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inside june - july 2018


Issue 62

wilmslow & alderley edge

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

What’s INSIDE this month 4 Wilmslow Then & Now 7 Wilmslow Wells Gardens Day 8 Silken Ties 10 Diary of a Geeky Knitter 13 simply books book club choice 17 summer garden visits 21 geraniums 24 Recipe 26 26 In Touch 33 volunteering 36 the Walk 38 Travel the world by train 41 Puzzles 44 an incredible day out 46 Wildfowl & nutrition 4 48 Children’s Activities 51 take the stress out of decorating 53 Anson Engine Museum 57 INSIDE Guide 63 inside people 66 Puzzle Solutions 69 Useful Numbers 70 Classified Index


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wilmslow then... ...and now In the early 19th century a mill was founded on the Bollin toward the east end of the Carrs, initially spinning cotton but within a few years making the switch to silk. This was a large building with an undershot waterwheel to drive extensive machinery. The textiles industry in Wilmslow waned, and in 1903 the mill became home to the Wilmslow Laundry, identifying itself in large white letters painted on the brickwork. The middle class could increasingly afford to put their laundry out, and while this had initially been a domestic arrangement with laundresses working in their own homes, by the early 20th century large businesses such as the Wilmslow Laundry in the Carrs and Bray’s Laundry on Hawthorn Street were taking over. The business failed in the early 1920s and the mill, now in a state of disrepair, was bought by Henry Boddington who funded extensive renovations before the building unfortunately burned down in 1923. This charming photograph, probably dating from the late 1920s or 1930s, shows the mill in ruin but the adjacent mill cottage still standing. The riverbanks are now heavily wooded and no buildings remain, but a few remaining bricks can still be seen amongst the undergrowth.


Photographs: Wilmslow Historical Society Collection

by Jon Armstrong > Wilmslow Historical Society

RECIPE FOR A GRAND DAY OUT! Take 519 gardens, 36 gardeners and 31 allotment plots and you have all the ingredients for a grand day out in June. There are only a few weeks to go now, but the gardeners and allotmenteers, who will open their gardens for Wilmslow Wells Charity Gardens Day on Saturday 30 June, have been busy working in their gardens since early spring. David Cash has taken over the sourcing of the 19 private gardens, a task that starts as soon as the previous Gardens Day finishes! This process has been managed by Shirley Baulkwill for the past 19 years. “I’ve really enjoyed meeting the gardeners, together with Shirley, who has remained involved and arranged a seamless transition. The gardens are very varied but all of them are beautiful as they spring back into life after this year’s long cold winter”. Jenny Morris, who opened her garden last year and so contributed to the staggering £15,000 that was raised, takes the commitment to Gardens Day very seriously; “Planning to open our garden started a whole year in advance. I took photos of what would be in flower and where there were likely to be gaps. I also started dividing and potting up my plants ready for selling on the day. Apart from the obvious work of ensuring my garden looked at its best, I accepted that mine is not a ‘neat’ garden, that I do grow weeds as well as choice plants!” Many of the gardeners have worked tirelessly for many years to support the charity. Eileen and Malcom MacAulay are real ‘regulars!’ “Malcolm and I have been involved with Gardens Day since 2005, opening for ten of the last 13 years. We enjoy welcoming visitors to our garden as an integral part of our home, and many visitors have become regulars.”

It’s not all about the gardens - an enormous amount of work goes into the food part of the day. You can enjoy some amazing homemade produce, from cakes and teas at the gardens, to lunch at St. John’s Church on Knutsford Road. One gardener said, “Planning our café ‘en plein air,’ I enlisted the help of so many family and close friends, who generously baked cakes and helped serve them. I could not have done it without them. One garden is even serving bacon rolls. How’s that for a treaty breakfast?” The charity is justifiably proud of becoming a Wilmslow institution, with so many visitors coming back year upon year. There is a regular group of ladies who cycle from garden to garden and a lovely man who travels from the Wirral by public transport to enjoy the day. There is always something new to see and this year is no exception! As well as Peter Woolam’s intriguing half-acre organic ornamental kitchen garden, with 200 edible varieties, there are also the allotments at Chorley Hall Lane open for the first time. Eileen summed it up perfectly. “How wonderful that the money raised on Gardens Day will change lives for the better in an African village, providing wells, pumps, dams and water collection equipment to droughtstricken villages in Africa.” A marvellous ‘grand day out’ with the gift of clean water - priceless! A £12 ticket with map gives admission to all the gardens, available from any garden or St John’s church Knutsford Rd, on the day. Advance tickets £10 from Chelsea Flowers, Chapel Lane, Wilmslow or The Potting Shed, Alderley Edge. Or phone 01625 528664 or 01625 520193


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

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


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

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

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

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


simply books

book club choice

Colm Toibin is one of my favourite Irish authors. I particularly enjoyed two of his earlier novels Brooklyn and Nora Webster which caught the feel of life in a small Irish town in the late fifties and early sixties – Brooklyn went on to be a successful film (which we also enjoyed showing at Simply Cinema!). His new book House of Names is a very different venture – a re-telling of the classical Greek story of the Oresteia. On the eve of a great battle a father (Agamemnon) sacrifices his own daughter (Iphigenia) to save his army. Three years later, he returns home victorious in battle and his murderous action has set the entire family – mother, brother, sister – on a path of intimate and barbarous revenge. This is a story told in plain and compelling language, the moments of unthinkable violence expressed with brutal simplicity. And it’s a page-turner too. These classic taIes retain such power – it’s quite remarkable that a family drama, first recounted over 2000 years, ago can be re-worked to jump off the page and feel so fresh. Stay With Me is a debut novel by Nigerian author, Ayobami Adebayo. The novel’s central character Yejide is hoping for a miracle – for a child. It’s all her husband wants of her, all her mother-in-law expects, and she has tried everything. But when the family insist on installing a ‘second’ wife to provide a child it’s all too much for Yejide to bear. Told against the backdrop of the social and political turbulence of 1980’s Nigeria, this is a moving story about the nature of married love and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood. There are some truly heart-breaking moments, but it is also a story about hope and redemption.

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

And for the children…Judith Kerr is most famous for her classic picture books The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog The Forgetful Cat – firm favourites with generations of children. Now, at the age of 95, Judith has a new book Katinka’s Tail, a delightful story about an ordinary cat with an extraordinary (and rather magical!) tail. Katinka’s Tail has been shortlisted for this year’s Simply Books Book Factor Competition and recently Sue had the privilege to visit Judith in her London home, accompanied by two of our Junior Book Reviewers, to film an interview for our Book Factor Presentation. They even met Katinka – who is every bit as mischievous in real life as she is in the book!


Top tips to look after your knees! I’m always reminded of the famous song by Baz Luhrmann called “sunscreen”; it’s a philosophical tune in which he dispenses some great life advice including “Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone”. And I couldn’t agree with him more! As an orthopaedic knee specialist, I see all different types of knee problems and love helping people to get back to their active and mobile best. I see every day the huge impact a bad knee can have on an individual’s life. Weight gain, depression, loss of work and social activity to name but a few. My approach to knee surgery is one of “Joint Preservation”. This means that in my practice, I would always prefer to save the patient’s own knee. The human knee is a very complex joint which is composed of bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons and other tissues. This is the best joint we’ll ever have and we should be doing everything we can to keep it. Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of cartilage pathology. The structure of the cartilage is damaged and this can lead to degeneration and subsequent loss of function of the cartilage. This leads to load transmission to the underlying bone and this registers as pain. Once the pain starts, the cycle begins. Pain leads to less use of the joint, resulting in stiffness of the surrounding tissues and a worsening of the movement around the joint. The less the joint is moved, the weaker the muscles become. The end point of this cycle is complete loss of cartilage. Once this happens, you have no choice but to have a joint replacement operation. Choosing a good surgeon is very important to ensure the best possible result following surgery.

Here are some tips to help avoid this: ■■ Weight management – this is top of my list! It’s very difficult to lose weight once you have put it on so prevention is the key. Aim for a BMI (body mass index) of 18-25. If you’re above this then please work on getting this down. You’ll feel better and


so will your knees. The healthier your BMI, the less stress forces going through your knee joints. ■■ Muscle strength and tone – This is very important. Your joints are supported by the surrounding muscles. If you keep your muscles strong and toned, with every step you take, the muscles will be doing the work. If your muscles are weak, the load is transmitted straight through the joint, worsening the state of the cartilage and making the problems worse. Best exercise for this – squats are amazing! They work everything from your back, glutes, thighs, hamstrings and calves. ■■ Core strength – Pilates or yoga? You decide. Whatever works for you. But working on the core is essential. If you have a strong core, the peripheral muscles work better, giving you better posture and stopping abnormal loading. ■■ Range of movement – Stretching every day. In the morning start by touching your toes, then your back and shoulders, knees and hips. You should be aiming to kneel down with the legs fully flexed and your bum on your heels. This is key to healthy joints. ■■ Supplements –They are called supplements for a reason (i.e. to supplement everything else that you’re doing). The ones that improve joint health are: cod liver oil, Glucosamine and Chondroitin capsules and recently Turmeric capsules - great for joint inflammation and pain relief. Try it! Clearly taking all of the above would be expensive and a lot of pills per day, so try them, and choose one that suits you. Above all, keep moving, eat healthily and pursue a balanced and active lifestyle. If you have a serious joint problem, then the above will not be able to help you. In that case, please do pop in and let me have a look, and let’s get you back to where you want to be. Good luck! Spire Regency Hospital - 01625 501150 By Mr Bilal M Barkatali MBChB MRCS FRCS (T+O) Consultant Specialist Knee Surgeon Spire Regency Hospital Macclesfield

National Garden Scheme Enjoy the summer with a garden visit! The NGS has more great gardens ready to open in the next two months. Here are brief details of a few of them. Don’t forget that as well as the characteristic yellow booklets and the larger national ‘Gardens to Visit’ handbook, there is also an NGS app and the NGS website (,uk) which all have fuller description, directions, prices and everything you need to know. June is always the busiest month by far for garden openings. In particular, on the Garden Festival weekend of 2 and 3 June, there are around a dozen gardens opening for the NGS in Cheshire alone! 10, Statham Avenue (WA13 9NH) at Lymm is always worth a visit, abundantly planted and beautifully structured as it rises up to the Bridgwater Canal at the end of the garden. Make sure you catch the woodstore and potting shed, carefully crafted by the owner! If you want to see something different, go ‘off piste’, so far as the usual gardening trail is concerned and take a drive to Carrington, where you will find the delightful cottage and associated gardens of Sycamore Cottage (M31 4AY). On Saturday 16 June, two gardens in Macclesfield open their gates: both 61 Birtles Rd (SK10 3JG) and 60 Kennedy Ave (SK10 3DE) show what can be

achieved with imagination and creativity in the gardens of the sort of houses most of us have. Yet they are both very different. A new garden, 15 Park Crescent, (WA4 5JJ) at Appleton, Warrington is opening for the first time on the same date as above, in combination with nearby Thorncar (WA4 5JN). A single ticket gains entry to both here. Both owners are complete plantaholics and plants will be for sale at Thorncar.

15 Park Crescent

On Sunday 17 June, 34 Stanley Mount (M33 4AE) at Sale opens for the first time for the NGS. Well, in truth the owner did a ‘pop-up’ opening last year at short notice for us, which was very successful. We offer popup opening to some gardens which are clearly ‘ready to go’ but have approached us too late for inclusion in the publicity booklet. Finally, to round off the month, the wonderful gardens at Bluebell Cottage Gardens (WA4 4HP) open, improving (if that is possible) each year. Whilst you are visiting, you can fill your boots (of your cars!) with a selection of their choice perennials.

Bluebell Cottage

by John Hinde

On Sunday 1 July, Bollin House (SK9 2BW) and Well House (SK9 2BU) at Wilmslow both open on one ticket. The former hasn’t opened before to the general public, but only to private groups so it’s a chance to Continued over


enjoy their wonderful wild flower meadows. Parking is difficult at the former garden especially but see the NGS booklet/book/website/app under ‘Bollin House’ entry for helpful tips. 10 Statham Ave, Lymm, (WA19 9NH) is a beautifully structured and planted suburban garden, whilst 218 Marple Road, Offerton (SK2 5HE) is large and densely planted with lots of innovative features guaranteed to amuse the visitor. On both 7 and 8 July, Brooke Cottage, Handforth (SK9 3LT), the garden of sometime contributor to this magazine, Barry Davy and his wife, will be opening after a major revamp: exciting! On the same two days Rowley House (CW4 8DX) at Kermincham (near Jodrell Bank) opens, with its modern, formal areas around the cottage, drifting into large areas of wildflower meadows, natural ponds, with plantings of unusual tree varieties. On the 8 July, the wonderful gardens at Cogshall Grange, Antrobus, (CW9 6BJ) designed by one of the world’s top designers, Tom Stuart Smith, opens once again. But be warned: as the estate is up for sale, if it was bought, it may disappear from public view. Grab the chance this year!

West Drive

4JJ) are rightly famed for their February snowdrop display, but also put on a great summer show on Sunday 15 July. Returning to the Scheme after a break, on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July, is 17 Poplar Grove, Sale, (M33 3AX) the innovative garden of potter Gordon Cooke. Also returning after a break from the scheme of some years in the stunning garden of wedding venue of Hilltop, Prestbury (SK10 4ED). To finish off the July openings, Winterbottom House, Mere (WA16 0QQ) opens on Sunday 29, to show off its classic charms. Remember that many gardens also offer private visits to groups from clubs. The booklet, website etc will give you details of how to arrange those. Finally, the NGS is always interested to hear from people who might wish to open for us and raise money for our mainly nursing charities. In the first instance, contact or 0151 353 0032, or any member of our volunteer team listed in the booklet or on the website.

Cogshall Grange

If you are free midweek, 5 Cobbs Lane, Hough (CW2 5JN) opens on Wednesday 11 July (also again on Saturday 14). David and his wife Linda, have lots of unusual perennials growing really well. Also, on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15, 8a Warwick Drive, Hale (WA15 9EA) returns to the NGS after a year off; small but beautifully formed, with a stunning herbaceous border. The two gardens at West Drive, Gateley (SK8


5 Cobb’s Lane


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

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


Stone Love…day Times an incredible out Two! There is nothing quite like the beauty of stone surfaces to add that extra quality to your kitchen, bathroom or indeed any other room of your house... and at The Granite & Marble Shop they offer an amazing array of literally hundreds of colours and styles to suit all tastes. Additionally, should you fancy a beautiful stone dining table, coffee table or any other kind of table, then their ‘sister company’ All In Stone have a fantastic selection of all sizes and types to choose from. The two companies are owned and run by Gary Rogers and his wife Rita, supported ably by their sons Craig & Scott, together with their very loyal local employees. The Granite & Marble Shop has been established over 10 years and has grown steadily, built on recommendations and focus on giving excellent customer service. Until now the business has operated from one site in Reddish, Stockport. At 33,000sq foot it can showcase a large display of stone (many of them full slabs) and has a large factory where all kitchens and tables are manufactured. The business has been described many times by customers as ‘the best kept secret in Stockport’ due to it being tucked away off the main road. However, the Rogers family are now delighted to have opened a

1500sq foot showroom on the A6 in Great Moor, Stockport. This further showcases both the beautiful stone worktops and the large selection of tables at very low prices; and if you don’t see the table you like, they will make it to your specification! So, if you are looking to add some WOW factor to your new kitchen or looking to buy a stunning new table of any kind, then this local business would be delighted to help. Just call in to either site and see for yourself how beautiful stone can be. Opening hours are: 8am - 6pm Mon to Fri and 10am - 4pm on Saturdays.

Visit either of our showrooms

Factory Showroom (Reddish) 0161 480 4676 Reddish Factory/Showroom Roland Road, Reddish, Stockport SK5 6TJ

Showroom (Great Moor) 0161 960 0098 319 Buxton Road, Great Moor, Stockport SK2 7NL

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

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


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

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

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

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

For full details please see


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WILMSLOW BIRD WATCHING GROUP We are an enthusiastic bird watching group based at Wilmslow Guild and this year will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the group. We welcome new members - our next indoor meeting is Friday 28 September at 7.30pm at the Guild. Our next field trip by coach will be on Sunday 21 October to Spurn Point Nature Reserve in East Yorkshire.

See to find out more about the group and the activities on offer or phone Steve on 01625 533652. Little or no knowledge of birding is required as our established members will be more than happy to help you.

HANDFORTH MODEL ENGINEERING SOCIETY Handforth Model Engineering Society is a group of friends and hobbyists that aims to promote and foster model engineering in all its forms. Since its inception in 2009, the society has laid a ground level 7¼ inch track and raised 3½ inch and 5 inch tracks in Meriton Road Park, Handforth. In addition, the park pavilion has been transformed into a clubhouse following extensive refurbishment by members. Although the group is largely self-funded, the society has, in the past, received a grant from the Manchester Airport Community Fund which was used to pay for the raised track. The track was formally opened as part of a Gala Day organised by Friends of Meriton Road Park back in September 2012. Rides on steam trains were available throughout that day and the tracks have been in operation ever since, with thousands of rides being taken by the local community. Since then, the club has built four new carriages for the 7¼” track, to accommodate increasing demand for rides. These were named Rainbow by the children of Rainbow Preschool Nursery in Handforth. In 2017, the club received a Community Grant from Cheshire East Council to install safety fencing between the tracks and the footpaths in the park, and to build stations for both tracks. The society meets twice each week and offers rides to the general public on most Sundays, weather permitting, between 11am and 3pm in Meriton Road Park. Wednesday weekly meetings focus on maintenance and site development and are held at Meriton Road Park from 11am. Evening meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm to discuss progress, share knowledge and to listen to talks from both invited guest speakers and members of the society. New members are always welcome, and you don’t need an engineering background to join. If you would like to find out more about the society, please feel free to come and talk to us in the park. Continued over


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PLAY BRIDGE? The Regal Bridge Club meets at 7pm every Thursday at Chorley Village Hall. Partners can be arranged.

Contact Christine Bates 0161 485 1983 email

BOLLINGTON ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION Early June always brings the unfailingly excellent Bollington Annual Art Exhibition, with the attendant delights of scrumptious home-made cakes and pastries, served on dainty china crockery, in our pop-up tea shop. The standard of work improves year on year, as regular attendees well know, but the purchase prices of the vast range of pictures exhibited remains refreshingly affordable. Whether your preference is watercolour or pastel, acrylic or charcoal, there is bound to be something to suit your taste. Come along and enjoy the welcoming ambience of Bollington Civic Hall with the friendly Bollington Art Group members on hand for a chat, and the bonus of an Artist in Residence, which has been a popular regular event over the last few years. Entrance is of course free and there is also free parking behind the Civic Hall. Open from Friday 8 until Sunday 10 June between 10am and 5pm

Bollington Civic Hall, Palmerston Street, SK 10 5JX


A ‘REVOLUTION’ IN RETIREMENT LIVING A property entrepreneur has developed a solution to the national shortage of single-storey homes that may well spark a revolution in retirement living. Graham Richardson is chief executive of Arbor Living Group, which builds luxury homes exclusively for the over-55s. Built to the highest specifications, they have high vaulted ceilings, large fitted kitchens, and stunning open plan living areas – and come fully furnished and ready to move into. With two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a study and a utility room there is no shortage of space; built-in cupboards and wardrobes provide ample storage, and each has a private garden. They are easy to maintain, with low running costs, and are freehold. Graham spotted a gap in the market, realising that when people want to downsize without compromising on their lifestyle, their options are very limited. He said: “There are hardly any bungalows being built, and for a lot of people flats are just not practical.

Choosing one of our homes means people can get on and enjoy their retirement, using the money they have freed up to do the things they really love. What we are offering is a whole new way of looking at retirement living. When it comes to a combination of practicality and luxury, there really is nothing else like it.” Alderley Edge-based Arbor Living operates nationally, with two park home developments currently on the market. The most recent development is on the site of the former Willowpool Garden Centre in Lymm, with 13 homes spread over four acres. The sites are private, gated communities with fully landscaped grounds, beautiful countryside views, and come with 24-hour security. Arbor Living has been on site at Willowpool since February and phase one is now complete, one home is sold, and the remainder are on the market with prices starting at £405,000. For more information visit or call 01625 586 705 or contact estate agents Gascoigne Halman on 01925 758345

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

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

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


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


by Rick Simpson

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


by Peter Jaques

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

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

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

The Walk

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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ALWAYS ACTIVE DAY CENTRES Always Active provide social groups for older and frail people in the Handforth, Poynton and Wilmslow areas, aiming to allow vulnerable adults and their families to have greater choice and control over the services they access. The groups have a rolling agenda of meaningful activities including Arts and Crafts, Cookery, Gardening, Sports and Leisure, Visits and Trips, Entertainments, Games and Quizzes and Reminiscence. The activities are tailored to enable our members to enjoy fun activities and socialise in a safe and caring setting. We offer free taster sessions in all our centres and welcome anyone interested to attend and see what we have to offer and enjoy afternoon tea. This year we are celebrating our third anniversary; in the last three years we have expanded our service and now have five centres running in the North West, working closely with

Anchor Trust to provide community services for older people. As well as this our founder, Gina Jones, won the prestigious female social entrepreneur of the year award for developing this much needed social enterprise for older people. We have developed links with local schools, businesses and groups, to enable our service participants to widen their social network. Also to engage with the wider community to interact in a meaningful and positive way to dispel stereotyping and forge cross-generational friendships. We are based at Anchor Court, Lacey Green in Wilmslow, Oakland Court, Oak Grove in Poynton and Gwyneth Morley Court, Church Road in Handforth.

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

All About Me

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

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

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


by Garth Aspinall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parking: 4 hours: £4 12 hours: £6

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

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


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


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

By Gail Tracey, Director of Brambles Pet and Wildlife

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 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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Take the stress out of decorating your child’s bedroom

How many times have you seen a picture of an amazing bedroom in a magazine, only to find out that it’s advertising the lamp or the wallpaper or the bed? But you want the whole room, just as it looks in the magazine. It’s frustrating! Or your daughter wants a mermaid theme, or your son is into space or sea creatures, but you can’t find things to properly co-ordinate and look great at the same time. There’s a new company, based in the North West, that aims to address these issues. It was set up by two mums who found it frustrating trying to theme their daughter’s bedrooms but struggling to find anything other than a repeat pattern on every product, be it blinds, bedding, rugs and lamps, or finding nothing at all! And when they counted the number of hours spent searching online, coupled with the frustration, they concluded that they either needed to give up the search or address the problem. Neither are quitters and so reroom was born. The main focus of the business is to create beautiful bedrooms for children that will engage and inspire them. A space where their imagination comes to life, and where magical moments that can only happen in childhood, can come freely. The first themes they chose were space, fairies, mermaids, underwater and a woodland nursery. They even went as far as contacting NASA to use their imagery in ‘The Launch’ space room (which they agreed to) and the RSPB to make sure the images used in the woodland nursery were accurate.

They then set about sourcing products from across the UK and Europe that were unique, of the highest quality and most importantly fit into their themes. And where they couldn’t find anything they were 100% happy with, they produced a range exclusive to reroom, overseeing the design and manufacturing process using local craftsmen. And the best thing about it is that you can buy the whole room in one click. Everything, from the wallpaper and paint, to the rugs, lighting, furniture and accessories, can be bought as a complete room or as individual products, making it easy for you to delight your little ones with a bedroom that looks like it came straight from a Home and Garden magazine! For more info please visit Please quote one of the following codes to receive a free print with your order. IMFAIRY - Holographic Fairy Print (worth £15) IMMERMAID - Holographic Mermaid Print (worth £15) IMLOBSTER - Lobster Print (worth £15) IMRABBIT - Rabbit Print (worth £10) with any purchase. No minimum spend. One voucher use per customer. Valid until 31 Dec 2018


Anson Engineering Museum Today I took the opportunity of visiting the Anson Engine Museum in Poynton as I continue my exploration of the industrial heritage of the area I have recently moved to. You approach the museum along a beautiful wooded lane and enter a very informal looking parking area, which is free of charge. The entrance to the museum is possibly the loveliest entrance to any museum I have visited (and that includes museums in London, Amsterdam, Paris and Madrid!

Situated on the site of the old Anson Colliery, it is the result of Les Cawley and Geoff Challinor’s years of hard work collecting and restoring engines. The museum is a registered charity and does not receive government or public funding towards its running costs. To date most of the work has been carried out and funded by the volunteers and Friends of the museum. It was described by one of its visitors as ‘run on a shoestring and fuelled by enthusiasm’.

I entered the museum, paid my £5 entrance fee (exceptional value if I may say so), then I was then given a detailed briefing of the displays by one of the many volunteers, a printed guide to carry with me, and then off into the museum itself. As you enter, your nostrils are assailed by the smell of oil, and you quickly realise that this is a REAL museum and not some sanitised outpost, which many of today’s museums seem to be. Perhaps a little background would be helpful to the reader; this unusual and fascinating museum used to be one of the best-kept secrets among Cheshire’s many attractions. Over the past few years it has undergone some major changes and is now recognised as one of the Country’s leading specialist museums.

Despite this, the award-winning museum has flourished and now houses a unique collection of over 250 gas and oil engines, many maintained in running order. Engine enthusiasts from all over the world come to visit this fascinating museum.

by Terry Gregory Photographs © Kindadukish 2018


My visit lasted about three hours and you really need that amount of time to take in everything. One minute you are looking at an engine that may be over 150 years old, and the next moment you are looking at a turbo engine of the Bentley Continental car, which generates 600bhp.

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


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Saturday 2 June

Friday 8 to Sunday 10 June

Transition Wilmslow A fabulous foraging walk in Wilmslow with expert forager James Wood from Totally Wild UK. Bring a foraging basket or bag to take your goodies home. Includes tasters on the walk and a wild food lunch for participants at the end of the course – which is seasonally dependent but can range from nettle soup to wild inspired salad. Tickets via Eventbrite £22, all-inclusive price - no extras. Children free. The Parish Hall Car Park, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4AA 10am to 2pm

Bollington Art Exhibition See In Touch page 28 for details. Bollington Civic Hall, Palmerston Street, SK 10 5JX 10am to 5pm

Sunday 3 June Alderley Edge Golf Club free ‘Open House’ family event Fun for all ages, whether total golfing beginners or returners, with golf challenges, free group taster lesson, an opportunity to try our indoor swing room or for those with their own clubs, a chance to play a few holes for no charge. BBQ and bar available Alderley Edge Golf Club, Brook Lane, Alderley Edge 11am to 3pm

Tuesday 5 June Handforth Gardening Society - Garden Visit TBA Meeting at St Chad’s church hall, Handforth 7.30pm

Thursday 7 June Would you like to meet new friends? Are you over 50 and single? Thursday Group is a friendship group for men and women, with several activities run by the members every week. These include walking, dancing, badminton, theatre and restaurant visits. For more info see or ring Mike on 07860 396286, or just come along to new members night on the first Thursday in each month where you will be met by group members. The Bulls Head Pub, 30 Wilmslow Road, Handforth, SK9 3EW 8.30pm

Friday 8 June Alderley and Wilmslow Musical Theatre Company We are hosting a quiz night – and it’s not an easy one. Bragging rights and a prize are on offer, as well as a bar and a good laugh. £5 per person – max 6 to a team. Register your interest by calling 07506 988433 or email Wilmslow British Legion 7.45pm

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Monday 11 June East Cheshire National Trust Association Lecture – Hannah Gregg and Quarry Bank House with Amanda Lunt Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AB 2pm

Tuesday 12 June The Arts Society Wilmslow June lecture: Vivaldi in Venice. Lecture by singer-pianistrecitalist Peter Medhurst, exploring the fascinating world of Vivaldi’s music and the city-state where he was born. Guests £7, students £1 - book in advance with Pat Mullineux: 0161 427 6421. Parish Hall, Chancel Lane, Wilmslow SK9 4AA 7.30pm (following the society’s AGM at 7pm)

Wednesday 13 June Craft and Chatter A fortnightly (27 June, 11 July, 25 July) 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. Dean Row Chapel Hall, Adlington Road, SK9 2BX 2pm

Saturday 16 June Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra ‘Last night of the Proms’ concert with an American theme, along with some well-known Prom favourites including: Leonard Bernstein - Candide Overture; Copland - Appalachian Spring; Henry Wood - Sea Songs; Vaughan Williams - English Folk Song Suite; Edward Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance no. 1; Parry - Jerusalem Tickets £12, concessions £10, under 18 £2 from ticket secretary 01925 756144, Bang and Olufsen, Alderley Road, Wilmslow, Therapy, Bank Square, Wilmslow, via or at the door. Evans Hall at Wilmslow Leisure Centre 7.45pm Continued over


Wednesday 20 June

Wednesday 27 June

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

Wilmslow Guild Floral Design Club ‘Around the World’ with Louise Jones & Debbie Davies. 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 Wilmslow Guild, Bourne Street, Wilmslow 1.45pm

Wednesday 20 June Chelford & North Cheshire Embroiderers’ Guild Speaker: Rachel Nettles Visitors very welcome at £4 per meeting with tea/coffee and biscuits included. or contact 01625 858172 Chelford Village Hall, Knutsford Road, Chelford SK11 9AS 7.30pm

Wednesday 20 June Exploration: why we know so little about life on Earth? (In conjunction with the Royal Geographical Society) Dr Ross Piper’s talk will explore this question and offer some surprising answers, providing a whole new perspective on how much we still have to discover. Admission £8 per person (RGS-IBG members & students aged 16+ free). Booking Wilmslow Guild, 1 Bourne Street, Wilmslow SK9 5HD 7pm-9.30pm

Saturday 23 June The Lindow Singers and Sale Gilbert & Sullivan Society are proud to present The Pirates of Penzance Tickets £12, Concession £10, Student £3 Available on the door, from choir members or ring 01625 611124 St Bartholomew’s Church Wilmslow SK9 1 AA 7.30pm

Saturday 23 to Saturday 30 June We Are Three Sisters by Blake Morrison The play evokes the lives of the Brontë sisters, with a nod to Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Tickets Tel: 01625 540933, or Wilmslow Green Room Theatre

Tuesday 26 June Macclesfield Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire ‘Reminiscences of Parkside Hospital’ an illustrated talk by Dennis Whyte. Meetings open to the public, admission £2 per meeting including refreshments For further details please contact The Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD 7.30pm


Wednesday 27 June Wilmslow U3A. An Adventure on Wheels (part 2) with Matt and Yvonne. A charge of £1 is made for each meeting inc tea/ coffee and biscuit. URC Schoolrooms, Chapel lane, Wilmslow 2.30pm

Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July Plant Hunters’ Fair Entry to fair, gardens and grounds only £2.50 Henbury Hall Gardens, Henbury, Macclesfield, SK11 9PJ 10am to 5pm

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

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

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Wednesday 18 July

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

Chelford & North Cheshire Embroiderers’ Guild Speaker: Mark Beecroft, Senior lecturer, Textiles in Practice, Dept of Design at MMU. Working in 3D printed textiles informed by knitted structures Visitors very welcome at £4 per meeting with tea/coffee and biscuits included or contact 01625 858172 Chelford Village Hall, Knutsford Road, Chelford SK11 9AS 7.30pm

Friday 6 to Saturday 7 July We Are Three Sisters by Blake Morrison. The play evokes the lives of the Brontë sisters, with a nod to Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Tickets for Quarry Bank Styal can be obtained from the National Trust, Styal. Search for upcoming events at: Enquiries: Quarry Bank, Styal

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

Saturday 14 July Handforth Gardening Society Village Show There are classes for Pot Plants, Cut Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables, Baking, Painting and Flower Arranging. All are welcome and free entry. Entries should be brought along in the morning between 10-11.15am St Chads Church Hall, Handforth 2-4pm

Sunday 22 July Car Treasure Hunt Organised by Alderley and Wilmslow Musical Theatre Company. If you’ve never done one before it’s a treasure hunt you do in your car! Exploring the Cheshire countryside as you go, follow clues, discover the answers, and potentially win a prize. £3 per adult, children under 10 free Register your interest by calling 07506 988433 or email Wilmslow British Legion, 3pm

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

Wednesday 25 July Wilmslow U3A The Last Weekend of Peace and the First Weekend of War with Geoff Scargill. A charge of £1 is made for each meeting inc tea/coffee and biscuit. URC Schoolrooms, Chapel Lane, Wilmslow 2.30pm

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

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


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Inside Wilmslow & Alderley Edge Issue 62  

Community magazine including local news and what's on

Inside Wilmslow & Alderley Edge Issue 62  

Community magazine including local news and what's on