspaper in the Marriages column.

Jenny visits Pott Shrigley nearly 200 years after the abduction

guessed immediately that Wakefield was after Ellen’s inheritance, for Turner and his family owned calico and fulling mills in Blackburn. Immediately he decided that despite the scandal he’d rescue Ellen and not play into Wakefield’s hands by hushing things up. Eventually they discovered that Wakefield was a widower who had abducted a different young heiress ten years previously. He now had two young children to support plus his ambition to become an MP. He also had connections in Macclesfield from whom he’d heard about Ellen. Ellen’s uncle traced her to Calais and rescued her. Wakefield admitted that the marriage had not been consummated, was arrested, tried and imprisoned in Newgate Gaol. The legalities to free Ellen from Wakefield took over a year, while the Press gloated over the details.

It wasn’t until 11 March that Ellen’s father, William Turner of Shrigley Hall, read that his only child Ellen, under the age of legal consent, had married Edward Gibbon Wakefield the previous Wednesday! The shock to William Turner and his wife must have been immense. However could someone they’d never met have heard about Ellen? William Turner


by Jenny Cooke

Edward Wakefield, a spendthrift, came from the wider family of Elizabeth Fry, the Quaker prison reformer. Whilst in prison he wrote a pamphlet proposing the colonisation of Australasia and later emigrated to New Zealand. In 1852 he was elected to their General Assembly. Our own Eileen Shore of Poynton Local History Society has seen his portrait in Christchurch Museum. Ellen Turner was reinstated into Society and later she married Thomas Legh of Lyme Park, had three children in three years and died, aged nearly 20 in childbirth.

Her father became MP for Blackburn and his fortune passed to the Legh family. Ellen’s only surviving child, Ellen Jane Legh, married Mr Lowther, vicar of Disley. They owned Shrigley Hall and after Ellen Jane died in 1906 the Hall was sold. The story of Ellen Turner’s abduction reads like a melodrama and yet in reality was a frightening ordeal, ‘a tale of anguish, deceit and violation,’ says the local historian Neil Mullineux of Marple. Ellen’s brief life was restored and then lost again, tragically early. Ellen must have known all the hopes and dreams of any young girl and she deserves to be remembered today. Acknowledgements: 1. Grateful thanks to Eileen Shore, Poynton Local History Society, and to Neil Mullineux, an entertaining and informative speaker on this subject. 2. Abduction – the Story of Ellen Turner by Kate M Atkinson, Blenkins Press 2002. This is a fully illustrated book and a fascinating read.

Jake’s perspective Hi guys it’s me back again with another article. Let’s take a look at some of the things that have been going on for me in the last couple of months.

Paper boy Recently I decided to go on the search for some work but then discovered that there is only one job you can get at 13: a paper round. So I decided to go and secure a job at Poynton News near Morrison’s. So now I’m not just writing the news, I’m delivering the papers as well! It basically means I get up in the morning at about 6 o’clock and speed round as fast as I can and quickly get ready for school. One morning I recall going out in the eye of a storm in pitch black and ending up getting back at 8:30 which is 15 minutes before I need to be in form-time before period 1. That morning it was like riding on a river and I got back so wet my mum thought I’d been swimming. Oh well, it’s good practice for transitions at triathlon club with Mr. Waugh.

Triathlon club For the last 8 weeks or so I have been taking part in triathlon club on a Monday night after school with the head-teacher, Mr Waugh. You may or may not know that he does a lot of Iron-mans and triathlons? So he is the perfect coach for us, though he can be strict. But I suppose we need some law and order the way this country is going. That’s why I decided to run for the UK youth parliament, which I mentioned in my last article (more on this next time!).

Choices, choices, choices... So, I have now come to the point in year 9 where I choose what I will be taking for my GCSEs. I’ve decided to take Business Studies, Geography, History and Triple Science, as when I’m older I would like to go into fund management and I think having Business will help me. The other subjects I just really enjoy. To be honest I


think I’m looking forward to GCSEs as it means I can drop subjects like Art, Textiles and Product Design, which I absolutely hate. I have big stumpy hands so I can’t even thread a needle, never mind make a blanket. If you even ask my English or Science teachers, who have nothing to do with these subjects, they could probably predict that I can’t do them just from my handwriting which has been described as ancient hieroglyphics or like a chicken stepping in ink and running over a page!

Valentine’s Day and needles It’s a wonder in all this that I had time for Valentine’s Day but somehow I did and decided to buy a “close friend” some chocolates and a card. This is probably the first and last time I will ever say this but I was glad to have my school injections on that day as I was so numb I didn’t even feel the embarrassment when I went up and gave her the card! As Linkin Park say, “I’ve become so numb, I can’t feel you there.” Stay well and I’ll see you next time... by Jake Crossley

barry’s gardening tips april - may 2018

It’s amazing to think that less than two weeks ago much of the country was in the grip of sub-zero temperatures and snow. All due to a blast from the east. Most of the plants in my garden escaped unscathed, except for a clump of Euphorbia amygdaloides and the flowers on a few hellebores that were browned. These were quickly removed and there is now no sign of the big freeze. In fact, today it was surprisingly mild, so mild in fact that within 10 minutes of beginning work in the garden I was down to just one fleece instead of the usual three. That cold spell has put me behind and jobs that I’ve usually completed by the end of February have yet to be done. The big cut’n’clear of my herbaceous borders and beds started today and over the eight hours I spent out there I managed to complete well over half. Being a little OCD I do like to pick up every scrap of stem, twig and leaf that I cut down (although much of it disintegrates when touched) and then dig the soil over lightly with a trowel between the emerging plants, to make it look as neat as possible. Along the back of the longest border I have several large shrubs, including Cotinus ‘Palace Purple’ and C. ‘Golden Spirit’, Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ and S. ‘Sutherland’s Gold’. I’ve planted them so that the purple and gold colours alternate. Each year these reach 8 - 10 feet or more and provide an excellent backdrop to the perennials in front. But now is the time of year to prune them hard. I take each of the main stems down by half, knowing that they will soon produce buds and send out new branches. If you have one of these shrubs don’t be afraid to prune it hard, particularly if it’s been there for years and has

out-grown its allotted space. Rather than watch as surrounding plants diminish in its shadow, cut it back each year. Once established they can be cut almost to the ground and they will recover. One benefit of pruning the Cotinus like this is the production of much bigger leaves. If left unpruned the leaves remain small. If you are thinking of planting a Cotinus, go for ‘Grace’ rather than the older cultivar ‘Palace Purple’. It has larger and far nicer leaves. I’m tempted to dig mine out and replace them but there’s always something more important to do and once the surrounding perennials start to grow, it’s too late. I’ve also finished pruning the roses. I usually part-prune in late autumn, which reduces the chance of wind damage over winter, but leaving the stem longer than the final cut so that any frost damage can be pruned away later. New buds are showing now so it’s easy to spot dead sections and tidy the plant. The climbers have also been cut back and new vertical stems carefully bent down and trained along horizontal wires. While I was doing this, I noticed the mild weather had brought out another worker besides me. The first honey bee of the year was busy inside a Crocus ‘Snowbunting’. My garage, or more accurately my motorcycle shed, is often chosen by queen bumblebees as a place to spend the winter (maybe they’re attracted to the whiff of Castrol R) and now the rise in temperature means they are waking up. So far seven sleepy bees have crawled out of whatever nook or cranny they tucked themselves into last year and, not yet having the energy for take-off, started to head across the garage floor in a bid for freedom. To avoid running them over I carefully transport each one to a vacant bird box nearby and provide them with a bottletop of honey to give them a kick-start. The mild weather has also provided an incentive to wheel the bike out of the garage, but unfortunately it takes a lot more than a drop of honey to kickstart my 1979 Yamaha!

by Barry Davy email:


National Garden Scheme

Get out and find a garden to visit!

For most people, with the days becoming longer and the weather warmer (well, we live in hope!), April marks the start of their garden visiting season. Spring bulbs, magnolias, camellias and vibrant fresh green foliage are the big attractions in April, giving way in May to rhododendrons and azaleas, whilst June brings visitors the early summer flowering shrubs and perennials and all the luscious scents. As you would expect, the National Garden Scheme has lots to offer visitors, who want to get out to gardens, whilst giving to the charities that benefit. The ones mentioned below are just a selection of those opening.

but now having undergone a very significant transformation, will be open whilst Lane End Cottage Gardens on the outskirts of Lymm (WA13 0TA) will also open, both on the Saturday and Sunday. For those who fancy a trip west towards the lovely Cheshire town of Malpas, a stunning new garden joins the NGS for its first opening. Stretton Old Hall (SY14 7JA) is a modern, beautifully executed, large garden, with something for everyone, formality, wild flower meadows etc. Opening on 20 May and a further date in July.

All Fours Farm, sitting beside Curbishley’s Roses (Aston by Budworth, CW96NF) opens on Easter Sunday, 1 April, and several other dates through the summer, and is always popular. Farther afield, in the pretty Cheshire village of Burton in Wirral, Briarfield, (CH64 5SJ) the garden of outstanding plantswomen, Liz Carter, will again be opening, as it has for nearly 30 years. If you love magnolias and unusual woodland plants (which will be on sale) this is for you. On 12 May, two new gardens will open for the first time. 64 Carr Wood, Hale Barns (WA15 0EP), originally laid out professionally in the 1950s,

Stretton Old Hall

Until a few years ago, an Alderley Edge garden, called simply 34 Congleton Road, opened very successfully for the NGS. But then the owners moved away, and new owners transformed parts of the garden, whilst retaining the best features of the old – one of which, incidentally was the most stunning tree shaped wisteria you are likely to see anywhere! The garden has now reverted to its original name of Cheriton (SK9 7AB). The gates will be open on the weekend of 26 and 27 May.

64 Carr Wood


by John Hinde

Also opening on Sunday 27 May is Rowley House (CW6 9EH) at Kermincham, close to Jodrell Bank. This garden of a retired professional horticulturalist, has long offered lots of natural interest to visitors, via extensive

wild flower meadows, unusual trees and a variety of natural ponds and meres. In the last few years its attractions have been enhanced with a beautifully designed courtyard garden close to the house, built using existing cobbles and other materials.

Rowley House

For anyone who likes to forward plan, June, is always the busiest month by far for garden openings. In particular, on the Garden Festival weekend of 2 and 3 June, there are around a dozen gardens opening for the NGS in Cheshire alone! 10, Statham Avenue (WA13 9NH) at Lymm is always worth a visit, abundantly planted and beautifully structured as it rises up to the Bridgwater Canal at the end of the garden. Make sure you catch the woodstore and potting shed, carefully crafted by the owner! This is just a selection of gardens that are open. For full details of these and all our gardens, pick up a booklet, visit or download the App. Remember that many gardens also offer private visits to groups from clubs. Finally, the NGS is always interested to hear from people who might wish to open for us and raise money for our mainly nursing charities. In the first instance, contact or 0151 353 0032, or any member of our volunteer team listed in the booklet or on the website.

WE’VE GOT A HOUSE …it certainly is a beauty… I must try and make the house give as much pleasure to others as I can wrote Elizabeth Gaskell, in a letter to her friend Eliza Fox in 1850. Visitors to Manchester never cease to be excited by the rich social, political and industrial history of this famous city. Unfortunately, many of us who live on its doorstep, are prone to forget, or to be unaware of, its many historical treasures. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, at 84 Plymouth Grove, Longsight, is just one such treasure. Thanks to a major £2.5m project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and others, this restored House is now fully open to the public.

I’ve visited the house a few times during the last couple of years, in part because I’m an admirer of Elizabeth Gaskell the author, but also because a little time spent in its quiet and elegant space takes you back to a bygone age, shedding much light on Manchester life as it was in her day. The house is not large but for this very reason it has a special, intimate appeal – perhaps the same welcoming feel that would have been encountered in 1860 by its many visitors including fellow writers Charlotte Brontë, Beatrix Potter and Charles Dickens.

For over 150 years, the house, built between 1835 and 1841, has been associated with one famous resident, the novelist, Elizabeth Gaskell, who lived there from 1850 to 1865 with her husband William, and her four daughters. She was one of the most important and best-loved Victorian writers. Her novels and letters reveal a warmhearted woman who was a shrewd judge of character, inquisitive, witty and profoundly concerned with social justice. During the time Elizabeth lived here she wrote nearly all her famous novels, including Cranford, Ruth, North and South and Wives and Daughters. It was here that she wrote the biography of her friend Charlotte Brontë, plus many lively letters. by Garth Aspinall

This place will not tax your energy levels. You won’t be bombarded with numerous facts that you will never remember. Instead, you will encounter incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers who can enlighten you as you wander round. You can discover a great deal about Elizabeth and William’s work and about the lives of their daughters and servants. Explore the historic period rooms – the Drawing Room, the Morning Room, the Dining Room and the Study. Browse the books in William Gaskell’s study and sit where Elizabeth sat to write, overlooking her beloved garden. Only a few of the displayed furnishings belonged to the Gaskells, but the furniture has been well chosen to provide an authentic period setting. The chintz for the curtains and loose covers have been printed from an 1850s design, and the carpets have been specially woven, using Victorian patterns preserved by a mill in Halifax. The fireplaces, sourced locally, date from around 1840 when the House was built, and the light fittings have all been converted from gas to electricity. Further research identified the original paint colours and the styles of the wallpapers. Continued over


Outside, the garden has been planted to show the sort of garden that the Gaskells enjoyed, the choice of plants having been informed by references in Elizabeth’s letters and novels, as well as by Victorian garden history. The layout is based on a detailed map of Manchester in 1850 which shows the paths and planting areas. The garden is intended to give as much enjoyment today as it did in Elizabeth’s time. Elizabeth’s novels, besides telling a good story, often reflect the social and political tensions of the day. But if you visit the house, you will discover that her husband, William, is an equally fascinating figure who contributed much to the society in which they lived.

The Gaskells lived at a time of great change and were active in Manchester’s social, cultural and religious life. In 1750, Manchester was a town of less than 20,000 people, but by 1850, when the Gaskells moved to Plymouth Grove, it had become Britain’s third largest city, with a population of some 250,000. Workers attracted by the jobs in mills and factories suffered the effects of rapid industrialisation: long hours, low wages, poor housing and sanitation, and the fear of unemployment and destitution. The conditions endured by many of those living less than a mile from Plymouth Grove were well known to William and Elizabeth, both of whom were active in practical initiatives to provide poor relief and education. However, alongside the mills and the slums, the Gaskells’ Manchester was also a city of libraries, concert halls, theatres, shops and exhibitions and William took a leading role in shaping many of the educational and cultural institutions that still flourish today: Cross St Chapel, where William was Assistant Minister for many years; The Portico Library in Mosley Street, where William was Committee Chairman; The Free Trade Hall which


opened in 1856 on St Peter’s Fields, the site of the Peterloo Massacre of 1819; The Manchester Literary and Philosophy Society (known as the Lit and Phil) which was founded in 1781 for the advancement of education and the appreciation of literature, science, the arts and public affairs, and The Manchester Mechanics Institute, which was established in 1824 by a group of mill owners and manufacturers, to provide part-time education in science and technology for the working men of Manchester. There is plenty to do in the house. Located in what was originally the kitchen and servant’s hall is a very pleasant café where you can enjoy tea, coffee and delicious cakes all served in style on vintage china. Children can enjoy activity baskets or dressing up in the Servants’ Hall. Visit the website for information about children’s activities in the school holidays and about the varied ongoing programme of special events for adults. There are also regularly occurring fixtures that include the Victorian Book Group, Plymouth Grove Writing Group, The Gaskell Sewing Bee and their highly-rated second-hand book sale. If you would like to discover more about Manchester’s history, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House could be a great place to start. The Portico Library, John Rylands Library, The Victoria Baths and The Pankhurst Centre (both 10 minutes’ walk from the house) are just a few of the many places you could plan to visit in Manchester during 2018. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove, M13 9LW. Open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays – 11am to 4.30pm Tickets cost £5 (adults), £4 (under 16 – but free when accompanied by an adult). Tel. 0161 273 2215

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

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

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

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


anyone for tennis? Poynton Tennis Club is part of Poynton Sports Club, off London Road North. With three hard courts and four allweather courts, all with floodlighting, we offer tennis for everyone, including those who have never played before or are out of practise. We currently have regular playing members from 5 years to 82 years old, so it’s a great sport for all ages and all the family.

LEARN An extensive coaching programme run by our own coach, Mike Atherfold, includes adult daytime and evening group sessions for beginners and improvers, junior groups, match play and individual lessons. Mike also runs Tiny Tots tennis (3 to 5 yrs) designed to be fun, inclusive and develop coordination, and Mini tennis (5 to 10 yrs). With smaller courts, balls and rackets, this is a perfect introduction to tennis for all children. These and tennis camps during most school holidays are all open to non-members.

PLAY The club has recently introduced two adult organised play sessions, which are also open to non- members to come along to, for £5. Held on Saturday mornings 9.30 to 11am and Thursday evenings 7 to 8.30pm, these are a great introduction to the club. You will be put into groups of similar ability players, to play sets and mix around. For juniors, we also run organised sessions every Saturday morning, they are about having fun and playing. Free for junior members, £3 non-members. Sessions start again after Easter on Saturday 14 April and Thursday 19 April, so what are you waiting for? No booking required, rackets provided if needed, just turn up and start playing.

COMPETE The club also offers plenty of opportunity to play competitive tennis at varying standards. This season we have entered a men’s and ladies 4th team into the summer leagues, while we have three mixed teams in the winter one. If you are interested in team tennis, then we would love to hear from you asap, as the season starts in April. We are particularly looking for ladies and men to play in


our first teams, both in Division 3 this season. For our regularly competing junior players, Mike runs performance squads and organises LTA tournaments. We currently have two juniors attending Cheshire county training, one of whom also came runner up in the Cheshire Road to Wimbledon tournament, which meant she qualified to play at Wimbledon, where she enjoyed training with Tim Henman. Another junior has joined the regional academy at Bolton arena and five have also won county tour events. The junior teams have been just as successful with several winning their divisions and leagues last season. If you do decide to join we also have adult social tennis, regular club tournaments, singles box leagues and fun junior Grand Slam events, so there really is tennis for everyone!

MEMBERSHIP Included in your membership is free floodlighting and free use of tennis balls for adults. All for the equivalent of £15/ month for full adult membership, while juniors and minis work out at just £6/month and £4/month, respectively. Family discounts available. Annual membership for an adult is £190, off peak adult £110, intermediate £80, junior £72, mini £48. Please note if you are a member of another sports section at Poynton Sports Club, then you are also entitled to approx. 50% discount off the fees of your second sport. For more information on coaching go to To contact Mike our coach Tel: 07984 973887 or Email: For any other enquiries contact Sarah Tel: 01625 871675 or email

inside people alan haughton the sole man

Alan Haughton was born in Blackburn in 1956 under the star sign cancer. After attending Beeches primary and Norris Road secondary schools in Sale, Alan left at 16 and worked for his uncle as a general builder. After a brief spell as a fruit and vegetable manager in Tesco, he began working for Timpson’s as a shoe repairer. This was to become his lifetime profession. Alan was a cobbler for Timpson’s in Altrincham for 15 years and then in London, in the 1980s, for six years. Returning north, he was based in Yorkshire for a time before moving back to the north west to work, repairing shoes in the Mr Minute Group. In 1987, he decided to branch out on his own and set up a cobbler and key cutting business in a kiosk in Hazel Grove. It proved to be popular and successful and he moved in 2002 into a shop on the A6, where he remained for a further 15 years until his recent retirement. Alan has three children, Andrew, Charlotte and Emily from previous marriages and in July will marry Jayne. Alan is known to everyone as “The Sole Man”, not just because he was a cobbler, but because he has always loved Motown and Northern Soul music. His disc jockey career began in 1972 in the Blue Rooms in Sale, where he was a part time, unpaid DJ for some six years. He then moved to the Manchester club scene playing venues like the Embassy Rooms, Tramps and Placemate. He also performed at weddings, 21st birthdays and anniversary events. Alan took a break from his DJ work as the efforts of carrying large amplifiers and heavy equipment, as well as the long and late hours on top of his day job, were proving difficult.


A few years later, while attending a soul concert at the Guild Hall in Stockport, he was struck by the urge to perform again, and he has remained a DJ ever since. He was a resident DJ at that venue for six years and then began to freelance. Alan now operates across the Stockport area, particularly in High Lane and Hazel Grove and has built up a regular following of Motown and Northern Soul fans. He also performs to raise funds for charity; recent concerts have raised £1100 for Cancer Research, £950 for the Alzheimer’s Society and his target is to make £1200 at his next event for Breast Cancer research. Alan enjoys any and every kind of food, except fish and is very fond of cake, especially cream cakes. He dislikes ill-mannered people and loves music - soul music of course. He regrets that, although he was a successful self-employed businessman, he didn’t have a better education when he was young. Holidays are a great pleasure, especially holidays in the sun and he has visited Florida, Crete, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and Tenerife - anywhere for the sun! Alan never relaxes and prefers always to be doing things. He will occasionally sit down to watch television but prefers to be active. Having now retired from his business, he is developing his DJ role and is working as a volunteer in a charity shop and at a food bank.

Last Word from Alan I don’t really have any regrets. I’ve enjoyed my life as it was. I take things as they come. I like people. I’m a social being. by Ed Blundell

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WELCOME TO MIDDLEWOOD HOUSE No, not a ‘stately mansion’ as some have surmised, but a delightful building with a long history, in leafy Higher Poynton. Perched on the edge of the Middlewood Way and only a few minutes’ walk to the canal, Middlewood House has been the focus of the community’s varied social life for more than 80 years. Once a café, providing a welcome break for walkers enjoying the chance to be in the countryside, it was later owned and managed by the Toc H who ran activities such as whist drives and dances. The Toc H still exists, with Headquarters in London, but Middlewood House is now an independent registered charity and the building is cared for and administered by a group of local volunteers. Now the regular home of Higher Poynton and Middlewood WI and an enthusiastic Wine Circle, among other organisations, its unique location and delightful setting make it a popular venue for occasions such as family parties, especially where children are involved as there is plenty of outdoor space. Groups planning local garden parties, BBQs, or sociable meals find both indoor and outdoor space an advantage given the unpredictable English weather! Many visitors find that the open fire in the inglenook is a big draw! So, if you are walking up Prince Road to the canal, just glance to your left, and down the drive you will see this old and much valued centre of Higher Poynton’s social life. If you want to know more just log on to our Facebook page:

Our current programme includes a Tapas evening at the end of June. Come and see for yourself why Middlewood House has been, and still is, appreciated as a bit of Poynton history. You don’t have to live in Higher Poynton to enjoy it; it’s open to all.

POYNTON MALE VOICE CHOIR SPRING CONCERT We are actively seeking new members. Gentlemen, if you enjoy singing or are interested in trying, come along to the concert or a rehearsal at 7.30pm any Monday evening. There are no auditions and there is no need to worry about reading music. We perform six to eight concerts a year and also enjoy social activities together. We look forward to meeting you at Poynton Methodist Church, Civic Car Park, off Park Lane, Poynton.

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SING INTO SPRING WITH POYNTON G & S Poynton Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s annual spring concert will again be held at the Poynton Legion, on George’s Road West, on Friday and Saturday, 20 and 21 April at 7.30pm each evening. This year’s concert ‘Sing into Spring’ will be a mixture of music consisting of mostly American and British folk songs, together with a medley of songs from the popular musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’. In addition there will be an Abba sing-a-long. Tickets booked in advance are £8 for adults and £5 for ages 16 and under by emailing or by telephone 01625 876394. Tickets purchased on the door are £10 and £5 respectively. In keeping with the tradition of the spring concert, there will be a selection of songs from the Society’s annual fully costumed Gilbert & Sullivan stage show which will be held at the Civic Hall, from 2 to 6 October, and this year it will be Princess Ida. Since its 1884 premiere at London’s Savoy Theatre, this comic opera has satirised controversial topics in Victorian England which still ring true today with a combination of romance, humour, political satire, and the memorable musical numbers that made Gilbert and Sullivan household names.

RICHMOND ROVERS Girls football at Richmond Rovers is going from strength to strength. During the Easter holidays the U18s Girls are going to visit our partner club, OVV Oostvoorne in Holland, for a four-day tour. To make this possible they have been busy raising money. A great evening was had at the Appayon in January, attended by around 50 people. The Appayon made a very generous donation of £400 towards the tour. In February a Bag Pack was arranged at Morrison’s Poynton. Thank you to them for organising this and supporting the local community. In March a Footy Golf Afternoon is planned at Vernon School, again for fund raising. Richmond Rovers Club achieved FA Wild Cat Status so, from April there will be Saturday morning open sessions for Girls aged from 5-11. Have fun, develop fundamental skills, keep fit, make friends and learn to play football in a safe organised environment with a pathway to continue in the sport.

To find out more about getting involved with Richmond Rovers contact Jo Sewart or send a request in via

STOCKPORT LADIES SPEAKERS We are members of the Association of Speakers’ Clubs and our aim is to encourage and help women who dread the idea of having to speak but need to conquer their fear, whether it be for job presentations or social occasions. We meet fortnightly on a Wednesday - our group has a diverse membership, including students, young professionals, mums and business owners. There is no pressure to speak until you are ready to do so.

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POYNTON PICK & TIDY Could you spare any time to help your community and do litter picking, general tidying, planting, light gardening or bench and sign restoration? Poynton Pick & Tidy promotes a clean and tidy living and recreational space for Poynton and encourages those who do “ad hoc” picks. We also organise regular events, where everyone is welcome, to make Poynton a cleaner, safer more attractive place to live. We have several events planned this year – can you help? All equipment provided! ■■ Summer Sort Out - 5 May ■■ Party in the Park - 16 June ■■ Poynton Show - 25 August ■■ Autumn Tidy - 20 October ■■ Winter Warmer - 1 December

You can contact us by email: Facebook: Poynton Pick and Tidy Twitter: pick_and_tidy

HERITAGE GARDEN OPENING Poynton’s Heritage Garden, which occupies the previously barren space between Priorslegh Medical Centre and the Library, is nearing completion and will be officially opened at 10.15am on Saturday 14 April – everybody welcome! The guest of honour chosen to declare the Garden open is Theo Eaves, one of Poynton’s distinguished war veterans. Theo will be ably assisted by Poynton’s Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Sarah-Jane Gilmore. There will be a range of activities for all ages around the Garden and in the Library from 10am to 12 noon that day, and complimentary light refreshments will also be offered. The Heritage Garden is the result of many months of fund raising and hard work by a small group of volunteers. It comprises a central raised bed, with a traditional lamp post, and elsewhere on the site seven memorial benches, five large planters, two half size planters, an insect house, bird box and a number of wall-mounted silhouettes that celebrate Poynton’s rich heritage. Steps inset in the sides of the raised bed are there to help younger gardeners access it. Work is continuing to procure a centre piece for the plinth in the raised bed.

Those groups and organisations who kindly helped fund the Garden will all be recognised on a permanent plaque. Please come along on the day to celebrate the successful transformation of what was a little used and sterile public area into a colourful and tranquil space for all to enjoy.

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KNOW YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE When was the last time you had your blood pressure tested? If you’re not sure, or you would like a further check, or reassurance, then come along to Poynton Civic Hall between 10pm and 1pm on Saturday 26 May, Spring Bank Holiday weekend. This is a service offered to residents and visitors annually by Poynton and District Rotary Club, to coincide with Stroke Awareness Day. It takes around 10 to 15 minutes of your time and is completely free. Complimentary refreshments will also be offered while you are there. Medically qualified volunteers will be on hand to assist, and you will be given a brief written report of the outcome, as well as any action that may be recommended as a result. Stroke is a big killer, so do yourselves a favour and take 10 minutes out of your day to ensure your blood pressure is within a healthy range. Make a note now for your diary - no pressure - but hope to see you there!

TAP INTO OUR BUSY PROGRAMME The Twinning Association of Poynton (TAP) is delighted to announce a number of events to be held during the coming year, to which all are most welcome. More details will be available on the TAP Facebook Page Twinning Association of Poynton, and on our website; or contact us on for more information. New members are always welcome, and membership costs just £5 a year! There will be a garden party on Saturday 9 June – venue to be announced. From Friday 24 to Sunday 26 August we’ll be visiting Haybes, Poynton’s twin town in the French Ardennes, for a weekend of special First World War commemorations. For information about travel and accommodation use the contact details above. We hold French Conversation Evenings on the last Wednesday of each month at Poynton’s Royal British Legion. This is also a social event, and all are welcome, whatever your level of the language!

PLANT HUNTERS’ FAIRS On Sunday 22 April, Bramall Hall will be hosting a great plant fair bringing you some of the country’s most highly respected specialist nurseries, including RHS medallists each with a brilliant range of plants. The Plant Fair is a fund-raising event for special projects at the hall and has proved hugely popular, rapidly gaining a reputation as the best specialist plant fair in the area, offering a dazzling array of plants all for just £2 entry to the fair. The nurseries will be more than happy to give you the benefit of their experience in how to plant and care for the plants you buy so you can get the best from them. There is free entry to the 70-acre parkland. The plant fair runs from 11am to 4pm. On Sunday 13 May, Plant Hunters’ Fairs return to Adlington Hall for what has become one of the best loved garden events in the area, with a winning line up of the best nurseries around, a most charming and beautiful garden and a truly relaxing and inviting atmosphere. With so much to see, why not take one of the free guided tours of the gardens with the Head Gardener Anthony O’Grady or simply relax, take in the beautiful gardens and enjoy traditional teas and cakes. The nurseries will of course come loaded with a really great mix of plants and specialities to delight plant lovers of every level of experience and will be more than happy to give you the benefit of their experience in planting and caring for the plants you buy so you can get the best from them. This event runs from 10am to 4pm. Free parking and half-price entry to the gardens and plant fair of just £3.


Ladybower and Win Hill Walk description: A circular walk starting close to the reservoir dam and taking an early steep ascent of Win Hill up through the wooded eastern approach to its summit. From there it progresses northwest across the ridge as far as Hope Cross, at which point it drops down through the wood to meet the track close to the river Ashop. It then follows the track alongside the western branch of the Ladybower back to the dam. There are spectacular views throughout. Distance: Approximately 8.5 miles; a walk which has few turning points and offers good underfoot conditions for most of the way. Maps: OS Explorer OL1 Dark Peak. Start: Heatherdene car park which has pay and display with toilets (SK202860) there are also a few marked parking bays on the road (A6013) close to the entrance to the car park. Refreshments: Yorkshire Bridge Inn on the A6013 close to the reservoir dam.


Leave the car park at the south end, passing the rather impressive toilets (any decent book on great buildings of the world will include the Taj Mahal and the toilets at Heatherdene) and proceed through the gates onto a path running above and parallel to the road. At a point level with the dam, the path drops to the right down some steps onto the road where there is a monument marking the opening of the reservoir.

Ladybower is the lowest (and latest) of three reservoirs, the two higher ones being the Derwent and Howden respectively, and was built by the Derwent Valley Water Board to supplement the capacity of the other two to meet the needs of the East Midlands. Construction was completed in 1943 but it was not opened until 1945 since it took the intervening two years to fill. In the process of flooding the lower part of the valley, the villages of Derwent and Ashopton were removed/ submerged which in turn necessitated the exhumation of bodies from Derwent church graveyard for re-burial at nearby Bamford. Cross the road from the monument and take the path along the top of the dam. There are good views to both right, across the surface of the reservoir towards the road bridges, and left, down the embankment to see the water outflows into the river Derwent. It is also worth noting the characteristic bellmouth overflows (often called plugholes) at each end of the dam. These are about 80 ft in diameter at the surface. At the far end of the dam, turn right onto the track and proceed for about 250 yards where there is a finger post signed New Barn, and a narrow path leading up into the wood (SK197856) Take this path which rises steadily up to a gate accessing another path from right to left. Once through the gate, turn left and follow the path, slightly climbing across the face of the hill, via another gate/stile, eventually reaching a point where a path veers up to the right. Ignore this turn and proceed a few yards onwards

and slightly downhill to the next junction, with a narrow path from the left and to the right up some stony steps (SK194851) Turn right up the steps and follow a steep rocky climb up to a gate and junction with another path at right angles. Once through the gate, turn right for one or two yards and then left to continue the climb up the hill. (Before climbing further, note that this is a convenient point for a coffee stop as there are several stones/walls to sit on and it offers a welcome break in the climb.) The path soon leaves the cover of the trees and breaks out into the open, veering slightly left then straight up eventually through a gap in a wall, revealing the final stony ascent of Winhill Pike, sometimes referred to as ‘the pimple’. There is a rocky outcrop at the summit and if you didn’t take a coffee stop earlier then this is an ideal place for one since the views are excellent in all directions. Both branches of the reservoir are visible to the north and there is a good view across Hope Valley and Mam Tor to the south and west. In early August, there is the additional bonus of a purple carpet of flowering heather on the hillside around you. If you look ahead across the ridge you will see that the track will eventually veer steadily to the right to meet, and run alongside, the wood on the north side of the ridge.

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other side of the Noe valley and, further on beyond Lose Hill, the Edale Valley comes into view. It is recommended that a lunch stop is taken somewhere along the ridge since there are excellent views over much of the Peak District. Continue along the track, by Wooler Knoll (SK172863) which eventually passes between the wood boundary fence on the right and a wall on the left, until you reach Hope Cross (SK162874) – a seven foot high stone pillar with a square capstone bearing the names of the four local places Edale, Glossop, Hope and ‘Shefield’ (note just one ‘f’?). The Cross, bearing a date of 1737, is sited at the crossing of old packhorse routes through the Peak District. Several years ago, the capstone was removed by vandals, but it was later found near Bradwell in Hope Valley and restored on the pillar.

Proceed through the gate to the right of the Cross and climb over the stile in the fence taking the path down into the wood. The path soon enters a dark stretch due to the density of the evergreen trees which present a tunnel effect, at the end of which daylight returns showing two paths to the right. Take the left one of these two and proceed downhill again keeping left at the next fork. The path is steep and rocky in parts, so care is needed on the descent. The path then winds right, then left, and eventually meets an established cart track at the bottom (SK164878) At this point you are close to the river Ashop which flows into the western branch of the Ladybower. Turn right onto the track and follow this all the way as it undulates along the side of the reservoir eventually returning you to the dam. Proceed back across the dam, over the road, up the steps and back along the path to the car park. Presented on behalf of Marple District Rambling Club; with over 350 members, the Club organises up to 5 graded walks every Thursday and three every Sunday.

Take care descending the short stony path off the Pike to pick up the path at a slightly lower level and to the left as you look across the ridge (SK187851) Follow this track (ignoring any branches off to left or right) eventually through a gate/stile combination and onwards towards the edge of the wood to the right. At this point, on your left, you will see Win Hill’s counterpart, Lose Hill, on the

For further information contact the Chairman, Sue Gilmore on 07775 630398, or the Membership Secretary, Claude Prime, on 0161 483596 or visit www.marple-uk/community/rambling to see the Walks Programme

By Claude Prime – Marple District Rambling Club



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Ingredients ■■ 1 cupful of chopped spring onions ■■ 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped ■■ 1 crushed clove of garlic ■■ 850ml vegetable stock ■■ 250g fresh peas ■■ 4tbsp fresh mint, chopped ■■ Large pinch of sugar ■■ 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice ■■ 150ml soured cream


1. Place the spring onions into a large pan together with the potatoes, garlic and stock. Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until the potato is soft. 2. Set aside a few tbsp. of peas for the garnish. Add the remaining peas into the pan and simmer for 5 minutes only. 3. Blanch the remaining peas in boiled water for 2-3 minutes. Drain them and then put to one side in a bowl of cold water. 4. Into the main pan add the mint, sugar, lemon and allow to cool slightly. 5. Pour into a blender and mix to the desired consistency. 6. Stir in half the cream and season with salt and pepper to taste. 7. Garnish with the remaining cream and drained peas to serve.

TIME TO EMBRACE THE HUMBLE HOUSEPLANT Everything goes in cycles it would seem. I’m old enough to remember the 1970s, and the rather tired looking rubber plant in our hallway, a little unloved and ignored. Since then, houseplants seemed to fall out of fashion although many people have always appreciated that bringing a little bit of the tropics into their home can enrich their lives in many ways.

Over-watering is the most common way for us to harm plants in the UK; sometimes we kill them with kindness! People will often water plants that, in their natural environment grow in poor, sandy, well-drained soil, two or three times a week or even daily. This is, in general, far too much and once every 10 to 14 days for most plants is more than sufficient.

I have spent dozens of years caring for about a thousand of these stunning plants every month in commercial premises, from swish city centre offices to smart restaurants and the glitziest of car showrooms, and I would like to share my care tips with you.

There are around 20 to 30 varieties of tropical plants sold in the UK and the majority of these are produced in the global capital of horticulture, Holland.

The first thing to consider is location, the simplest way I can emphasise the importance of this is to remind people of their holidays in the Canaries or other similar locations with constant warm weather and hours of sunshine all year round. If your plants are to thrive then natural or good artificial light is essential.

In future articles I would like to share specific recommendations for the care of Orchids, Bromellia, Dracaena, Palms, table top mixed displays, succulents and various other larger specimen plants. Free advice in the meantime is available on my fb page Houseplant doctor. Rick Simpson

THE PROBLEM WITH PLASTIC We all enjoyed watching Blue Planet 2 last year. As well as amazing photography of marine animals in their natural habitat, the programme drew attention to the state of our oceans and the plight of many fish and animals, caused in large part due to our excessive use of plastic. There are so many serious problems in the world now that we can end up feeling overwhelmed and unable to help. Not so with the plastic waste problem - this is something that every one of us can start to address. Plastic is overused in many ways, but we can all think about how to reduce our use of this undoubtedly flexible, but potentially wasteful and toxic, commodity. Single-use plastic in particular is largely unnecessary, and its overuse must be addressed if our children and grandchildren are to see the diverse wildlife we see in the oceans today. Here are a few simple ways you can start to make a difference. ■■ Get a refillable bottle for each member of your family instead of getting multipacks of so-called disposable plastic bottles. At present 38.5 million single-use bottles are used every day. ■■ Buy fruit juice in cardboard cartons not in plastic bottles. ■■ Get refillable hot drinks’ containers. Some coffee shops are encouraging use of these and often charge less. Of the 2.5 billion coffee cups used every day only 1% are recycled. ■■ Avoid plastic straws - they are only used for ten minutes but are then in the environment for hundreds of years. If you need to use a straw get one that isn’t made of plastic. They do exist, and many local businesses are changing to use them. ■■ Find out if a milkman delivers to your area and get milk in reusable glass bottles.


■■ If you provide packed lunches for your family, buy containers that can be used many times. ■■ If you have to eat regularly on the go, keep cutlery in your bag or car to avoid having to use the plastic cutlery provided. ■■ Supermarkets are proving slow to reduce plastic packaging. If they do sell loose broccoli, carrots, onions etc don’t use the bags they provide. I take unwrapped vegetables to the till and haven’t had any complaints so far. Even better, local greengrocers don’t use as much packaging and you can buy loose fruit and vegetables from them. It’s not just about food shopping and eating on the go - take a look round your home too. How can you cut down on plastic here? ■■ Change bottles of shower gel and liquid soap for bars of soap – preferably not wrapped in plastic! ■■ Buy razors that you can use again, not packets of disposable plastic ones. ■■ Buy containers to store food in. They may be made of plastic but will last for years and mean you can stop using cling film. ■■ Use soap powder that comes packaged in cardboard, not liquid soap in a plastic bottle. These are just a few suggestions to get us all thinking. Many people will have excellent ideas of their own to share. If you try just some of these ideas, you will be helping to solve a really serious problem. If everyone does a little, a huge amount will be achieved. This is one crisis we can all do something about. By Stella M. Thomas




A is for… America


The USA has long been a top destination for UK holidaymakers, offering fabulous holiday experiences from cities to beaches, golf and sailing to shopping and theme parks and from remote National Parks to full on vibrant Las Vegas. But how to narrow it down? As we all know, it’s a big country and it’s a big mistake to try and do too much. New England, and in particular the Bay State of Massachusetts, on the eastern seaboard of the USA, could be just the place for a summer holiday. With soft sand beaches, rugged rocky coastlines and quaint fishing villages sitting alongside rolling green hills, grape laden vineyards, and the energetic city of Boston.

B is for… Boston Boston, the State capital with so much to be proud of. It is a walking city, filled with green areas and parks, its most iconic being Boston Common in the heart of downtown. It is a welcoming city, with a friendly attitude towards all who visit this modern metropolis. Rich in history and culture and home to some of the best restaurants, hotels, nightlife and attractions in New England, it’s no surprise that Boston is one of the most loved cities in the USA. Downtown, you’ll find historic sites around almost every corner, many linked by The Freedom Trail. Plymouth Rock, landing point of the first settlers all those years ago, is less than an hour away with Plimoth

Plantation, a recreation of a 1627 Pilgrim village, just a little further on. Sports are a major part of Boston’s culture, with famous teams like the Boston Red Sox (baseball); Boston Celtics (basketball); Boston Bruins (ice hockey) and the New England Patriots (American football) all calling it home.

C is for… Cape Cod What is it about Cape Cod that keeps visitors coming back? That’s not a tricky question once you’ve visited for yourself. Cape Cod is captivating. The big draw, of course, are the beaches, some of the best in the world. Choose from the northern waters of Cape Cod Bay or the majestic Atlantic where surfing, fishing, swimming and boating are just a few of the summer pastimes. Visit the Cape Cod National Seashore for dramatic sand dunes, towering cliffs and almost infinite stretches of beaches. This Eastern Seaboard state has been named by the WWF as one of the world’s top 10 whalewatching spots, with a variety of species found within 25 miles of its coast. Whale-watching cruises operate

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from April to October and are, unsurprisingly, the top attraction on the Cape. Another reason for Cape Cod’s popularity may be attributed to the unique character of each town. Quilted together to make this special peninsula, each town has something different to offer and the ability to appeal to people of many interests. To get a feel for Cape Cod’s geography, drive along Route 6A to the tip of Provincetown and see for yourself the distinct differences in the Upper, Mid, Lower and Outer Cape. When visiting the Cape, whether for a day or a month, it is important to get beyond the main roads and do a little digging. Discover the nooks and crannies that you can call your own, whether it’s a pond, beach, bike trail, gallery or restaurant, there are plenty to choose from. Where can you tour a battleship in the morning, walk in the steps of the early pilgrims in the afternoon and catch the excitement of a ball game in the evening? Find yourself watching whales breach in the gentle waters one moment and admiring spectacular pieces of priceless art the next? If this combination of attractions beckons you to visit, why not spend your holiday in Massachusetts – it’s all here! So now you have the ABC, you just need the TBD - phone 01625 584195 or visit Travel by Design in Alderley Edge, and we will book your summer holiday to Massachusetts.


by Kristina Hulme

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

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

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


quick crossword Across 7 Put up for election (8) 8 Strong impulse, desire (4) 9 Small amount of food, a mouthful (6) 10 Snow-block house (5) 11 Diary keeper ____ Frank (4) 12 Accepted, allowed (8) 14 Possible (8) 18 Cloak (4) 20 Nibble, sample (5) 22 Small tower (6) 23 Pudding similar to semolina (4) 24 Gushing streams of water (8)

down 1 Chrysalis (6) 2 Beatniks, bohemians (8) 3 Pungent bulb used in cooking (6) 4 Hand in your notice (6) 5 Haul, tug (4) 6 Disregard, neglect (6) 13 Happened (8) 15 Non-speaking actors in crowd scenes (6) 16 Gasp, inhale (6) 17 Whole, complete (6) 19 Lots, abundance (6) 21 Excessively studious person (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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Answers: hose, flames, helmet, siren, fire engine, water. Extra letter answer: ladder

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



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

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

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 Kickstarters – Age 2-3 9.30-10.15am Age 3-4 10.30-11.15am A world of pre-school football with a superhero twist. Join the miniature recruits, enter the goaliverse, and earn the super power stickers. Civic Hall, off Park Lane, Poynton, SK12 1RB. Register on first day of attendance, all sessions pay as you go £5. Website: Contact: 07853 273578

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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! 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;

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 Kickstarters – Age 2-3yrs 9.30-10.15am Age 3-4yrs 10.30-11.15am See Thursday. Poynton Sports Club, London Road, Poynton Website: Contact: 07853 273578.

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april - may 2018

selected events in your area

Wednesday 4 April

Thursday 12 April

Poynton Philatelic Society Our guest speaker is Dr Barry Evans, who will be displaying his theme ‘From St. Kilda to Tristan Da Cunha. An unusual display but with a lot of interest in combining these two ‘far flung’ islands. Ron Phelps 01625 877643 North Room, Poynton Community Centre, Park Lane 7.30pm

Poynton Home Gardeners Club. Don Witton will talk, supported by many photographs of wonderful things he has seen, under the heading of “Once seen never forgotten.” Further details from Elaine on 01625 871603 or visit Royal British Legion Club, Georges Road West, Poynton, SK12 1JY 7.30pm

Wednesday 4 April

Fri 13 to Sun 15 April

Poynton Local History Society ‘The Growth of Primitive Methodism’ is the subject of a presentation to be given by Jill Barber. Visitors are very welcome to attend our talks at £2 per visit. Tel: 01625 872068 St Paul’s Community Room, Marley Road, Poynton, SK12 1LY 7.30 pm

Bramhall Art Society 51st Annual Exhibition. There is an open invitation to come along to view the work of the Society, with original paintings both framed and unframed available for purchase. Entrance is free and there is adjacent free parking. Tea, coffee, biscuits and cakes will be served each day from 10am to 4pm, with all proceeds being donated to St Ann’s Hospice. For updates go to bramhallartsociety Bramhall Village Club, Lumb Lane, Bramhall, SK7 1LR 10am to 6pm (5pm Sunday)

thursday 5 April Would you like to meet new friends? Are you over 50 and single? Thursday Group is a friendship group for men and women, with several activities run by the members every week. These include walking, dancing, badminton, theatre and restaurant visits. For more info, see, or ring Mike on 07860 396286, or just come along to new members night on the first Thursday in each month where you will be met by group members. The Bulls Head Pub, 30 Wilmslow Road, Handforth SK9 3EW 8.30pm

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

Thursday 12 April Worth Probus Club. Karen Aldcroft will speak to us on ‘the Metro Link’. Please contact Peter Owen on 01625871574 or for further details. St George’s Church Hall, 2pm

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Monday 16 April Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz. £6 entry, enquiries 01663 763532 Poynton British Legion, Georges Rd. Poynton, SK12 1JY 7.30pm

Tuesday 17 April Poynton U3A General Meeting. Karen Corcoran will give a talk on The Lady Policeman. Entrance £1 including refreshments. For more information contact Main Hall, Poynton Civic Centre 2pm to 4pm

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

Wednesday 18 April Chelford & North Cheshire Embroiderers’ Guild. Speaker: Rachel Howard Visitors very welcome at £4 per meeting with tea/coffee and biscuits included or contact 01625 858172 Chelford Village Hall, Knutsford Road, Chelford, SK11 9AS 7.30pm Continued over


Wednesday 18 April

Saturday 21 April

Poynton Philatelic Society Our other guest speaker this month is Mr Eric Coulton, who will be displaying his interest entitled ‘The Rise and Fall of German East Africa’. This is an excellent display and well worth seeing, there will be a lot of well documented material on show. Ron Phelps 01625 877643 North Room, Poynton Community Centre, Park Lane 7.30pm

The Doric Quartet - Founded in 1998 the Doric are now regarded as one of the leading British string quartets among many ensembles of exceptionally high quality. Their playing has been judged inventive, engaging, moving, and beautiful. Haydn Quartet op 35 no 5; Ades The Four Quarters; Beethoven Quartet op 130 Bollington Arts Centre 8pm

Thursday 19 April

Saturday 21 April

Poynton Townswomen’s Guild Grannies Epic Walk by Gwen Sproston and Linda Brackenbury. Visitors welcome, £2. Contact Kath on 0161 456 5299 Poynton Civic Hall 10am to 12 noon

Cheshire Sinfonia – Beautiful music in Bramhall Dvorak: Serenade for Strings, Woolfenden: Oboe Concerto (Soloist: Simon Beesley), Sibelius: Symphony No. 2. 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

Friday 20 April Absolute 80’s Rubik’s cube at the ready, leg warmers on, shoulder pads and back combed hair because the party is on! Join NK’s elite vocalists and musicians plus some very special guests for the ultimate 80’s tribute night! Fancy dress encouraged and late bar open throughout the evening. VIP Tables Available. Ticket prices £12 (£10% discount for INSIDE readers) 24hr Box Office 0333 666 3366 The Forum Theatre, Romiley, Stockport SK6 4EA 8pm

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

Friday 20 to Saturday 21 April Poynton Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s annual spring concert. Advance tickets £8 for adults and £5 for ages 16 and under from or 01625 876394. Tickets purchased on the door are £10 and £5 respectively. Poynton Legion, George’s Road West, Poynton 7.30pm

Saturday 21 April By Special Request! Capriccio vocal ensemble perform popular choral music with songs chosen by the audience. Conductor: David Walsh Accompanist: Tim Walker. Tickets: £10, under 18s free, from 07882 368167, or on the door. All proceeds to Parkinson’s UK ALEX Project. St Oswald’s Church, Bollington 7.30pm


Saturday 21 April Marple Choral Society Concert Haydn’s “Creation” with soloists and Stockport Symphony Orchestra. Tickets £12, students/under 18 half price. Norbury Parish Church, Hazel Grove SK7 4RF

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

Monday 23 April The Monday Morning Art Group We are hosting a watercolour presentation by Sheffield artist Stephen Coates. Stephen is a full-time professional artist who has written a book “The Watercolour Enigma”, writes regularly for Leisure Painter magazine, and has designed specialised brushes for Pro Arte. Cost £6 which includes coffee/tea and refreshments. More info from Suzy Whitehead, tel 01625 873435, email No need to book a place, just come along, arrive by 9.45am Royal British Legion, Georges Road West, Poynton, SK12 1JY 10am to 12 noon

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

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Tuesday 24 April

Saturday 28 April

North Cheshire Photographic Society. The Art of Underwater Photography - Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a dynamic husband and wife team of underwater photographers, photo-journalists and authors. Come and see a sample of their terrific photographs, as well as the kit they use to capture them. Non-members £5 on the door. For more information visit Poynton Civic Centre 7.30pm

Annual Gala Concert. Macclesfield Male Voice Choir will be joined by a number of VIP guests and an excellent guest soloist. Tickets available from choir members, the Tourist Information Centres and online. United Reformed Church, Park Green, Macclesfield 7.30pm

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

Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 April NK Theatre Arts’ Performance Class presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. What if your first true love was someone you’d been told you must hate? Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents. Ticket prices £10/£8 24hr Box Office 0333 666 3366 The Forum Theatre, Romiley, Stockport SK6 4EA 7.30pm

Thursday 26 April Worth Probus Club Annual General Meeting Please contact Peter Owen on 01625871574 or for further details. St George’s Hall 2pm

Thursday 26 April Simply Books presents best-selling author Salley Vickers Salley’s first book Miss Garnet’s Angel became an international word-of-mouth best seller and she followed this with a string of acclaimed novels. Salley will be introducing her new book, The Librarian – a charmingly subversive story set in a library in 1950s England. Tickets £5 (includes refreshments) Free event for Simply Books Book Club members. To book call 0161 439 1436 or book online at Simply Books, Bramhall 7pm

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

Saturday 28 April Poynton Ceilidhs. Albireo, caller Sarah Clough. Traditional dancing to live music. Experience not necessary! Tickets £9 on the door, cash only, under 16s are half price. Advance tickets at Poynton Civic Hall. 8pm till 11.30pm. Doors open 7.45pm

Wednesday 2 May Poynton Philatelic Society. Members Evening, where members will be displaying on ‘The Letter ‘Z’ and ‘anything goes. Always a good night. Ron Phelps 01625 877643 North Room, Poynton Community Centre, Park Lane 7.30pm

Wednesday 2 May Poynton Local History Society. Anne Woods will give a presentation about The Leghs of Adlington Hall - History of the House and Garden. Last meeting before our summer break, will begin with a short AGM. Visitors are very welcome to attend our talks at £2 per visit. Tel: 01625 872068 St Paul’s Community Room, Marley Road, Poynton, SK12 1LY 7.30pm

Saturday 5 May Poynton Male Voice Choir Spring Concert A wide selection of male voice choir items as well as various solo spots, including local guest soprano Kate Shaw. Tickets £9 include refreshments and can be reserved by calling John on 0161 439 6419, or bought at the door. Poynton Methodist Church 7.30pm

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


Tuesday 8 May

Saturday 12 May

East Cheshire Association of the National Trust Lecture: French Connections with Gordon Bartley Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AB 2pm

Chelford & North Cheshire Embroiderers’ Guild Exhibition: Looking Back Moving Forward. A Celebration of Members Work over the last 25 years. Highlighting the exciting world of modern textiles and stitch plus traders’ stalls and refreshments. Admission £3 or contact 01625 858172 Chelford Village Hall, Knutsford Road, Chelford. SK11 9AS 10am to 4pm

Thursday 10 May Worth Probus Club. Terry Fones will speak to us on ‘Let’s Go Home’. Please contact Peter Owen on 01625 871574 or for further details. St George’s Church Hall 2pm

Thursday 10 May Poynton Home Gardeners Club Dr R S Callow (Bob) will give an enlightening talk on the History of Kew Gardens. Further details from Elaine on 01625 871603or visit Royal British Legion Club, Georges Road West, Poynton, SK12 1JY 7.30pm

Friday 11 May A Piano Recital in aid of The Wellspring. Patrick Hemmerle an Internationally known French Concert Pianist will perform the following programme: Bach, Prelude and Fugue in E major from the Well-Tempered Clavier, book 11 Mendelssohn: Prelude and Fugue in E minor Franck: Prelude Choral et Fugue Chopin: 24 preludes opus 28. Tickets £12, students £8, available from Peter 0161 427 4700 The Hallam Hall, Stockport Grammar School Buxton Rd Stockport SK2 7AF 7.30pm

Friday 11 May Murder at the Forum - Are you ready to play detective? Join us for a night of Murder Mystery Fun at The Forum Theatre. Watch the action, quiz the characters and solve the murder! Cabaret seating, the perfect night out for a group of friends, work colleagues or family. All seats just £10. 24hr Box Office 0333 666 3366 The Forum Theatre, Romiley, Stockport SK6 4EA 7.30pm

Saturday 12 May Good Old Fashioned Jumble Sale! Live singing, with a performance by the children of Poynton Methodist Preschool. Drinks available, FREE drinks for children, delicious homemade cakes and a prize draw. Please drop unwanted clothes, shoes, DVDs, bric a brac etc into the Poynton Methodist Preschool or arrange collection call 01625 871115 or email All proceeds to Preschool, a non-profit making organisation. Poynton Methodist Church 11am to 2pm


Sunday 13 May Plant Hunters’ Fair Half price entry to the Gardens & Plant Fair £3 Adlington Hall, Mill Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4LF 10am to 4pm

Tuesday 15 May Poynton U3A General Meeting Judith Popley will speak on My Life at Granada TV. Entrance £1 including refreshments. For more information contact Main Hall, Poynton Civic Centre 2pm to 4pm

Wednesday 16 May Chelford & North Cheshire Embroiderers’ Guild Speaker: Diana Morrison Visitors welcome, £4 per meeting with tea/coffee and biscuits included or call 01625 858172 Chelford Village Hall, Knutsford Road, Chelford SK11 9AS 7.30pm

Wednesday 16 May Poynton Philatelic Society AGM and Auction, where officers of the Society give their speeches on the season’s events and elect the committee for the next season. The Auction follows where members can put up their unwanted items for others to bid on. Ron Phelps 01625 877643 North Room, Poynton Community Centre, Park Lane 7.30pm

Thursday 17 May Poynton Townswomen’s Guild Topic: Colour and Make Up. Speaker: Clare Holden. Visitors welcome, £2 Contact Kath on 0161 456 5299 Poynton Civic Hall 10am to 12 noon Continued over

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Friday 18 May

Saturday 26 May

Stockport Historical Society Annual General Meeting then Talks: Airships on Anglesey by Mrs Vivian Bath and The Stockport Riots by Mrs Ruth Faulkner. Further information from Tony Nightingale 0161 440 0570 Stockport Sunday School, Nangreave Road, SK2 6DQ (Next to Aquinas College) 7.45pm

Cheshire Chorale and Cheshire Sinfonia - Beautiful music in Bramhall. Vaughan Williams: A London SymphonyElgar: The Spirit of England Op. 80 Tickets: £12 (Full), £10 (concessions), £3 (students) Reserved tickets available in advance from 01969 667033 or at the door. St Michael’s Parish Church, Robins Lane, Bramhall 7.30pm

Friday 18 May Come along to a fabulous evening of big-band jazz with Fish Lip Soup and vocalist Julie Scott. A mix of Basie, Ellington and some more modern big-band numbers, along with hits made famous by Peggy Lee and Natalie Cole. Tickets £10 from Mates DIY, Ted’s Barber Shop and friendsofeastcheshire@ Proceeds to East Cheshire Hospice. Poynton Workmen’s Club. Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm

Friday 18 to Saturday 19 May Join the NK Theatre Arts Studio 2 Dancers for a fantastic presentation of Song and Dance - also including the NK Musical Theatre Classes come and join this talented bunch of young people as they take us on a brilliant musical journey for the whole family! Featuring songs from previous Studio 2 Showcase Performances to celebrate our 30th Anniversary Ticket prices £8/£5 24hr Box Office 0333 666 3366 The Forum Theatre, Romiley, Stockport SK6 4EA 7.30pm

Sunday 20 May Stockport Symphony Orchestra Spring matinee including Elgar Introduction and Allegro, Brahms Serenade no 2, and Mozart Symphony no 40. There will be tea and cakes with this special afternoon concert. For more information please see Stockport Town Hall 3pm

Mon 21 to Sat 26 May Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn Poynton Players present this fast-paced comedy. Tickets online or call 0333 666 3366 George’s Rd West, Poynton SK12 1JY

Wednesday 30 May Macclesfield Museums holiday activities Egyptian Scarabs and Amulets - Create an Egyptian scarab complete with your own secret inscription along with an amulet to protect you in the ‘afterlife.’ £3 per person, drop-in. The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield 1.30 to 3.30pm

Thursday 31 May Macclesfield Museums holiday activities Wacky Machines. As part of our Jacquard Legacy project, make your own wacky machine combining some low-tech recycling with a little bit of technology. £5 per person, drop-in. The Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield 1.30pm to 3.30pm

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Leisure Centre



Lostock Christian Fellowship Poynton Baptist Church Poynton Christian Fellowship St Paul’s RC Church Poynton Methodist Church Poynton Parish Church (St Georges with St Martin’s)

01625 260728 01625 859036 01625 859170 01625 872606 01625 871592 01625 879277

01625 850828 01625 874667 01625 876900 01625 875 074

01625 872299 01625 872134 01625 875618

Helplines Alcoholics Anonymous Al-Anon Childline Crimestoppers RSPCA Samaritans Citizens Advice Bureau Directory Enquiries You & Yours Counselling

0800 9177650 02074 030888 0800 1111 0800 555111 0300 1234999 116 123 03444 111 444 118 500 01625 874225

Local Government MP’s Constituency Office E. Cheshire Council Info Services Poynton Town Council

01625 422848 0300 123 5500 01625 872238

Well Pharmacy L Rowland & Co

01625 872214 01625 873955

Police Station (non-emergency)


Poynton Post Office

01625 850262

Schools Lostock Hall Primary School Lower Park Primary School St Paul’s RC Primary School Vernon Primary School Worth Primary School Poynton High School

01625 383838 01625 872560 01625 383040 01625 872556 01625 875900 01625 871811

transport Open Hands Transport Traveline Bus & Train Information National Rail Enquiries

01625 878589 0871 2002233 0345 748 4950


Hospitals Macclesfield District General Hospital Stepping Hill Hospital NHS Non-Emergency

01625 374818

Post Offices

Doctors Priorslegh Medical Centre McIlvride Medical Practice Poynton Clinic

Poynton Library

01625 876442


Dentists Poynton Dental Surgery Wish Dental Practice Chester Rd Dental Care Mydentist


01625 421000 0161 483 1010 111

Electricity – Power Loss Gas – Emergency Water Mains Environment Agency Floodline

0800 195 4141 0800 111 999 0845 746 2200 0845 988 1188


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Making Tax Digital 47 Nolan James Chartered Accountants 31

The Cheshire Smokehouse


Pure Clean Drainage Solutions

Practical Philosophy


BARBERS Famous Henrys

BOOKSHOPS Simply Books


BUILDING SERVICES Cheshire Building & Groundwork JS Services Whitehall Builders


CARE HOMES & SERVICES Alice Chilton Carmel Lodge Hope Green

31 28 32

CARPETS & FLOORING Carpet Creations




Adlington Hall & Gardens Adlington Memorial Park



CHURCHES Poynton Christian Fellowship Inside Front Cover 52 46

COMPUTER & INTERNET Mike Knibb SR Computers

66 6


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69 64 56 64 35


MOBILITY Adjustamatic


Manners Pimblett Back Cover Slater & Gordon Inside Back Cover Poynton Tennis Club Richmond Rovers SSE Wildcats



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TRAVEL Travel by Design


More Than Loft Ladders



The Stair Shop 60

JOINERY D C Joinery Trevor Garner





SECURITY Crimeguard Security



ROOFING Poynton Roofing


Eco Dazzle


David Hanson 17


Carl Howard Jessica Bethany Beauty Lounge The Cut



Greenthumb NRG Garden Services Robinsons Garden Maintenance

Matt Finish


Park Lane Physiotherapy

Kathy Shaw

Cheshire Hearing Centres


Pure Clean Drainage Solutions


Brook House Farm Preschool Centre 55 Kids Zone 52

Poynton British Legion Poynton Players

56 66

FURNITURE Elm Interiors

9 64 65




Poynton Chiropractic


ELECTRICIANS Maddocks SCZ Electrical Services

Bauhaus Dean Wilson Kathy Shaw






EVENTS & VENUES 35 18 43

BUILDING SOCIETIES Vernon Building Society


Wills Driveway Cleaning 27



TREE SERVICES LTS Treeworks 40 Swift Tree & Arboricultural Services 15

TROPICAL PLANTS Tropical Plants 4 Gifts


WEIGHT LOSS Slimming World


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Inside Poynton Issue 74  

Community magazine including local news and what's on

Inside Poynton Issue 74  

Community magazine including local news and what's on