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inside poynton june - july 2018


Issue 75

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Time flies, as they say, and the older we get the faster it rushes by! If you have school-age children you’ll know the feeling - they go back to school after the Easter holidays and before you know it, it’s half term! My life isn’t ruled by school-term dates any longer, but I’m always working on magazines dated two months ahead. It’s alarming the speed at which annual events come rolling round again, year after year. As I’ve become more aware of the passage of time, I’ve also become mindful of using it wisely. It’s so easy to waste time, idly checking Facebook, or catching up on emails on your phone. I don’t need to have a jam-packed diary every single day; it’s important to make space for quiet time too, reading, walking or simply doing whatever you find relaxing, but I don’t want to look back on a day, or week and think I’ve wasted it. A sobering thought to finish with. Once time has passed you can never get it back - so, make the most of every minute!

What’s INSIDE this month 4 Higher Poynton Summerfest 7 local buzz 8 Jake’s Perspective 10 beer & book club recommends 14 Poynton People 17 Silken ties 21 summer garden visits 25 Diary of a Geeky Knitter 26 Puzzles 31 Travel the world by train 35 core principles 36 The Walk 38 recipe 41 In Touch 47 an incredible day out 50 Wildfowl & nutrition 55 Children’s Activities 56 Just 4 Kids 59 Anson Engine Museum 61 INSIDE Guide 65 Puzzle Solutions 69 Useful Numbers 70 Classified Index




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HIGHER POYNTON SUMMERFEST Higher Poynton Summerfest is back for 2018 and the small group of local volunteers responsible for planning and managing the event are sure it will be smiles all round with a fun-filled family packed day out for the Poynton community. This popular annual event, now in its seventh year, takes place from 11.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday 8 July on the Middlewood Way, opposite The Boars Head pub on Shrigley Road North, and on the Mount Vernon playing field behind. This year’s event will feature live entertainment on the former Higher Poynton railway platform, including the Poynton Youth Brass Band and live music throughout the afternoon from the Downfall Band. The committee is pleased to see the return of The Adlington Morris Dancers who bring a real country feel to the event. The BBQ from Rushey Hey Farm will provide the same mouth-watering food as before, plus a tea room serving tea, coffee and cakes. As always there will be a variety of interesting stalls including skin care products, baby prints, children’s games and assorted sweet cones plus much, much more. On the Mount Vernon field, fest goers can enjoy a birds-of-prey flying display, now a firm fixture for Higher Poynton Summerfest and also an entertaining dog agility show and flyball racing from the Wilmslow Dog Training Club. A new addition to this year’s line-up


of events will be some live music from Rock ‘n’ Roll cover band ‘One for the Road,’ a sure crowd pleaser. KRO beer tent will provide alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments plus another Rushey Hey BBQ, this time offering pulled barbecued pork. After their success from last year the pizza oven will be making an anticipated return. There will be an extensive children’s play area featuring rides and giant inflatables, plus stalls selling a wide variety of quality products, with a mainly rural theme. These stalls will include colourful garden plants, tasty pies and delicious jams and chutneys. As in previous years, the Anson Engine Museum will be there, with vintage tools and some musical delights from Macclesfield Ukulele band. With lots of things for all the family to see and do, it is an event not to be missed! Entrance to the Summerfest is free. 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 Summerfest volunteers would like to thank Macclesfield Hockey Club, Poynton Ladies Circle, Poynton ATC and especially Poynton Town Council for their continued support.

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june - july 2018

ROLL UP ROLL UP… … on Saturday 23 June to Lower Park School for the visit of the National Festival Circus. Clowns, jugglers, magicians, balancing and tumbling acts, all in a Big Top! (No live animal acts) There will also be a Coconut Shy, Lucky Dip, Pony Riding, Hook a Duck, Sweetie Jar Hoopla, Adult Tombola, Test Your Strength, Beat the Goalie, Raffle, Face Painting PLUS food and refreshments. All funds raised will support Lower Park School PTA Three Shows ■■ 12 noon (gates open at 11.30am with KS1 choir) ■■ 1.30pm (1pm with KS2 choir) ■■ 3pm (each show lasts an hour) Tickets are £6 per person when bought in advance from the office at Lower Park School and Lawlers Estate Agents on Park Lane. Free entry for under 2’s (sitting on knees but will need a ticket). Tickets can also be purchased online for £6.50 (includes booking fee): 12 noon: 1.30pm: 3pm:

NEW SPORT & SOCIAL SESSIONS FOR OVER 50s 63 year old fitness enthusiast, Trudy Deacon, has launched Sport & Social, a multi-sport session at Poynton Leisure Centre, to encourage people aged 50+ to try out new sports, get active, socialise and have fun! Coach, Trudy, recently moved to Poynton after living in Norwich for 40 years. Trudy offered her skills to Everybody Sport and Recreation. She commented, “I was so happy as, at 63, I didn’t expect to have this kind of opportunity again! Now I’m here in Poynton, I’ve been anxious to get involved with the community and meet like-minded people.” Sport & Social is a great opportunity to find the love for sport you once had or to try out a new activity. No previous sporting experience is needed. The emphasis is enjoyment, fun and socialising, with the opportunity to improve your fitness and health. The session runs every Thursday from 10am to 12 noon at Poynton Leisure Centre. Participants will be encouraged to take part in activities including; Badminton, Short Tennis, New-age Curling, Table-Tennis, Swimming, Stretching and more. The activities run for one hour and participants can then socialise by staying for tea, coffee and a chat. The planned stretching and ABC (agility, balance and coordination) sessions are a great way to keep those niggling health problems away. Exercise can boost your energy levels, help you maintain a healthy weight and even slow down symptoms associated with ageing! If you are 50 years of age or above and looking to become more active or add to the exercise you undertake currently, please contact Poynton Leisure Centre on 01625 876442 or to book your place at Sport & Social, Trudy is looking forward to meeting you there.


Jake’s perspective Hi all! Hope you’re all OK? The last few months have been jam packed so let’s get straight into them.

From one extreme to another I’m writing this on the hottest weekend of the year so far (May Bank Holiday). Snow-boarding on Tip Hill with my mates in March seems like a distant memory. Coincidentally it was that very day when the Youth Parliament elections results were announced. Because of the snow and road conditions the school trip to Congleton to reveal the results was cancelled. School was closed at lunchtime, so I dodged home, got my sledge and was walking along with a couple of good mates when the call came through from the election people. Did I want to hear the results over the phone, they asked; shall we live-stream them? Go right ahead I said, whilst my mates hollered things that don’t bear repeating in the background. I listened as carefully as I possibly could with one of them yodelling down my ear. And yes, you guessed it, I am indeed the official elected member of Cheshire East Youth Parliament (one of the youngest ever) alongside one other young person! Why should England tremble?

Absolute pain in the leg As my mates almost killed themselves laughing over the Youth Parliament palaver, they also had a good laugh a few weeks later. Children’s parks generally have fences around them. These fences often have huge metal spikes on top. The next incident had something to do with a spike, my leg and a football that had been kicked over the fence. Perhaps best not to go into too much detail but needless to say it all ended a bit messy, my mum panicking about another Friday night jaunt to A&E and a hole in my leg which bears a remarkable resemblance to a bullet wound. This kind of event wouldn’t normally bother me but my timing on this occasion left much to be desired as I had to complete


by Jake Crossley

the four-hour Duke of Edinburgh practice walk the next day. I took in it all in my stride (Ha Ha)!!

Football, Football and more Football I’m sorry I’ve got to mention the footie! If you are alive, which I assume you are, you will probably know about Manchester City’s incredible run in the Premier League this year. I was lucky enough to go and see them against Liverpool in the Champion’s League. It was honestly the best game ever but it didn’t lose the true British football smell of hot dogs and cheap booze in a plastic cup. Not forgetting Macc Town who I recently watched win the Vanarama National League gaining them promotion back to the football league! After a long stressful season, it was great to see them finally lifting the trophy! Stay well and up to date and see you next time...

Soon, however, the social upheaval out on the street breaks its way through the club’s gilded doors, and its inhabitants above and below stairs must all confront their choices: to live safely without dignity, or to fight for their rights and risk everything.

The Beer & Book Club recommends The Beer and Book Club (aka The BBC) is approaching its third-year anniversary and has met up pretty much every month since then, reading one book for each gathering. This group of around eight people take turns to nominate a book and then meets to discuss that choice in local hostelries around the Poynton area, most regularly The Cask Tavern on Park Lane. As more ale is quaffed, discussions often become more intense and the final task of the evening is for each member to give marks out of ten for the choice that month. Books read so far have been eclectic to say the least, and this has included a good mix of the fictional and the non-fictional variety. We have read about sheep and hawks, about Japan and North Korea, about guga hunting and money laundering, about the demise of the NHS and about how the world began. And now we have been given the honour of providing regular updates to you on what we’ve read and what we’re reading. We thought we’d start with the book which has received the best marks over our three years of reading. And funnily enough, it was the last book we read, The Automobile Club of Egypt by Alaa Al-Aswany. The Automobile Club of Egypt has little to do with the RAC or the AA, or even Green Flag. Instead it’s about Cairo at the end of Ottoman rule. Behind the doors of this ‘Automobile Club’, Egyptian staff attend to the every need of Cairo’s European elite.


This book rose to the top of our ratings chart and proved extremely popular with all members of the group. Prior to the discussion we each came up with a one-liner to try and sum it up. One suggested it was ‘a lengthy tale of a repressive state, where hope wins over evil.’ Another described it as ‘a sensorial opera played out on the streets of pre-independence Cairo.’ A third contributor suggested this: ’Power and politics, sex and scandal, drugs and dilemmas, not what you’d expect from a car club.’ The list of positives about the book included its pace, its setting and its characterisation. We felt it was a moral maze of a plot, with cliff-hanging chapter changes and a wide variety of scenes portrayed. The descriptions were excellent and there was an underlying sense of threat and violence which maintained our interest. Then there was the sex and the drugs... The language used kept us captivated, as did the history depicted and the non-judgmental nature of the story-telling. It raised issues around gender too, as well as the key theme around living in servitude. It went on to score an 8.66 out of ten from our members, hence its position at the top of our chart. We hope you’ve enjoyed our first contribution to this magazine. Our next meeting of The BBC includes a tour of Bollington Brewery, so there should be some juicy thoughts emerging from our new book of the month, The Blackhouse by Peter May. Happy Reading!

the rewards of volunteering This year, National Volunteers’ Week (1 to 7 June) is about volunteering for all – celebrating the huge range of people who give their time in so many ways. Studies have found that taking time out to help others reduces stress levels, improves immunity and increases life-satisfaction. This is because helping someone else interrupts tension-producing patterns and replaces them with a sense of purpose, which leads to positive emotions.

Could you volunteer, and why should you bother? Whether you’re looking for a change in career, or advancement in your current one, volunteering is an excellent way to boost your prospects. Volunteers tend to create a positive impression, appearing more innovative, creative and skilful. In an Adweek article on the state of recruitment in 2015, they found that recruiters rank volunteer participation higher than personal presentation, political affiliations and spelling and grammar errors when looking at a candidate’s potential. This is probably because employers value transferable soft skills and volunteering gives you plenty of those, particularly problem-solving, teamwork, leadership and people skills. Candidates with real-world experience also tend to be more insightful and ready to be more hands-on in projects. Away from the corporate world many people look around their community and long to make a difference but don’t know how. Look for community volunteering projects and get involved. It gives you the chance to think about the kind of community and world you want

to live in, and to be part of something bigger than yourself. If you’re still not sure where to start your volunteering journey, think about where your passions lie. Maybe you love animals, are passionate about butterflies, or you want to share music, or life experience, or gardening skills. Look on the internet or browse through our magazines, there will probably be some volunteer group where your passion or knowledge will be useful. If you are feeling adventurous, volunteering abroad allows you to travel with a purpose. Before deciding on a programme it’s advisable to ask: ■■ How will it benefit the local community? ■■ Does the organisation respect the local culture? ■■ What is the reason behind your volunteering trip? ■■ What problem will the end-product help solve? Volunteering abroad changes how you see the world, as you meet people daily from different countries, backgrounds and quality of life. Many of us are lonely in our modern lives. Maybe we moved away from our families for work, or we’re divorced, or widowed, or the children have left home. Volunteering introduces you to people from all walks of life and provides a means of making real friends who can have a lasting impact on you. Volunteering can shake you out of old routines and help you figure out where you want to head next. You might come up with ideas on how to improve your own community, or even discover a new life calling.

poynton people

Catherine MacLennan Community Staff nurse ‘Poynton’s always been home to me,’ says Catherine. ‘I’ve worked for the local NHS Trust for the last eight years but have been community nursing for ten years altogether.’

Catherine wouldn’t do any other job. ‘I love visiting people in their homes. Every day’s different. The people you visit can be so interesting and tell you their life stories. It’s really special.’

On a typical day Catherine drives to the homes of patients on her caseload list. This is planned the day before and spread out between members of the community nursing team. She carries a heavy bag and has a car boot filled with medical equipment and spare dressings. There are always insulin injections to give; she may dress a leg ulcer, dress a surgical wound, take blood, change a catheter or wash a patient’s legs and bandage them. ‘It can be a bit back-breaking ‘cos you’re on your knees and occasionally someone has to help me get up!’ An ear syringe may be given to help with a patient’s hearing. Sometimes it’s palliative care. If a patient is being given chemo it’s Catherine’s job to attend to their pump, which delivers their medication. She has just completed the Nurse Prescribing Course and can now prescribe certain medications and dressings, which does save time.

Good documentation is there to improve patient care. ‘I do paperwork after each visit’ she says, ‘rather than during my time with a patient.’ Job satisfaction for Catherine means delivering quality care, so she may catch up with case-notes and typing referrals afterwards. Community nursing teams are a great help to GP Practices because unnecessary hospital admissions are avoided, people can stay in their own homes which is what they want and overall money is saved.

She laughs about the worst part of her job. ‘It’s the weather! On a winter’s day it might be snowing. Although we’re trained to take all the relevant safety precautions I still remember one day when I fell three times and the car skidded twice. Someone had to dig me out! But at least I got to the patient’s house in the end!’ The team works with people aged 18 and above who can’t get into surgery or hospital and are nursed in the community. The majority however are elderly.


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Looking back, Catherine feels that she has been guided by God into nursing as all she’s ever wanted to do, even from school days, is to work with people. She trained on the job at Macclesfield Hospital, on a course linked with University, and then worked on a medical ward in Cardiff for a year, where she met her husband, Simon. Now they have a young family and she works part-time. Catherine is passionate about the NHS. ‘The best part about nursing is the patients and staff. People work so hard and keep working because we’re so lucky to have the NHS. There is a toll and people sometimes get burnt-out and retire early. But everyone works really hard to keep our NHS going. Everyone I work with is a real joy and you can tap into their knowledge and support if need be. I love the NHS and we are so lucky to have it.’

SILKEN TIES The centre of America’s silk industry, Paterson, New Jersey is known as ‘Silk City USA’. As part of this year’s Barnaby Festival, tying directly in with the theme of Roots/Routes, Macclesfield Silk Museum will be hosting an exhibition, from 9 June to 22 September, highlighting the close historic ties between Macclesfield and Paterson, and those who made the journey to start a new life there. It is not simply a shared industrial heritage which connects the two communities: the silk industry in Paterson was founded by a Bollington man, John Ryle, whose older brothers ran a successful silk mill in Macclesfield. In 1839, Ryle sailed to America and within a few years had his own mill in Paterson. The city was originally created as an industrial area by Alexander Hamilton’s Society for the Establishment of Useful Manufactures, (the American Founding Father is finding new fame as the subject of award-winning musical ‘Hamilton’). Ryle’s success led to other Macclesfield men moving to Paterson to open mills there, and by the 1870s business was booming, as opposed to Macclesfield where it was on the decline. Hundreds of families emigrated there to continue working in the silk industry. As 2018 is the centenary of the end of the First World War, the exhibition particularly emphasises connections between the two communities at that time. When America entered the war in April 1917, some of those

who enlisted in Paterson were born in Macclesfield and many more were the sons and grandsons of Maxonians. An American flag was received from the Mayor of Paterson in exchange for a Union Jack sent to him by the Mayor of Macclesfield – “to mark the good feeling existing between the inhabitants of Paterson and Macclesfield as allies in the Great War with Germany”. To mark the centenary of the Armistice, flags are again being exchanged between Macclesfield and Paterson. The Stars and Stripes sent from Paterson, and other items relating to the exchange, will feature in the exhibition. During the Barnaby Festival the museum hopes to have members of Macclesfield’s Family History Society in attendance, to help provide information to anyone who is interested in tracing family connections with the New Jersey city. For further details, or if you have tales to tell, get in touch on 01625 612045 or email The Silk Museum is open Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. Admission to the Paterson exhibition is free, admission charges apply if you wish to visit the rest of the museum. Macclesfield Museums website: For more information, contact:



Easy plants for difficult places Hardy geraniums are well-loved plants: they’re easy to grow, give great value in the garden and there are varieties that do well in the most difficult spots. Commonly called Cranesbills (due to the shape of their seed pods) they are completely different to the half-hardy Pelargoniums commonly mistakenly called Geraniums. Cranesbills come in many shapes and sizes from tiny alpines to large bushy plants. Most Geraniums are well-behaved and easy to care for but beware there are invasive types. Here are some of my favourites for different locations. For dry, sunny spots you can’t do better than the Bloodroot Geraniums (G. sanguineum) with their ground-hugging stems. The flowers are large in relation to the height of plants and come in many shades of pink as well as white. One of the best is Elke with very large silveredged pink flowers. I’d also recommend Striatum (veined pinked flowers), Glenluce (lavender pink) and Album (pure white). You can cut these plants hard back after the first flowering (May – July) and they will respond with more flowers in August or September. For shady, but not too dry, spots the Mourning Widow (Geranium phaeum) flowers from April through to July. The wild type has dark maroon flowers, however there are more showy varieties to choose from. My favourite is Geranium phaeum Album with pure white flowers to brighten up a dark spot.


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For really shady, dry places Geranium Czakor will provide ground covering, aromatic leaves and brilliant magenta flowering in early summer. This really is a tough customer, succeeding where most plants would fail. My favourite for more open sunny borders is the lovely Meadow Cranesbill – Geranium pratense. These flower in mid-summer and often repeat in autumn. The best of these is Mrs. Kendall Clark who has pearly-blue flowers and grows to 2ft 6in – 3ft tall. The superstar of blue Geraniums must be Rozanne; voted plant of Centenary by The Royal Horticultural Society for very good reason. Her large white-centred blue flowers smother the trailing stems of the plant from June to October and she grows well in partial shade. Geraniums can all be cut back after flowering and some will re-bloom, but all will grow fresh, attractive leaves. It’s worth dividing them every few years after flowering to keep them vigorous. They will benefit from your normal garden feeding programme – I feed with Growmore in spring and blood, fish and bone in summer. Janet and I run Special Perennials, our website is full of colour photos and growing tips. We sell by mail order and at Plant Hunters’ Fairs only throughout the season. Please see Locally we will be at the Plant Hunters’ Fair at Adlington Hall, Macclesfield SK10 4LF on Sunday 13 May and at Henbury Hall, Macclesfield SK11 9PJ on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July. We are happy to bring orders to plant fairs for you to collect.

National Garden Scheme Enjoy the summer with a garden visit! The NGS has more great gardens ready to open in the next two months. Here are brief details of a few of them. Don’t forget that as well as the characteristic yellow booklets and the larger national ‘Gardens to Visit’ handbook, there is also an NGS app and the NGS website (,uk) which all have fuller description, directions, prices and everything you need to know. 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! If you want to see something different, go ‘off piste’, so far as the usual gardening trail is concerned and take a drive to Carrington, where you will find the delightful cottage and associated gardens of Sycamore Cottage (M31 4AY). On Saturday 16 June, two gardens in Macclesfield open their gates: both 61 Birtles Rd (SK10 3JG) and 60 Kennedy Ave (SK10 3DE) show what can be achieved with imagination and creativity in the gardens of the sort of houses most of us have. Yet they are both very different. A new garden, 15 Park Crescent, (WA4 5JJ) at Appleton, Warrington is opening for the first time on the same date as above, in combination with nearby Thorncar (WA4 5JN). A single ticket gains entry to both here. Both owners are complete plantaholics and plants will be for sale at Thorncar. On Sunday 17 June, 34 Stanley Mount (M33 4AE) at Sale opens for the first time for the NGS. Well, in truth the owner did a ‘pop-up’ opening last year at short by John Hinde

notice for us, which was very successful. We offer popup opening to some gardens which are clearly ‘ready to go’ but have approached us too late for inclusion in the publicity booklet. Finally, to round off the month, the wonderful gardens at Bluebell Cottage Gardens (WA4 4HP) open, improving (if that is possible) each year. Whilst you are visiting, you can fill your boots (of your cars!) with a selection of their choice perennials.

15 Park Crescent

On Sunday 1 July, Bollin House (SK9 2BW) and Well House (SK9 2BU) at Wilmslow both open on one ticket. The former hasn’t opened before to the general public, but only to private groups so it’s a chance to enjoy their wonderful wild flower meadows. Parking is difficult at the former garden especially but see the NGS booklet/book/website/app under ‘Bollin House’ entry for helpful tips. 10 Statham Ave, Lymm, (WA19 9NH) is a beautifully structured and planted suburban garden, whilst 218 Marple Road, Offerton (SK2 5HE) is large and densely planted with lots of innovative features guaranteed to amuse the visitor. On both 7 and 8 July, Brooke Cottage, Handforth (SK9 3LT), the garden of sometime contributor to this Continued over


magazine, Barry Davy and his wife, will be opening after a major revamp: exciting! On the same two days Rowley House (CW4 8DX) at Kermincham (near Jodrell Bank) opens, with its modern, formal areas around the cottage, drifting into large areas of wildflower meadows, natural ponds, with plantings of unusual tree varieties. On the 8 July, the wonderful gardens at Cogshall Grange, Antrobus, (CW9 6BJ) designed by one of the world’s top designers, Tom Stuart Smith, opens once again. But be warned: as the estate is up for sale, if it was bought, it may disappear from public view. Grab the chance this year! If you are free midweek, 5 Cobbs Lane, Hough (CW2 5JN) opens on Wednesday 11 July (also again on Saturday 14). David and his wife Linda, have lots of unusual perennials growing really well. Also, on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15, 8a Warwick Drive, Hale (WA15 9EA) returns to the NGS after a year off; small but beautifully formed, with a stunning herbaceous border. The two gardens at West Drive, Gateley (SK8 4JJ) are rightly famed for their February snowdrop display, but also put on a great summer show on Sunday 15 July. Returning to the Scheme after a break, on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July, is 17 Poplar Grove, Sale, (M33 3AX) the innovative garden of potter Gordon Cooke. Also returning after a break from the scheme of some years in the stunning garden of wedding venue of Hilltop, Prestbury (SK10 4ED). To finish off the July openings, Winterbottom House, Mere (WA16 0QQ) opens on Sunday 29, to show off its classic charms. Remember that many gardens also offer private visits to groups from clubs. The booklet, website etc will give you details of how to arrange those. 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.


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Diary of a geeky knitter Hello lovely readers, I hope this month finds you well and that the more cheerful weather (finally!) is having a positive effect on you - I certainly know that it is for me! It makes going out for evening jogs much more fun. I’m sure most everyone is in the same boat as me, but it’s been such a busy, busy 2018 so far, and I can’t quite believe that we are in May already! The sunshine took its time catching up, but with any luck we have finally waved goodbye to the snow. It’s around this time that I would normally give you an update on my yarny exploits, but I’ve been so preoccupied with my new role at work, and then with wedding planning when I get home, that I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t updated my blog since November - shocking, I know! I have been working hard still, knitting a shawl for the wedding and also sewing my wedding dress (what was I thinking?!) but I need to keep these a secret for a few months yet, so instead I didn’t think you would mind if I wrote to you this month about something a little different.

some dark aspects of humanity and war but approaches them through songs and dialogue that are delicate, funny and emotional in equal measure. Think The Sound of Music, but with a more explicit approach to difficult themes. By the end of the show, I was really moved, and I would really recommend it! The show is on at the Palace until 12 May, so you might just miss it while it’s in town, but it’s touring the UK so if you were interested I would really recommend visiting

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To the theatre Last month, I headed to the Palace Theatre in Manchester with my sister to watch Miss Saigon. If you don’t know the show, it is a musical set towards the end, and in the aftermath, of the Vietnam War, and is a wonderful and beautiful show. The story deals with

I’m not looking to move into a professional line of theatre reviewing, so don’t forget to get in touch with me at if you are keen to read about certain topics! Knitting questions, crochet queries, or even pattern requests, are always read with interest and really help me decide what to write to you lovely readers! Until next time, happy knitting and I hope you get to go out and enjoy the sunshine!


quick crossword Across 1 Attractiveness (6) 4 Surgeon’s protective clothing (6) 8 Paperwork (abbr) (5) 9 Afghan militia (7) 10 North African country (7) 11 Bamboo-loving bear (5) 12 Defamatory (9) 17 44th President of the United States (5) 19 Serving dish (7) 21 Adult (5,2) 22 Financial resources, income (5) 23 Beer and lemonade mix (6) 24 Fastened, supported (6)

down 1 German Romantic composer (6) 2 Most senior commander in the Navy (7) 3 Loose fitting long top (5) 5 Syncopated West Indian music (7) 6 Metropolitan (5) 7 Strappy summer shoe (6) 9 Jocular British way of saying goodbye (6,3) 13 Hit hard on the head (slang) (7) 14 Misfortune, hindrance (7) 15 Evades, eludes (6) 16 Levered (6) 18 Hawaiian greeting (5) 20 Confess (5)


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

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inside people A new career at 78 for Eileen Kinsey! Eileen Kinsey was born in Stockport in April 1936. She attended St Mary’s Primary School Reddish, later becoming a boarder at Cheadle Hulme School. Initially very unhappy there - she cried every night for the first three weeks – she eventually enjoyed her time at the school and the firstclass education it provided. Leaving at 17, she intended to become a nurse, but as she suffered from allergies, was unable to do so. Eileen trained to be a teacher at Edge Hill College, then all female, where students had to be in their rooms before ten o’clock and where male visitors were only permitted at weekends, with parental approval and had to leave by six pm. Eileen left college in 1957 and, after being interviewed by a Town Hall panel of 13 people, she began teaching at Bridge Hall primary. In 1958 she married Arthur and they had two children, a son in 1965 and a daughter in 1971. After a brief spell doing home tuition and supply work, in 1973 Eileen helped establish a peripatetic support service for children with reading difficulties. Four years later she returned to classroom teaching at Queensgate. Eileen retired at 53 and retrained on an IT secretarial course, following which she assisted her son in his IT recruitment business. This she combined with grandmotherly duties for her six grandchildren. When she was 78, Eileen began a new career. Her daughter-in-law drew her attention to an advert for parts in a tv advertisement featuring elderly ladies knitting breakfast cereal. The required age band for applicants was 65 to 73. Eileen was too old. To her surprise however, she received an invitation to meet

Mark Potts, the head of the recruitment agency, who after an interview, arranged a photo shoot. Since then the work has never stopped. Eileen has featured as an extra and with walk-on parts in Coronation Street and Emmerdale, in advertisements for Iceland with Peter Andre, and was taken by taxi to Liverpool to take part in an advertisement for Nivea with a famous footballer which has been shown in Denmark, Holland and Ireland as well as the UK. In Coronation Street she was one of the four women who regularly attended funerals to steal food from the buffets. She was the lady in Emmerdale who assisted Ashley when he left hospital in his pyjamas. Eileen has also featured in Crimewatch, as the victim of a card theft and in a harrowing episode of a violent burglary. She is currently in car adverts as a nosy neighbour and the grandma getaway driver and appeared in eight episodes of 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown with Jimmy Carr. Eileen is a member of the Lindow singers who perform four concerts a year - their next production will be Pirates of Penzance. The choir combines with others to form a Festival Choir which has performed in Cyprus, Holland, Vienna, Bratislava and the Isle of Man. Eileen enjoys scampi and chips and her favourite music is Mozart and traditional jazz, especially Mart Rogers of Manchester Jazz. Her reading interests include Jeffrey Archer, Alan Bennett, Catherine Cookson, sci-fi and detective novels. Her pet hates are queue jumpers and injustice. Widely travelled, Eileen loves the US which she visited frequently. Her recent trips abroad to Dublin, Slovakia, Hungary and Italy have been to karate competitions with her grandchildren, two of whom are European champions in their age group. If she hadn’t been a teacher, Eileen would have liked to be a child psychologist or, after her recent new career experiences, an actress. Last word from Eileen There is always time to take up new opportunities. Keep busy and do things. It’s never too late to start something different. by Ed Blundell


Travel the World… by train What better way to travel across continents than by rail? Air travel has of course brought the big wide world closer and we can get to our destinations, however far flung, in a remarkably short space of time, but for many people, nothing beats travelling by rail. A slower journey, with an ever-changing view from the window with all the romantic notions of times past, travel by rail has great appeal. Enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment, thanks chiefly to Michael Portillo and his TV programmes exploring the UK, Europe, America and most recently, India.

Rail to Shimla: The Shivalik Express, known as the ‘toy train’ being on a 2ft 6” gauge railway in the foothills of the Himalayas also has UNESCO World Heritage. Stunning scenery and Shimla was the jewel in the crown of the British Raj, using it as their summer headquarters due to the lovely temperate climate.

Rail holidays can be booked as part of an organised escorted tour, with all details taken care of by your guide, or you can travel independently, where we can design a personal itinerary, with private car transfers between points – when not on a train of course!

Our top ten rail journeys: Switzerland: The Glacier Express, Bernina Express and the Jungfrau Railway – Switzerland is known for its very efficient rail service; these three trains are famous for their scenery, and the Bernina Express has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status. The Rocky Mountaineer: experience the stunning scenery of British Columbia and Alberta, following historic train routes constructed over 100 years ago. Sit back and relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of forests, deep canyons, winding rivers, majestic mountain ranges and glacier fed lakes.

The Orient Express: what better way to celebrate a birthday or anniversary than with a trip on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express. From the moment you board, you take a step back in time to the bygone, golden age of rail travel, with the highest levels of personal service, with outstanding cuisine served in a stylish dining car and a civilised bar carriage. The Blue Train and Rovos Rail: South Africa is blessed with outstanding natural beauty and the most comfortable way to discover the scenery is aboard two Continued over


sumptuous trains that traverse the country. Again, we can build a wider itinerary taking in Cape Town, the Garden Route and a safari to encompass this amazing destination. The Indian Pacific and the Ghan: From North to South or East to West, you can cross Australia by train. The Indian Pacific is a three-day journey between Perth and Sydney and the Ghan travels between Darwin and Adelaide, stopping at Alice Springs – gateway to the ‘Red Centre’ of Australia and Uluru. The Tranzalpine in New Zealand: Another supremely scenic journey through the Southern Alps of South Island New Zealand from Christchurch on the east coast to Greymouth on the west coast. From here you can explore the Glaciers, Queenstown, and the other highlights of New Zealand. Amtrak – anywhere in the States! If you have followed Michael Portillo on his recent trips around America, you will know that the rail system in the USA gives a vast choice of options and itineraries. The Hiram Bingham in Peru: what better way to arrive at Machu Picchu than on this beautiful deluxe train? Sink into an armchair in the 1920s-style carriages, where polished wood and brass catch the light. Make your way to the Observation Car to watch the sun rise or give way to starry skies. Your Peruvian adventure has begun. The Polar Express: When travelling in Norway, the Polar Express will take you from Oslo to Trondheim and Bodo, great for viewing the Northern Lights. In summer, travel from Oslo to Bergen and on to Balestand and the beautiful Sognofjord, taking a trip on the tiny Flam Railway too! …and many more, so if you would like to travel the world by train, phone us on 01625 584195 or make an appointment and visit us at Travel by Design in Alderley Edge.


by Kristina Hulme

core principles It’s nearly a year since I started working with a personal trainer and I thought it was a good time to step back and reflect on how it’s gone. Oh no, did I just mention a personal trainer, now you’re going to judge me and think I’m made of money. But, hey, don’t judge me, just stay a while and read. Because my views on having a personal trainer may not tally with what you now have in your head. I first got in touch with James Gardner when I was having problems with my knee. I’d been to a ‘knee professor’, I’d had an MRI scan and I’d been told I had some arthritis and a lot of wear and tear. He recommended a physio who also happened to have worked with James. Between them, the physio, John and the PT, James, devised a cunning plan for building up the muscles around my knee/knees, getting me fitter and stronger generally, with the hopeful aim of playing football again. At that stage, the thought of being able to run around a pitch again and return to my goal-hanging best seemed highly unlikely.

For me, the C in core stands for Confidence. John and then James both gave me the confidence to work on my knee and indeed the rest of my body, in ways which I may have steered away from had I been trying to find a way back to fitness on my own. Rather than telling me that perhaps at my age, the footie pitch was not for me, both said they saw no reason why they couldn’t get me back on it and maybe even scoring the odd goal. Next comes the O and this is for Outlook. James has encouraged me to think in a different way about health and fitness, and my personal outlook has changed from a little bit gloomy to much more positive.

The physio sessions were tough and making myself do the required exercises in-between appointments was even tougher, but this is where the personal trainer comes in.

As for R, well that stands for Routine – having a personal trainer gives you a starting point for just that. You arrange your sessions, you keep to your sessions, you commit to your sessions, no slacking.

Following a Kinetic Chain Assessment(!), involving photographs and many a different measurement, James came up with our first training plan and off we went. One year on we’re still going and guess what, I’m already back on the pitch.

And finally, the E, and you may or may not be surprised to hear that this stands for Enjoyment. This stems from not just doing the exercise itself, but also through feeling fitter, feeling stronger and feeling healthier.

So, how has this come about and why am I here exclaiming the virtues of having a personal trainer? Well, let’s look at that word core again, one so well used in fitness circles.

So, there you have it, I have a personal trainer and I’m proud! To me, the money I spend with James is an investment in my health and wellbeing, something which we all know is priceless. And look what it’s bought me - in less than a year I’ve lost 10cm around my stomach and 10 pounds in weight. Go us! James Gardner - 07478 747755

by Barrie Hawker


IN MEMORY OF RACHEL Use the Dark Peak Explorer map OL1 Ref SK 002 871 Allow about 3 hours This is a short walk, about 5 miles, with one fairly short and undemanding hill and some delightful views towards the Kinder area. It’s well within the capabilities of those who prefer a less strenuous walk. As the reader will see, some of it is rather poignant too. The walk starts from the Packhorse Inn, on the left of the minor road from New Mills to Marple. It is advisable to park on the higher car parks so as to allow room for other visitors to the pub. It makes for an excellent start point for walking, and the Inn is geared for walkers as well as having overnight accommodation. It also has an extensive and appetising lunch menu. Walk a short distance back down the road towards New Mills until a footpath sign is reached on the right-hand side of the road. This footpath goes up the hill towards some houses visible in the distance. Make sure you turn around for a brief rest on the climb and admire the views on the other side of the valley. In the distance you can see the heather-covered hills with the streams running off the peaks and the distinct downfall of Kinder can be seen by those with keen eyesight. When we were there, traces of snow could be seen in the many gullies of the high peaks, probably trapped by the prevailing wind.


by Peter Jaques

Carrying on to the top of the hill, the footpath skirts a large house called Woodhouse Home and a narrow road is then reached, called Castle Edge Road where you turn right. A short distance on the left is a set of stables which also seem to be used for dog walking. Just after this we took an old quarry road on the left, this is just before a wooded area is reached on the right, which is marked on the Ordnance Survey as a bird sanctuary. Follow this track for about a mile until another farm track is reached on the left which is the route to take. This has many potholes which in wet weather soon fill up with water. The track rises slowly for about a mile until a small metal gate is reached on the left which is passed through. This is a footpath regularly used by cyclists as the tyres leave deep ruts in the path needing care; it was also very muddy when we were there. Soon a trig point was reached and the path veers right through a disused quarry. It is believed that this area was a burial ground in prehistoric times, although no sign of it exists today. After following the path, there appears a large wooden cross which dominates the area being on top of the hill, this is known as Mellor Cross. Unfortunately the top has collapsed, possibly through vandalism, and we were told that there is no money for its repair. There is a narrow, rather rough road beneath the cross and we turned left along it, passing Higher Copston Farm and then Three Chimneys Cattery, until soon the

road ended, and it became a footpath again. A short distance along this path we passed another footpath sign on the right pointing downwards, which we ignored and carried straight on. A few yards after this, a stone ‘squeeze stile’ appears, on the top of the right-hand stone is carved the shape of a cat, whilst on the inside of the other gritstone pillar there is a metal plaque with a poem inscribed on it, the words of the poet, Rachel Lowe, aged ten. On the other side of the stile is a stone bench with the inscription ‘In loving memory of Rachel Jane Lowe 1987 – 2003. We all felt that if someone could pen this poem at the tender age of ten, she must have had a lot of talent; so sad that she succumbed to her fatal illness, believed to have been a blood disorder. Her stone bench was in a very muddy area, so we decided to have a coffee break on a concrete bench against a stone wall, slightly higher up on the left. This one was in memory of a lady farmer who presumably farmed the area for most of her life.

After our break we set off again, but this time the path becomes very indistinct and it was difficult to see the right direction to take. Although not essential, a compass is useful - we took the direction downhill, south west moving away from the stone wall and passed through a wooden gate in a wire fence (possibly electrified.) Ahead of us we could see a small coppice of trees, and we headed for the bottom right hand side of the trees and climbed over a rather decaying wooden stile. The route turns left here over rather another muddy field and across to yet another stile. The field here is rather overgrown and the route goes

The Walk

left to the last stile. After this, we followed the fence on the left until we passed a gate through into what appears to be a track leading to another small road. Here we turned right, back to Castle Edge Road and then left to the wooded bird sanctuary where the route turns right down a farm track to the New Mills/Marple road. This is a minor road, but it can be busy with fast moving traffic, turning right you pass Broadhurst Farm and finally arrive back at the Packhorse Inn, where most of the group enjoyed a well-cooked lunch. This walk was organised by Poynton Rambling Club.

THE MAGIC BOX I will put it in my box The trickling of the rain in the middle of a violent storm The winds of the almighty God The fiery sun of the summer day The magical silence of the darkest ocean I will put it in my box All the creatures of the Coral Sea The scary cackle of the mountain witch The sound of the moonlit wolf And the galaxies around the earth I will put it in my box An underwater roller coaster A giant candy tree And a castle of chocolate just for me I will put it in my box All the Caribbean islands on the earth The exciting future ahead of us And in my room a bed made of fluffy pink marshmallow My box is made of all the moons and glowing stars of the galaxy The hinges will be made of flowers and the inside will be a glowing whirlwind of colours In my box I will catch all the wonderful things that are created And live in a castle high in the clouds And I won’t rest until I have been everywhere and seen everyone. By Rachel Lowe, Age 10


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rlic a g , n o m with a lesley crust and par Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 10 to 30 mins Serves: 4

Ingredients ■■ 675g/1lb 8oz cod fillet, 3cm/1¼in thick ■■ 85g/3oz white breadcrumbs, soft or slightly stale ■■ 3 tbsp parsley, finely chopped ■■ 2 cloves garlic, crushed ■■ Finely grated zest ½ lemon ■■ 60g/2¼oz butter, melted ■■ Squeeze of lemon juice ■■ Salt and pepper ■■ Lemon wedges, to serve


Method 1. Season the cod well with salt and pepper to taste. 2. Mix the breadcrumbs with the parsley, garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper, then add butter and lemon juice. Mix thoroughly with your fingers. 3. Place the cod in a shallow, ovenproof dish and press the buttered crumbs firmly onto the cod to make an even crust. 4. Bake at 220C/425F/Gas 7 for 20-25 minutes until the crust is browned and the fish just cooked through. Serve immediately with lemon wedges and green salad or steamed asparagus.

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RAISING FUNDS FOR OLLIE’S ARMY On 25 March 2018, the Poynton Village 10k took place. Jason Pestel, from JP Sports Therapy, used the event to help raise funds for Ollie’s Army, the local charity set up to help fund equipment for the care of Ollie and Amelia Carroll who both have Batten Disease. Their mother, Lucy said “We would like to thank Jason for supporting Ollie’s Army and raising awareness of Batten Disease by offering professional sport massages to runners, after the Poynton 10k, for a donation to Ollie’s Army. The money he’s raised will go toward Ollie and Amelia’s ongoing medical care and equipment and also help us with travel arrangements, so the children can continue to receive critical brain infusions at Great Ormond Street every fortnight. We are desperately trying to get these infusions to be funded by the NHS and are awaiting a decision by NICE.” Jason had the invaluable support of two colleagues, Szymon Kobylarczyk from SK Sports Massage and James Sanders from The trio offered massages at the event and were joined by Carol Lawless who was out on the streets of Poynton selling raffle tickets on the day for some great prizes: a free will donated by HT Legal, free golf passes donated by High Legh Golf Club and a one-hour free sports massage courtesy of JP Sports Therapy.

Jason wants to thank everyone who has donated so far and the local businesses that have supported his efforts to date.

HAPPY PLANT HUNTING AT HENBURY HALL On Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July, Plant Hunters’ Fairs will return to the wonderful Henbury Hall Gardens with a brilliant line-up of top nurseries. It’s just the right time to pick up summer flowering plants to give your garden a boost and we know that the nurseries will have the right plant to set your summer garden ablaze with colour and add a sparkle to a shady spot, plus lots of expert knowledge on hand to help you choose the best for your particular and unique garden. The special event also offers the chance to visit these wonderful gardens for only £2.50 and this includes the Plant Hunters’ Fair as well! The Garden opens at 10am and closes at 5pm both days. Refreshments will be served in the old courtyard. Henbury Hall is two miles west of Macclesfield just off the A537 on School Lane.

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GARDNER & SONS EXHIBITION Anson Engine Museum proudly presents an exhibition of stationary engines, models and company memorabilia, celebrating 150 years of L Gardner & Sons. The exhibition will be opened by a member of the Gardner family at the Gardner Engine Rally to be held at the museum on 23/24 June and will remain open until 28 October 2018. A souvenir calendar (June ‘18 to December ‘19) is on sale now. It includes a selection of 19 Gardner photographs highlighting the development of their engines and business. Tel: 01625 874426

SINGING SUCCESS FOR LOCAL CHORUS The ladies of Wilmslow-based chorus, Cheshire A Cappella, are basking in the success of a recent performance at the prestigious Alderley Edge Festival. Placing second in the choral class, only just behind a rather fabulous mixed choir, the adjudicator commented on ‘phrasing so musical, adding another layer to your musicality’ and ‘great ensemble, great singing, great performance.’ It isn’t long since the ladies were basking in the sunshine, as they also spent a weekend at SABS en Armonia, in Benalmadena, Spain, in April. The competition was somewhat tougher there, but it was an amazing event and they had probably the most fun weekend in their 9-year history! The chorus is currently made up of 34 ladies - several have belonged since its inception in 2009, but people come and go for all sorts of reasons, so they are always on the lookout for new members. Some singing experience is preferred, but not essential – if it’s something you’ve wondered about why not give them a call on 07521 101409, send a message via Facebook (Cheshire A Cappella chorus) or email

You’d be hard-pressed to find a friendlier, more welcoming group of ladies – they would love to hear from you!


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

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

an incredible day out Eureka – The National Children’s Museum

All About Me

Amazing, fantastic, fun-packed, educational and inspirational are just a few of the superlatives that I find myself uttering after a day at this great family destination. Two grandparents, one mum and two young lads descended on Eureka in early April and had a fabulous time. As day trips go, Eureka, in Halifax, has got to be one of the best days out that I have experienced for a very long time.

In this zone, you can meet a friendly robot, test what the body can do and enjoy role-plays in the health centre. You will learn what’s inside the human body, how intricate and fascinating the brain is and how the digestive system breaks down food.

An educational charity, Eureka is the only hands-on museum just for children and has brought smiles to the faces of more than 7.5 million visitors since 1992. We’re not talking here about your average museum, where you gaze at numerous objects in glass cabinets, and a mass of accompanying information that you’re almost certain to forget. Eureka is a million miles away from that kind of experience. It’s a fun-packed, tactile, interactive and totally absorbing experience and is especially intriguing for children aged 0-11. But believe me, there’s something for all the family. Whatever your age, it will unlock the child within you and teach you something that you didn’t know before. There are six unique zones to discover, filled with hundreds of interactive exhibits, designed to inspire enquiring minds to find out about themselves and the world around them. by Garth Aspinall

SoundSpace Here you can create a cacophony of noises, mix your own music, direct a stage show, or visit Orby’s spaceship. You will learn about the properties of sound, about music and celebrations from around the world and discover how sound can affect our emotions.

SoundGarden (Under 5s) This zone provides a colourful multi-sensory experience. Here you can paint a butterfly’s wings then watch it fly away, listen to lullabies from around the world, or dress up like a woodland creature. You will learn about cause and effect, all about the life of bees and the differences between night and day.

Living and Working Together Here you can explore a child-sized town, tell Baku all about your dreams, withdraw (and spend) your own Eureka currency, take over a garage and visit M&S. You will learn about the world of work, what lies under our roads and pavements and where our food comes from.


Desert Discovery (Under 5s) Here you can make friends with a coyote, share a story in the story-time tent, plan and build a construction. You will learn that what goes up must come down, learn about simple fossils and yet again, the differences between day and night.

Spark Gallery The Spark Gallery hosts exciting new temporary exhibitions that change regularly and features pop-up activities and workshops. From May to November 2018, the theme is Adventures in Digital Art. Experience some of the most exciting interactive digital tech from around the world. Navigate your way through 14 mind-blowing exhibits from The Lumen prize for digital art. Explore virtual worlds, code your own animated creature and interact with a huge digital waterfall.

Come Rain or Shine – Eureka is a great place to visit It takes about an hour and a half to reach Halifax, so it’s good to know that whatever the weather there is pretty much guaranteed enjoyment when you get there. All the above activities are indoors, not to mention the creative gift shop and the café which offers a wide-ranging menu at very reasonable prices. If the weather is fine, so much the better. You can picnic in the grounds of the museum, or even in Eureka’s own railway carriage.

The Essential Details It’s a really good idea to visit the Eureka website to discover all the latest news, to find out about opening times (term-time and holiday opening hours are different) and certainly to book your tickets. The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax HX1 2NE Tel 01422 330069 Admission/Annual Pass: Under 1s free 1 to 2 years £5.25 3+ years £12.95 You pay for your first visit and get a free Annual Pass, giving you unlimited free visits for 12 months.


Adventures in Digital Art uses large scale multi-media, motion-capture sensors and projections of light and colour to change the way you think about technology.

Parking: 4 hours: £4 12 hours: £6

In addition to the above main zones, there is also Creative Space for under-fives, a Theatre that features special events during school holidays and an Imagination Space. Ask at the information desk to find out what activities are planned in the Theatre and in Imagination Space! If you need guidance at any time during your visit, there is a talented team of Enablers that are on hand throughout the museum to help you get the most out of your visit.

Nearby attraction (10 minutes’ walk) Piece Hall – well worth a visit if you have time and your children have patience. Travel - By car or by train (Manchester Victoria to Halifax station which is located right next to Eureka)

WILDFOWL AND NUTRITION Wildfowl, or waterfowl, is a general term for birds that live near aquatic environments such as lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, swamps and marshes. They include ducks, swans, and geese that generally feed on aquatic plants, worms, crustaceans and snails, small fish and fish eggs, insects, berries, and small amphibians such as frogs and newts. For generations, the feeding of waterfowl with bread has been a wonderful pastime enjoyed by many, but it can cause problems for the birds. Bread offers little-to-no nutritional benefit, but the birds will readily eat it when it is offered. The problem occurs as the calorific bread fills up the stomach so much, that the bird will not forage for their normal natural diet that will give them all the vitamins and minerals they require. In particular, in young birds, a reliance on human-supplied bread, and other junk food, discourages them to learn to forage for the natural foods they need to be healthy. In both cases this can lead to malnourishment and, in severe cases in young birds, to a condition called Angel Wing where the wing is deformed, and the bird cannot fly. The condition can be reversed with proper feeding in young birds, but once the bird is an adult it cannot be reversed. Although Angel Wing is not life threatening to the bird in a sheltered environment, it would be unlikely to survive in the wild.


There can also be problems with bread that is left uneaten, as this can attract predators that may be harmful to waterfowl. It can also, if left for long enough, grow mould that can make the birds very ill. Uneaten bread also adds to nutrient build up in the water, especially in closed water such as lakes and ponds. This excess of nutrients in the water can then lead to excess algae growth such as cyanobacteria (blue green algae) and harmful algal blooms that in severe cases depletes oxygen levels to the extent that aquatic plants and animals die out. This process of eutrophication is usually caused by the use of fertilisers and soil run off into water (and human sewage) that leads to high nitrogen and phosphorous levels in the water, but there is an argument that bread may also contribute to this. Using reputable commercial foods such as Brambles Swan and Duck Food will allow families to carry on the pastime of feeding waterfowl knowing that they are benefitting the birds they are feeding. Brambles Pet and Wildlife Limited is a family owned company and the team have been involved in developing products for animal welfare since 1990. The Managing Director has a scientific background in Biological Sciences and we have combined our experience and expertise to formulate foods that are nutritionally beneficial to wild animals and ensure that they do not contain any added sugar, colours, or artificial flavours. Our Swan and Duck food conforms to recommended guidelines for nutritional requirements, and is also suitable for geese, moorhens and coots, and, as it floats, you can easily see when the birds have had sufficient!

By Gail Tracey, Director of Brambles Pet and Wildlife

SMALLER PLANTS In this article I would like to focus on smaller plants, Guzmania, Vriesa, Anthuriums, and Orchids. As the vast majority of orchids are sold in full flower, I will take my care tips from there. While the plants love sunlight, once the flowers have blossomed they can be taken away from direct sunlight into medium to good light. They will invariably have air roots, so can be placed in a high humidity area such as a shower or wet room for all their moisture requirements. If in any other room, keep dry overall, perhaps a third of a cup of water per week but no more. Generally, orchids will stay in flower for many weeks, even months, but once they have shed their foliage, do not give up on the plant. Place in a very light area ie windowsill, south facing if possible, cut the stem that had the flowers just above the second node or notch from the base. This is the main route for the plant to eventually send out a new stem, usually after approx. 6 to 10 weeks. During that time, just continue to water it sparsely, and be patient! More often than not, you will be well rewarded! Bromeliads ie Guzmania and Vriesa, are from the most humid part of the rainforest and the plant produces the colourful main flower to attract insects and be pollinated. However, at the end of the flower’s life cycle, typically 2 to 4 months, it will fade in colour or go brown. Unfortunately there is no prevention for this, it is simply nature, so not your fault. Water the plant down the centre of the stem but keep fairly dry in medium to good light. Mist regularly. Anthuriums are genuine sun bathers – they love maximum light and will continuously produce new brightly-coloured flowers if they have it. Again, water lightly, approximately a third a cup of water every 7 to 10 days. Clean leaves of all plants regularly to encourage maximum photosynthesis.


by Rick Simpson

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

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

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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Answers: Trails, Boots, Rucksack, Map, Compass, Signs. Extra letter answer: Stream


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anson engineering museum Today I took the opportunity of visiting the Anson Engine Museum as I continue my exploration of the industrial heritage of the area I have recently moved to. You approach the museum along a beautiful wooded lane and enter a very informal looking parking area, which is free of charge. The entrance to the museum is possibly the loveliest entrance to any museum I have visited (and that includes museums in London, Amsterdam, Paris and Madrid! I entered the museum, paid my £5 entrance fee (exceptional value if I may say so), then I was then given a detailed briefing of the displays by one of the many volunteers, a printed guide to carry with me, and then off into the museum itself.

by one of its visitors as ‘run on a shoestring and fuelled by enthusiasm’. Despite this, the award-winning museum has flourished and now houses a unique collection of over 250 gas and oil engines, many maintained in running order. Engine enthusiasts from all over the world come to visit this fascinating museum. My visit lasted about three hours and you really need that amount of time to take in everything. One minute you are looking at an engine that may be over 150 years old, and the next moment you are looking at a turbo engine of the Bentley Continental car, which generates 600bhp. The volunteers are extremely friendly and knowledgeable, and are more than willing to explain things so that even “non techies” like me can understand the basics.

As you enter, your nostrils are assailed by the smell of oil, and you quickly realise that this is a REAL museum and not some sanitised outpost, which many of today’s museums seem to be. Perhaps a little background would be helpful to the reader; this unusual and fascinating museum used to be one of the best-kept secrets among Cheshire’s many attractions. Over the past few years it has undergone some major changes and is now recognised as one of the Country’s leading specialist museums. Situated on the site of the old Anson Colliery, it is the result of Les Cawley and Geoff Challinor’s years of hard work collecting and restoring engines. The museum is a registered charity and does not receive government or public funding towards its running costs. To date most of the work has been carried out and funded by the volunteers and Friends of the museum. It was described

Some of the engines have been displayed in such a way that they could almost be viewed as “art installations” and would make a mockery of many of Damien Hirst’s so called “creations.” It is also the little things that catch the eye, from displays of oilcans to old metal posters advertising various items or companies. The museum chronicles and displays some of the finest examples of our engineering industrial heritage and should be preserved and developed at all costs. I would recommend a visit just to see what a tremendous industrial heritage this country has, and indeed what we gave to the world. Finally, a word of thanks to all the volunteers who made us so welcome and spent time talking at length about the museum, its history and contents.

by Terry Gregory Photographs © Kindadukish 2018


inside guide

june - july 2018

selected events in your area

Saturday 2 June

Monday 11 June

East Cheshire Alpine Garden Society Show A wide variety of beautiful alpine plants will be on show; specialist nurseries will be present selling plants. Tea/coffee and cake will be available and sandwiches at lunchtime. Competition schedules and further details available by contacting Bob on 07808 974753 Entry £3 Village Club, 2 Melbourne Road, Bramhall SK7 1LR 10.30am to 3.30pm

East Cheshire National Trust Association Lecture – Hannah Gregg and Quarry Bank House with Amanda Lunt Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AB 2pm

Wednesday 6 June Poynton Philatelic Society Our guest speaker is Mr Fred Ikin from Crewe Philatelic Society, who will be displaying German Red Cross to 1945. This is a very interesting display especially for the Wartime collecting enthusiasts. Ron Phelps 01625 877643 North Room, Poynton Community Centre, Park Lane 7.30pm

Thursday 7 June 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

Friday 8 to Sunday 10 June Bollington Art Exhibition Everybody welcome at this popular annual event. Bollington Civic Hall, Palmerston Street, SK 10 5JX 10am to 5pm

Saturday 9 June Stockport Symphony Orchestra plays Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite , Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paginini and Shostakovich Symphony No. 9 Conductor Ewa Strusinska, Soloist Tom Hicks Further details Stockport Town Hall 7.30pm

Tuesday 12 June Simply Books presents A J PEARCE Join us for an evening with A J Pearce talking about Dear Mrs Bird - a love letter to the enduring power of friendship, told with all the warmth of The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society and one of the most talked about debuts of 2018. Tickets £8 (includes ‘themed refreshments’ and £3 towards purchase of the book). To book call 0161 439 1436 or book online at Simply Books, Bramhall 7.30pm

Thursday 14 June Poynton Home Gardeners Club Maureen Sawyer will talk on the subject of A Garden Tour based on her artistic view of plants and garden design. Further details from Elaine on 01625 871603 Royal British Legion, Georges Road West, Poynton SK12 1JY 7.30pm

Thursday 14 June Worth Probus Club Ian Cartwight will speak to us on ‘Everyone’s a Photographer’. Please contact Peter Owen on 01625 871574 or for further details. St. George’s Church Hall 2pm

Thursday 15 June Poynton Morning Townswomen’s Guild Speaker John Hogen ‘Life as a Catenian’ We welcome visitors - £2 Contact Kath on 0161 456 5299 Poynton Civic Hall 10am to 12 noon

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Saturday 16 June

Saturday 23 June

Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra. ‘Last night of the Proms’ concert with an American theme, along with some wellknown Prom favourites including: Leonard Bernstein - Candide Overture; Copland - Appalachian Spring; Henry Wood - Sea Songs; Vaughan Williams - English Folk Song Suite; Edward Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance no. 1; Parry - Jerusalem Tickets £12, concessions £10, under 18 £2 from ticket secretary 01925 756144, Bang and Olufsen, Alderley Road, Wilmslow, Therapy, Bank Square, Wilmslow, via or at the door. Evans Hall at Wilmslow Leisure Centre 7.45pm

Ladybrook Singers 90th Anniversary Concert Join us in a celebratory concert to mark 90 years of making music with guests Flute Salad and Poynton Male Voice Choir. Our choir will perform a mix of secular and sacred music including pieces by Elgar, Rutter and Karl Jenkins. Refreshments available Tickets: £8 (£2 child) or pay on the door, Enquiries: 0161 485 6642 St Mary’s in the Marketplace, Churchgate, Stockport SK1 1YG 7.30pm

Monday 18 June Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz. £7 entry, enquiries 01663 763532 Poynton British Legion, Georges Rd, Poynton, SK12 1JY 7.30pm

Tuesday 19 June Poynton U3A General Meeting. Peter Watson will give a talk on The Artefacts of Folk Magic. Entrance £1 including refreshments. For more information contact Main Hall, Poynton Civic Centre 2pm to 4pm

Wednesday 20 June Chelford & North Cheshire Embroiderers’ Guild. Speaker: Rachel Nettles 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

WEDNESDAY 20 JUNE Poynton Philatelic Society. Guest speaker Simon Carson from Philangles Auction house, who will display Mid Cheshire Postal History. A very interesting display of local material, one not to be missed. Ron Phelps 01625 877643 North Room, Poynton Community Centre, Park Lane 7.30pm

Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 June NK Theatre Arts presents The Full Monty Based on the cult hit film of the same name, The Full Monty is a story full of heart. Right to the end, audiences will be wondering if these lovable misfits will really pull it off. With a raucous mix of razor-sharp humour and toe-tapping pizzazz, this heart-warming, upbeat comedy is a must see! Not suitable for children. Ticket prices £15/£12.50 24hr Box Office 0333 666 3366 10% discount for INSIDE readers. The Forum Theatre, Romiley, Stockport SK6 4EA 7.30pm


Saturday 23 June National Festival Circus Clowns, jugglers, magicians, balancing and tumbling acts, all in a Big Top! (No live animal acts) 3 shows 12 noon, 1.30pm and 3pm (each show lasts an hour) Tickets are £6 per person when bought in advance from the office at Lower Park School and Lawlers Estate Agents on Park Lane. FREE ENTRY for under 2’s (sat on knees but will need a ticket). Tickets can also be purchased online for £6.50 (includes booking) There will also be a Coconut Shy, Lucky Dip, Pony Riding, Hook a Duck, Sweetie Jar Hoopla, Adult Tombola, Test Your Strength, Beat The Goalie, Raffle, Face Painting, food and refreshments. All funds raised will support Lower Park School PTA Lower Park School, Hazelbadge Road, Poynton

Sunday 24 June The Lindow Singers and Sale Gilbert & Sullivan Society are proud to present The Pirates of Penzance Tickets £12, Concession £10, Student £3 Available on the door, from choir members or ring 01625 611124 Hazel Grove Methodist Church, Wesley St, Hazel Grove, Stockport SK7 4JQ 7.30pm

Tuesday 26 June Simply Books presents Emma Healey Emma’s debut novel Elizabeth Is Missing won her a COSTA award, so we are delighted to welcome her for the launch of her new book Whistle In The Dark. Tickets £8 (includes refreshments and £3 towards purchase of Emma’s book). To book call 0161 439 1436 or book online at Simply Books, Bramhall 7.30pm

Thursday 28 June Worth Probus Club John Stirling will speak to us on ‘Toytown to Buckingham Palace ‘ Please contact Peter Owen on 01625 871574 or for further details. St. George’s Church Hall 2pm Continued over

Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July

Friday 6 to Saturday 7 July

Plant Hunters’ Fair Entry to fair, gardens and grounds only £2.50 Henbury Hall Gardens, Henbury, Macclesfield, SK11 9PJ 10am to 5pm

We Are Three Sisters by Blake Morrison. The play evokes the lives of the Brontë sisters, with a nod to Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Tickets for Quarry Bank Styal can be obtained from the National Trust, Styal. Search for upcoming events at: Enquiries: Quarry Bank, Styal

Saturday 30 June Cheshire Sinfonia – Beautiful Music in Bramhall Debussy: Prélude à “L’après-midi d’un faune” Bizet: L’Arlésienne Suite No. 1 Vaughan Williams: Overture ‘The Wasps’ Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in B minor Tickets: £12 (Full), £10 (concessions), £3 (students) Reserved tickets available in advance from 07967 852986 or at the door. St Michael’s Parish Church, Robins Lane, Bramhall 7.30pm

Higher Poynton Summerfest This popular annual event returns for its seventh year. Middlewood Way, opposite The Boars Head pub, Shrigley Road North 11.30am to 4.30pm

Tuesday 10 July East Cheshire National Trust Association. Lecture – Bringing the Law to Life with Laughter with Sue Holden Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AB 2pm


Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 July

Poynton Philatelic Society Our last meeting of this season is a Members’ evening where members are invited to show their collecting interests with a 6 or 9 sheet display. This always shows the varied interests of our members. Ron Phelps 01625 877643 North Room, Poynton Community Centre, Park Lane 7.30pm

NK Theatre Arts proudly presents of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical will be presented by the NK Youth Theatre members. This magical musical, the UK’s longest running, is full of unforgettable songs. 10% discount for INSIDE readers. Ticket prices £10/£8 / Group ticket £30 24hr Box Office 0333 666 3366 The Forum Theatre, Romiley, Stockport SK6 4EA Matinee Wednesday-Friday 7.30pm Saturday 2pm

Thursday 5 July 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

Friday 6 July Hallé Comes To Bramhall Sarah Ewins, (Associate Leader of the Hallé) brings The Oberon string ensemble to Bramhall. Programme to include Tchaikovsky’s exuberant Serenade for Strings, and Bach Double Violin Concerto. Tickets (available from 4th June) £11 and £9 (concession), includes refreshments. Tickets from Church Office (0161 439 1204), Thrift Shop, Simply Books (228 Moss Lane), and at the door. Under 18s free. Bramhall Methodist Church 7.30pm


Sunday 8 July

Thursday 12 July Worth Probus Club. Talk on ‘Tax, Care and Toyboys’. Please contact Peter Owen on 01625871574 or for further details. St. George’s Church Hall 2pm

Thursday 12 July Poynton Home Gardeners Club Gordon Baillie the Head Gardener at Arley Hall will be speaking on how this garden is evolving. Further details from Elaine on 01625 871603 Royal British Legion, Georges Road West, Poynton, SK12 1JY 7.30pm

Monday 16 July Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz £7 entry, enquiries 01663 763532 Poynton British Legion, Georges Rd, Poynton, SK12 1JY 7.30pm

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Tuesday 17 July Poynton U3A General Meeting Margaret Campbell will give a talk on “My Experience in India.” Entrance £1 including refreshments. For more information contact Main Hall, Poynton Civic Centre 2pm to 4pm

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Tuesday 17 July Simply Books presents Dan Toombs aka ‘The Curry Guy’ Join us for a brilliant evening as ‘The Curry Guy’ shares the secrets of fuss-free curries and cooks a couple of delicious dishes from his mouth-watering new book ‘The Curry Guy EASY’ for us to sample! Tickets £8 (includes food tasting and £3 towards purchase of the book). To book call 0161 439 1436 or book online at Simply Books, Bramhall 7pm

Wednesday 18 July Chelford & North Cheshire Embroiderers’ Guild Speaker: Mark Beecroft, Senior lecturer, Textiles in Practice, Dept of Design at MMU. Working in 3D printed textiles informed by knitted structures. 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

Thursday 19 July Poynton Morning Townswomen’s Guild Fund Raising Coffee Morning Contact Kath on 0161 456 5299 Poynton Civic Hall 10am to 12 noon

Tuesday 24 July Macclesfield Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire. A visit to King’s School with a chance to see the school and their archives. Admission £2 per meeting including refreshments For further details please contact The Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD 7.30pm

Thursday 26 July Worth Probus Club Geoff Scargill will speak to us on ‘2nd and 3rd September 1939. Peace and War’. Please contact Peter Owen on 01625 871574 or for further details. St. George’s Church Hall 2pm


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useful numbers

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


classified index ACCOUNTANTS


Lloyd Piggott Chartered Accountants 23 Making Tax Digital 30

Wills Driveway Cleaning


SCZ Electrical Services

Famous Henrys


BOOKSHOPS Simply Books

BUILDING SERVICES JS Services Whitehall Builders

16 40 39

CARE HOMES & SERVICES Abney Court Alice Chilton Carmel Lodge Hope Green

63 28 28 24

CARPETS & FLOORING Carpet Creations




CHILDCARE Kids Zone RCCE Poynton Chiropractic

AVRO Air Fair Poynton British Legion Poynton’s Party in the Park

22 11

DELICATESSENS The Cheshire Smokehouse


DRAINAGE Pure Clean Drainage Solutions


D C Joinery Trevor Garner



11 8

69 65

Manners Pimblett Back Cover Slater & Gordon Inside Back Cover View2 23

The Stair Shop


TRAVEL Travel by Design


TREE SERVICES Swift Tree & Arboricultural Services 60







44 22 65




PAINTING & DECORATING Bauhaus Dean Wilson Kathy Shaw







Poynton Tennis Club 44 22 8

MOBILITY Adjustamatic

60 51


LOFT LADDERS More Than Loft Ladders



Kathy Shaw 11 60

KITCHENS Matt Finish

COMPUTER & INTERNET Mike Knibb SR Computers

Cheshire Hearing Centres

Poynton Roofing Crimeguard Security




40 57 66

19 44 22





GOLF clubs


Poynton Christian Fellowship Inside Front Cover



ICAN Handyman K&J Home Maintenance Trevor Garner


David Hanson Metroplumb

Greenthumb NRG Garden Services Robinsons Garden Maintenance

Carl Howard The Cut



Lovell Homes



Park Lane Physiotherapy




Pest in Peace



AVRO Golf Club




Door to Door

Pure Clean Drainage Solutions



Uniquely Chic

BUILDING SOCIETIES Vernon Building Society


Adlington Memorial Park 11


Tropical Plants 4 Gifts East Cheshire Wills Pate & Lever Windows Cloudy2Clear The Window Repair Centre

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Inside Poynton Issue 75  

Community magazine including local news and what's on

Inside Poynton Issue 75  

Community magazine including local news and what's on