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in touch your local community noticeboard april - may 2020

THE GREAT BRITISH DOG WALK The Great British Dog Walk, a popular charity dog walk run by national charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, is back for a sixth year and is once more coming to beautiful Lyme Park, on Saturday 2 May 2020.

Hundreds of walkers of all ages, and dogs of all shapes and sizes, will be taking part to have fun, meet like-minded people and support Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, the charity that trains dogs to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds and help deaf people to leave loneliness behind. The walk is sponsored by Specsavers Audiologists, helping Hearing Dogs to raise more funds to transform the lives of deaf people.

On the day there are two walk options – either 5km or 8km routes, making it ideal for dog owners, families, single walkers, organised walking groups and those who simply want to meet lots of dogs and get a bit of exercise for a good cause. There will also be fun additional activities at the walk, including a demonstration by local Hearing Dog partnerships and information from the NT Lyme Park ranger team.

Walkers can get themselves or their dogs sponsored by friends, family and colleagues to raise money to fund hearing dog puppy Oscar’s training journey. Oscar is a cocker spaniel puppy who has just started his training to become a life-changing hearing dog. Over the next two years he will be trained to alert deaf people to important sounds, such as the smoke alarm, intruder alarm, alarm clock and cooker timer.

It costs around £40,000 to fully train and support a hearing dog for the duration of its life and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People receives no government funding so every walker will be helping to transform the lives of deaf people.

Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the day. While sponsorship is encouraged to help Hearing Dogs train more life-changing dogs, it is not a requirement.

To sign-up to the Great British Dog Walk at Lyme Park, or for more information visit www.greatbritishdogwalk.org

A NEW ERA FOR ALDERLEY PARK AS GLASSHOUSE OPENS Glasshouse, Alderley Park’s new hub for tech companies and forward thinking, innovative businesses has officially opened.

It’s the ideal location for digital and tech businesses looking to work closely and collaboratively with some of the UK’s leading life science start-ups and scale-ups that are already located at the Park’s Mereside campus.

The 150,000 sq ft building offers high quality, collaborative workspace providing the much in demand space for companies working in areas such as big data, data analytics and AI which are playing an increasingly key role in drug discovery.

Glasshouse’s central atrium provides a range of coworking, networking and meeting spaces that are designed to inspire the exchange of knowledge and sharing of ideas.  A range of other space options and flexible layouts are also available in the building allowing every business located there to flourish and expand easily as they grow.

Set in idyllic surroundings in the heart of the 400-acre Park, Glasshouse is located next to the new gym and sports complex and is surrounded by a number of scenic walking, running and cycling routes.

The Park also offers up to 100Gb connectivity, meaning businesses within Glasshouse can access nextgeneration, ultra-fast Wi-Fi and be instantly connected. A new pub and restaurant are set to open in the spring.

Dr Kath Mackay, managing director of Alderley Park, said: “Historically renowned as being home to one of the UK’s pre-eminent life science campuses, the arrival of Glasshouse signifies Alderley Park as a leading destination for innovative tech businesses too.

“Glasshouse offers everything from coworking to small and larger offices, making it ideal for entrepreneurs and start-ups as well as fast-growing and larger businesses.

“The convergence of digital technologies with drug discovery is one of the most radical trends in life science of recent years. This unique approach to locating life science and tech businesses in close proximity will help to drive the collaboration needed to inspire the developments and discoveries of the future.”

Anson Eng ine Museum Re-opens after Winter Brea k “We’ve lived in the area for years, the museum’s just down the road and we’ve never been” is a comment frequently heard when new visitors arrive, so why not check out one of the largest collections of engines in Europe? The Anson Engine Museum in Poynton is now recognised as one of the country’s leading specialist museums, with over 250 gas and oil engines, many maintained in running order. The museum site also includes a working blacksmith’s smithy, a woodland craft area, café and a local history section with a giant scale model of Poynton (c1900).

The museum reopens from 10am to 4pm on Sundays and Mondays, starting on 12 and 13 April, until it closes again for winter on 25 October. There will be craft and steam demonstrations and special events each month see www.enginemuseum.org for more details.

On Friday 8 May the museum is joining the international celebration of peace commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Victory in Europe. At 3pm Winston Churchill’s speech will be played, the “Battle’s Over” will be piped and the WW2 Heroes will be toasted. On Sunday 10 May at 10.30am the Last Post will be played.

On both days there will be 1940s films showing in the museum’s cosy little cinema, there will be a WW2 display, particularly remembering the 35 Poynton folk who lost their lives, WW2 songs played over the tannoy system and the colliery bell will be rung, celebrating the peace and in memory of all WW2 Heroes.

NEW ECO CLASSROOM FOR TOP SCHOOL

Former Independent School’s Association Eco School of the Year, Greenbank Preparatory School, is to start work on a new state of art eco-friendly £500,000 classroom block. The innovative school on Heathbank Road in Cheadle Hulme was originally opened in 1951 and since the Millennium has been taking on successive new build projects to enhance facilities.

The latest is their new Year One Reception classroom block which has been designed by Manchester’s award-winning architects Walker Simpson. John Piercy Holroyd, Associate Director of Walker Simpson, said: “The new building is designed and will be built to be extremely energy efficient. The external envelope of the building is highly insulated with a striking pitched roof form that allows natural light and ventilation via high level opening lights, coupled with energy efficient underfloor heating via an air source heat pump, so that there is more room for classroom display to the walls. There will be a covered hangar space leading to the garden to allow for outdoor classes and play in most weathers.”

The work will begin over the Easter holidays and is expected to be completed by the end of October, with the Year One class moving to free space in the school’s new media suite while work is completed. Greenbank Headmaster Malcolm Johnson said: “We have been discussing the project with Walker Simpson over the last year and are delighted with their proposals which meet our policies on sustainability. The development shows great faith in the future and is another signal of a strong, innovative school moving into the future with confidence and creativity.” 18

Plant Lo vers ’ Paradise at Bramall Hall & Adlington Hall Sunday 5 April sees the popular Plant Hunters’ Fair return to Bramall Hall with a huge choice of quality, nursery-grown plants. At this time of year, there will be a brilliant line-up of nurseries attending who will come laden with flowering bulbs, early flowering perennials, shrubs and trees to provide instant colour and also lots of later flowering plants to get planted for colour into the summer and beyond. Now’s the time to think ahead and plan that dream border for your garden.

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 plant fair will open at the earlier time of 10am to 4pm on Sunday 5 April. For full details of nurseries attending please see www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk

On Sunday 10 May, Adlington Hall, Macclesfield welcomes back Plant Hunters’ Fairs and this special event offers entry to the wonderful gardens and plant fair at the special rate of just £3 that’s half standard entry price! (children 15 years and under are free when accompanied by an adult).

The plant fair has become a magnet for plant lovers from near and far and Plant Hunters’ Fairs have pulled out all the stops to get a great line-up of 20 brilliant independent plant nurseries including RHS award winners to create a plant lover’s paradise.

At Adlington there are the beautiful gardens, woodland walks and parkland to explore. The bluebells should be at their best along with early flowering shrubs and trees. The 2,000-acre Estate contains parkland landscaped in the 18th century in the style of ‘Capability Brown’ complete with ha-ha. The Lime Avenue dating from 1688 is one of the oldest surviving in Britain and leads to a woodland wilderness with winding paths, temples, bridges and follies in a rococo manner. A path through the laburnum arcade leads into the formal rose garden, then on to the maze created in English Yew. The Father Tiber water garden provides a peaceful haven with its ponds, fountains and water cascade and the newly created parterre provides a colourful addition to the east wing. Other features include a large herbaceous border, rockeries, specimen trees, azaleas and rhododendrons.

The plant fair runs from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 10 May. There is lots of free parking and dogs on leads are very welcome. Please see www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk to find out which nurseries will be attending.