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inside february - march 2018


Issue 60

wilmslow & alderley edge

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inside wilmslow & alderley edge “Don’t just think it, ink it. Written goals transform wishes into wants, dreams into plans, and plans into reality.”

What’s INSIDE this month

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

4 Wilmslow Then & Now

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

28 The Walk

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

49 Diary of a Geeky Knitter

7 childhood memories of wilmslow 8 Snowdrop Festival 10 barry’s gardening tips 14 simply books book club choice 18 run for life not just january


21 Puzzles 22 park house recommends 25 think japan in 2018 31 In Touch 35 bury market


38 Just 4 Kids 40 Children’s Activities 45 INSIDE Guide 50 Puzzle Solutions 53 Useful Numbers 54 Classified Index


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wilmslow then... ...and now One of the oldest and most interesting buildings around Wilmslow is the Unitarian Chapel at Dean Row. Sources differ on the exact year, but it was established in the 1680s or 1690s as a response to the Great Ejection, in which two thousand Church of England clergymen were forced out of their positions for refusing to conform to the Book of Common Prayer. Banned from preaching within five miles of their old churches, many ministers established themselves in new chapels on the fringes of towns such as that at Dean Row, with its almost barnlike appearance designed to avoid attracting unwanted attention. Over time the Presbyterian movement waned and the congregation became much reduced, resulting in the building being in a poor state of repair by the 1840s. The Unitarian minister at Norcliffe Chapel, Rev John Coltson, led a movement to restore the church, and in 1845 after considerable efforts by his supporters it was reopened. There is a picturesque and interesting graveyard, with the oldest burial being Rachel Bates in 1751, and, as there is no graveyard in Styal, many key members of the Greg family are buried there. Dean Row is still an active Unitarian Chapel with a thriving congregation.


Photographs: Wilmslow Historical Society Collection

by Jon Armstrong > Wilmslow Historical Society

Childhood Memories of Wilmslow Quiz time, folks! What is the link between the leafy Cheshire town of Wilmslow and German synth-pop pioneers Kraftwerk? Bet that’s a question you never thought you’d hear. Well, the answer is that Michael Rother, one of the band’s original members, actually lived in Wilmslow towards to the end of the 1950s – and he remembers the place with great affection. Michael’s time with Kraftwerk was only short-lived but that’s not to say his career in music simply faded away thereafter. On the contrary, Michael went on to make quite a noise (literally and at times quite beautifully) by going on to form the ground-breaking NEU! with motorik drummer Klaus Dinger and becoming one of the leading players in the hugely influential ‘krautrock’ movement of the 1970s and eighties. When Michael was a child his father worked as a pilot for Lufthansa, the German airline, and this work led to the Rother family moving across to the north-west of England in the late fifties. ‘We lived in Wilmslow, near Manchester. I went to school there and I had many friends. I have vivid memories of running around the countryside, with a lot of green – everything is an adventure at that age. There was this river called the Bollin and we used to jump in to the river because there was a waterfall and such nice foam. I was eight or nine years old and you didn’t think about pollution. I guess the foam in that water was not really a good sign for us or the quality of the water. It was a really wonderful time. Everyone was so polite. It was surprising – it was ’59, only 14 years after the end of World War II and, of course, as a child I was not

connected to the war – hearing my parents talk about how friendly they were treated. My mother said it was the best time of her life,’ Michael reminisced last April, prior to playing a few gigs in the UK. He continued, ‘Wilmslow is a wonderful place. I have very vivid clear memories of friends I spent my days with, of going to the cinema, being at the train station, and of having chicken on Saturdays. Actually, it started in such a beautiful way. When we moved to Wilmslow, I couldn’t speak English, but I don’t remember feeling insecure about it because everyone was so friendly to us. The first thing the teacher did was she appointed one other pupil in class to be my guide and take care of me. Then she sent us to a nearby farm to collect some greens for the animals which were running around the class. It was a unique experience for me.’ When I asked Michael – after a brilliant concert at Manchester’s Sound Control in April 2017, accompanied by bandmates, Hans Lampe on drums and Franz Bargmann on guitar – if he remembered the name of the school he attended in Wilmslow, Michael replied that he didn’t think it had a name, which somehow seems unlikely; unless it was simply a school that catered for foreign language pupils. I wonder if any long-time residents of Wilmslow recall such a place? Indeed, do any INSIDE readers remember playing along the banks of the river Bollin in the late ‘50s with a young German boy whose English was a bit sketchy? If you do, the chances are it may have been the über talentiert Michael Rother. by Stuart Bolton


National Garden Scheme


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

Bucklow Farm


by John Hinde

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

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

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

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

West Drive Gardens

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

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

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

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

barry’s gardening tips february - march 2018

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


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

by Barry Davy email:

simply books

book club choice

My first pick this month is Cousins – a new novel by Salley Vickers. Her first novel, Miss Garnet’s Angel, became an international word-of-mouth bestseller and a favourite amongst book clubs – indeed it was one of the first books we read here at Simply Books with our original reading group (nearly 15 years ago!). In Cousins the author gives us a spellbinding account of a family in distress – exposing the inner workings of one family (possibly every family!) with disconcerting clarity. Will Tye and his cousin Cele are kindred spirits who have grown up together. But their very closeness keeps them at a troubled distance until one night of reckless misadventure – the consequences of which engulf three generations, laying bare secrets that stretch as far back as the Second World War. A serious, mature book that is also compellingly enjoyable. Salley Vickers will be talking about Cousins – and her other writing – when she visits us at Simply Books on Thursday 1 March. If you would like to come and meet her, please get in touch – or you can book tickets online at My other book this month is a debut novel by Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – a story about the worst and the very best that people are capable of, by turns funny, brave and thought-provoking. Eleanor leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, perhaps, everything. But one single act of kindness is set to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself… This is an unusual, quirky book – a book to make you laugh and cry; a life-affirming story about loneliness and the transformative power of even the smallest acts of kindness - and a worthy winner of this year’s COSTA First Novel of The Year Award. And for the children…The Pirates of Scurvy Sands is a new pirate adventure from author/illustrator Jonny Duddle following the hilarious voyages of the Jolley-Rogers, the most intrepid pirates to sail the Seven Seas. Jonny will be joining us on Tuesday 20 February from 11am to 12 noon to read his stories – please get in touch to book tickets or book online at


Simply Books 228 Moss Lane, Bramhall, Cheshire SK7 1BD 0161 439 1436 Open Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm Andrew Cant

LARRA JOHNSON TRAINING ACADEMY As permanent make-up and microblading procedures become mainstream, Cheshire artist Lara Johnson is imparting years of expertise to the next generation of professionals. Situated in Cheadle, Cheshire, the Larra Johnson Training Academy has been years in the making. Founder Lara has meticulously created a comprehensive collection of courses designed for beginners and experienced professionals alike. As a renowned artist herself, she knows how important education can be. Lara travelled the world to train with respected international artists in Russia and America, developing and perfecting her realistic hair-stroke technique for which she is well known. After over five years working in the industry, as a prominent artist, influencer and trainer, she set up her own academy in Cheadle last year.

The state-of-the-art studio has been fully fitted with specialist equipment, with training designed to give students new to the industry a comprehensive and detailed introduction to permanent make-up. Meanwhile, refresher courses and expert artistry sessions help experienced professionals to perfect their technique. Lara’s dedication and commitment to offering and teaching the latest beauty techniques and treatments extends further as the studio space is multi-purpose. As well as offering permanent make-up, state-of-theart Cryolipolysis (also known as ‘fat freezing’, which tones and streamlines by cooling and killing fat cells) procedures are also available – with plans to introduce more treatments in 2018. The versatile studio space is available to hire for other trainers and professionals – as well as photographers, yoga teachers and fitness practitioners. For more details of training courses, treatments and studio hire please contact Larra Johnson Training Academy.

Run For Life, Not Just January Now the new year is here, every gym is offering everything to get you through their doors. But how long will that motivation last? Until February maybe? Exercise is not meant to be fun. Or, is it? It only becomes boring if you let it. You need to keep your mind guessing. Keep changing things, keep things fresh. This is why running is great and seldom gets boring. You can change the route, speed, terrain, run alone, with a friend, with a group, sign up to a race, run at night. I am not going to pretend running is easy and a quick fix because it is not. You will not love running straight away. Once over the initial period you will certainly catch the running bug and wonder what you ever did without it. But how can you get to that point? I have five top tips that can help you stick with the sport for the long run. ■■ Treat yourself – put money away towards a trip, buy new kit when you reach a set milestone. Immediate rewards work better than long term goals (eg lose weight, get fitter) in the initial stage. ■■ Join a running group – there will people there just like you. Swap advice, face challenges together. ■■ Track your runs – keep a log of your runs and what you are eating. Research suggests that people who track runs and food habits tend to eat less, eat better and exercise more. ■■ Go public – tell everyone, sign up for a race and share it. This will help keep you accountable and strive to your success. ■■ Don’t just run – think. Work through a problem, come up with ideas and solutions. Run without music and let your brain wander – you’ll be amazed at what you come up with. Running doesn’t have to be boring and an effort to get out that door. Everyone is different and it’s down to you to find out what makes it interesting for you. What is certain though is that everyone can enjoy it, and everyone can Run For Life, Not Just January! For more help and guidance feel free to contact me.


by Alex Cann >

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

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

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

Solutions on page 50 21

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


by Kristina Hulme

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


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

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

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

The Walk

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

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


in touch your local community noticeboard february - march 2018

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Lindow Scout Group is appealing for new adult volunteers to support their groups. Currently they have about 75 children within Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, with many more waiting to join. More adult volunteers are needed to become part of the leadership team. The Scout Association offers full support and training, and in return for giving their time the volunteers will be able to help shape future generations through fun and adventure. Group Scout Leader David Fleming said: “We are looking for some local heroes to become team members and leaders. We already have great teams in place but due to the popularity of the Group we need more people to join them. They may be mums or dads of children who are looking to join Beavers, Cubs or Scouts, former scouts or someone who wants to get involved with the community.” Potential volunteers need to be over 18 years old, can be male or female and must pass a DBS check for working with children and young people.

To find out more please get in touch at:

WILMSLOW CIVIC TRUST If any members of the Trust would like to join the committee a warm welcome awaits you - particularly anyone who would be prepared to be minutes secretary. We also need an assistant for Martin Hoyle, who diligently trawls all planning applications to assess which may need comments from the Trust.

Please call 01625 526547 if you are interested or see us at the next meeting on 21 March, Wilmslow Library at 7.30pm.

TEMPO YOUTH TO PERFORM CATS Tempo’s Youth Group Production CATS, by arrangement with The Really Useful Group, will run from Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 March. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and based on ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ by T.S.Eliot, the show is set amongst a larger than life junk yard which comes alive with some of our favourite feline characters for the night of the Jellicle Ball. Featuring some famous songs including Mr Mistoffelees, Macavity and of course Memory, this memorable show is a treat for all the family.

CATs will be at the Evans Theatre, Wilmslow Leisure Centre, Wilmslow. Performances are at 7.30pm with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm. For more information and tickets go to Tickets are also available by calling 07969 176148.

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in touch - your local community noticeboard

CORRECTION Dear Sir, I feel the need to correct the author and Peak Ranger re the article entitled “A Cracking Walk to the Edge” in the Nov-Dec issue which refers to Peep O’Day Farm. I am the owner of the property referred to, Peep O’Day Farm situated at the top of Maynestone Road, Chinley and can confirm categorically that the small east facing window referred to in the shape of a human eye very much exists and has not been removed nor ever will be! I have positioned a poster outside my house on Maynestone Road for people to read, as many people stop on their walks to ask me the origins of the name. My research has led me to believe this is the most likely explanation and I believe the eye and inscription was incorporated to commemorate the name when this part of the building was built by the owners in 1841. Hope this clears up any confusion. Dave Botham

Peep O Day East Elevation showing eye window

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Bury Market is the biggest and arguably the best market in the North West. So much so that it has acquired the label ‘Bury’s World Famous Market’ from the many customers all over the world who keep coming back to visit. This market had been on our radar for quite some time and it was Saturday 2 December, at 10.30am, when we spontaneously decided to visit this much revered shopping mecca. And to add a little extra interest to our day (as if we needed it) we decided to travel by Metrolink tram. We shot out of the house, parked our car at East Didsbury terminus car park, set off in the waiting tram, changed very efficiently at Exchange Square Manchester and arrived one hour later at our destination.

The Fish and Meat Hall The centrepiece of Bury Market is undoubtedly the Fish and Meat Hall which is an eye-catching, lively, modern market building, built in an oval shape and constructed of steel and glass with large projecting canopies that afford a high degree of weather protection to the shop units that string its external perimeter. Here you will encounter Morecambe Bay potted shrimps, succulent steaks sourced from local farms and seasonal game birds brought to market straight from regional estates. From further afield, fresh tuna and monkfish are available. We were thoroughly entertained by the theatre of the stallholders shouting out their wares and announcing the ‘deals of the day’. This hubbub is a stark contrast to the sterile environment of the modern supermarket; high street butchers and fishmongers are becoming a rare sight in modern towns and cities and the collection of skills and produce on offer within this one building is a reminder of what a pleasurable experience shopping for fresh food can be. And the prices are frankly amazing!

The Open Market As our tram swept through central Manchester we were struck by the ubiquitous Christmas decorations, stalls and struggling crowds and began to wonder whether Bury Market would be similar - perhaps a little too much to endure. But we had worried needlessly. As we walked towards the market it became clear that, despite a few seasonal touches, Bury Market needed no such atmospheric support. It simply oozes charisma, with an atmosphere all its own, and you will get this all year round. Bury Market dates back to 1444 but the current site has only been occupied since the 1970s. There are three main venues: the Market Hall which was rebuilt in 1971 following a devastating blaze two years previously, The Fish and Meat Hall which opened in the late ‘90s on the site of a former bank, and the covered Open Market with over 300 stalls. by Garth Aspinall

The outdoor Open Market has over 300 stalls offering a wide range of goods from clothing and soft furnishings to garden plants and electrical items. Most of the aisles are covered with polycarbonate roofs which bring great weather protection without losing the outdoor feel. This part of the market, particularly noted for its wide array of locally grown and world foods, has won numerous awards for its food offer. Bury Market is of course famous for black pudding and Chadwick’s is the original stall. Choose from lean, vegetarian, chilli and chocolate, smoked cheese and ham, and bacon and leek. They sell thousands a week and blood sausage lovers can buy them hot to eat there and then. The Open Market also has a wide selection of cafes and takeaways offering everything from fish and chips to Continued over


Greek mezes. We paused for a while at Peter’s Café and thoroughly enjoyed a simple beef and onion bap, tea and scones.

Market Hall The 60 indoor market stalls offer a wide variety of goods and services including giftware, hardware, linens, haberdashery, clothing, electrical goods, food, hairdressing, manicures, shoe repairs, key cutting and more. It is also linked to the adjacent Mill Gate Shopping Centre which has a further 140 shops and stores to visit.

Getting There and Back! How you travel might well depend on what you want from your visit. If you’re going mainly to savour the atmosphere, then choose between tram and car. The Metrolink stop is adjacent to the market. A car journey will take you between 30 and 40 minutes and there are several car parks, including The Market Car Park (Satnav BL9 0RN). It’s probably wise to go by car if you’re planning to take advantage of the amazing prices available; a shopping trolley wouldn’t go amiss either unless you are septuagenarians like ourselves and are precious about your youthful image! With more space I could wax eloquent about the many famous stalls that you will encounter on your way. I could also tell you about Bury College whose catering students, by all accounts, can lay on a delicious lunch. Ring 0161 280 8624 for further information. It would be wrong to call our sortie ‘a day out’ (more like a whistle-stop tour). We were home by 5pm. But what an enjoyable adventure! For many, even a whole day might not be enough. Once you’ve been and counted the cost (or should I say the savings) you are likely to make it a habit.

Opening Times The Fish and Meat Hall opens Monday to Saturday with a half day on Tuesday. But the best days to visit are the three full market days on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday when all the stalls should be open. www.burymarket. com Bury Market Office 0161 253 6520.


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Songs and Rhymes. 9.30am and 10.15am Term time only. 20-30 minutes of informal singing for 0-4s with their grown up. £1.50 per family. Refreshments and mini play area available afterwards. For more information please contact the church office on 01625 528892. Wilmslow Methodist Church

Under 5’s Rhyme Time 11-11.30am Term time only. Wilmslow Library. Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Contact 01625 374060

WFA Little Strikers Pre-School Football 10-11am 18 months – 4 years Term time only. Wilmslow Parish Hall, Cliff Road. £6 per session, no pre-booking required. Contact Erik on 07792 791382 Under 5’s Story Time 11-11.30am Term time only. Wilmslow Library. Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Contact 01625 374060. Under 5’s Story Time 2.30-3pm Term time only. Handforth Library. Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Contact 01625 378272

Tuesday Under 5’s Rhyme Time 10-10.30am Term time only. Alderley Edge Library. Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Contact 01625 374030. Under 5’s Rhyme time 11-11.30am Term time only. Handforth Library. Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Contact 01625 378272

Wednesday Tiddlywinks Mini Church 10am Term time only. Story, songs and craft for under 5’s. £1 donation appreciated. Refreshments and play area available. Please call the church office 01625 528892 for information. Wilmslow Methodist Church. WFA Little Strikers Pre-School Football 10-11am 18 months – 4 years Term time only. Alderley Edge Scout Hut. Talbot Road. £6 per session, no pre-booking required. Contact Erik on 07792 791382 Mums, Dads and Tots 1.30 to 3pm Term time only. St Benedict’s Church Hall, Hall Road, Handforth. Lots of toys for under 5’s, come along for a cuppa. Contact Jo on 07762 494843.


Baby Massage 1.30pm Term time only. At Wilmslow Methodist church for babies 8 weeks plus. £5 per session, including refreshments. Please call the church office 01625 528892 or make an enquiry online to book a place Thursday Tots 2-4pm Term time only, Wilmslow United Reformed Church, Alderley Road. For pre-school children and parents/carers. £1.50 per family. Contact, or phone Barbara on 01625 584267.

Friday Friday Tots 10-11.30am Term time only, Alderley Edge Methodist Church, Church Hall, Chapel Road. Contact Susan Moran on 01625 585166. TinyTalk baby sign classes 10.45am and midday. Our award winning classes support their language development and confidence in communicating. At Wilmslow Library. For more info contact Claire 07941 904033 Baby Rhyme Time 2.15-2.45pm, Alderley Edge Library. This is for babies aged under 1 who are not walking. Sessions run throughout the year. There is no requirement to book a place and the sessions are free.

Saturday WFA Little Strikers Pre-School Football 10.45am -11.45pm for 18 months to 4 years. All year round. Indoors – Wilmslow Prep School sports hall, Grove Avenue, Wilmslow, SK9 5EG. £6 per session, no pre-booking required. Contact Erik on 07792 791382.

Sunday Messy Church 4pm onwards First Sunday of every month, Wilmslow United Reformed Church, Alderley Road. For more information please contact or phone Barbara on 01625 584267.

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Thursday 1 February

Saturday 10 February

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

Barnby Choir Singing Day led by Keith Orrell. A Little Jazz Mass by Bob Chilcott. Singing ticket cost of £20 includes music hire, morning coffee and afternoon tea. Students welcome at a cost of £5 Please call Ann Elphick on 01625 583752 for further information or visit Wilmslow Methodist Church, Kings Close Wilmslow SK9 5AR 10am to 4.30pm

Friday 2 February Oscar’s Extravorganza - Fantastic Mr. Bach Organist Philip Underwood FRCO Admission Free – Retiring Collection Each recital will last approximately 40 minutes. For future local and national organ concerts see St Bartholomew’s Church Wilmslow at 1.15pm

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

Tuesday 6 February Handforth Gardening Society The Private Gardens of Cheshire Meeting at St Chad’s Church Hall, Handforth 7.30pm

Wednesday 7 February Craft and Chatter A fortnightly get together for crafters of all kinds, card making, quilting, collage, embroidery, sewing and any other interests you might have. Bring your own project and enjoy good crafting company with a cuppa and cake, and the opportunity to learn from each other. Contact Chrissie 0161 439 8262 for further details. £2 donation requested. Also on 21 Feb, 7 March, 21 March. Dean Row Chapel Hall, Adlington Road, SK9 2BX 2pm

Monday 12 February Macclesfield & East Cheshire British Cactus and Succulent Society – AGM and Plant Auction Meeting at Wilmslow Library 7.30pm

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

Tuesday 13 February The Arts Society Wilmslow The Battle of the Giants - Michael Howard considers the work of Matisse and Picasso, the most significant men in the revolution in the visual arts of the early 20th century, creating some of the most powerful, beautiful and challenging art ever produced. Guests of members £7, students £1. Contact Pat Mullineux in advance on 0161 427 6421 Parish Hall, Chancel Lane, Wilmslow SK9 4AA 7.30pm.

Wednesday 14 February Wilmslow Historical Society. Nigel Linge, Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Salford will give an illustrated talk on How Manchester Cotton Wired up the World. He tells how engineers and businessmen in the 1850’s overcame huge problems in laying the first copper telegraph cable under the Atlantic, which then spawned a revolution in global communications. Visitors welcome £3, tea/coffee and biscuits included. Tel: 01625 529178. St Bartholomew’s Parish Hall, Chancel Lane, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, SK9 4AA 7.15pm for 7.45pm Continued over

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Thursday 15 February

Wednesday 28 February

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

Wilmslow U3A. New Orleans to New York with Roger Browne. A charge of £1 is made for each meeting inc tea/coffee and biscuit. URC Schoolrooms, Chapel Lane, Wilmslow 2.30pm

Wednesday 21 February Lunchtime Concert. Piano recital by members of the McLachan Family. Admission by programme £5. Light lunches available from 12 noon Alderley Edge Methodist Church 1pm

Wednesday 21 February Wilmslow Civic Trust. Running a Modern-Day Prison, a talk by Mahala Mc Guffie, Governor of Styal Prison. A reminder for members and friends that refreshments are now served before the meeting starts. Members free: a charge of £2 for non - members who are always welcome. Any queries please telephone 01625 526 547 Wilmslow Library 7.30pm for 7.45pm

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

Tuesday 27 February Macclesfield Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire. What to do with 323 postcards - a talk by Julie Bagnall. The background to the story of the cards that were in an Edwardian album left by two sisters. £2 per meeting including refreshments – open to the public The Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD, 7.30pm


Friday 2 March Oscar’s Extravorganza - Let the Organ Thunder. Organist Philip Underwood FRCO. Admission Free – Retiring Collection. Each recital will last approximately 40 minutes St Bartholomew’s Church Wilmslow 1.15pm

Saturday 3 March Wilmslow Wells for Africa Souperday. A choice of four delicious soups served with bread, all homemade, plus a hot drink are included in the entry price. You can also choose to buy from a wonderful array of cakes. Preserves, textiles etc. can also be bought. All the money taken goes to our charity to help provide clean, more reliable sources of water in rural Africa, enabling lives to be transformed. Admission £4 (children half price) Wilmslow Methodist Church, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AR 11am to 2pm

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

Monday 12 March Macclesfield & East Cheshire British Cactus and Succulent Society. A visit to Steven Hammer’s Collection Meeting at Wilmslow Library 7.30pm

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

Wednesday 28 February

Tuesday 13 March

Wilmslow Guild Floral Design Club A River Runs Through It with Jacqui Owen. Visitors welcome but are limited to two visits per Guild year at £6 (special events extra). Contact, Ros Heywood on 01625 529467, see also our listing at NAFAS Cheshire Held at Wilmslow Guild, Bourne Street, Wilmslow 1.45pm

The Arts Society Wilmslow Art and Architecture Along the Silk Road is the subject of Angela Smith’s lecture, examining the famous and historic route to the East, and the wonders that were created along the way. Guests of members £7, students £1. Contact Pat Mullineux in advance, on 0161-427 6421. Parish Hall, Chancel Lane, Wilmslow SK9 4AA, 7.30pm

Wednesday 14 March

Weds 21 to Friday 23 March

Wilmslow Historical Society. A local author, Suze Appleton is giving a lecture on Elizabeth Raffald, 1733 - 1781: writer of the Experienced English Housekeeper - anticipating Mrs Beeton. It should be a fascinating evening. Visitors welcome £3, tea/coffee and biscuits included. Tel: 01625 529178 St Bartholomew’s Parish Hall, Chancel Lane, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, SK9 4AA 7.15pm for 7.45pm

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

Friday 16 March

Thursday 22 March

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 27 March

Lunchtime Concert Violin recital by students from The Royal Northern College of Music. Admission by programme £5. Light lunches available from 12 noon Alderley Edge Methodist Church 1pm

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

Wednesday 21 March

Wednesday 28 March

Wilmslow Civic Trust A short AGM will be followed by a presentation given by Marianne Ridley, who will show images of Wilmslow at the millennium. The Trust has made a large photographic collection to record the buildings and roads of Wilmslow especially the town’s businesses. Members free; non-members £2 at the door. Any queries please phone 01625 526547 Wilmslow Library 7.30pm for 7.45pm

Wilmslow Guild Floral Design Club - ‘The World’s My Oyster’ with Jenny Williams. Held at Wilmslow Guild, Bourne Street, Wilmslow 1.45pm. Visitors are most welcome but are limited to two visits per Guild year at £6 (special events extra). Contact, Ros Heywood on 01625 529467, see also our listing at NAFAS Cheshire

Wednesday 21 March

Wednesday 28 March Wilmslow U3A. All About Eve with Gay Rhodes. A charge of £1 is made for each meeting inc tea/coffee and biscuit. URC Schoolrooms, Chapel Lane, Wilmslow 2.30pm

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

Just a couple of Norwegian men

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

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


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Local Government 01625 873407/583337 01625 586713 01625 585440 01625 583249 01625 581477 01625 582386

Wilmslow Churches Methodist Church, Wilmslow St Ann’s C of E Church St Bartholomew’s Parish Church St Chad’s Handforth St John’s Lindow St Mary’s Methodist Handforth St Teresa’s RC Church St Benedict’s RC Church Wilmslow United Reformed Church Quaker Meeting House Dean Row Unitarian Chapel

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