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inside poynton june - july 2019


Issue 81

The local magazine our readers love to keep One of six magazines delivered to over 45,000 homes


inside p o y n t o n Hello everyone, and welcome to our latest little magazine, lovingly crafted by this Claire, ‘the other Clare’ and Bob, our graphic designer who just happens to live on the Wirral. The wonders of technology now mean we can work from pretty much anywhere! My main message this month is to say a big thank you to you, the readers, the editorial contributors and, importantly, the many businesses that advertise with us. The support of local businesses means we can get many thousands of magazines printed and delivered every month at no charge to the reader, as we have been doing for 14 years now. INSIDE Magazines is a truly local and independent business and we are proud to say we have become a well-read and well-respected source of local information, with a loyal community following. We work hard to offer a variety of articles to engage our readers alongside lots of useful dates and information, so readers keep their magazines for longer. If you’re looking to make your business a household name, please get in touch to discuss your marketing needs. Enjoy the sunshine!

What’s INSIDE this month 4 Mighty Cathedrals 7 poynton summerfest 8 inside people 11 exploring child rights at quarry bank 16 eat the rainbow 19 ngs gardens galore 23 not so humble umbels 11 25 the beer & book club 27 In Touch 30 Puzzles 32 The Walk 37 raising funds for east cheshire hospice 39 INSIDE Guide 47 Diary of a Geeky Knitter 7 48 poynton live 50 Children’s Activities 52 real life motoring 55 adventure holidays 58 Puzzle Solutions 61 Useful Numbers 62 Classified Index


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Mighty Cathedrals

Poynton residents, Val and Paul Hindmarsh, talk to Jenny Cooke about their English Cathedral tour 2013 - 2018 ‘We began with Coventry. It took us a full five years to see all 43 English cathedrals and every visit was enjoyable and valuable in different ways. ‘People frequently ask, ‘What’s been your favourite?’ A hard one to call: Coventry perhaps, for its fabulous collection of sculpture and art. Maybe Durham: its size is truly awe inspiring and Tom Denny’s 2009 ‘Transfiguration Window’, is a great asset; Gloucester for its spaciousness; Wakefield due to its tasteful refurbishment; Blackburn for its open and light worship space; Chester because it’s ours and Salisbury for its magnificent font. Each cathedral has its own distinctive atmosphere. ‘Whilst Paul, my husband, was seeking the perfect photograph of the nave or ecclesiastical artefact, my priorities were different. How were we welcomed, were there spaces for silent prayer, and was there a cathedral bookshop? We discovered that Durham and York do wonderfully well here. Cathedrals are finely balanced between serving the interests of tourism and retaining the sense of the spiritual for which task they


by Jenny Cooke

were originally conceived. They generally do a brilliant job, many of them deliberately encouraging a minute of stillness on the hour for prayer. And ‘activity guides’ are often supplied for small children. ‘Why did we visit? That’s easy; like mountains, cathedrals are there, and the majority are free, though naturally enough they encourage contributions! They’re part of our national and Christian heritage. As veryexpensive-to-maintain examples of the world’s finest architectural achievements, they need our support and interest. They’re great for exploring the Christian faith and for giving substance to history eg Leicester and King Richard 111; Canterbury and Thomas à Becket. They are repositories of art of all kinds and these days are often hosts to wonderful travelling exhibitions. Birmingham Cathedral provided people with a chance to create their own ‘Soul Boat’ for Jake Lever’s stunning installation which subsequently hung in the cathedral for most of 2016. ‘Where we could, we attended mid-week Evensong or Sunday morning services, admiring the choirs that sing the offices daily with such skill and enthusiasm. On an Easter Sunday morning in Liverpool, the large congregation was boosted by over 100 Iranian Christians – truly a cause for celebration! ‘We are consistently reading in the press that cathedral visitor numbers are rising. Great! If people, especially young people, can find in cathedrals a stimulus to spiritual thought, a helpful silence, space for contemplation and freedom to consider the big questions of life, this must be a good thing. All of us too, if we can travel, benefit from such experiences of the tremendous and the numinous, alongside the warmth of the welcome of strangers. It can lift us out of the ordinariness of daily life and renew us in ways we can only guess. Take time out as we approach the great festivals of Easter, Pentecost or Christmas and go visit a cathedral. In the North West, there are several only a short train ride away, but check their websites first. They can be busy places.

Rev’d Dr Val Hindmarsh is Curate at Norbury Parish Church. This interview is adapted from the article which first appeared in the Norbury Parish Church magazine, Dec 2018.

Poynton Summerfest Looking for something exciting for all the family to enjoy this Summer? Don’t worry, Poynton Summerfest, on 14 July, has got it covered! From live music to impressive birds of prey flying displays; from mouth-watering cuisine and local craft and produce stalls to dog fly-balling demonstrations you won’t be disappointed! Now returning for its eighth year, Poynton Summerfest is a free community event with something for everyone. July 2018 saw one of the busiest crowds Summerfest had ever seen and although we can’t predict the weather, we can guarantee that a good day out will be had by all, even your dog! families to enjoy, as well as pony rides, a variety of charity stalls and a new addition this year a climbing wall.

This year’s Fest is sure to go off with a bang as we welcome a Samba band for the first time to really get you in the mood! If it’s music you’re in to, then you are in for a treat as our firm favourites, The Downfall Band, return with some well-known classics, and the Poynton Youth Brass Band will be performing at intervals throughout the day. New additions for 2019 bring a real international flavour to Poynton, so why not try some of our exciting variety of food stalls from different countries to suit every palate, including Portuguese, French and Italian. Local culinary favourites will of course also be offered as well as a wide selection of refreshments to quench your thirst. This year will see some changes to the layout of Summerfest, with most main events taking place on Mount Vernon playing field. The Middlewood Way will provide more of a quiet zone and picnic area for

Entrance to Poynton Summerfest is free. It takes place from 11.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday 14 July on the Mount Vernon playing field and on the old railway platform on the Middlewood Way. Please note that car parking is available on Mount Vernon Field for a modest charge of £3 per vehicle, with the revenue raised helping to fund next year’s event. As always, the committee would like to thank the Poynton Town Council for their continued support. We look forward to seeing you all there! Please note that the Summerfest volunteers are always looking for enthusiastic individuals to bring new ideas. If you feel you want to make a difference in your local community then why not get in touch with our friendly, small group of volunteers who help organise this funfilled family event every year? For more information please visit Fest goers can stay up to date by following our Facebook page by searching @poyntonsummerfest and Twitter page @hpsummerfest


inside people Paul Bowen

Dr Paul Bowen was born in Plymouth in December 1975 and attended Kingsbridge school in Devon until he was 18, when he went to Nottingham University to read medicine for five years. After gaining his degree, Paul completed his Hospital and General Practice training in Lincolnshire for a further four years. He moved to Cheshire working as a GP in Macclesfield and in 2006 became a partner in the McIlvride practice in Poynton. Paul was Chairman of the Eastern Cheshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group from 2012 to 2019 and was appointed Medical Director of the newly formed Middlewood Partnership this year. The Middlewood Partnership is a merger of four independent GP practices in Bollington, Disley and Poynton, to form a new partnership that will serve 33,000 patients in four surgeries. The partnership plans to retain the best of the old system with exciting opportunities for new services. The driving force behind the merger is to improve care and access, whilst addressing the threats facing GPs if they don’t work together. Paul is excited about the possibilities. “This is the way that GP practices will develop in the future. We will maintain and build the continuity and responsiveness valued by our patients but move health care into the 21st Century by developing new roles such as clinical pharmacists and specialist nurses. We will use IT and the wider multi-disciplinary team to meet need beyond the traditional ten-minute appointment.” Paul believes this will improve patient experience, offering a range of existing and new services from each of the four bases. From summer, the partnership plans to run online, immediate digital triage and consultation advice every


weekday. It is the future of general practice Paul feels; improved choice offering a range of clinicians, locations and times and methods of consultation including face to face, telephone email and eventually Skype. General Practice is changing rapidly, Paul thinks, and developments like the new partnership will soon be the norm. “I’m really pleased to be a part of this innovation which will bring improved services to our patients.” Paul is married to Sarah Oliver who is also a GP and they have two children, a girl of ten and a boy of eight. When he escapes from the long hours of general practice, Paul is a keen cyclist and a “wild” swimmer who swims in isolated tarns or along deserted stretches of coastline. He is also a keen hillwalker and enjoys stand up paddle boarding (windsurfing without the sail!) He relaxes by playing piano or guitar or listening to Elbow, a Manchester band. He also likes cooking, especially baking and is an avid watcher of horror movies. Paul likes people with a sense of humour who don’t take the world too seriously and dislikes people who take things for granted. If he has a regret it is that he didn’t travel more when he was young. Although he travelled widely in Central and Southern America and currently holidays with the family in Scandinavia, he wishes he had spent longer exploring other parts of the world. His ambition is to continue doing what he loves, working as a community GP. His aspirations are for his childrenthat they will enjoy the opportunities that he had in a safe world. Paul’s hero is Michael Palin someone whose humour, kindness and interest in people he readily tries to emulate. If he hadn’t been a GP, Paul would have liked to work in a creative industry like film, as a location scout or a casting director. Last word from Paul We have a wonderful National Health Service which is at risk and under many pressures. I feel privileged to work in it and believe everyone should value the service and not take it for granted.

by Ed Blundell

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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eat the rainbow Many people are becoming vegetarian thanks to an abundance of scientific research that demonstrates both the health and environmental benefits of a plant-based diet. Others are just reducing their intake of red meat. Either way, the net effect is a healthy one as it leaves more room on your plate to fill up with an array of delicious vegetables and fruits; and the more colourful your plate of food, the more nutrients you will be consuming.

Vegetarians often seem to have loads of energy! Whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables are high in complex carbohydrates, so they supply the body with plenty of energising fuel. These, along with all those delicious pulses, are also jam-packed with fibre. They fill you up, so you are less likely to over-eat and you are unlikely to become constipated as the combination of lots of fibre and plenty of water should keep everything moving nicely!

An estimated 70 percent of all diseases, including onethird of all cancers, are related to diet. A vegetarian diet can reduce the risk for chronic degenerative diseases such as obesity, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Then there’s the environment to consider. A plant-based diet is environmentally friendly. Much of the grain we grow is fed to animals raised for slaughter. As a rough guide it takes 2,500 gallons of water, 5.5kg of grain, nearly 16kg of topsoil and the energy equivalent of a gallon of petrol, to produce one pound of beef! A vegetarian diet can sustain many more people, so is a more efficient use of resources.

At the same time, it can increase bone strength; if your bloodstream lacks calcium, your body can leach it from existing bone, resulting in your skeleton gradually becoming porous and losing strength. Although you can take supplements, it’s better to obtain calcium from your diet because food also supplies other nutrients such as phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin D, that are necessary for the body to be able to absorb and make use of calcium. Even if you have to, or prefer to avoid dairy, beans, tofu, plant-based milks like soy, oat, rice or almond, and dark green vegetables such as broccoli, and kale are all rich in calcium. For anyone going through the menopause, you can really help to stave off the symptoms by upping your intake of vegetables and fruits, many of which are rich in phytoestrogens, the plant-based chemical compounds that mimic the behaviour of oestrogen. Soy is a very abundant natural source of phytoestrogens, but they are also found in apples, beets, cherries, dates, garlic, olives, plums, raspberries, squash and sweet potatoes.


by Claire Hawker

Finally, a vegetarian diet is cheaper. Eating vegetables, grains and fruits in place of beef, chicken and fish could cut individual food bills by an average of £500 per year. If you are thinking about incorporating more vegetarian meals into your diet, there’s no need to rush out and buy cookbooks (although there are lots of fabulous ones available) or scratch your head wondering what to make every day. For simple ways to include more plants-based foods into your diet, it’s really easy to get inspiration from online recipes and blogs - my current ‘food heroes’ are Dale Pinnock and Dr Rupy Aujla You don’t have to go 100% vegetarian overnight, but just by cutting back on the number of meat portions you eat in a week or month, and introducing a wide variety of delicious vegetables, you could be on the way to a healthier, happier you!

National Garden Scheme

Gardens Galore!

June and July are always the most popular months for the opening and visiting of gardens, so we can only give readers a taster of what is opening during these months and encourage them to look at the NGS booklets, book, website and app for more details. On 8 and 9 June, Drake Carr, Higher Disley joins us for the first time, presenting its delightful cottage garden style to visitors. Also, on 9 June, Lane End Garden and small associated nursery at Lymm open again and I am sure will repeat the hit they had on visitors last year. The two West Drive Gardens open for a second time on 9 June too, having already shown off their snowdrops in February.

The Homestead

Not far from Winterbottom House lies The Homestead, opening on 23 June. A true plantswoman’s garden belonging to Cheshire’s NGS County Organiser. A masterclass in planting with no lawns to cut! On Saturday 29 June, Beechwood Cottage and 10 Statham Ave (both Lymm) will see lots of visitors.

Lane End Garden

On Sunday 30 June, another new garden, Ashton Grange, at Ashton Heyes will be opening showing off extensive gardens. The owners continue to make extensive restorations to the gardens, and we know many visitors like to see how these ‘work in progress’ projects go about it. Continued over

18 Highfield Road, Bollington, opens on 22 and 23 June. Small but beautifully formed, it shows what can be done with careful structure, a difficult sloping small site and a good knowledge of plants and where to put them. Ashmead, at Macclesfield is another garden where a whole gallon is squeezed into a pint pot! Just see how the garden spills out onto the verge! Open on 15 and 16 June. Winterbottom House, near Mere, is a beautifully created gem with ponds and quiet green spaces. Open on 16 June only. by John Hinde

Beechwood Cottage


Rowley House

Rowley House near Kermincham, Holmes Chapel, open on 7 July, always proves popular, with its beautifully designed stable yard and contrasting wild flower meadows and unusual mature trees. Totally new this year to the NGS is the MacIntyre New Routes Orchard and Garden, a charity-run community garden that will offer a different garden visiting experience. You will enjoy it when it opens on 13 July. Please note that two gardens due to open during this period and listed in our publications, Sycamore Cottage at Carrington and Trafford Hall near Chester, will NOT be opening due to unforeseen circumstances. Cheshire and Wirral have nearly 80 gardens and it’s only possible to give a sample here. Apologies if we haven’t mentioned your favourite garden. Full details are available in the well-established yellow booklet available in garden centres, libraries etc or, in case of difficulty from, via the website ( , via the NGS app, or usually by simply putting the garden name into Google (other search engines are available!) followed by ‘NGS’. If you are interested in opening your garden to help us raise money for our charities, (we will be donating about £3 million to our charities (based upon money raised in 2018), please contact us (you can use the email address above) and we will be happy to talk to you and if suitable, provide every help and support.


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

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

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


Not all umbels are immediately obvious as such on first look. Astrantias (Masterwort) and Eryngiums (Sea Holly) are two such where the ribs of the umbrellas are very short and the flowerheads form a tight, coneshaped flower looking quite like a thistle. Much of the showiness and colour comes from elongated bracts below the flowers that do the job of petals. On Sea Hollies the bracts are usually hard and spiky and very often silver or blue taking on a metallic sheen. Of varieties like Planum even the flower stems become metallic blue.

Astrantias likewise have large bracts acting like petals but on these they are papery, almost like everlasting flowers. Astrantias come in all shades of white, pink and ruby red and often include a touch of green in the flower as well. They prefer a moist soil in slight shade and here they will bloom through the summer. In dry soils they will stop flowering in mid-summer and will need to be cut back hard to encourage more flowers in late summer. Seedlings will vary in colour but often produce very nice plants. Umbels are dramatic, architectural plants that will grace any garden, there’s nothing humble about umbels! Janetand I run Special Perennials, our website is full of colour photos and growing tips. We sell at Plant Hunters’ Fairs throughout the season. Please see We will be at the Plant Hunters’ Fair at Norton Priory, Runcorn WA7 1BD on Sunday 9 June (free entry to plant fair) and at Henbury Hall Gardens, Macclesfield on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June (£3 for garden & fair entry). We are happy to bring orders to plant fairs for you to collect.

way. It reminded him a little too much of Adrian Mole for his liking.

The Beer & Book Club recommends The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion The BBC took a trip to The Mounting Stone in Bramhall for our latest meeting, to discuss The Rosie Project, chosen by our in-house doctor who has a background in working with people who have issues with mental health. The book is told in the first person by someone who is described as having Asperger’s, so the doctor’s expert knowledge was invaluable as we raised questions about how accurately the main character was portrayed. His view was that it was indeed an accurate portrayal, and for some of us this added more credibility to the writing. For those unfamiliar with the novel, it’s based around two ‘projects’, not just one. The Rosie Project centres on the main character developing a questionnaire to try and find his perfect partner. In the process of finding said partner, a ‘father project’ also emerges, as the main protagonist sets about trying to find the true father of Rosie, who also becomes the focus of the partner finding project. Confused? Hopefully not, because the book is an easy read and proved to be a fast read for most of our party. Easy reads and fast reads, however, do not always a quality novel make, and some of us struggled with the book by the end, finding it a little far-fetched and a tad on the predictable side. In a quick round-up of views, one thought this an easy to read, page-turner; another, an endearing and amusing tale, told from an interesting perspective. Someone felt it was a thought-provoking and enthralling novel, another felt the book started well but then drifted quite a long

Another pronounced the book unusual and memorable, but not necessarily for the right reasons. He thought it became somewhat predictable as it wore on; another found it funny and uplifting even if it did, for him, turn into a stereotypical rom-com. It was interesting that many of us could not help comparing this novel with other books and films we had read or seen. Apart from the Adrian Mole comparison, there was perhaps the more obvious link made with The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-Time, also told through the eyes of a child. Whilst not everyone warmed to the main character as an individual, he came across well and most appreciated that he was an interesting depiction of someone who might have Asperger’s. We felt we learnt a lot through seeing things from his perspective – whether through him turning everything into a project, or his ability to learn certain skills extremely quickly, or his approach of designing a questionnaire to find a partner. The Rosie character was not always well liked – some wondered what she might see in the main character and several found it a little too convenient that the opposites did attract, and the love story won the day. The plot was described as uninteresting, irrelevant and all too neatly wrapped up at the end – a predictable romance for many in this respect. However, we all took something from this book and many of us read it quickly and with enjoyment. It was amusing at times, even if some of the events felt unlikely and verging on the ridiculous. As a book we can see the appeal and we can appreciate the lessons it has taught us, not least about how someone with Asperger’s might see the world in which we all live. That said, it was clearly not everyone’s cup of Rosie, let alone their glass of fine white beer, as dispensed by The Mounting Stone.


in touch your local community noticeboard june - july 2019

PARTY IN THE PARK This year’s charity musical extravaganza will take place on Saturday 15 June in Poynton Park, offering more than six hours of entertainment and sensational live music for all tastes. The fun starts at 4pm with a showcase of young talent from Poynton, whilst you enjoy your food and drink hampers. This is followed by Poynton’s award-winning Vernon Brass Band, who have been with us every year since the event started in 2004. Next, Paul Grant Reason will perform an amazing tribute to George Michael. Back again by popular demand are Monkey Harris, who will have everybody on their feet dancing, then an hour later Paul Grant Reason transforms and loses his bristles in order to perform an incredible award-winning tribute act to Robbie Williams. Top of the bill this year are an incredible tribute band called Waterloo. The clue is in the name – they are considered the best ABBA tribute band. Last, but definitely not least, is our very own Leroy Lurve who will compere the whole show. Tickets can be purchased online at, from MATES DIY shop at 2 Park Lane, Poynton or at the entrance to Party in the Park on the day. All details about the event, the acts, new entrances to the park and all T&Cs can be found on the website link. Party In The Park is a ‘not for profit event’ so the good news is that all surplus/profits from the event will go to charities and worthy community causes supported by Poynton and District Rotary Club.

FAREWELL TO POYNTON IN BUSINESS A few members of the former Poynton in Business (PIB) group met at the Flute & Firkin in May to raise a glass to the triumphs and tribulations of PIB past and present. PIB, which was set-up in April 2013, has been very successful in connecting local businesses, and many now work with each other and have become good friends, but over the last year or so the number of members turning up at meetings had dwindled considerably. Thanks are due to everyone who supported PIB, attended meetings and gave presentations about their business. Also, to the volunteers of the steering group for their dedication to PIB, arranging meetings, guests, social events and dealing with the finances, website and administration and ultimately making people ‘Think Local, Choose Local’.

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GREAT BRITISH TENNIS WEEKEND Higher Poynton Tennis Club is now open for the season. Tennis club members took delivery of more clay during March, for resurfacing the two outdoor courts. After spending a weekend resurfacing, gardening and doing some general maintenance, the tennis season was declared open. The club held its first public open day of the season on Sunday 7 April which was well attended. Another Great British Tennis weekend, with coaching by professional LTA coaches and cardio tennis, will be held on 21 July. The club, located on Carleton Road, has a pavilion with toilet facilities and a kitchen area for making refreshments. Please come and join us at an open day. If you’re not playing, you can sit on the patio surrounded by gardens and allotments and watch the activities on the courts. It doesn’t matter if you are a novice or an expert, all will be made to feel welcome. Why not spring into action, pick up that racket (don’t worry if you haven’t got one, there are lots available at the club) and come and see us in July for tennis, refreshments and home baked cakes?

Further information about Great British Tennis weekends, membership fees, times of opening and some background to the club is available at or on our Facebook page.

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

SINGING TO A HOME AUDIENCE! Every year Poynton’s acclaimed choir, the St George’s Singers, go on tour performing in cathedrals, concert halls, castles and colleges across Britain and Europe and as far afield as Costa Rica. Their tour concert programmes include a varied and ever-increasing selection of delightful shorter pieces of music, both sacred and secular and ranging from Renaissance to contemporary. They have decided to share this year’s “The Well Conducted Tour” with their home audience in Poynton. The music includes pieces by Byrd, Monteverdi, Handel, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Elgar, Rachmaninov, Finzi and more. In a lighter vein, there are arrangements of some well-known traditional songs such as The Gift to be Simple and Steal Away. From Messiah to Teddy Bear’s picnic there is something for everyone In this concert! The Well Conducted Tour comes to St George’s Church, Poynton on Saturday 8 June at 7.30pm. Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £5 students and children, group discounts by arrangement from the ticket secretary, phone 01663 764012, email


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


by FJA Smith, Poynton Rambling Club

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

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

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


New Artwork to raise funds for East Cheshire Hospice International artist, and Wilmslow resident, Susie MacMurray, is creating an extraordinary new largescale artwork which will be on display in the Mansion at Tatton Park this summer. Working with a small team of volunteers from East Cheshire Hospice she is creating a new work, ‘Gathering’, which will be suspended from the rotunda in the Staircase Hall at Tatton. Made up of thousands of individual elements, ‘Gathering’ has been inspired by the work of the hospice as well as referencing the Costume Ball, which was held at Tatton in 1897 to celebrate William Egerton’s Earldom. The red velvet which makes up the elements of ‘Gathering’ is the colour of the silk velvet dress worn by the Countess at the ball. An additional exhibition, ‘The Tatton Ball’ will provide an insight into what the aristocrats wore, the music and the colour of high society entertaining.

a lucky contributor than a volunteer, who along with a wonderful team, is helping Susie create her Gathering vision. As we gather each week, the conversation flows and seems to absorb into the work. It’s a privilege to see the work developing over the weeks and months that we have been working on it. I hope that the elements will help to raise much needed funds for the hospice.” Each of the individually made elements that make up ‘Gathering’, will be for sale during its display and will be distributed to buyers once the installation has been taken down in October 2019. All proceeds from the sale of the elements will go to East Cheshire Hospice to help them provide their invaluable service to those with life limiting illness in our community.

The volunteers who have been working with MacMurray have come to the project through their involvement with East Cheshire Hospice – and have found the process of creating the artwork very rewarding. Lynne Tait, whose husband was cared for in the Hospice in 2016 said, “I really wanted to do something to support the Hospice when they had been so wonderful with my husband at the end of his life. I feel more like

Running from 28 June to 6 October 2019, ‘Gathering’ and ‘The Tatton Ball’ promise to provide two excellent reasons to visit Tatton Park this summer. Carole Hyde, Business Development Manager at Tatton said, “We’re delighted to have an artist of Susie MacMurray’s calibre creating an artwork specifically for the Mansion at Tatton. We hope that visitors will take the opportunity to see this unique work as well as experiencing The Tatton Ball exhibition and enjoying all that Tatton Park has to offer this summer.” Full details of this exhibition can be found at


inside guide

june - july 2019

selected events in your area

Saturday 1 June

Saturday 8 June

Movie Music & More Poynton Gilbert & Sullivan Society Spring Concert Tickets will be available from or 01625 876394 Also, from Mates DIY on Park Lane or on the door. £10 for adults and £5 for 16 and under. Poynton Legion, George’s Road West 7.30pm

St George’s Singers’ Summer Concert The Well Conducted Tour. Tickets are £12, £10 concessions, with £2 students and children with reductions for group bookings, and can be booked by phone 01663 764012, email to or online at St George’s Church, Poynton

Tuesday 4 June Adlington WI The Empowerment of Women through Education in Malawi with speaker Susan Flynn Pop in to see us and be sure of a warm welcome, good company, a drink and a slice of homemade cake! More info from Jackie Shaw 01625 266251 or email Adlington Village Hall, Mill Lane, Adlington SK10 4LF 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Thursday 6 June Would you like to meet new friends? Thursday Group is a social group for unattached people of mature years, with several activities run by the members every week. These include walking, dancing, badminton, theatre and restaurant visits. For more info see or ring Bill on 07505 076838, or just come along to new members night on the first Thursday in each month where you will be met by group members. The Bulls Head Pub, 30 Wilmslow Road, Handforth, SK9 3EW 8.30pm

Friday 7 June A Recital in aid of The Wellspring by International Concert Pianist Patrick Hemmerle Programme: Bach/Petri: Sheep May Safely Graze. Schubert/ Liszt: 2 Lieder. Wagner/Liszt 7: Isolde’s Death. Mendelssohn/ Rachmaninoff: Scherzo from the Midsummer Night’s Dream. Prokofiev: Four Pieces from Romeo and Juliet. Etudes by: Lyapunov, Scriabin, Tchesnokov, Rachmaninoff and Kapustin. Tickets £12 students £10 available from Peter 0161 427 4700 The Hallam Hall, Stockport Grammar School, Buxton Road SK2 7AF 7.30pm

Saturday 8 June Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its last concert of the season. We are starting the concert with a very popular overture - The Thieving Magpie by Rossini. The rest of the concert consists of two First symphonies - Schumann’s and Shostakovich’s Once again a very varied evening of music with something for everyone! Tickets cost £12, concessions £10 and under 18 £2. They are available from: our ticket secretary 01925 756144, ‘Bang and Olufsen,’ Alderley Road, Wilmslow, ‘Therapy,’ Bank Square, Wilmslow, at the door or via the website: Evans Hall at Wilmslow Leisure Centre 7.45pm

Thursday 13 June Poynton Home Gardeners Club We will be joined by Patrick Harding from the Institute of Continuing Education who will be talking on the interesting subject entitled “In praise of trees”. For further information contact Elaine on 01625 871603 or Royal British Legion Club, Georges Road West, Poynton, SK12 1JY 7.30pm

Thursday 13 June Worth Probus Club. Geoff Scargill will speak to us on ‘The Last Laugh of the Railway King (Edeard Watkin)’. Please contact Peter Owen on 01625871574 or for further details. St George’s Church Hall 2pm

Thursday 13 June Simply Books presents…Anne Griffin. We are delighted to welcome award-winning author Anne Griffin for one of our ‘Meet The Author’ events – an evening of conversation about her debut novel When All Is Said - hugely enjoyable and engrossing, and a big hit with Sue’s Women’s Book Club. Tickets £8 (free event for members of our Simply Books Book Clubs) To book: call 0161 439 1436 email or book online at Simply Books, Bramhall 7.30pm Continued over


Saturday 15 June

Friday 21 June

Stockport Symphony Orchestra Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol, Shostakovich Piano Concerto no 2: Soloist Slava Sidorenko, Elgar Enigma Variations. Conductor Diego Costa. This final programme of the season just speaks for itself: beautiful music! For more information see www.stockportsymphony., tickets available at box office, online or on the door. Free car parking available 4pm to midnight Stockport Town Hall 7.30pm

Simply Books presents…How To Write A Book In An Hour with prize-winning author ED DOCX. Do you have a story to tell…or just curious about how authors set about the task of creating a novel? Join us for an hour of insight, advice and practical tips from prize-winning author Ed Docx. Tickets £12 (includes a copy of Ed’s latest novel Let Go My Hand) To book: call 0161 439 1436 email or book online at Simply Books, Bramhall 7.30pm

Saturday 15 June Poynton’s Party in the Park Top of the bill this year are an incredible Abba tribute band Waterloo. Also Paul Grant Reason performing an amazing tribute to George Michael and Robbie Williams. Licensed bar, hot food kiosks, free parking, bring your own picnic. All profits to charities supported by Poynton Rotary. For tickets or Mates DIY Poynton Park 4pm til late

Sunday 16 June Barnby Choir Summer Concert Programme to include: Rutter The Sprig of Thyme, Gjeilo Northern Lights, MacMillan O Radiant Dawn, Buck The Returning Sea. Conductor by Lloyd Buck Information & tickets from or phone 01625 520193 St. Bartholomew’s Church, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, SK9 4AA 7.45pm

Tuesday 18 June Poynton U3A John Doughty will be entertaining us with a talk on ‘Folklore and Traditions of the North West’. Entrance £1 including refreshments. For more information email Civic Hall, Poynton 2pm to 4pm

Thursday 20 June Poynton Townswomen’s Guild The Entertainer with speaker: Geoff Higginbottom. Visitors welcomed - £2 Contact: 01625 879087 Poynton Civic Hall 10am to 12 noon

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Saturday 22 to Saturday 29 June Wilmslow Green Room Theatre present Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense by P G Wodehouse, adapted by David & Robert Goodale An inventive, fast-paced comedy featuring P.G. Wodehouse’s iconic double act. To book tickets Tel: 01625 540933 Web: Enquiries:

Saturday 22 June The Lindow Singers and Sale Gilbert & Sullivan Society are proud to present HMS Pinafore. Tickets £12, Concession £10, Student £3 available on the door, from choir members or ring 01625 611124. Alderley Edge Festival Hall, Talbot Rd, Alderley Edge SK9 7HR 7.30pm

Sunday 23 June Prestbury Open Gardens Tickets £5 from the Village Hall on the day. For further information or advance tickets call Mary Hindle Tel: 01625 827700 2pm to 5pm

Sunday 23 June Midsummer Tea Dance Dance to the sounds of the 30s, 40s and 50s (Ballroom, Latin, Jive, Charleston, Strolls and Fun Dances). Licensed Bar and Raffle. Tickets are £ 7.00 including tea and cake. Admission by ticket only, telephone 01625 585600 or 01625 586713. Proceeds in aid of Alderley Edge Methodist Church Sound plus Vision4All Appeal. The Festival Hall, Talbot Road, Alderley Edge, SK9 7HR 2pm to 5pm

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Thursday 27 June

Tuesday 2 July

Worth Probus Club Keith Thompson will speak to us on ‘The Railway of Death.’ Please contact Peter Owen on 01625 871574 or for further details. St George’s Church Hall 2pm

Adlington WI. The Mary Sunley with speaker Victor Crawford Pop in to see us and be sure of a warm welcome, good company, a drink and a slice of homemade cake! More info from Jackie Shaw 01625 266251 or email Adlington Village Hall, Mill Lane, Adlington SK10 4LF 1.30 to 3.30pm

Friday 28 June Simply Cinema presents…The Keeper (15) The extraordinary story of Bert Trautmann, a German soldier and prisoner of war who, despite strong anti-German protest and prejudice, joins Manchester City as goalkeeper and goes on to become a footballing legend. Tickets £8 To book: call 0161 439 1436 email or book online at Centrepoint, Bramhall Methodist Church. Doors open 6.30pm screening at 7pm

Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June Plant Hunters Fair Entry to the lovely 12-acre gardens & plant fair is only £3 Henbury Hall Gardens, Henbury, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9PJ 10am to 5pm

Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 June Bollington Open Gardens Weekend Tickets, £5 adults, children free available from the Bridgend Centre, Leisure Centre, Belfields, Heathcotes. Also, at the gardens and on the Green. Tickets include list and map of open gardens. Cakes & refreshments on the Green (Old Market Place) High St, Bollington 10am to 4pm each day

Saturday 29 June (P,B,W) Cheshire Sinfonia - Beautiful Music in Bramhall Borodin - In the Steppes of Central Asia; Mendelssohn - Symphony No 5 in D major Op. 107 (“Reformation”) Vaughan Williams - Job; A Masque for Dancing Tickets: £12 (Full), £10 (concessions), £3 (students) Reserved tickets available in advance from 07967 852986 or at the door. St Michael and All Angels Parish Church, Robins Lane, Bramhall 7.30pm

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

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

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

Thursday 11 July Worth Probus Club Victor Crawford will speak to us on ‘North West Air Ambulance’. Please contact Peter Owen on 01625 871574 or for further details. St George’s Hall, 2pm

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Tuesday 16 July Poynton U3A Steve Barrett will be talking on the subject of ‘The Great Moon Hoax’. Entrance £1 including refreshments. At Poynton Civic Centre, 2pm-4pm. For more information email Civic Hall, Poynton 2pm to 4pm

Thursday 18 July Poynton Townswomen’s Guild Coffee Morning raising funds for MacMillan Nurses Please come to support us. £1 entrance including coffee and biscuits Contact: 01625 879087 Poynton Civic Hall 10am to 12noon

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

Thursday 25 July Worth Probus Club Carol Codd will speak to us on ‘Anecdotes of a Registrar’. Please contact Peter Owen on 01625 871574 or for further details. St George’s Hall, 2pm

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Diary of a geeky knitter I’ve written before about the intrinsic link between knitting and mental health, and I am sure you have all read, heard, and come across that this has started to be made known in the ‘mainstream’ too (used in quotation marks here, because of course there is nothing to say that knitters aren’t already mainstream!). But I wanted to bring that topic back to these pages again, because it’s always good to check-in with your own mental health and wellbeing, particularly given the busy dayto-day lives we all lead.

Mental wellbeing has been playing on my mind heavily in recent months. Although the move into spring always lifts my winter mindset (you know the one, where it’s all too easy to be a little lethargic, unmotivated, and just a little down), every year I seem to get busier and busier. Whether it be with work, social outings, checking in with friends and family, or the unknowns that life throws at us, it’s all too easy to feel overwhelmed, and suddenly wake up one day and realise something isn’t right inside you. It’s important to remember that if (or when) this happens to us; it is completely natural and much more common that you might think. You’re doing nothing wrong, and accepting that and working on it, even if it’s just voicing to a close friend that you feel ‘off’ or down is the first step to feeling better! I may

have stepped further into the realms of seriousness here than I would normally on my page, but this is something that is important, not just to me, but to everyone who wants to take care of themselves and feel just a little better than they did the day before.

Knitting yourself together It wouldn’t be the diary of ‘the geeky knitter’ if I didn’t keep it at least somewhat on brand, now would it? So today, instead of just writing that knitting is good for your mental health, I’ve looked up some exercises so that you can incorporate meditative, mindful exercises into your knitting (or sewing, crocheting, baking, gardening, and more) which will just give you a chance to check-in with your mind and body, and calm you if you feel stress, give you energy if you feel lethargic, or just lift you slightly if you feel down. •

Create a space for your knitting - sit comfortably in your own space, perhaps with headphones on and quiet music so you can be with yourself for 10 minutes or more

Take a deep breath, and at your own pace, breath in and out in time with your knitting for me, it is about 4 knit stitches to breath in, 4 stitches to breath out

Take a moment to feel the knitting in your hands - be aware of how the weight of it feels and the yarn between your fingers

Try counting your stitches as you work, encouraging your mind to forget thoughts of other things and instead become totally focused on your craft

If after 5 minutes, you want to stop, then do! Try to do a few minutes when you can of complete ‘you time’, meditating on your breathing while you move the needles and knit the stitches


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What’s on at The legion

Get down for a good old Saturday Night’s entertainment at The Club (formerly the Workmen’s Club) on Park Lane, where you can dance to top bands, enjoy a drink and socialise with friends in a comfortable and welcoming setting.

Poynton Legion Club on George’s Rd West hosts a wide range of musical events to satisfy every taste. With a fully-stocked bar, comfortable seating and excellent parking you’re sure of a relaxing and entertaining evening. Why not come along and see for yourself?

All £3 members, £4 non. Pay on the door. Poynton G&S Movie Music Sat 1 Jun - The Driscols Fun and entertaining live act, playing a killer repertoire packed full of pop, rock and dance floor classics.

Sat 8 Jun - The Rapids

Fri 31 May/ Sat 1 Jun 7.30pm Programme includes Medleys from West Side Story and Mary Poppins, songs by Irving Berlin, American songs, a 60s singalong and a short selection from ‘The Sorcerer. £10/£5 (under-16)

Playing a huge back catalogue of rock n roll from the 50’s and 60’s and covering all your favourites.

Desert Wind

Sat 15 Jun - Night Shift Unbelievably versatile duo playing all your favourites from the 60’s through to present day, not to be missed!

Andy, Jim and Pete return with another outstanding performance of Americana and Country music to help Poynton Men in Sheds raise funds for their revised workshop at The Centre in Poynton. £12.50

Sat 22 Jun - Box Full of Sparks


A perfect blend of classic rock, pop & soul, with of all your favourites from the 60’s to the present day.

Regular monthly folk music nights where you can enjoy a wide range of top-class folk musicians in a friendly and comfortable environment.

Fri 14 Jun 14 8pm

Sat 6 Jul - The Classics All your favourites from Buddy Holly & the Crickets, Chuck Berry, Jerry lee Lewis, Bill Haley and his Comets and many more.

Sat 13 Jul - The Mixture Formerly the Deltones, this fantastic band plays favourites classic hits from the 60s to the present day.

Sat 20 Jul - Rocksteady All your favourite hits from the 60’s to present day, all with a fun attitude for a night of top entertainment.


Winter Wilson Fri 7 Jun 8.30pm Superb, often hard-hitting original songs plus hilarious tales of life on the road. Supported by Grace Notes. Doors open 7.30pm, £10 at door

Captain of the Lost Waves Fri 5 Jul 8.30pm Eccentric, creative and innovative band where steampunk folk meets Monty Python meets Bohemian Rhapsody! Supported by Grace Notes. Doors 7.30pm £10 at door

See for more details

Other Events in Poynton June and July Epiphany Coffee Concert at Poynton Methodist Church Sun 2 Jun 8.15pm Come along and join us for an enjoyable concert of light classics that’s perfect for a summer’s evening! Coffee /tea/cake served at 19.45 £8/Free (u18) Pay at door

Party in the Park at Poynton Park Sat 15 Jun 4pm til late If you are a fan of Abba, George Michael, Robbie Williams, we have the best award-winning tribute acts, plus local favourites Monkey Harris, VBS Band and Leroy Lurve. £ various

Poynton Jemmers at Park Lane Poynton Wed 26 Jun 8pm Your local Morris Dancing side will be dancing on Park Lane accompanied by our live band. Come along and enjoy a taste of traditional music and dance. £ free

Straight Outta Poynton at The Centre in Poynton Sat 28 Jun 28 5.30pm With live music from all genres, street food, outside performers, bars and DJs. Proceeds towards the purchase of a permanent PA for The Centre – it’s not to be missed! £10

Just Sing: The Power of Music at Poynton Methodist Church Sat 29 Jun 2.30pm Explore how music impacts our lives, whilst helping support THE EMBASSY BUS; a charity providing overnight accommodation for Manchester homeless. £10/£5 (under 16)

Rollercoaster at Poynton Players Thu 4 to Sat 06 July 7.45pm Two disparate lost souls’ cross paths late one night which takes them both on a journey of discovery, hope, acceptance and ultimately, peace and happiness. £9

See for more details. The free-to-use, not-for-profit website with its own Facebook and Twitter feed!

Children’s Activities

Things to do with pre-school kids


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

tuesday Rhyme Time 10-11am Term time only, open to all preschool aged children and babies. Come and join in the fun of rhyme, music and song. Expand your social network and meet new parents. Pay per week, no termly commitment. Please call 01625 87115, email or visit Poynton Methodist Church Room 3, off Park Lane, opposite Poynton Civic Hall, next to Waitrose

friday Rugbytots (For Boys & Girls 2 to 5yrs old) The World’s favourite Rugby Play programme, Coached by an award winning coach. Building confidence, Social Skills, Coordination, Teamwork, Colours, Numbers, Shapes and much, much more! Sessions: 2-3 ½ yrs (10:15am, 10.55am & 12.30pm) 3 ½ -5 yrs (9:20am & 11:35am) at the Civic Hall, Off Park Lane, Poynton, SK12 1RB. Term time only. Find out more at or contact Alick on 0345 313 6720 or Email Free tasters subject to availability.


Wednesday Bright Stars Toddler Group 9.30-11.00am Term time only, St Georges Church, Poynton. For more information contact Joe Hadfield 01625 879277 or email 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 Rhymetime 2-2.30pm Poynton Library. No booking and no charge. All babies/preschoolers welcome with parents/carers

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.

Baby Ballet & Tap 9-10am The Hockley Centre, Park Lane. Step Ahead School of Dance, contact Natalie on 07799 614260 for further details. 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 toast 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 bacon butty and coffee for the dads and toast & juice for the children. For more information contact Joe Hadfield 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.

sunday Richmond Rovers JFC Young Ballerz 18 months - 5 years. For more information email Or ring 07411 632114.

Website: Contact: 07853 273578


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Ford EcoSport 1.0 ST-LINE BLACK E/BOOST 5DR 125PS: Face The Crowd The Ford EcoSport is distinctive enough to provide something different in the compact SUV marketplace, especially with the ST-Line Edition. Perhaps the most distinctive area of the EcoSport ST-Line is that dominant, all black front grille which sets up the EcoSport beautifully, especially when combined with the Black headlight bezels, HID xenon headlights, cool daytime LEDs and front fogs. The EcoSport on test offers up what Ford say is a sports-inspired style. What this means is that you get unique ST-Line bumpers and side skirts, optional 18” 5-spoke black machined alloy wheels, ST-Line exterior branding plus contrasting roof, rear spoiler and door mirrors. Ford have created an SUV that gives a fantastic first impression. Settle into the ST-Line and the sporting theme continues with unmissable Front door threshold plates with the ST-Line logo, sports pedals and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. This is a great place to spend your time. Dominating the dashboard is the 8” touchscreen giving you Ford SYNC 3 which allows control of everything


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from phone calls and text messaging to music and satellite navigation through simple voice commands. Continuing to impress, there’s also includes electronic automatic temperature control, blind spot information system, cruise control and a rear-view camera with parking distance sensors. Impressive stuff. The EcoSport sports (ahem) Ford’s 123bhp version of their excellent 3-cylinder turbocharged power plant with up to 148ft/lb torque meaning that you can leave the engine in fourth or fifth when in town, keeping the revs above 1500 or so and the Ford will potter along for as long as you need it to. A light clutch and steering and compact City Car dimensions add up to a vehicle that is incredibly easy to manoeuvre in town and that’s before you consider the benefit of a SUV driving position and associated improved site lines. On dual carriageway and motorways you set the simple to use cruise control to 70mph and begin to appreciate the build quality of the plastics, leather and switches around you and admire the stress free ride quality that the Sports Suspension setup of the ST-Line delivers whilst still giving hints of the fun to come once twisting country roads hove into view.

Out into the countryside and the EcoSport takes on a different flavour as the opportunity to stir the slick 6-speed gearbox through its ratios and enjoy the turbocharged three-cylinder engine under the bonnet presents itself. Slowing down for the bends gives the brakes a chance to shine whilst shifting up nearer the top of the rev range and stirring the ‘box shows what a fantastic job Ford’s engineers have once again completed with the engine and drivetrain. There’s also steering that offers up decent feel for the front end of the car and means that this SUV will go where you point it safely and without any surprises.

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There’s room for five adults, a stylish exterior and technologically advanced interior. A superb yet economical engine, up to 356 litres of packing space when in five seat mode and loaded up to the parcel shelf and plenty of practical cubby holes and drink holders for driver and passengers there can be no doubt that Ford have given us exactly what they set out to do. It’s fun when you want it to be and sensible when you don’t and with a starting price of £17,850 for the ZETEC, that’s an excellent result. And did I mention you also get Ford’s brilliant Quickclear heated windscreen? Martin Hall writes a ‘real life’ motoring blog that focusses on the car itself rather than lap times, a blog to see if the car you want is good for shopping or commuting, a blog that recognises that ‘real life’ motoring should also be fun on the bends.

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ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS Yes, most people go on holiday to relax but for those of you who are a bit more adventurous, there are a great choice of activity breaks to consider. For lots of travellers, especially millennials it’s becoming less about where you are and more about what you do while you’re there. Of course, I think you can have both; a beautiful destination and lots of exciting stuff to do! At Not Just Travel, we work with lots of excellent suppliers who specialise in sporty trips, hiking adventures and offer a real opportunity to immerse yourself in the local landscapes and culture.

Family Fun There are a many fantastic holiday resorts throughout Europe that cater specifically for active families. You could book into one of the beautiful holiday parks in the UK; Loch Lomond or the Lake District for example or head over to France or Italy.

Cycling & Hiking We work with some awesome companies who specialise in cycling and hiking holidays. What an amazing way to explore a new destination. A lot of the tours are self-guided which means the accommodation along the route is arranged for you, you are given a map and off you go! (There’s a support car that takes your bags, bonus)! Also, there are varying degrees of effort from easy to exhilarating, the choice is yours. Cycle through Tuscany, or the Italian Lakes, or visit the UNESCO sites in Croatia which is becoming a popular destination for cyclists. You’re not restricted to Europe though. I booked a trip recently for a couple who wanted to cycle through Vietnam. What an adventure! Continued over

Interestingly, Slovenia has been making its mark in the last couple of years as a great destination for the ‘outdoorsy’. It’s beautiful, diverse and offers a great choice of extreme sports. The kids will never get bored at a resort with lots of activities and it’s a brilliant opportunity to try something new and spend quality time as a family.


Wine Tasting Ok, perhaps this isn’t considered an ‘activity’ in the traditional sense but come on, it’s tempting, right?! Vineyard tours and tastings now cater for all levels of interest so whether you’re an avid wine drinker or just a beginner, we can find a tour for you. As you’d expect a lot of vineyards are in beautiful, rural areas so it’s a wonderful opportunity to explore the local landscape. Also, you can go further afield to explore the wine regions of exciting places like California, South Africa and Australia! Of course, it’s advisable not to drink on an empty stomach so why not consider a ‘foodie’ break? You could tie your wine tasting in with local cookery classes or culinary tours. Now that sounds like a holiday to me! Life should be full of experiences and I think travel is the perfect way to create hundreds of special memories. Don’t be overwhelmed at the prospect of organising an activity holiday. They are lots of brilliant suppliers who specialise in these trips and we work with a great variety of them. At Not Just Travel we can take care of all the logistics for you so you can just get on the plane and go and enjoy your adventure! Lucy Allen Personal Travel Consultant Notjusttravel/waitingworld e: p: 07512784700

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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)

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

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

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Well Pharmacy L Rowland & Co

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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

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

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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


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Electricity – Power Loss Gas – Emergency Water Floods Water Leaks Environment Agency Floodline

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classified index ACCOUNTANTS


Lloyd Piggott Chartered Accountants 21



Dean Wilson


Nigel Burin



Hazel Grove Bathroom Centre


Simply Books




18 49


iProject Cheshire



JS Services


Brilliant Fires

Whitehall Builders



Poynton Roofing

Adlington Memorial Park Inside Front Cover

SECURITY Crimeguard Security



Unicorn Security Systems


BUILDING SOCIETIES Vernon Building Society


CARE HOMES & SERVICES Abney Court Alice Chilton

36 13

CARPETS & FLOORING Carpet Creations


Kids Zone

51 46 44





Robinsons Garden Maintenance


The Easy Gardening Company





Carl Howard


Scalp Genesis


The Cut


Cheshire Hearing Centres


SOLICITORS / LEGAL SERVICES Keoghs Nicholls Lindsell & Harris Manners Pimblett

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McAlister Family Law Slater & Gordon



Inside Back Cover

The Stair Shop








CLEANING SERVICES Alice Chilton Cleaning




Uniquely Chic

Adlington Retirement Living






TOY SHOP Crookilley Toys Emporium


TRAVEL Lucy Allen Personal Travel Consultant 55

Mike Knibb


SR Computers




Trevor Garner

Swift Tree & Arboricultural Services 20



CRAFTS Crookilley Crafts Emporium

DRAINAGE Metro Rod Pure Clean Drainage Solutions

38 18

Wills Driveway Cleaning

Dream Doors




Pate & Lever Windows


Matt Finish



Transform Your Kitchen


Cloudy 2 Clear


The Window Repair Centre






Stratagem Wealth



Pure Clean Drainage Solutions

ELECTRICIANS SCZ Electrical Services



Hopewall Farm



Inside Poynton Issue 81  

Inside Poynton Issue 81