inside april - may 2018
wilmslow & alderley edge
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inside wilmslow & alderley edge Screens of one kind or another are hard to avoid these days. There’s an app to do just about everything, and many of us spend hours glued to mobiles, tablets and other devices. It seems that this digital addiction, as well as taking up far too much of our precious time, could be ruining our concentration and ability to sustain long periods of reading.
What’s INSIDE this month 4 Wilmslow Then & Now 7 simply books book club choice 8 Travel by Design 13 Diary of a Geeky Knitter 14 Puzzles
So… forget spa weekends and yoga retreats – the next big thing in relaxation could be the reading retreat! On one level it sounds ridiculous – why would you pay to go away and do something that you can, literally, do just about anywhere and anytime you choose? On another level, how wonderful – three days away in a cosy house, all meals provided, where you don’t have to do anything except get lost in a book. According to someone I heard being interviewed, it’s having permission to prioritise reading over everything else, that is simply delightful.
17 national garden scheme
If you’re out of the reading habit, do yourself a favour. Switch off the screens, check out our book reviews and rediscover the simple pleasure that reading a good book can bring.
53 elizabeth gaskell’s house
21 barry’s gardening tips
25 join club individual 26 In Touch 33 Helping Hedgehogs 34 the humble Houseplant 36 The Walk 38 the casino royale charity ball
47 pea and mint soup 48 Children’s Activities 50 avro - a proud heritage 57 INSIDE Guide 66 Puzzle Solutions 69 Useful Numbers 70 Classified Index
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The significant expansion of Wilmslow’s population in the Victorian period put pressure on the town’s graveyards. With the growing secularisation of society, it fell to the Urban District Council, by now providing an increasing range of public services to the town’s people, to deliver a solution. Pictured here at its opening in 1907, the new cemetery on Manchester Road covered 4.5 acres of land located to the then sparsely populated north of the town. Consecrated by the Bishop of Chester and featuring a mortuary chapel and dedicated area for Roman Catholics, the cemetery was immediately popular, with 80 internments taking place in its first year. During the Great War, 20 prisoners who died at Handforth Camp were buried here with full military honours. The majority succumbed to Spanish Flu during the 1918 epidemic, but one, Wilhelm Schmidt, was shot by a guard after repeatedly refusing to move away from the perimeter wire. The guard claimed to have raised his rifle to scare and intimidate Schmidt into compliance when his weapon accidently discharged. These burials were later relocated to Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery, but 23 Commonwealth War Graves belonging to British soldiers who died in the two World Wars remain.
Photographs: Wilmslow Historical Society Collection
by Jon Armstrong > Wilmslow Historical Society
book club choice My first choice this month is COSTA Novel of the Year Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor. It’s midwinter in a village somewhere in the Peak District. A teenage girl on holiday with her parents has gone missing. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and news reporters descend on the villagers’ previously quiet home. Meanwhile, ‘ordinary’ life must go on – cows milked, fences repaired, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed. The search goes on, but so does everyday life. The seasons unfold – there are births and deaths, secrets kept and revealed, small kindnesses and unexpected betrayals – and still the mystery of the girl’s disappearance hangs over the village. Meanwhile, in parallel, the natural world follows its own seasonal cycle of birth, death and renewal. This is an extraordinary novel – beautifully written and with a cumulative power which held me in its grip. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid is set in an unnamed city (possibly Damascus or another hotspot in the Middle East) where bombs and assassinations shatter the peace of everyday life. Somewhere in this city, two young people meet and in time fall in love. As the violence that surrounds them escalates and escape seems ever more necessary, they hear rumours of mysterious black doors appearing across the city which provide a portal to a new life – perhaps in Greece, in London, in California…
Simply Books 228 Moss Lane, Bramhall, Cheshire SK7 1BD 0161 439 1436 Open Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm Andrew Cant www.simplybooks.info
This is a very timely book which stretches the boundaries of ‘reality’ just enough to make a point about the experience of immigrants and refugees fleeing to ‘the West’. What does it mean to leave your only home behind? How do we create a sense of belonging? A spare and carefully crafted novel Exit West sometimes has the feel of a fable but it remains sufficiently grounded in reality to convey some important messages about the way we understand and react to ‘the refugee crisis’ – a story with as much hope for the future as despair about the present. And for children Fantastically Great Women Who Made History by Kate Pankhurst (published to coincide with the centenary of the first time women gained the vote in this country) is a fabulously illustrated celebration of some of the extraordinary women from around the world who have made their mark on history.
A HOLIDAY CHOICE AS SIMPLE As...
A is for… America The USA has long been a top destination for UK holidaymakers, offering fabulous holiday experiences from cities to beaches, golf and sailing to shopping and theme parks and from remote National Parks to full on vibrant Las Vegas. But how to narrow it down? As we all know, it’s a big country and it’s a big mistake to try and do too much. New England, and in particular the Bay State of Massachusetts, on the eastern seaboard of the USA, could be just the place for a summer holiday. With soft sand beaches, rugged rocky coastlines and quaint fishing villages sitting alongside rolling green hills, grape laden vineyards, and the energetic city of Boston.
B is for… Boston Boston, the State capital with so much to be proud of. It is a walking city, filled with green areas and parks, its most iconic being Boston Common in the heart of downtown. It is a welcoming city, with a friendly attitude towards all who visit this modern metropolis. Rich in history and culture and home to some of the best restaurants, hotels, nightlife and attractions in New England, it’s no surprise that Boston is one of the most loved cities in the USA. Downtown, you’ll find historic sites around almost every corner, many linked by The Freedom Trail. Plymouth Rock, landing point of the first settlers all those years ago, is less than an hour away with Plimoth
C Plantation, a recreation of a 1627 Pilgrim village, just a little further on. Sports are a major part of Boston’s culture, with famous teams like the Boston Red Sox (baseball); Boston Celtics (basketball); Boston Bruins (ice hockey) and the New England Patriots (American football) all calling it home.
C is for… Cape Cod What is it about Cape Cod that keeps visitors coming back? That’s not a tricky question once you’ve visited for yourself. Cape Cod is captivating. The big draw, of course, are the beaches, some of the best in the world. Choose from the northern waters of Cape Cod Bay or the majestic Atlantic where surfing, fishing, swimming and boating are just a few of the summer pastimes. Visit the Cape Cod National Seashore for dramatic sand dunes, towering cliffs and almost infinite stretches of beaches. This Eastern Seaboard state has been named by the WWF as one of the world’s top 10 whalewatching spots, with a variety of species found within 25 miles of its coast. Whale-watching cruises operate
from April to October and are, unsurprisingly, the top attraction on the Cape. Another reason for Cape Cod’s popularity may be attributed to the unique character of each town. Quilted together to make this special peninsula, each town has something different to offer and the ability to appeal to people of many interests. To get a feel for Cape Cod’s geography, drive along Route 6A to the tip of Provincetown and see for yourself the distinct differences in the Upper, Mid, Lower and Outer Cape. When visiting the Cape, whether for a day or a month, it is important to get beyond the main roads and do a little digging. Discover the nooks and crannies that you can call your own, whether it’s a pond, beach, bike trail, gallery or restaurant, there are plenty to choose from. Where can you tour a battleship in the morning, walk in the steps of the early pilgrims in the afternoon and catch the excitement of a ball game in the evening? Find yourself watching whales breach in the gentle waters one moment and admiring spectacular pieces of priceless art the next? If this combination of attractions beckons you to visit, why not spend your holiday in Massachusetts – it’s all here! So now you have the ABC, you just need the TBD - phone 01625 584195 or visit Travel by Design in Alderley Edge, and we will book your summer holiday to Massachusetts.
by Kristina Hulme travelbydesigngroup.com
Diary of a geeky knitter Brrr, is it spring yet?! Here at home in Hazel Grove it can’t decide if it wants to snow, wants to freeze, or wants to blow us all away! I’m writing this on a chilly Monday evening in February, and though my toes are cold and I’m wishing for the chance to (finally) build a snowman soon, I am delighted because I walked to and from work in the daylight, and successfully managed to not spend all my daylight hours in the office! After all, it’s the little things that help to carry us out of the post -Christmas ‘winter funk.’
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My good mood is also undoubtedly helped by the giant slab of chocolate cake I am currently tucking into. Apologies to all you readers who are braver than me and have given up chocolate for Lent!
Acting the part Since I last spoke to you, it’s all been go in my working life, and it’s not just the walking home in the daylight novelty! I’ve gone and landed myself a new role – you are now reading the words of the Acting Editor of Crochet Now magazine! In fact, I will have put 2 or 3 issues to bed by now, and had one full issue on sale in the supermarkets for a full cycle. It’s exciting stuff if I do say so myself. Who’d have thought that within two years of leaving the capable and welcoming company of Claire and Garth here at INSIDE Magazines, that I would go on to edit my very own magazine?! It’s undoubtedly the wonderful teachers I had, and I am very grateful for the knowledge and experience they gave me. The jump to editing a magazine myself is a big one, and the pressures of looming deadlines is quite keen, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world and I’ve already learned so much. It just goes to show that if you pursue your hobby with care, patience, and a willingness to learn and adapt, you can set yourself on the path to making your leisurely pursuits into a paying career.
Hats off You might recall last time I told you all about the socks that I had published in Knit Now magazine? Well, it seems I can’t get enough of designing and writing patterns now, so I’ve gone ahead and written a crochet hat pattern too! This is my crochet magazine debut (both as editor, and designer!) and this hat, which I named ‘Bohemian Bonbon’, featured in issue 25 of Crochet Now. It’s a design that should be both suitable for beginners, and for those of you who know how to crochet, but are looking for a quick project to make in no time. But enough about me! Don’t forget you can get in touch with me at email@example.com if you have questions about knitting, crochet, or if you have a subject that you think I should write about here in the magazine. Until next time, enjoy the snow/wind/ sun – whatever the weather is today! firstname.lastname@example.org www.thegeekyknitter.co.uk www.etsy.com/uk/shop/geeksgamesandknits
quick crossword Across 7 Put up for election (8) 8 Strong impulse, desire (4) 9 Small amount of food, a mouthful (6) 10 Snow-block house (5) 11 Diary keeper ____ Frank (4) 12 Accepted, allowed (8) 14 Possible (8) 18 Cloak (4) 20 Nibble, sample (5) 22 Small tower (6) 23 Pudding similar to semolina (4) 24 Gushing streams of water (8)
down 1 Chrysalis (6) 2 Beatniks, bohemians (8) 3 Pungent bulb used in cooking (6) 4 Hand in your notice (6) 5 Haul, tug (4) 6 Disregard, neglect (6) 13 Happened (8) 15 Non-speaking actors in crowd scenes (6) 16 Gasp, inhale (6) 17 Whole, complete (6) 19 Lots, abundance (6) 21 Excessively studious person (4)
sudoku How to play Sudoku Fill in the grid so that each row, column and 3x3 box, contains the numbers 1 through to 9 with no repetition. You donâ€™t need to be a genius. These puzzles use logic alone. Watch out! Sudoku is highly addictive.
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National Garden Scheme
Get out and find a garden to visit!
For most people, with the days becoming longer and the weather warmer (well, we live in hope!), April marks the start of their garden visiting season. Spring bulbs, magnolias, camellias and vibrant fresh green foliage are the big attractions in April, giving way in May to rhododendrons and azaleas, whilst June brings visitors the early summer flowering shrubs and perennials and all the luscious scents. As you would expect, the National Garden Scheme has lots to offer visitors, who want to get out to gardens, whilst giving to the charities that benefit. The ones mentioned below are just a selection of those opening.
but now having undergone a very significant transformation, will be open whilst Lane End Cottage Gardens on the outskirts of Lymm (WA13 0TA) will also open, both on the Saturday and Sunday. For those who fancy a trip west towards the lovely Cheshire town of Malpas, a stunning new garden joins the NGS for its first opening. Stretton Old Hall (SY14 7JA) is a modern, beautifully executed, large garden, with something for everyone, formality, wild flower meadows etc. Opening on 20 May and a further date in July.
All Fours Farm, sitting beside Curbishleyâ€™s Roses (Aston by Budworth, CW96NF) opens on Easter Sunday, 1 April, and several other dates through the summer, and is always popular. Farther afield, in the pretty Cheshire village of Burton in Wirral, Briarfield, (CH64 5SJ) the garden of outstanding plantswomen, Liz Carter, will again be opening, as it has for nearly 30 years. If you love magnolias and unusual woodland plants (which will be on sale) this is for you. On 12 May, two new gardens will open for the first time. 64 Carr Wood, Hale Barns (WA15 0EP), originally laid out professionally in the 1950s,
Stretton Old Hall
Until a few years ago, an Alderley Edge garden, called simply 34 Congleton Road, opened very successfully for the NGS. But then the owners moved away, and new owners transformed parts of the garden, whilst retaining the best features of the old â€“ one of which, incidentally was the most stunning tree shaped wisteria you are likely to see anywhere! The garden has now reverted to its original name of Cheriton (SK9 7AB). The gates will be open on the weekend of 26 and 27 May.
64 Carr Wood
by John Hinde www.ngs.org.uk
Also opening on Sunday 27 May is Rowley House (CW6 9EH) at Kermincham, close to Jodrell Bank. This garden of a retired professional horticulturalist, has long offered lots of natural interest to visitors, via extensive Continued over
wild flower meadows, unusual trees and a variety of natural ponds and meres. In the last few years its attractions have been enhanced with a beautifully designed courtyard garden close to the house, built using existing cobbles and other materials.
For anyone who likes to forward plan, June, is always the busiest month by far for garden openings. In particular, on the Garden Festival weekend of 2 and 3 June, there are around a dozen gardens opening for the NGS in Cheshire alone! 10, Statham Avenue (WA13 9NH) at Lymm is always worth a visit, abundantly planted and beautifully structured as it rises up to the Bridgwater Canal at the end of the garden. Make sure you catch the woodstore and potting shed, carefully crafted by the owner! This is just a selection of gardens that are open. For full details of these and all our gardens, pick up a booklet, visit www.ngs.org.uk or download the App. Remember that many gardens also offer private visits to groups from clubs. Finally, the NGS is always interested to hear from people who might wish to open for us and raise money for our mainly nursing charities. In the first instance, contact email@example.com or 0151 353 0032, or any member of our volunteer team listed in the booklet or on the website.
barry’s gardening tips april - may 2018
It’s amazing to think that less than two weeks ago much of the country was in the grip of sub-zero temperatures and snow. All due to a blast from the east. Most of the plants in my garden escaped unscathed, except for a clump of Euphorbia amygdaloides and the flowers on a few hellebores that were browned. These were quickly removed and there is now no sign of the big freeze. In fact, today it was surprisingly mild, so mild in fact that within 10 minutes of beginning work in the garden I was down to just one fleece instead of the usual three. That cold spell has put me behind and jobs that I’ve usually completed by the end of February have yet to be done. The big cut’n’clear of my herbaceous borders and beds started today and over the eight hours I spent out there I managed to complete well over half. Being a little OCD I do like to pick up every scrap of stem, twig and leaf that I cut down (although much of it disintegrates when touched) and then dig the soil over lightly with a trowel between the emerging plants, to make it look as neat as possible. Along the back of the longest border I have several large shrubs, including Cotinus ‘Palace Purple’ and C. ‘Golden Spirit’, Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ and S. ‘Sutherland’s Gold’. I’ve planted them so that the purple and gold colours alternate. Each year these reach 8 - 10 feet or more and provide an excellent backdrop to the perennials in front. But now is the time of year to prune them hard. I take each of the main stems down by half, knowing that they will soon produce buds and send out new branches. If you have one of these shrubs don’t be afraid to prune it hard, particularly if it’s been there for years and has
out-grown its allotted space. Rather than watch as surrounding plants diminish in its shadow, cut it back each year. Once established they can be cut almost to the ground and they will recover. One benefit of pruning the Cotinus like this is the production of much bigger leaves. If left unpruned the leaves remain small. If you are thinking of planting a Cotinus, go for ‘Grace’ rather than the older cultivar ‘Palace Purple’. It has larger and far nicer leaves. I’m tempted to dig mine out and replace them but there’s always something more important to do and once the surrounding perennials start to grow, it’s too late. I’ve also finished pruning the roses. I usually part-prune in late autumn, which reduces the chance of wind damage over winter, but leaving the stem longer than the final cut so that any frost damage can be pruned away later. New buds are showing now so it’s easy to spot dead sections and tidy the plant. The climbers have also been cut back and new vertical stems carefully bent down and trained along horizontal wires. While I was doing this, I noticed the mild weather had brought out another worker besides me. The first honey bee of the year was busy inside a Crocus ‘Snowbunting’. My garage, or more accurately my motorcycle shed, is often chosen by queen bumblebees as a place to spend the winter (maybe they’re attracted to the whiff of Castrol R) and now the rise in temperature means they are waking up. So far seven sleepy bees have crawled out of whatever nook or cranny they tucked themselves into last year and, not yet having the energy for take-off, started to head across the garage floor in a bid for freedom. To avoid running them over I carefully transport each one to a vacant bird box nearby and provide them with a bottletop of honey to give them a kick-start. The mild weather has also provided an incentive to wheel the bike out of the garage, but unfortunately it takes a lot more than a drop of honey to kickstart my 1979 Yamaha!
by Barry Davy email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Race Season Whether you are a seasoned runner, or about to take on your very first race, the lead up and the day itself can be quite stressful. You’ve trained hard and you want to ensure that when you are standing on the race line you are calm, healthy and able to do your best. Here are a few tips and remainders that will help you be prepared for when that starting gun goes off. The week before - don’t try anything new – stick to the tried and tested. Avoid new food, drinks, gels, trainers or new gear. Eat what works for you – what doesn’t upset your stomach but provides you with the required energy. Avoid carb-loading if you don’t know how to do it properly. Cover the route beforehand – if possible do a recce run/walk or even drive of the route. Taper mileage – reduce mileage but keep your legs ticking over. The day/night before - go for a walk – avoid sitting down all day, this will cause legs to be lethargic come race day. Drink plenty of water – it is far better to keep yourself topped up the day before to avoid dehydration before you even start. Get your kit ready – wear something you know is comfortable and have worn before. The morning - get up early - give your body chance to digest breakfast and remove waste before the long lines at a portaloo. Don’t over drink - take little sips, constant intake of water is more beneficial than glugging down two litres just before the race. Set at least two goals – one that you want to achieve and one back up goal in case things don’t go to plan or the weather is affecting performance. Start slow - avoid the temptation to run off with everyone else. Follow the cliché, ‘run your own race.’ After the race - keep moving – no matter how tired you are, avoid the temptation to sit down. Keep walking for 15/20 mins after. Your legs will thank you for it later and the day after. Refuel – get some proper food in you within 20mins. Avoid gels or sugary drinks. Your muscles need protein not sugar. Prepare this in
by Alex Cann > www.acrunningandfitness.com
advance and have it ready. Stay warm – you may be hot when you finish but you will soon crash back down. Layer up straight away. The day after - go for a walk! You may not feel like it but one of the best ways to get your legs back to normal is an active recovery. Last, and the most important thing – enjoy it! Race days are an amazing experience. There is no better feeling, crossing that finish line knowing that all your hard work and dedication has got you there. Do get in touch and let me know how you get on, send me photos, tell me your achievements. I like to hear from you. Have any questions? Just let me know. Alex Cann - AC Running and Fitness For more information visit my website, drop me a text or find me on Facebook and Twitter. www.acrunningandfitness.com email@example.com 07785 974607
in touch your local community noticeboard april - may 2018
PLASTIC FREE WILMSLOW Plastic Free Wilmslow is a collective of voluntary and other organisations who have formed with the goal of reducing our use of single use plastics and having Wilmslow accredited as a ‘Plastic Free Town’. Visit our stall at the Artisan Market on Saturday 21 April and pick up lots of ideas to ditch single-use plastics. Don’t think disposable – think re-useable!
Members include the Town Council, Transition Wilmslow, Incredible Edible, Rotary, Wilmslow Civic Trust, In Bloom, the WI, the Clean Team.
TAI CHI SHORT FORM This is a rallying call to all those who know and practice the Tai Chi Short Form. There will be a practice on Sunday mornings starting on Sunday 15 April and continuing every Sunday, weather permitting. The Form will be repeated 4 times taking approximately 1 hour. Practitioners are welcome to join in at any time and leave at any time. No tuition and no charge - Just turn up.
10.30am ‘til around 11.30am at the Cricket Ground, outside Wilmslow Leisure Centre (free parking on a Sunday)
BEATING THE BOUNDS Beating the Bounds 2018, a sponsored walk around the Wilmslow Parish Boundary to raise money for East Cheshire Hospice, will take place on Sunday 13 May. The event is being organised by the Hospice Wilmslow Support Group. Spokesperson Ned Spencer says, “We have seven different ways that people can take part in Beating the Bounds. There’s something for everyone, with lots of refreshments included. Please join in and help a great cause.” ■■ Run the 15-mile route and do a quiz ■■ Walk the 15-mile boundary route ■■ Walk for 8 miles with minibus back to the start ■■ Take your dog for a 5-mile walk ■■ Enjoy a picnic, games and a 4-mile family walk. ■■ Take a 2-mile leisurely stroll and tour of Styal village – with free afternoon tea! ■■ Join the photography walk, with tuition
A group of sponsors
Register for your chosen walk/run at www.eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/bounds18
We will post updates on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ echsupporterswilmslowanddistrict
in touch - your local community noticeboard
ALDERLEY EDGE ORCHESTRA SOARS TO NEW HEIGHTS On Saturday 3 March, the Festival Hall in Alderley Edge hosted a spectacular performance of Holst’s The Planets, by the Alderley Edge Orchestra. This performance broke all records with the orchestra double its normal size, including two sets of timpani, two harps, a celeste, banks of percussion and brass, double woodwind and a ladies’ choir. The audience was also the largest ever, numbering over 120. Such a feat would not have been possible without the extra staging which was purchased with Photo by Les Stringer a generous grant from the Manchester Airport Community Fund. This allowed the players to be arranged in the best possible way to improve the visual and acoustic experience for the audience. The Planets gave a chance to show off the new set of timpani, purchased last year with the help of a grant from The Alderley Edge Institute Trust. Members of the audience will verify that they can deliver an impressively large sound! The concert also featured the brilliant young clarinettist, Oliver Janes, playing Weber’s first Clarinet Concerto. Orchestra chairman, Roger Dowling says: “With some 75 players and singers, this was without doubt the biggest concert the Alderley Edge Orchestra has ever organised. It was great to see the Festival Hall so full despite all the uncertainties of the weather - there is clearly a big appetite for live orchestral music in Alderley Edge. For all those who enjoyed the evening, and for new people who would like to experience live music, right on your doorstep, get out your diaries and save the date for the orchestra’s next concert on Saturday 19 May. This concert will take place in Alderley Edge Methodist Church and the programme will consist of Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5, Bartok Romanian Dances, De Falla La Vida Breve, Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, and Vaughan Williams English Folk Song Suite.
Tickets cost £10 for adults and £1 for under 18s, available on the door or in advance from www.aeorchestra.org.uk or on the ticket hotline 01625 581321.
WILMSLOW CLEANTEAM’S ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN WEEK Come and join us on one of our litter-cleaning events. Families welcome but children must be accompanied. All equipment and instruction provided but wear suitable clothing and footwear. You will be asked to agree to health and safety guidelines. Wed 4 April - Lindow Common. Meet at main car park. 10am to 11.30am Thurs 5 April - Meet at Stormy Point (junction of Moor Lane and Cumber Lane) 6.30pm to 7.30pm Sat 7 April - Meet in Kings Arms car park 10am to 11.30am Sun 8 April - Meet at bottom end of Wilmslow Garden Centre car park 2pm to 3.30pm
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in touch - your local community noticeboard
THE ALDERLEY EDGE FESTIVAL This spring sees the 102nd Alderley Edge Festival, running from 8 to 12 May. An annual musical and dramatic extravaganza, the Festival has been a cultural highlight for Alderley Edge and the surrounding area since the beginning of the last century. Founded in 1911 for local musicians, it has now grown to become one of the country’s largest and most prestigious festivals, attracting competitors from not just the local area but from across the northwest and beyond. Thousands of young performers descend upon Alderley Edge for five days of music, speech and drama. Venues around the village are filled with singing, playing and acting - and lots of applause from the appreciative audiences. There are competitive classes for actors, singers (solo and choral) and instrumentalists of all ages and grades: from eager 5-year-olds who are reciting a short verse, to accomplished teenagers playing music with astonishing virtuosity - and even classes for performers of any age, open and non-competitive classes. Every performer receives an adjudication from a highly-skilled and experienced professional adjudicator - highlighting the best parts of each performance and giving invaluable advice on how to improve on areas that still need a little polishing. The Festival is organised by a dedicated team of volunteer committee members who work throughout the year to make sure the event runs smoothly - and there is a great deal to organise! Festival President, Marie Grant says: “There are many jewels in the Festival’s crown, including our greatly valued stewards who give their time to greet performers, sell tickets and programmes, introduce the adjudicators and performers and organise the paperwork and trophies. We are very grateful for the time they give. If you feel you would be able to help us to keep the Festival as successful as it has been for over a hundred years, please consider being a steward, a Friend of the Festival or making a charitable donation. We would love to hear from you.” Please contact Stewards Coordinator Alison Lees at firstname.lastname@example.org or for any more information please contact Maria Rushton email@example.com For information regarding Friends of the Festival please contact Ann Hume firstname.lastname@example.org
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the thyroid How often do you hear someone say how tired they are? Or that no matter what they eat, or how much they exercise, they canâ€™t seem to lose weight? It could be their thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck and secretes hormones that regulate growth and development. These two hormones are known as T4 and T3 and factors such and diet and stress can impact how much are released. A common diagnosis is that of an underactive thyroid, also known as hypothyroidism which occurs when the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone to meet demand. As the levels of thyroid hormone drops the metabolism goes down with it. It can leave people feeling tired, unable to lose weight, constipated and depressed. Conversely, an overactive thyroid has the opposite impact and increases the rate of metabolism. The person may feel restless, have trouble sleeping and find it difficult to maintain weight.
Vitamins and minerals such as iodine, selenium and vitamin B6 are all vital to support the thyroid, as are lifestyle practices such as exercise and stress management techniques like mindfulness. However, it is important to identify underlying issues as a more personalised approach is often needed. In thyroid conditions a number of different factors can be at play. For example, in a thyroid related autoimmune condition known as hashimotos the individualâ€™s immune system attacks their own thyroid gland which then leads to reduced amounts of thyroid hormones being secreted. In this situation it is the immune system that has become over active and it is not an issue with the thyroid itself and therefore a different course of action may be required. A nuanced and personalised approach is vital to help bring things back into balance. Martin Cohen Nutritional Therapy
Helping Hedgehogs The hedgehog native to Britain is the European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) usually found in hedgerows, farmland, woodland and urban environments. Usually around 250mm long with a long snout, an adult hedgehog can have up to 7000 spines that are hollow modified hairs; a single spine can support the total weight of the animal. If a hedgehog feels threatened, the spines become erect and if danger remains, the hedgehog will roll up into a ball. During the year hedgehogs are active for approximately eight months between April and November, and they hibernate during the colder winter months. With global warming, this pattern of hibernation is changing a little, so it’s a good idea to leave food and water if you see any activity during the winter. If the temperature falls below 1°C, hedgehogs can get frostbite or even freeze solid it is thought that these periods of arousal may help to prevent them from freezing to death. Hedgehogs will eat virtually anything in the wild but insects, particularly earthworms and beetles, make up most of their diet. They also eat slugs and snails, so are known as the ‘gardener’s friend.’ These nocturnal mammals can consume up to 20% of their body weight in a single night, covering anything up to a couple of miles, a long way for little legs! The European hedgehog is now endangered in the United Kingdom and an increase in the publicity of their plight has led to an increase in complementary feeding by the general public. It’s great that people want to help, but feeding inappropriate foodstuffs can lead to serious problems. Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD), obesity with associated cardiovascular disorders, and fatty liver disease are nutritional disorders that have been reported in hedgehogs fed improper diets. It is therefore important
not to feed them with high phosphorous foods such as mealworms, sunflower hearts and peanuts that can all contribute to crippling MBD with bone deformities and easily fractured bones. Added sugar and dried fruit should also be avoided too as these could lead to obesity, cardiovascular issues, and dental issues just as in humans! Foods with a high fat content can lead to fatty liver disease, which can quickly become fatal to the hedgehog. The safest way is to feed them a reputable commercial hedgehog food, such as Brambles Crunchy Hedgehog food and Brambles Meaty Hedgehog Food. To help hedgehogs in the garden, encourage a safe passage to and from your garden and your neighbours by creating a small hole of around 13cm at the base of fences and borders. Leave a quiet area of your garden uncultivated so hedgehogs can have a safe haven and avoid using chemicals such as slug pellets and pesticides. Always check the borders of your garden before using a strimmer to ensure no hedgehogs are resting there and if you have a pond in your garden, make sure there is a way out for any hedgehogs that inadvertently fall in. A few partially submerged rocks around the edges of the pond will help. If you find a sick, injured or orphaned hedgehog visit helpwildlife.co.uk or the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) for advice. For further information see our Brambles Pet and Wildlife website bramblespaw.co.uk and Facebook page www.facebook.com/ BramblesPAW/
By Gail Tracey, Director of Brambles Pet and Wildlife. Email: email@example.com
TIME TO EMBRACE THE HUMBLE HOUSEPLANT Everything goes in cycles it would seem. Iâ€™m old enough to remember the 1970s, and the rather tired looking rubber plant in our hallway, a little unloved and ignored. Since then, houseplants seemed to fall out of fashion although many people have always appreciated that bringing a little bit of the tropics into their home can enrich their lives in many ways.
Over-watering is the most common way for us to harm plants in the UK; sometimes we kill them with kindness! People will often water plants that, in their natural environment grow in poor, sandy, well-drained soil, two or three times a week or even daily. This is, in general, far too much and once every 10 to 14 days for most plants is more than sufficient.
I have spent dozens of years caring for about a thousand of these stunning plants every month in commercial premises, from swish city centre offices to smart restaurants and the glitziest of car showrooms, and I would like to share my care tips with you.
There are around 20 to 30 varieties of tropical plants sold in the UK and the majority of these are produced in the global capital of horticulture, Holland.
The first thing to consider is location, the simplest way I can emphasise the importance of this is to remind people of their holidays in the Canaries or other similar locations with constant warm weather and hours of sunshine all year round. If your plants are to thrive then natural or good artificial light is essential.
In future articles I would like to share specific recommendations for the care of Orchids, Bromellia, Dracaena, Palms, table top mixed displays, succulents and various other larger specimen plants. Free advice in the meantime is available on my fb page Houseplant doctor. Rick Simpson tropicalplants4gifts.com
Ladybower and Win Hill Walk description: A circular walk starting close to the reservoir dam and taking an early steep ascent of Win Hill up through the wooded eastern approach to its summit. From there it progresses northwest across the ridge as far as Hope Cross, at which point it drops down through the wood to meet the track close to the river Ashop. It then follows the track alongside the western branch of the Ladybower back to the dam. There are spectacular views throughout. Distance: Approximately 8.5 miles; a walk which has few turning points and offers good underfoot conditions for most of the way. Maps: OS Explorer OL1 Dark Peak. Start: Heatherdene car park which has pay and display with toilets (SK202860) there are also a few marked parking bays on the road (A6013) close to the entrance to the car park. Refreshments: Yorkshire Bridge Inn on the A6013 close to the reservoir dam.
Leave the car park at the south end, passing the rather impressive toilets (any decent book on great buildings of the world will include the Taj Mahal and the toilets at Heatherdene) and proceed through the gates onto a path running above and parallel to the road. At a point level with the dam, the path drops to the right down some steps onto the road where there is a monument marking the opening of the reservoir.
Ladybower is the lowest (and latest) of three reservoirs, the two higher ones being the Derwent and Howden respectively, and was built by the Derwent Valley Water Board to supplement the capacity of the other two to meet the needs of the East Midlands. Construction was completed in 1943 but it was not opened until 1945 since it took the intervening two years to fill. In the process of flooding the lower part of the valley, the villages of Derwent and Ashopton were removed/ submerged which in turn necessitated the exhumation of bodies from Derwent church graveyard for re-burial at nearby Bamford. Cross the road from the monument and take the path along the top of the dam. There are good views to both right, across the surface of the reservoir towards the road bridges, and left, down the embankment to see the water outflows into the river Derwent. It is also worth noting the characteristic bellmouth overflows (often called plugholes) at each end of the dam. These are about 80 ft in diameter at the surface. At the far end of the dam, turn right onto the track and proceed for about 250 yards where there is a finger post signed New Barn, and a narrow path leading up into the wood (SK197856) Take this path which rises steadily up to a gate accessing another path from right to left. Once through the gate, turn left and follow the path, slightly climbing across the face of the hill, via another gate/stile, eventually reaching a point where a path veers up to the right. Ignore this turn and proceed a few yards onwards
and slightly downhill to the next junction, with a narrow path from the left and to the right up some stony steps (SK194851) Turn right up the steps and follow a steep rocky climb up to a gate and junction with another path at right angles. Once through the gate, turn right for one or two yards and then left to continue the climb up the hill. (Before climbing further, note that this is a convenient point for a coffee stop as there are several stones/walls to sit on and it offers a welcome break in the climb.) The path soon leaves the cover of the trees and breaks out into the open, veering slightly left then straight up eventually through a gap in a wall, revealing the final stony ascent of Winhill Pike, sometimes referred to as ‘the pimple’. There is a rocky outcrop at the summit and if you didn’t take a coffee stop earlier then this is an ideal place for one since the views are excellent in all directions. Both branches of the reservoir are visible to the north and there is a good view across Hope Valley and Mam Tor to the south and west. In early August, there is the additional bonus of a purple carpet of flowering heather on the hillside around you. If you look ahead across the ridge you will see that the track will eventually veer steadily to the right to meet, and run alongside, the wood on the north side of the ridge.
other side of the Noe valley and, further on beyond Lose Hill, the Edale Valley comes into view. It is recommended that a lunch stop is taken somewhere along the ridge since there are excellent views over much of the Peak District. Continue along the track, by Wooler Knoll (SK172863) which eventually passes between the wood boundary fence on the right and a wall on the left, until you reach Hope Cross (SK162874) – a seven foot high stone pillar with a square capstone bearing the names of the four local places Edale, Glossop, Hope and ‘Shefield’ (note just one ‘f’?). The Cross, bearing a date of 1737, is sited at the crossing of old packhorse routes through the Peak District. Several years ago, the capstone was removed by vandals, but it was later found near Bradwell in Hope Valley and restored on the pillar.
Proceed through the gate to the right of the Cross and climb over the stile in the fence taking the path down into the wood. The path soon enters a dark stretch due to the density of the evergreen trees which present a tunnel effect, at the end of which daylight returns showing two paths to the right. Take the left one of these two and proceed downhill again keeping left at the next fork. The path is steep and rocky in parts, so care is needed on the descent. The path then winds right, then left, and eventually meets an established cart track at the bottom (SK164878) At this point you are close to the river Ashop which flows into the western branch of the Ladybower. Turn right onto the track and follow this all the way as it undulates along the side of the reservoir eventually returning you to the dam. Proceed back across the dam, over the road, up the steps and back along the path to the car park. Presented on behalf of Marple District Rambling Club; with over 350 members, the Club organises up to 5 graded walks every Thursday and three every Sunday.
Take care descending the short stony path off the Pike to pick up the path at a slightly lower level and to the left as you look across the ridge (SK187851) Follow this track (ignoring any branches off to left or right) eventually through a gate/stile combination and onwards towards the edge of the wood to the right. At this point, on your left, you will see Win Hill’s counterpart, Lose Hill, on the
For further information contact the Chairman, Sue Gilmore on 07775 630398, or the Membership Secretary, Claude Prime, on 0161 483596 or visit www.marple-uk/community/rambling to see the Walks Programme
By Claude Prime – Marple District Rambling Club
Elaine Smillie is on the organising committee for what looks to be a fantastic charity ball, to be held at The Pavilion, Chester Racecourse on Saturday, 9 June. The event will raise money for two charities, The Countess of Chester Charity and The Hospice of The Good Shepherd. Both these charities are very close to Elaine’s heart as they cared so well for her late father Blair, founder of local business Living Floors on Water Lane. Organised by Chester Business Club, this will be an evening of fun, fine food and frivolity all in the name of raising much-needed funds.
■■ Dress code: Black Tie & Posh Frocks or, perhaps, something suave or daringly Casino or James Bond ■■ Drinks Reception & Excellent 4-Course Menu ■■ Cabaret & Dancing ■■ Auction with fabulous ‘money can’t buy’ experience prizes Tickets £65 each, Table of 10, £600 Table of 12, £720. For further information or/and to place an advance order, call 01244 350235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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SECOND NOVEL SET IN WILMSLOW Following the success of her debut psychological thriller, Beneath the Skin, Caroline England’s next novel will be published in May. My Husband’s Lies is again set in South Manchester and Cheshire locations, particularly Wilmslow, where a main character works in a fictional Estate Agent/ Solicitor’s office and another lives in a penthouse apartment somewhere on the outskirts. On the afternoon of Nick and Lisa’s wedding, their close friend is found poised on a hotel window ledge, ready to jump. As the shock hits their friendship group, they soon realise that none of them are being as honest with themselves – or with each other – as they think.
And there are secrets lurking that could destroy everything. Do you really know your friends? Tense, disturbing and clever, My Husband’s Lies is a breath-taking read, perfect for fans of Lucy Clarke and Erin Kelly. My Husband’s Lies will be available at all good bookshops and online.
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KILIMANJARO CHALLENGE Two determined charity fundraisers from Greenbank Preparatory School are to climb Kilimanjaro to continue their long-term mission to support a Kenyan special school. Derek Lowe, 60, from Davenport and Kate Mercer, 52, from Whaley Bridge will form the backbone of the Greenbank Preparatory School party taking on the highest mountain in Africa. Derek, the husband of Janet Lowe, Greenbank’s headmistress, is a regular on the mountain sides in the Lake District and Snowdonia but says he has never attempted this type of challenge, while Greenbank’s Head of Music, Kate, is an accomplished long-distance walker who has already completed a succession of challenges. They will be supporting leg amputee Wendy Baardman, the Treasurer of the Port Kate Mercer, Sumaya Riaz, Wendy Baardman Reitz Special School Foundation, on the Charlie Bryning and Derek Lowe once in a lifetime venture aiming to raise 20,000 euros to buy a new mini bus for the children many of whom have been orphaned and have severe physical and mental needs. Greenbank Preparatory School, based in Cheadle Hulme, began raising funds for Port Reitz in 2011 after their former pupil Harrison Wood, then aged just nine-years-old but now a young man of 16 and a pupil in the Cheadle Hulme School Sixth Form, had visited the Kenyan special school with his parents. Since then as Wendy confirmed “the charity has raised over 500,000 euros from donors all over Europe, but the majority due to the efforts of Harrison, who is a remarkable young man and continues to raise sponsorship from businesses in Cheadle Hulme and beyond.”
If you want to sponsor the team or help with the Port Reitz Foundation, please contact Greenbank on 0161 485 3724.
SUNDAY WALKS The Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and District Footpaths Preservation Society walks through a different part of our local public footpath network on Sundays, to ensure that every part is periodically visited and examined. All walks, strolling through fields and woods or over nearby hills, start at 10am and finish around noon. The only necessities are walking boots or wellingtons, and waterproofs. Try a few walks (sorry, no dogs) before deciding whether to sign up for more (£12 per year per adult).
Just turn up at a starting venue, listed in the Programme page of the website www.footpaths.org.uk
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A BUSY YEAR AHEAD! Macclesfield Male Voice Choir is looking forward to a truly exciting year in 2018. In March we held our first concert in Macclesfield under the direction of our newly appointed Musical Director, Robert Owens. Robert is in his early twenties and so reduces the average age of the choir a little! Our second concert is arguably our most important of the year – our Annual Gala Concert. This is scheduled to take place on Saturday 28 April at the United Reformed Church on Park Green in Macclesfield. We will have a number of VIP guests and an excellent guest soloist, so it promises to be a very entertaining evening. The tickets will be available from choir members, the Tourist Information Centres and of course online. All the above is exciting enough in its own right; however imagine the growing anticipation in the choir in response to the news that we will be competing in the most prestigious choral contest in the world on Saturday 7 July in Llangollen! The Eisteddfod is a magnet for choirs from all over the world and this year Macclesfield will be represented. Here’s hoping!
The choir is always on the lookout for new members – anyone who would like to find out more, please contact David Collins by email firstname.lastname@example.org
PLANT HUNTERS’ FAIRS On Sunday 22 April, Bramall Hall will be hosting a great plant fair bringing you some of the country’s most highly respected specialist nurseries, including RHS medallists each with a brilliant range of plants. The Plant Fair is a fund-raising event for special projects at the hall and has proved hugely popular, rapidly gaining a reputation as the best specialist plant fair in the area, offering a dazzling array of plants all for just £2 entry to the fair. The nurseries will be more than happy to give you the benefit of their experience in how to plant and care for the plants you buy so you can get the best from them. There is free entry to the 70-acre parkland. The plant fair runs from 11am to 4pm. On Sunday 13 May, Plant Hunters’ Fairs return to Adlington Hall for what has become one of the best loved garden events in the area, with a winning line up of the best nurseries around, a most charming and beautiful garden and a truly relaxing and inviting atmosphere. With so much to see, why not take one of the free guided tours of the gardens with the Head Gardener Anthony O’Grady or simply relax, take in the beautiful gardens and enjoy traditional teas and cakes. The nurseries will of course come loaded with a really great mix of plants and specialities to delight plant lovers of every level of experience and will be more than happy to give you the benefit of their experience in planting and caring for the plants you buy so you can get the best from them. This event runs from 10am to 4pm. Free parking and half-price entry to the gardens and plant fair of just £3.
For more information about both events please see www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk
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Ingredients ■■ 1 cupful of chopped spring onions ■■ 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped ■■ 1 crushed clove of garlic ■■ 850ml vegetable stock ■■ 250g fresh peas ■■ 4tbsp fresh mint, chopped ■■ Large pinch of sugar ■■ 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice ■■ 150ml soured cream
1. Place the spring onions into a large pan together with the potatoes, garlic and stock. Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until the potato is soft. 2. Set aside a few tbsp. of peas for the garnish. Add the remaining peas into the pan and simmer for 5 minutes only. 3. Blanch the remaining peas in boiled water for 2-3 minutes. Drain them and then put to one side in a bowl of cold water. 4. Into the main pan add the mint, sugar, lemon and allow to cool slightly. 5. Pour into a blender and mix to the desired consistency. 6. Stir in half the cream and season with salt and pepper to taste. 7. Garnish with the remaining cream and drained peas to serve.
Children’s Activities Things to do with pre-school kids
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 www.wilmslowmethodists.org.uk 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 email@example.com, 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 www.tinytalk.co.uk/clairebar 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Barbara on 01625 584267.
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A Proud Heritage BAe Systems factory, based at Woodford, has always been proud of its heritage. As early as 1992 we had a Heritage Centre, in an area of the factory called New Assembly, located on the other side of the site runway from our present building. When aircraft production ceased at Woodford in 2010, the siteâ€™s future entered a period of uncertainty and there was concern that we might lose the Centre. Fortunately, BAe were keen to maintain some record of the aircraft site, which had been producing aeroplanes since it was opened in 1924.
The decision had been taken to turn the site into a housing estate. When the builders moved in to demolish the aircraft hangars and other buildings, our centre was at the top of the hit list so we began looking around for new premises, finally opting for the site fire station, a large building located on green belt land within the site. After extensive renovation of the building, including a new roof, we were able to remove all our aircraft artifacts, from various places where they had been stored before the builders demolished the previous centre, and we began to set up our new museum. We finally completed the move, and opened our doors to the general public, in November 2015. More than a hundred years of aviation history has been brought to life in our main exhibition hall. The display takes the form of a timeline, beginning in 1877 when Alliot Verdon Roe, the company founder, was born, and ending when the Nimrod Mk 4 aircraft were scrapped in 2010. Below the timeline are numerous story boards and, for aviation boffins, more in-depth information is available on lectern mounted notes. Above the timeline, colourful
murals are spaced around the exhibition walls and several large aircraft models are hanging from the ceiling. Around the exhibition floor are display cabinets containing more models and historical items, and we also have three nose sections of aircraft built at Woodford; the Lancaster bomber, the Canberra and the Anson. Close to the main hall is located the nose section of Vulcan XM602, and within its fully equipped cockpit, visitors receive a comprehensive talk about the aircraft from one of our Vulcan experts. This is a firm favourite for visitors and they reach for their cameras as soon as they enter it. Next to XM602 is our well-stocked shop. We also have a flight simulator assembly where visitors can try to take-off, fly and land a large number of aeroplanes, from the early bi-planes to the latest Nimrod. Films are being shown in a separate room, and in addition we have separate ongoing activities for children. Outside stands our complete Vulcan, XM603, in all its glory. Various car clubs have parked their cars in a line alongside it for photographic opportunities. Also, outside are the nose sections of a VC10 and a Nimrod. Our cafe is on the second floor offering snacks and light lunches and affording panoramic views of 603 and the hills beyond. We are open on Tuesday and Thursday for groups of ten or more people who have booked in advance. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday we are open to groups, and to the general public, who do not need to pre-book. Ample car and coach parking is available. For more information about the museum and about events we are holding this year, please visit avroheritagemuseum.co.uk, call 01625 877534, or why not just pay us a visit? by Keith Wright - Photos by Mike Batty
WE’VE GOT A HOUSE …it certainly is a beauty… I must try and make the house give as much pleasure to others as I can wrote Elizabeth Gaskell, in a letter to her friend Eliza Fox in 1850. Visitors to Manchester never cease to be excited by the rich social, political and industrial history of this famous city. Unfortunately, many of us who live on its doorstep, are prone to forget, or to be unaware of, its many historical treasures. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, at 84 Plymouth Grove, Longsight, is just one such treasure. Thanks to a major £2.5m project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and others, this restored House is now fully open to the public.
I’ve visited the house a few times during the last couple of years, in part because I’m an admirer of Elizabeth Gaskell the author, but also because a little time spent in its quiet and elegant space takes you back to a bygone age, shedding much light on Manchester life as it was in her day. The house is not large but for this very reason it has a special, intimate appeal – perhaps the same welcoming feel that would have been encountered in 1860 by its many visitors including fellow writers Charlotte Brontë, Beatrix Potter and Charles Dickens.
For over 150 years, the house, built between 1835 and 1841, has been associated with one famous resident, the novelist, Elizabeth Gaskell, who lived there from 1850 to 1865 with her husband William, and her four daughters. She was one of the most important and best-loved Victorian writers. Her novels and letters reveal a warmhearted woman who was a shrewd judge of character, inquisitive, witty and profoundly concerned with social justice. During the time Elizabeth lived here she wrote nearly all her famous novels, including Cranford, Ruth, North and South and Wives and Daughters. It was here that she wrote the biography of her friend Charlotte Brontë, plus many lively letters. by Garth Aspinall
This place will not tax your energy levels. You won’t be bombarded with numerous facts that you will never remember. Instead, you will encounter incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers who can enlighten you as you wander round. You can discover a great deal about Elizabeth and William’s work and about the lives of their daughters and servants. Explore the historic period rooms – the Drawing Room, the Morning Room, the Dining Room and the Study. Browse the books in William Gaskell’s study and sit where Elizabeth sat to write, overlooking her beloved garden. Only a few of the displayed furnishings belonged to the Gaskells, but the furniture has been well chosen to provide an authentic period setting. The chintz for the curtains and loose covers have been printed from an 1850s design, and the carpets have been specially woven, using Victorian patterns preserved by a mill in Halifax. The fireplaces, sourced locally, date from around 1840 when the House was built, and the light fittings have all been converted from gas to electricity. Further research identified the original paint colours and the styles of the wallpapers. Continued over
Outside, the garden has been planted to show the sort of garden that the Gaskells enjoyed, the choice of plants having been informed by references in Elizabeth’s letters and novels, as well as by Victorian garden history. The layout is based on a detailed map of Manchester in 1850 which shows the paths and planting areas. The garden is intended to give as much enjoyment today as it did in Elizabeth’s time. Elizabeth’s novels, besides telling a good story, often reflect the social and political tensions of the day. But if you visit the house, you will discover that her husband, William, is an equally fascinating figure who contributed much to the society in which they lived.
The Gaskells lived at a time of great change and were active in Manchester’s social, cultural and religious life. In 1750, Manchester was a town of less than 20,000 people, but by 1850, when the Gaskells moved to Plymouth Grove, it had become Britain’s third largest city, with a population of some 250,000. Workers attracted by the jobs in mills and factories suffered the effects of rapid industrialisation: long hours, low wages, poor housing and sanitation, and the fear of unemployment and destitution. The conditions endured by many of those living less than a mile from Plymouth Grove were well known to William and Elizabeth, both of whom were active in practical initiatives to provide poor relief and education. However, alongside the mills and the slums, the Gaskells’ Manchester was also a city of libraries, concert halls, theatres, shops and exhibitions and William took a leading role in shaping many of the educational and cultural institutions that still flourish today: Cross St Chapel, where William was Assistant Minister for many years; The Portico Library in Mosley Street, where William was Committee Chairman; The Free Trade Hall which
opened in 1856 on St Peter’s Fields, the site of the Peterloo Massacre of 1819; The Manchester Literary and Philosophy Society (known as the Lit and Phil) which was founded in 1781 for the advancement of education and the appreciation of literature, science, the arts and public affairs, and The Manchester Mechanics Institute, which was established in 1824 by a group of mill owners and manufacturers, to provide part-time education in science and technology for the working men of Manchester. There is plenty to do in the house. Located in what was originally the kitchen and servant’s hall is a very pleasant café where you can enjoy tea, coffee and delicious cakes all served in style on vintage china. Children can enjoy activity baskets or dressing up in the Servants’ Hall. Visit the website for information about children’s activities in the school holidays and about the varied ongoing programme of special events for adults. There are also regularly occurring fixtures that include the Victorian Book Group, Plymouth Grove Writing Group, The Gaskell Sewing Bee and their highly-rated second-hand book sale. If you would like to discover more about Manchester’s history, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House could be a great place to start. The Portico Library, John Rylands Library, The Victoria Baths and The Pankhurst Centre (both 10 minutes’ walk from the house) are just a few of the many places you could plan to visit in Manchester during 2018. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove, M13 9LW. Open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays – 11am to 4.30pm Tickets cost £5 (adults), £4 (under 16 – but free when accompanied by an adult). Tel. 0161 273 2215 www.elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk
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Handforth Gardening Society. Plant Exchange ‘Bring and Buy’ St Chad’s Church Hall, Handforth 7.30pm
East Cheshire Association of the National Trust Lecture – ‘Building the Big Ditch’ – Judith Atkinson Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AB 2pm
Tuesday 3 April Cartouche Creations. Holiday activity for kids. Make a ‘carved’ tablet with your name in hieroglyphs out of air-hardening clay. £3 per person. West Park Museum, Prestbury Road, Macclesfield, drop-in 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Wednesday 4 April Egyptian Crocodiles. Holiday activity for kids. Victorian explorers often tried to bring back crocodiles as souvenirs of their adventures. Make the figure of Sobek, the Egyptian God of the Nile, who was depicted as a Nile crocodile and then make a climbing crocodile snapping at the explorers’ heels! £3 per person. The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield, drop in 1.30pm to 3.30pm
thursday 5 April Would you like to meet new friends? Are you over 50 and single? Thursday Group is a friendship group for men and women, with several activities run by the members every week. These include walking, dancing, badminton, theatre and restaurant visits. For more info, see www.thursdaygroup.co.uk, or ring Mike on 07860 396286, or just come along to new members night on the first Thursday in each month where you will be met by group members. The Bulls Head Pub, 30 Wilmslow Road, Handforth SK9 3EW 8.30pm
Tuesday 10 April Professor Mace and his amazing panda medals Holiday activity for kids. Meet Professor Mace, explore some of his amazing discoveries and work with his assistant David to cast your own panda medal in tribute to our Macc Panda. £3 per person, drop-in. West Park Museum, Prestbury Road, Macclesfield 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Wednesday 11 April The Knight’s Quest Holiday activity for kids. £3 per person. Celebrate St George’s Day by taking on the Knight’s Quest, making your own helmet and shield before going in search of the dragon. The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield, drop in 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Wednesday 11 to Friday 14 April Wilmslow Guild Players present Deadlock by Hugh Janes. Directed by Grace Reed. When her husband dies in a car crash, Diana is determined to succeed as the new head of his successful company. It’s not quite that straightforward in this family suspense thriller. Tickets £7.50 Book online www.wgp.org.uk (no booking fee) Or 01625 520126 or firstname.lastname@example.org Wilmslow Guild, 1 Bourne Street, Wilmslow, SK9 5HD 7.45pm
Friday 6 April
Thursday 12 April
Oscar’s Extravorganza - Ring the Bells for Oscar Organist Philip Underwood FRCO. Admission Free – retiring collection St Bartholomew’s Church, Wilmslow at 1.15pm
Storybook Finger Puppets Holiday activity for kids. Macclesfield’s Charles Tunnicliffe illustrated lots of story books, particularly featuring animals and birds. Make a family of finger puppets to illustrate your own story. £5 per person, drop-in. The Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield, 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Sunday 8 April Sunday Walk. Members of The Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and District Footpaths Preservation Society meet and walk every Sunday. See In Touch for details – more information at www.footpaths.org.uk All walks start at 10am and finish around noon
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Saturday 21 April
Bramhall Art Society 51st Annual Exhibition There is an open invitation to come along to view the work of the Society, with original paintings both framed and unframed available for purchase. Entrance is free and there is adjacent free parking. Tea, coffee, biscuits and cakes will be served each day from 10am to 4pm, with all proceeds being donated to St Ann’s Hospice. Bramhall Village Club, Lumb Lane, Bramhall, SK7 1LR 10am to 6pm (5pm Sunday)
Plastic Free Wilmslow Visit our stall and pick up lots of ideas to ditch single-use plastics. Don’t think disposable – think re-useable! Wilmslow Artisan Market 9am to 3pm
Wednesday 18 April Lunchtime Concert. Piano recital by Leif Kanar-Lidstrom from The Royal Northern College of Music. Admission by programme £5. Light lunches available from 12 noon Alderley Edge Methodist Church 1pm
Wednesday 18 April Wilmslow Civic Trust. The head teacher of Wilmslow High School, Dr James Pullé will speak about the school and challenges for the future. Refreshments are now served before the meeting starts. Members free, non-members very welcome for £2. Any queries please telephone 01625 526547 Wilmslow Library 7.30pm for 7.45pm
Wednesday 18 April Chelford & North Cheshire Embroiderers’ Guild. Speaker: Rachel Howard www.rachelhoward.com Visitors very welcome at £4 per meeting with tea/coffee and biscuits included www.chelfordstitchers.blogspot.co.uk or contact 01625 858172 Chelford Village Hall, Knutsford Road, Chelford, SK11 9AS 7.30pm
Wednesday 18 April 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 meets on 2 May, 16 May, 30 May. Dean Row Chapel Hall, Adlington Road, SK9 2BX 2pm
Friday 20 to Sunday 22 April A Festival of Flowers - A Time For Joy Refreshments available. Flowers arranged by Bramall Hall Flower Club NAFAS members Contact 01625 420829 or 01260 222907. Gawsworth Methodist Church, Dark Lane, Gawsworth SK11 9QZ Friday 2pm to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 2pm to 5pm
Saturday 21 April By Special Request! Capriccio vocal ensemble perform popular choral music with songs chosen by the audience. Conductor: David Walsh Accompanist: Tim Walker. Tickets: £10, under 18s free, from firstname.lastname@example.org , 07882 368167, or on the door. All proceeds to Parkinson’s UK ALEX Project. St Oswald’s Church, Bollington 7.30pm
Saturday 21 April The Doric Quartet - Founded in 1998 the Doric are now regarded as one of the leading British string quartets among many ensembles of exceptionally high quality. Their playing has been judged inventive, engaging, moving, and beautiful. Haydn Quartet op 35 no 5; Ades The Four Quarters; Beethoven Quartet op 130 www.bollingtonartscentre.co.uk Bollington Arts Centre 8pm
Saturday 21 April Cheshire Sinfonia – Beautiful music in Bramhall Dvorak: Serenade for Strings, Woolfenden: Oboe Concerto (Soloist: Simon Beesley), Sibelius: Symphony No. 2. Tickets: £12 (Full), £10 (concessions), £3 (students) Reserved tickets available in advance from 07967 852986 or at the door. St Michael’s Parish Church, Robins Lane, Bramhall 7.30pm
Saturday 21 April Wilmslow Guild Plant Sale Come to the Wilmslow Guild for our annual plant sale run by the Gardening Club. Both unusual and more familiar plants will be available for sale at reasonable prices. Admission is free. Wilmslow Guild, 1 Bourne Street, Wilmslow SK9 5HD 10am to 11am
Sunday 22 April Plant Hunters’ Fair Fund Raising Event for special projects at the Hall: £2 entry to Plant Fair Bramall Hall, Bramhall Park, off Hall Road, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 3NX 11am to 4pm Continued over
Tuesday 24 April
Saturday 28 April
North Cheshire Photographic Society The Art of Underwater Photography - Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a dynamic husband and wife team of underwater photographers, photo-journalists and authors. Come and see a sample of their terrific photographs, as well as the kit they use to capture them. Non-members £5 on the door. For more information visit www.ncps.org.uk Poynton Civic Centre 7.30pm
Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra Spring concert. We are playing two works: Mahler’s gigantic Symphony no.9 and Serenade for Winds by Strauss. Tickets £12, concessions £10, under 18s £2 from ticket secretary 01925 756144, Bang and Olufsen, Wilmslow, via www.wilmsloworchestra.co.uk or on the door. Evans Hall, Wilmslow Leisure Centre 7.45pm
Tuesday 24 April Macclesfield Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire. Tiptoe though the Tombstones a talk by Rina Tillinger. Uncovering poignant and quirky gravestone inscriptions and epitaphs many of which are local. Admission £2 including refreshments. For further details please contact email@example.com The Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD 7.30pm
Wednesday 25 April Wilmslow Guild Floral Design Club. Fierce Creatures with Derek Morgan. Visitors welcome, limited to two visits per Guild year at £6 (special events extra). Contact Ros Heywood on 01625 529467 www.nafascheshire.org.uk Wilmslow Guild, Bourne Street, Wilmslow 1.45pm
Wednesday 25 April Wilmslow U3A. Love Actually with Derek Poulson. A charge of £1 is made for each meeting inc tea/coffee and biscuit. URC Schoolrooms, Chapel Lane, Wilmslow 2.30pm
Thursday 26 April Wilmslow Guild Natural History Society. AGM, then Beekeeping by Brian Corfield. Visitors very welcome (£4). More information from David Warner 01625 874387 Wilmslow Guild, 1 Bourne St, Wilmslow SK9 5HD 7.30pm
Saturday 28 April Annual Gala Concert. Macclesfield Male Voice Choir will be joined by a number of VIP guests and an excellent guest soloist. Tickets available from choir members, the Tourist Information Centres and online. United Reformed Church, Park Green, Macclesfield 7.30pm
Tuesday 1 May Handforth Gardening Society - Spring Show and AGM St Chad’s Church Hall, Handforth 7.30pm
thursday 3 may Would you like to meet new friends? Are you over 50 and single? Thursday Group is a friendship group for men and women, with several activities run by the members every week. These include walking, dancing, badminton, theatre and restaurant visits. For more info, see www.thursdaygroup.co.uk, 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 4 May Oscar’s Extravorganza In Honour of Oscar, organist Philip Underwood FRCO. Admission Free – retiring collection Recital will last approx 40 minutes. St Bartholomew’s Church Wilmslow 1.15pm
Saturday 5 May Alderley Edge May Fair Dance With the Swing Commanders and GI Jive. Dancing includes jive, ballroom and some fun dances (barn dance, Virginia reel, etc.). Licensed Bar. Admission by ticket only £15 (to include light bites). Tel. 01625 585600 or 01625 582345. The Festival Hall, Talbot Road, Sk9 7HR 7.30pm to midnight
Tuesday 8 May East Cheshire Association of the National Trust Lecture: French Connections with Gordon Bartley Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AB 2pm
Saturday 12 May
Wednesday 16 May
The Cowbridge Welsh Male Voice Choir A concert in aid of Maria’s Care in Uganda (Providing support and hope for the underprivileged in Uganda). Tickets £10. Please contact Rhona Marshall 01625 618319 or 07968 168949 firstname.lastname@example.org Tytherington Family Worship Church, Sandwich Drive, Macclesfield, SK10 2UZ 7.30pm
Chelford & North Cheshire Embroiderers’ Guild Speaker: Diana Morrison www.dianamorrisondesigns.co.uk Visitors welcome, £4 per meeting with tea/coffee and biscuits included www.chelfordstitchers.blogspot.co.uk or call 01625 858172 Chelford Village Hall, Knutsford Road, Chelford SK11 9AS 7.30pm
Saturday 12 May
Saturday 19 May
Chelford & North Cheshire Embroiderers’ Guild Exhibition: Looking Back Moving Forward. A Celebration of Members Work over the last 25 years. Highlighting the exciting world of modern textiles and stitch plus traders’ stalls and refreshments. Admission £3 www.chelfordstitchers.blogspot.co.uk or contact 01625 858172 Chelford Village Hall, Knutsford Road, Chelford. SK11 9AS 10am to 4pm
The Barnby Choir. Light and Gold Programme to include Lux Arumque by Eric Whitacre, Locus Iste by Bruckner, Cantique de Jean Racine by Faure, Psalm 23 (The Vicar of Dibley) by Howard Goodall, and Psalm 23 by Schubert. Conducted by Lloyd Buck. Tickets £12, £10 (concessions), £5 (students) available on the door or in advance from Anne Macdonald on 07810 51746. www.thebarnbychoir.co.uk Wilmslow United Reformed Church, Chapel Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 1PR 7.30pm
Sunday 13 May Plant Hunters’ Fair Half price entry to the Gardens and Plant Fair £3 Adlington Hall, Mill Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4LF 10am to 4pm
Sunday 13 May Beating the Bounds A fundraising community event with options for all the family to take part. Wilmslow Rugby Club. See In Touch page for details.
Wednesday 16 May Lunchtime Concert Students from Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester. Admission by programme £5. Light lunches available from 12 noon Alderley Edge Methodist Church 1pm.
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Tuesday 22 May Macclesfield Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire. Talk: Family History Top Tips with Jean Ingram. Meetings open to the public, £2 per meeting. For further details contact firstname.lastname@example.org The Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD 7.30pm
Wednesday 23 May Wilmslow Guild Floral Design Club Anything Goes’with Cynthia Preston-Jones. 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 www.nafascheshire.org.uk. Wilmslow Guild, Bourne Street, Wilmslow 1.45pm
Wednesday 23 May Wilmslow U3A. My Life with Entertainment and Beyond by Rebecca Done. A charge of £1 is made for each meeting inc tea/coffee and biscuit. URC Schoolrooms, Chapel Lane, Wilmslow 2.30pm
Saturday 26 May Cheshire Chorale and Cheshire Sinfonia - Beautiful music in Bramhall. Vaughan Williams: A London SymphonyElgar: The Spirit of England Op. 80 Tickets: £12 (Full), £10 (concessions), £3 (students) Reserved tickets available in advance from 01969 667033 or at the door. St Michael’s Parish Church, Robins Lane, Bramhall 7.30pm
Tuesday 29 May Macclesfield Museums holiday activities Anubis Mask - Make a mask of the Egyptian Jackal, or Dog-Headed God Anubis. £3 per person, drop-in West Park Museum, Prestbury Road, Macclesfield 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Wednesday 30 May Macclesfield Museums holiday activities Egyptian Scarabs and Amulets - Create an Egyptian scarab complete with your own secret inscription along with an amulet to protect you in the ‘afterlife.’ £3 per person, drop-in. The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield 1.30 to 3.30pm
Thursday 31 May Macclesfield Museums holiday activities Wacky Machines. As part of our Jacquard Legacy project, make your own wacky machine combining some low-tech recycling with a little bit of technology. £5 per person, drop-in. The Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield 1.30pm to 3.30pm
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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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Leisure Centres Wilmslow Leisure Centre Macclesfield Leisure Centre
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Libraries Alderley Edge Library Handforth Library Macclesfield Library Wilmslow Library
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Alderley Edge Schools Alderley Edge Pre-School Playgroup The Ryleys School Alderley Edge Primary School Nether Alderley Primary School Mottram St Andrew Primary Alderley Edge School for Girls
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