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SOUTH CHESHIRE BEEKEEPING ST MATTHEW’S CHURCH, HASLINGTON FASHION IN THE SHOPS MARTON VILLAGE SPOTLIGHT ON SANDBACH


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Friday 13th August

Jazz Evening £22.95 per person Featuring Quinta 5 piece Jazz Band Includes 3 course dinner £52.95 per person including event, overnight accommodation and full English breakfast

Friday 17th September September Soul with the sensational

Freddie Mensah Smooth and Dynamic Soul Vocalist £24.95 includes 3 course meal, live entertainment and disco £54.95 per person including event, overnight accommodation and full English breakfast

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Halloween Ball Get seriously spooky (Fancy dress optional) £22.95 per person Includes Halloween cocktail, 3 course themed dinner and disco


Manchester International Airport

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contents ISSUE NO: 39

Hazel Handforth Grove Disley

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WILMSLOW

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Alderley Edge

Bollington

Prestbury A537

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Buxton

MACCLESFIELD

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Gawsworth Winsford M6

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CONGLETON

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A530 SANDBACH

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A34 Biddulph

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Leek

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JULY 2010 A529 A530

CONTRIBUTORS Deborah Bowyer Editor d.bowyer32@btinternet.com

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Tony Mullock - Magazine Design Andrew Pickford - Photographer Shirley Palin - Photographer

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Spotlight on Audlem Centre of attraction

Property Magnificent homes on the market

Wilmslow Preparatory School Centenary year

South Cheshire Beekeeping Hive of activity

South Park - Macclesfield Park that’s set to score highly this summer

Spotlight on Sandbach Vibrant market town

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Fashion in the shops

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Marton

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New looks for Summer

A gem of a village

Antiques On target for nostalgia

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Home Interiors & Gardens

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Out and About

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St Matthew’s Church

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Wining and dining

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What’s On

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Jeff Teasdale

Explore all that’s on offer

A guiding light

Guide to fine food

Cover Picture Looking down Shropshire Street, Audlem By Andrew Pickford

Your guide to theatreland

An artist’s progress

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Entertainment Round Up

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Diary of events

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Hot tips for the summer

News, views and gossip

Leisure and entertainment

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Audlem …

CENTRE OF ATTRACTION with its own marina

Parish Church of St James the Great

By Deborah Bowyer Pictures: Andrew Pickford

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alking through the streets of Audlem is like turning back the clock to a bygone era. Traditional shops line the quaint streets decked out with hanging baskets and brass plaques showing the village’s many claims to fame. Shoppers can enjoy a cappuccino or latte al fresco and watch the world go or contemplate their next purchase from the array of stylish shops on offer.

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The Square

Altrincham M56 A556 M6

Manchester International Airport

Handforth

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Poynton

Wilmslow Knutsford Alderley Edge A34

Winsford

Holmes Chapel

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Macclesfield Gawsworth A54

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Pott Shrigley A6 Bollington Prestbury

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Middlewich

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Congleton

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Sandbach

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A53

A51 A34 A534

Crewe

Barbridge

Nantwich

Shavington A500 A529

Wrenbury A530

Wybunbury

Audlem

Alsager

Biddulph Leek

Buxton

In the distance, they might catch a glimpse of the stunning St James the Great Church, originally built in 1200, dominating the centre. And it doesn’t matter whether they’re looking for a dress straight out of the fashion pages or organic food, they’ll find it in Audlem. For although the buildings themselves have kept their external fabric from the past, what goes on inside them is bang up-to-date. And if they really want to take a step back in time they could while away some time gazing at the canal boats passing by on the Shropshire Union Canal. The pretty village, dubbed by some as the village capital of South Cheshire, is in between Nantwich in one direction and Market Drayton in the other. And it’s no wonder that

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Audlem … Audlem, close to the county boundaries of Shropshire and Staffordshire, has notched up so many awards over the years. The wall outside The Flower Company in The Square is covered with plaques such as Best Kept Village – 1975, 1976 and 1989 and Community Price award 2006, 2007 and 2009. As Bill Consterdine, vice chairman of Audlem Parish Council explained, the village is very much a `get up and go’ one. “There are so many different groups and people in the village all working for the community and caring for Audlem. “If anything needs doing it gets done. There are some very good organisations in the village,” said Bill, who moved there 41 years ago. With a population of around 2,000 people and seven new shops opening in as many months, it is a vibrant place. “We’re seven miles from anywhere. Seven miles from Market Drayton and about the same distance from Nantwich,” said Bill. “Our children would not have lived anywhere else and are now working towards moving back. It’s a wonderful place.” Fellow villager, Ralph Warburton also shares the same passion for Audelm. A retired retail director, he is involved in many of the village’s organisations. Chairman of Audlem in Bloom and Audlem District Amenities Society, he said: “It’s a very vibrant village with no side to it and there are some wonderful people and lots happening here. It’s a great place to live. We’ve got everything here, even a Boots and Co-op.” Judy Benson from newsagents’ Williams of Audlem, a family run Millstone

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AudlemCyclesport Audlems Specialist Cycle Shop

Bike brands stocked include • Scott (as used by GB rider Mark Cavendish’s Columbia Team) • Giant • Kona and Raleigh catering for all ages and abilities of riders from the very young to the “not so young” and offering bikes to provide for all riding preferences - leisure/pleasure, road, mountain biking, even trainer bikes to help the very young learn to ride. We also stock a comprehensive range of clothing, helmets, shoes, spares and accessories to suit all needs. Fully fitted workshop providing service and repair facilities for all makes of bike A personal fitting and bike selection service is offered to all cycle customers

16 The Square, Audlem, Cheshire

01270 811333 Open Monday to Saturday 9.30-5.30

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Welcome to The Coffee Lounge and Salad Bowl Deli Shropshire Street, Audlem - 01270 811554

• Enjoy the best Italian coffee, selection of teas, home made cakes, light lunches or afternoon tea • The Salad Bowl Deli stocks a wide variety of award winning products including bespoke sandwiches, hand made pates and local farmhouse produce We are delighted to announce the opening of Overwater Coffee Lounge at the new Marina, Coole Lane, Nr. Audlem Alfresco Dining on the Canal Side overlooking the stunning Overwater Marina * Light lunches, home made cakes and the best coffees, teas and luxury ice cream around!

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L to R Caroline Cotter & Manager Judy Benson (Head of Traders Assoc.) Williams of Audlem

business since 1862, said: “There’s always lots going on. We’re very lucky to have so many organisations putting in so much effort. It’s a lovely village.” Such is the enthusiasm for putting on events, the village even has its own events team Audlem Special Events Team (ASET). A not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers ASET was established in 2001 after a nucleus of the team successfully organised a bonfire night in 2000 to replace the show previously held in Hankelow. The success of that night gave the team the idea of setting up a bigger team to organise several events for the village. The village transport festival held last month and the Midsummer Music on the Park concert on July 17th are two such events. Top swing band, King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys and The WestEnders will entertain a packed audience on the village playing field at what has become a big event in the village’s social calendar.

Ralph Warburton walking Tibeton Terriers belonging to Michelle Perkins LOCAL LIFE 7


Audlem …

Sevi Gultekin, Audlem Dry Cleaners

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Ian Haughey, a musician, has lived in the village for 16 years and opened one of the village’s newer shops, Hoc’s Fat Pigeon, selling a range of organic and fair trade products, dried pulses, fruits, nuts, cereals and coffees earlier this year. “It’s a really good community and we have quite a few visitors,” he said. Fellow shopkeeper, Mandy Nickson, who has opened lifestyle boutique Mandi Boo in Shropshire Street in the new Moseley’s Yard says she just fell in love with Audlem. “There’s a brilliant community. People are so helpful and kind. When we moved here two years ago, I just fell in love with Audlem.” Andrew Smith, Audlem’s postmaster who has been in the village for 20 years is equally enthusiastic. “There’s a fantastic community which has expanded over the years. Everyone who moves here brings something special to the village.” St James the Great church was originally built around 1200 but was enlarged and had a `weeping’ chancel added in the 14th century. The building is set on a hill thought to have been a Celtic burial ground. Years ago, the town’s chief export on Telford’s Shropshire Union Canal was cheese. This year though two new pages linked to transport will open in the village’s history books. The first - a brand new £2m marina will be throwing open its doors for an open day on July 25th. OverWater Marina, next to Bridge 80 on the canal, is a


Rachel Poole, The Flower Company

Audlem Methodist Church LOCAL LIFE 9


Audlem …

The Salad Bowl – Janice Spibey who has worked there for 27 years.

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Nikki Ball Audlem Cycle Sports

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Audlem … brand new marina set in beautiful countryside with a range of moorings and other facilities including a coffee shop. It is the Maughan family’s dream to open a canal marina on farmland near Audlem and this month Janet Maughan, husband Angus and his father Richard will see that dream come true. And the problem of thundering lorries passing through the quiet canal side village en route to Holyhead – is set to come to an end. Campaigners in Audlem have won their battle to get their village “de-trunked” and taken off SAT Nav systems as the shortest route between the Midlands and Holyhead. As these two things show, Audlem’s community is helping to keep the quaint village on the map for all the right reasons.

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PROPERTY of the month

HIDDEN GEM set in a stunning position Franklyn was built in 1938 and is an imposing home sitting in around two acres of beautifully landscaped and manicured gardens in one of the finest sites in Alderley Edge. The interior of this substantial property is completed to the highest standard, with generously-sized rooms, solid oak doors and detailing and brass fixtures. The oak and glass front door leads into a porch, which opens on to a delightful hallway. The grand yet welcoming hallway leads to three good-sized reception rooms, with the sumptuous drawing and dining rooms having views of the outstanding gardens to the rear and the sitting room views to the front. The front sitting room leads to a sun room, which floods the side of the house with light and has the benefit of its own mahogany bar area. The sun room leads to the impressive conservatory, which has a 180° vista of the gardens, providing the perfect place to enjoy the

surroundings. The bar, cloakroom and kitchen are also accessed from the hallway. The master bedroom incorporates an en suite dressing room and bathroom. A guest bedroom incorporating an en suite bathroom faces the study. Two further double bedrooms are found on this floor, separated by a family bathroom. A guest suite is located at the end of the hallway. This has fitted wardrobes, including a false mirrored wardrobe that houses an en suite shower room. Adjacent to the guest suite is a walk-in dressing room lined with further fitted wardrobes, which could also be used as a further bedroom. A further bedroom suite is located on the second floor and is built under the eaves, with cream book-shelving, fitted wardrobes and a relaxing sitting area. A door from the en suite shower room leads to a large hidden study area, with two desks and fitted shelving units. The

remaining boarded loft area is spacious, with the loft above the gymnasium also being boarded, providing further storage space. Franklyn is approached over two driveways, leading to two impressive sets of wrought- iron gates, accessing the parking and turning area to the front and side of the house. The stepped front garden is laid to lawn and has a variety of mature trees and shrubs. There is a beautiful rock waterfall and pond feature in one corner of the front garden, as well as steps to a hidden clearing and children’s play house within the trees. The expansive manicured lawns are bounded by hedging and a Cheshire brick wall with mature trees set throughout the lawns. The stone-flagged terrace abuts the rear of the house, with a path which winds its way to the front of the house, another smaller patio area and the pond. Guide price: £5,000,000.

For more information contact Jackson Stops: 01625 540340 LOCAL LIFE 15


Prestbury

Snelson

A magnificent contemporary mansion in an exclusive location. 3 reception rooms, study, breakfast kitchen, 5 bedrooms (all en suite), Jacuzzi room. Leisure complex with Jacuzzi, sauna, gym & cinema room. Gardens & garaging with housekeepers flat above.

A superb family house in magnificent gardens. Drawing room, dining room, kitchen, utility, morning room, family room with kitchenette, study, 4 bedrooms (all en suite). Single & triple garages, coach house, stable block, just under 1 ½ acres. A further 3 acres available by separate negotiation.

Guide Price: £4,500,000

Guide Price: £1,495,000

Fast find 38788

Fast find 38708

Chelford

Mottram St Andrew

A beautifully presented country house in mature gardens. 3 reception rooms, study, breakfast kitchen, utility, pantry/wine cellar, 5 bedrooms (1 en suite), bathroom, 2 attic rooms. Beautifully landscaped gardens with bluebell wood, outdoor swimming pool, tennis court & double garage.

A stunning substantial family house in a prestigious location. 2 reception rooms, snug, breakfast kitchen, utility, office, study, cinema room, games room, 6 bedrooms (all en suite), 1 bed annexe, leisure complex. Beautifully landscaped gardens, paddock, just over 2 acres. A further 7 ½ acres available by separate negotiation.

Guide Price: £4,250,000 Guide Price: £1,850,000

Fast find 38729

Fast find 38911

Chester 01244 328361 Hale 0161 928 8881 Offices covering the UK 8 Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AA.

Wilmslow office 01625 540340 wilmslow@jackson-stops.co.uk

www.jackson-stops.co.uk Use the fast find codes on our wesite to find out more


PADDOCK KNOLL FARM, RAINOW

STUNNING FARMHOUSE with Peak District views

This superb stone built farmhouse is located in the Peak District National Park with views over open countryside, Only a short distance from Macclesfield with its direct rail link to London, the delightful villages of Rainow and Bollington and Manchester Airport. The farmhouse itself offers spacious and versatile accommodation and comprises, to the ground floor, large entrance hall, cloakroom/WC, 20' sitting room, dining room, snug/study, breakfast room, kitchen, utility, conservatory and playroom. To the first floor, the landing allows access to three/four bedrooms and three bathrooms (two en-suite). In addition, there is an occasional bedroom/hobbies room located above the

playroom. Paddock Knoll Farm sits in approximately two and half acres of formal gardens, with stone patio areas, mature and specimen trees, raised flower beds and over half an acre of woodland. In addition to the land that adjoins the farmhouse, there is an additional five acres available by separate negotiation. The sitting room enjoys delightful picture windows to the front and rear elevations providing superb views over open countryside. Features include exposed beams a feature stone fireplace with beamed mantle and a stone hearth with a real fire. The dining room has windows to both front and rear elevations enjoying delightful

views while the breakfast room has a window to the front elevations and views over open countryside. The kitchen has an extensive range of solid wooden units comprising base cupboards and drawers, wall cupboards and tiled work tops. Aga. Four ring Smeg halogen hob with extractor over, double draining sink unit, down lighters and oak flooring. The utility room meanwhile enjoys a range of modern units comprising base cupboards, and drawers, wall cupboards and laminate worktops. Belfast sink. Space for washing machine, dishwasher and fridge. Door to outside. Double glazed window to rear elevation, tiled walls, Amtico flooring and down lighters.

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UNIT 1A, AND UNIT 1B ADLINGTON INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, ADLINGTON INCOME PRODUCING INDUSTRIAL UNITS ON WELL ESTABLISHED INDUSTRIAL ESTATE LOCATION The premises are located on Adlington Industrial Estate situated on the (A523) London Road South approximately one mile south of the Poynton village centre. Rail services can be found at both Macclesfield and Stockport and Manchester International Airport is a twenty minute drive away. Poynton lies between Stockport (7 miles) and Macclesfield (5 miles) DESCRIPTION The properties comprise of 2 large open-plan warehouses of steel portal frame construction with half height brick/block faced walls, and incorporate a small amount of offices at the front with loading bay doors to the front and rear elevation. There is large area of land to the rear which is included with the properties, which provides an excellent area for articulated lorries to maneuver. Internally the warehouses benefit from a double skin insulated roof with sodium lighting throughout. The units are separated by a breeze block wall which could be removed in the future for larger requirements or alternatively an additional wall could be assembled to further divide the units. FLOOR AREAS Unit 1A 31,860 sq ft Unit 1 B 9,159 sq ft TENANCIES Unit 1A – Let to API Laminates Limited on a 10 year lease

commencing August 2008 at a passing rental of £143,370 p.a. There is a 5 year rent review which coincides with a 5 year tenant only break option. Unit 1B – Let to Adlington Paper and Board Limited on a 3 year lease commencing August 2008 at a passing rental of £41,215.50 p.a. FRV - £184,585.50 SALE PRICE £2 million

PHOENIX MILL, PIERCY STREET, MANCHESTER M4 7HY OFFICE INVESTMENT IN ATTRACTIVE CONVERTED MILL PREMISES LOCATION The property is located on Piercy Street, in Ancoats approximately 1 mile east of Manchester City Centre and 1 mile west of the much acclaimed ‘Sports City.’ The property can be accessed off Ashton New Road (A662) one of the main arterial routes in and out of Manchester City Centre, which provides excellent transport links to and from the property. The property is surrounded by a mixture of residential housing and commercial properties with secure onsite parking for 20 cars. DESCRIPTION The property comprises of a two storey former mill which has been converted into high specification offices, with a Large 1 bedroom caretakers flat attached to the side of the property. Internally there is a mixture of open plan office space with individual office rooms set in an attractive courtyard setting. The property benefits from disabled access with lift and intercom systems in each office. The offices have a mix of cat 2 lighting and strip lighting with skylights providing good natural light. The property retains its original features with exposed wood beams throughout. The property has gas central heating with kitchen and WC/Shower facilities accommodating all tenants. TENANCIES Units 1 and 2 Manchester Refugee Society – 2 year lease from December 2009 £11,815 p.a. Units 3, 8 and 12 Children’s Society – 2 year lease from April 2010 £12,480 p.a.

Units 5, 6 and 7 Alzheimer’s Society – 5 year lease from January 2006 £14,820 p.a. Units 9, 10 and 11 Manchester Care and Repair – 2 year lease from September 2008 £8,500 p.a. Manchester Accessible Acupuncture Project – 12 month lease from July 2009 -52 Wednesdays and 13 Fridays a year £5,850 p.a. All leases are contracted outside the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 and each pay a service charge. Vacant 4 individual office rooms 1,518 sq ft Large open plan office 1,000 sq ft Large 1 Bedroom Flat 768 sq ft ERV - £78,000 p.a. PRICE £800,000


THE BOX, BROOKE COURT, LOWER MEADOW ROAD, HANDFORTH DEAN

5, CHESTERGATE, MACCLESFIELD

CHARLES ROE HOUSE, CHESTERGATE, MACCLESFIELD

THE COURTYARD, CATHERINE ST, MACCLESFIELD

FOR SALE /TO LET High specification self contained offices with on-site parking. Extends to 5,032 sq ft. Price £1,000,000 exclusive. Rent £17 per sq ft.

TO LET. Prime town centre shop, extends to 1,275 sq ft. Opposite the Grosvenor shopping centre and has recently been fully refurbished. Rent £20,000 p.a.

TO LET / May Sell, High Quality Office Premises, Within a Listed Building of Character, Includes Good On-site Parking, 3904 sq ft

To Let. High Quality offices with parking in town centre location. 4,004 sq ft (will split). Rent £14 per sq ft.

UNIT 7, RUGBY PARK , HEATON MERSEY

TUDOR HOUSE, 53 CHESTERGATE, MACCLESFIELD

UNIT 1E ADLINGTON INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, ADLINGTON

BEECH LANE, MACCLESFIELD

To Let/For Sale Prominent Town centre offices. The property measures 3,244 sq ft over three floors with basement for additional storage. Rent £40,000 p.a. Sale Price £495,000.

TO LET. Modern Industrial Unit on established industrial estate. Fantastic transport links. Extends to 6,120 sq ft. Rent £30,000 p.a.

TO LET, SHOWROOM, WORKSHOP AND OFFICES, CAN DIVIDE UP, RENTAL ON APPLICATION

GAWSWORTH BUSINESS CENTRE, GAWSWORTH

ZURICH HOUSE, HULLEY RD , MACCLESFIELD

UNIT 4, HEATHER CLOSE, LYME GREEN, MACCLESFIELD

2 MOOR LANE, WILMSLOW

To Let. Brand New Development of characterful office accommodation in a rural location. Only 1 suite left from 1,000sq ft. Serviced office available at 150 sq ft.

To Let. Refurbished self contained office with substatial parking. Located next to Silk Road , which forms the main town centre bypass. Sizes from 1,765 sq ft – 3,663 sq ft. Rent £12 per sq ft.

For Sale . Modern Industrial Unit with parking on established Industrial Estate. Extends to 2,935 sq ft. Sale Price £199,950.

TEN WEST STREET, ALDERLEY EDGE

VICTORIA HOUSE, MICKLEHURST ROAD , MOSSLEY

69A LONDON ROAD, ALDERLEY EDGE

OAK HOUSE, MARKET PLACE, MACCLESFIELD

FOR SALE . Fully Let residential Investment with builders yard providing potential for further development. In the attractive Pennine town of Mossley , situated 3 miles east of Ashton-Under-Lyne . Rental Income £23,640 p.a. Sale Price £300,000

TO LET. Ground floor retail unit in the centre of the affluent village of Alderley Edge . Extends to 494 sq ft. Rental £16,000 p.a.

TO LET. Modern, newly refurbished offices in the centre of Macclesfield Town Centre. From 1,173 sq ft – 2,395 sq ft. Rental £10 per sq ft (Up to 1 year rent free)

For Sale /To Let – Modern Industrial Unit on established business park location. Fantastic transport links. Extends 4,000 sq ft. Rent £22,500 Sale Price £395,000.

TO LET. Top floor modern office with parking in the centre of Alderley Edge. Train station a short walk away, extends to 2,141 sq ft. Rent £27,800 p.a.

MACCLESFIELD OFFICE Hallams Commercial, Victory House, Churchill Way, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 6AY

Tel: 01625 262222

TO LET, DOUBLE FRONTED RETAIL UNIT, 1,248 SQ FT, £20,000 P.A.

CITY CENTRE OFFICE Hallams Commercial, 346 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LY www.hallams.com info@hallams.com

Tel: 0161 833 4944

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Wilmslow Preparatory School...

HISTORIC SCHOOL with a big reputation

Wilmslow Preparatory School for Girls

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ere come the girls …. and girl power is certainly proving a force to be reckoned with at one top performing

school. For the last 100 years, Wilmslow Preparatory School has been committed to providing the best all-round education for girls. And the school, which has only had seven head teachers in its illustrious history, is marking its centenary academic year in style. A series of events, including six sets of reunions for past pupils and staff, have been taking place. And parents and staff will dance the night away at a centenary ball at Tatton Park this month as well as attending a commemorative assembly. The school, for girls aged two-and-a-half

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By Deborah Bowyer Pictures: Andrew Pickford to 11 years old, began life on 23rd September 1909. Miss Mead and Miss Barber set up a private school in Grove Street to provide pupils with guidance and warmth as well as nurturing high academic abilities. And 100 years on, the school is still providing those same top academic standards coupled with care and warmth as it did all those years ago. Head Teacher Paul Reynolds joined the school in September, taking over from the previous head, Hilary Shaw, who retired after 34 years with the school, the last seven

Head Teacher Paul Reynolds

as head. Mr Reynolds, who was previously head of a day boarding school in Cumbria, said: “We are committed to providing the best allround education in a happy, caring and stimulating environment. “We pride ourselves on bringing out the best in every one of our pupils. We are a happy, family-orientated school where girls are nurtured as an individual. “Small class sizes and a wide-ranging programme of academic and personal


Maisie

Maui, Millie and teacher Mrs Helen Rigby

Jessica and Maisie

Miranda, Lili, Lydia

development ensure that pupils develop a broad range of skills and interests, achieving academic results well beyond national expectations.” The school, which has 138 pupils on its roll, prides itself on its family ethos, providing a caring environment in which for girls to develop and learn. “We have a very committed and caring parents’ committee supporting the school in our work and the future of their children,” said Mr Reynolds. “We provide an all-round education, coupling academic achievement with achievement in music and sport.” Since joining the school, Mr Reynolds has doubled the fixture list and introduced a number of clubs and activities. Girls took part in the school’s first ever cricket fixture last month at Alderley Edge School for Girls. Yoga classes not to mention fencing, athletics, gymnastics and

Form 1 and teacher Mrs Penny Quinlan

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Wilmslow Preparatory School for Girls…

Above and below the school sports hall.

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netball are all on the extra curriculum agenda and a country dancing club looks set to join the long list of clubs run at the school. Olympic coach and former pupil, Sarah Attwell, went back to the school to lead a special gymnastics session for girls. Sarah, who coached at the Beijing Olympics, developed her love for the sport while at Wilmslow Preparatory School and was impressed by the school’s new sports hall. Swimming is also popular. Nicole Fahey and Katie Hughes represented the north of England in the Nationals at the Coventry Olympic Pool in November, coming away with two silver and three gold medals. Music is also proving popular with eight peripatetic teachers giving over 100 individual music lessons each week. The school’s Chamber Choir is made up of twelve girls from Forms 5 and 6 who take part in a variety of events including the Alderley Edge Festival. Last year, a total of 67 girls took part in the festival, ranging from solo instrumental classes, to choirs and singing with many gaining firsts, seconds or thirds. There are musical opportunities for the girls from Kindergarten to Form 6, both in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities. “We structure a girl’s education throughout their school career so that they fulfil their individual potential by the time they leave us at 11,” said Mr Reynolds. “We have several clearly defined aims including providing a broad, balanced and varied curriculum, ensuring our pupils develop lively, enquiring and creative minds and encouraging self-respect and respect for others. “Consistent attainment of these aims has helped us to build and maintain our status as a small school with a big reputation, with the majority of our pupils coming to us by way of personal recommendation. “We are continually building on this reputation and plan to go from strength to strength, building on this excellent first 100 years as we head into our second century.”


Jewel

Miranda

Some nursery children with teachers Mrs Alison Binding and Miss Sophie Speechley.

Children from the school’s early days.

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South Cheshire Beekeeping ...

BUSY BEEKEEPERS ... are a hive of activity

Pete Sutcliffe, chairman of South Cheshire”s Cheshire Beekeepers’ Association.

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ave you ever fancied a hobby that gives you a real buzz? Then look no further than beekeeping. They may provoke fear among some but honeybees have a unique place in our society. By turning nectar into honey honeybees have formed a special relationship with humans. Honey bees feed on nectar or gather pollen for their larvae and help plants to reproduce by carrying pollen from plant to plant. And they do humans a favour too by

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providing us with one of the sweetest most natural foods known to man – honey. It doesn’t just make delicious desserts but it can also be used in so many different recipes from parsnip and honey soup to honey-glazed sausages. The practice of keeping bees in hives dates back at least as far as the Egyptians. Bees are fascinating insects and bee keeping is an intriguing hobby as Pete Sutcliffe from Holmes Chapel explained. “The more you learn the more you realise there is to learn,” said Pete, chairman of the

South Cheshire branch of the Cheshire Beekeepers’ Association. The branch is one of four branches forming the Cheshire Beekeepers’ Association, an organisation founded in 1899. The association’s motto is “Apes curamus et nos curant” - we look after bees and they look after us. The South Cheshire branch meets monthly at 7.30pm on the first Thursday of the month at Bradwall Village Hall in Bradwall near Sandbach. Meetings cover various topics from


An apiary meeting of the South Cheshire branch.

cooking with honey to beeswax and wax products as well as apiary meetings when members are asked to bring veils. Pete has three hives in his garden and has been keeping bees for around 25 years, a hobby which began in his childhood. “My father kept bees so as I child I was used to them and developed an interest from there. “Stinging is their defence mechanism and they go for sensitive areas around the eyes, nose and ears but this is only their way of protecting their hive.” Within a bee colony there is one queen bee, thousands of workers and several hundred drones. The Queen is the mother of the bees and lays the eggs. The `workers’ are under developed females that do all the work and possess the sting. The drones or males who mate with the virgin Queens to produce new colonies have no sting. An apiary is a collection of beehives. Honeybees are the vegetarians of the insect world, collecting nectar (carbohydrate or energy) which is converted into honey and pollen (protein). The intricacies of the bee world are many and varied and says Pete you never stop learning.

One of Pete’s jars of honey.

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South Cheshire Beekeeping ...

“There’s something very special about honeybees. They are truly amazing creatures. “Warmth and sunshine makes plants produce nectar. When it is hot the route to a beehive is a bit like an aerial motorway,” said Pete, “Hence the saying making a beeline.” “The waggle dance tells the other bees the direction and the distance to the source of food.” And although new members to the four branches of the Cheshire Beekeepers’ Association are always welcome, honey fans can also become “armchair beekeepers”. The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) has announced its response to the widespread public concern over the country’s disappearing honey bees, by launching Adopt a Beehive. Backed by Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc, the new campaign is aimed at the many thousands of people who are concerned over the appalling loss of honey bees, but who are unable to have a hive themselves. To Adopt a Beehive for a year costs £29.50 and each person will receive a welcome pack including a jar of British honey or a jar of honey mustard, a fridge magnet, a wooden honey dipper, postcards, facts sheet and certificate. To sign up for Adopt a Beehive visit www.adoptabeehive.co.uk and meet the colony of 14 beekeepers whose progress can be followed online. * Further details about the South Cheshire branch can be found at www.cheshire-bka.co.uk

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The best just got better Welcome to the new look Lawton Manor Thanks to a £1.5 million investment, South Cheshire’s premier care home just got even better

Second to none We have a number of new rooms available, all featuring the highest possible standards of luxury and the latest technology, including full en-suite with shower, electric profiling beds, flat screen TV and extensive views of the countryside or garden. The extension will also provide a host of additional facilities, including: • A dedicated library • Picture House • Games and Wii room • Latest hydrotherapy baths • Beautiful gardens

et in two acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, Lawton Manor, like all Majesticare’s care homes, has always offered the best possible quality of life (receiving the highest possible 3 star rating), but now with the completion of our Garden Rooms extension, we can offer our residents, their friends and families even more.

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At Majesticare, we believe that life should be inspiring, fulfilling and entertaining. Our luxury care homes provide a warm, friendly environment where residents will lead a fulfilling life. Lawton Manor provides you with beautiful settings, modern facilities and varied activities, creating a real feeling of community. There is no better way to get a feel for Lawton Manor and the Majesticare way of life, than to come for a visit. Just come along at a time convenient to you, one of our friendly team will be on hand to answer any questions.

If you have any questions about Lawton Manor and the Majesticare way of life, please call Home Manager, Sharon Smith on:

T: 01270 844200 F: 01270 882725 A: Lawton Manor, Church Lane, Church Lawton, Stoke on Trent, ST7 3DD

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South Park, Macclesfield ...

PARK THAT’S SET to score highly this summer

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orld cup fever might be gripping the nation but there’s no need for football fans to feel they are losing out on exercise. For going for a walk in the park has taken on a whole new meaning at one Cheshire park. South Park off Park Lane Macclesfield which first opened in 1922 has had a massive re-vamp. Cheshire East Council has invested nearly £300,000 over the last 18 months to revitalise the park The 44 acre park has plenty of wide open spaces and paths to take a stroll or go for a gentle jog. The park is also home to a bandstand not to mention a host of sports facilities but there’s also something new too for art lovers. Parks and open spaces are great places to break free and explore the outdoors and South Park has it all in abundance. A chainsaw artist has created a must-see focal point by creating a wooden sculpture of an owl. Other local artists have used felled wood 28 LOCAL LIFE

from the park’s trees to create climbing and sculptural features. And local children from Christ the King Catholic and C of E Primary School in Macclesfield have also been brightening up the play area. They have created large, colourful, mosaic slabs depicting wildlife animals which have been set into the ground. There is also a large Cheshire stone boulder seating area created underneath an old tree, as well as a natural trail for people to explore and a hammock for whiling away those sunny days. In the last 12 months, the park has enjoyed the addition of a BMX and skate park, a new café, a revamped pond installation and a family picnic area which are all proving to be a real hit and attracting new visitors. Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cheshire East’s Cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved there and hope that the community will get a great deal of pleasure out of using the park; whether it’s to get fit or to have a family day.” As well as implementing fresh landscape

ideas and imaginative artistic features, the play area has been overhauled with a £50k spend. The park is an ideal place to take children and grandchildren for a picnic during the school holidays. And there’s also another hidden gem for them and other football fans to see in the park. Umbro, who supply the England kit have used the wall of the pavilion in South Park as part of their `Tailored by ….’ Campaign. The park is now paying tribute to Macclesfield-born England striker, Peter Crouch. A red number nine, Crouch’s squad number, (pictured) is painted on a white background with the words `Tailored by Macclesfield’ – a fitting tribute for the town renowned for its textile links. An Umbro painting team went straight to work overnight as soon as the squad numbers were announced. The sports manufacturer has also given Cheshire East Council some money to involve young people in creating a mural to replace artwork when the World Cup has


finished. Cllr Knowles said: “World Cup fever is gripping the country at the moment and I hope for the next few weeks this will become a local landmark. “It’s a bright distinctive painting and one that I hope the people of Macclesfield will take to their hearts.” South Park also recently saw the launch of the Go4it programme - a one year project to give young people in Cheshire East the opportunity to take part in physical activity. * More information on activities available throughout the summer is available in the Get Active brochure in the leisure section at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk

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Spotlight on Sandbach...

VIBRANT MARKET TOWN with plenty to shout about

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ith its history dating back hundreds of years, Sandbach today is a vibrant market town with plenty to shout about.

A busy mix of independent retailers and some national shopping chains, numerous pubs and restaurants, top-performing schools, the town is a popular place to live. Just off junction 17 of the M6, Sandbach’s famous annual event, the Transport Festival, honours the town’s famous transport links. Within commuting distance of Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent by road, it also has a railway station and a canal. Years ago though it had another important

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transport link - it was the original home of both Foden and ERF lorries Neither company now exists in Sandbach but its annual Transport Festival plays host to this important connection. Sandbach is going places today though. The headquarters of the new unitary authority, Cheshire East Council, is at Westfields in Sandbach. And the supermarket chain Waitrose has a branch there not to mention retailers like Homebase and WH Smith. The centre is dominated by the ancient cobbles which house the famous Saxon Crosses. The Thursday market held on Scotch Common, so named after a Civil War


skirmish, makes the town centre a hive of activity. And a farmers’ market is now taking place on the second Saturday monthly featuring hand crafted and home grown or reared produce. Sandbach is fortunate to have an array of restaurants and pubs to choose from including The Glasshouse, Curshaws, Casa Vecchia and Flavour. There is also the Symphony restaurant and a variety of pubs serving food such as The Limes. And people living in the town are eagerly awaiting the opening of a new venue - the Old Hall. The landmark building has been bought by national pub chain Brunning and Price who are working on transforming the stunning former manor house. This Grade 1 listed building dates from 1656 and was the residence of the Lords of the Manor of Sandbach. It is a near perfect example of genuine Elizabethan architecture and is opposite

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Spotlight on Sandbach ...

Fridays at

Restaurant & Cafe Bar 3-4 Georges Walk Sandbach CW11 1AF

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Three Courses including Wine For only £15.00 each Fillet steak option available for £6.50 supplement (Two course option £11.95 including a glass of wine)

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Offer extended, now available until 7pm Saturdays

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the historic St Mary’s Church. And for avid cooks, the town also has plenty to tempt their tastebuds. Godfrey C Williams & Son on The Cobbles sells delicious produce and award-winning cheese. Park Lane Wine and Deli on Park Lane in Sandbach is also a real gem. There are influences from Turkey, Iran, Greece and Italy. Walk through the door and you’ll be met with a vast array of quality wines, beers and whisky and coffee and truly mouth-watering food.


New facilities at County Vets

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ounty Vets in Sandbach has recently undergone a total refurbishment. The practice which has been based at this site for over 60 years required modernisation to accommodate the growing number of patients and to offer more on site facilities. A large extension at the back of the Crewe Road surgery means that there are now 3 consulting rooms, full surgical and diagnostic suites, an inhouse laboratory and separate kennel wards for dogs and cats. The spacious air conditioned waiting room is more comfortable for owners and their pets and the practice boasts free on-site parking with disabled access. County Vets provides a full complement of services ranging from daily appointments with our vets and nurses, vaccinations, microchipping and surgical and dental treatments. Preventative care is the best way of keeping our pets in tip top condition! Owners of dogs, cats and rabbits are welcome to join the loyalty scheme and become a member of the County Vets Healthy Pet Club. The scheme is designed to cover your pet for vaccinations, worming and flea prevention and spreads the cost into small monthly payments rather than one large bill. This makes the cost of owning and caring for a pet more affordable. County Vets are dedicated to first class companion animal care and are fully accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). “Our caring and dedicated team of vets, nurses, receptionists and support staff are here to welcome you. We aim to provide the highest level of veterinary care and our new facilities reflect our aim to offer a

first class service to all our owners and their pets” said Clinical Director Lisa Brewster. County Vets can be found at 30 Crewe Road, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 4NE. Tel: 01270 767455. Opening hours Monday-Friday 8am-6.30pm, Saturdays 8.30-12.00pm

From back left... Kate Blakemore (Head Veterinary Nurse), Heather Price (Receptionist), Elspeth Riley (Veterinary surgeon) From front left... Alice Frederick (Veterinary Surgeon), Claire Roberts (Veterinary Nurse) Our other Staff members are... Julie Mckay (Veterinary Surgeon), Barbara Wilson (Receptionist), Allison Appleton (Receptionist), Jackie Wright (Housekeeping).

Kennel Cough Vaccinations

£10 when given at the same time as your pet’s annual booster vaccination during July

Facilities

Our Services

County Vets Sandbach is a modern, fully refurbished veterinary practice offering:

We offer a comprehensive service for dogs, cats, rabbits and other companion pets

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• Daily appointments with our vets and nurses • Vaccinations • Microchipping • Surgical procedures • Radiography • Laboratory tests • Free health checks for puppies and kittens • 4 weeks free insurance *

Full surgical suite Diagnostic imaging Separate dog and cat wards In-house pharmacy In-house laboratory Spacious waiting area Air conditioning Disabled access Free client parking

Annual Booster Vaccination

£15 during July, August and September 2010

*terms and conditions apply Based in the heart of the village, our caring and dedicated team are here to welcome you and provide the highest level of care for your beloved pets. Add to that our fantastic new facilities and we will fulfil your expectations of a first class veterinary practice.

County Vets Sandbach 30 Crewe Road, Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 4NE

01270 767455 In house vets: Julie McKay, Elspeth Riley and Alice Frederick Open Monday to Friday 8am-6.30pm and Saturday 9am-12pm

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(Under the new ownership of Pat Wain)

SUMMER RANGES BY: Michael H Gold : Sommerman Personal Choice : Finn-Karelia Chianti : Brendella Richard Stump : Faber Tanya : Enreco Doris Streich : Menk Collage : Loft David Barry : Tulchan Frank Lyman : Grazia New opening times: 9.30 - 4.30 Monday-Saturday 142 Park Lane, Macclesfield

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Jean Gallimore, Macclesfield

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BROADBENTS Stockton Heath

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Marton …

MARVELLOUS MARTON a gem of a village

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arton, a couple of miles up the A34 from Congleton, is a hidden gem when it comes to traditional

villages. The tiny hamlet, with a population upwards of 300 people, has plenty to write home about.

St James’ and St Paul’s Church was founded in 1343 and is a half-timbered church. There is plenty in Marton to do and see, including a golf course, a farm shop and the village pub – The Davenport Arms, something of a hub for the village.

It hosts events such as the world-beating Gooseberry Show, church auctions and local meetings. There are usually eight Gooseberry shows held throughout mid-Cheshire every year with Marton’s taking place on August 7th at the Davenport Arms followed by a band concert

Marton Heath Trout Pools & Marton Heath Coarse Pool Three fully stocked lakes Open every day from 8am

Also Wildlife photography and bird watching Six hides offering outstanding opportunities to watch and photograph some 30 species of farm and woodland birds.

Located in picturesque rural North East Cheshire School Lane (off A34) Marton, Nr Macclesfield, Cheshire

01260 224231 Email: fishing@martonheath.co.uk

JW Rigby Car & Commercial

THE COURSE Marton Meadows Golf Course

Proprietor: AG Darbyshire New House Farm, Marton, Macclesfield SK11 9HF (on the A34 opposite the Davenport Arms) OPEN ever day 7am - dusk

Tel: Office 01260 224330

is a nine hole pay and play course, suitable for players of all ages and abilities from beginners to seasoned pros. The perfect setting for a challenging and enjoyable round of golf in attractive and amenable surroundings. It offers a whole host of features including artificial tees and a highly advanced computerised irrigation system, making it playable all year round.

Professional Golf Lessons & Coaching with Timothy Proudman Contact 07785 534347

Please call 01260 224269 for bookings and enquiries www.thedavenportarms.co.uk

Marton Macclesfield SK11 9HH

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Ron, Sara and the Team welcome you to the Davenport Arms A classic country pub serving Real Ales & Fine Wines with a menu created using only fresh ingredients Included in The AA best Pubs in britain guide 2009 and also CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2009 Congleton Road (A34), Marton, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9HF


in the evening. The following day, Sunday August 8th, there will be an auction of produce This month sees Marton Wakes taking place, a family event which involves the whole community. The Wakes takes place on Saturday 24th July on Marton & District Church of England Aided Primary School’s field. The event will be opened at 1.30pm by the Revd Canon Paul Moulton with guest of honour Mrs Deakin, the school’s Head Teacher. And the following day on Sunday 25th July at 6.30pm, the Rose Queen service takes place in Marton church The Davenport Arms was once part of the Capesthorne Estate and its origins as a pub stem from its original use as a farmhouse. The name Davenport comes from the names of game wardens on the King’s hunting reserves. What truly defines a village are three things – a church, a pub and a

local school and Marton has all three. Marton & District Church of England Aided Primary School in School Lane serves seven parishes, each of which had primary schools that were amalgamated in 1969. But Marton also has another hidden gem - its ancient oak tree. Reputed to be a Sessile Oak, grown in Britain since the beginning of recorded time, the tree is thought to be one of the oldest in England Capesthorne Hall, the distinctive Jacobean style house, Georgian chapel, gardens and lakes set in around 100 acres, is a popular attraction along with the stunning Gawsworth Hall. With so much to offer, Marton is certainly a place to visit and spend a little time in the village and the surroundings. Take a trip out and go and explore all the hidden things which Marton has to offer.

A perfect setting for your wedding

Sandhole Farm, A34 Manchester Road, Hulme Walfield, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 2JH For further details call 01260 224419 or email veronica@sandholefarm.co.uk

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Antiques …

WE HAVE MOVED!! Visit our new showroom at Unit 1 Thomas Street, Congleton CW12 1QU

Pianos - Pianos - Pianos Learn to play the piano this year and have fun, we have Upgrade your old piano for a top quality reconditioned model

Fantastic Value Pianos from £245 Small Modern Uprights from £545 Delivery and 12 month Guarantee included on all Pianos Open Saturday 9.00am till 6.00pm Other times by appointment Call for details

Richard Parker (Pianos) Tel: 01260 297859 or Mob: 07831 620692 40 LOCAL LIFE

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Geoff Hurst’s spare shirt for the 1966 World Cup final

ON TARGET FOR NOSTALGIA

Jane Grant has been dealing in antiques for many years, the last nine from Tarporley Antiques Centre. As a child she visited her grandparents in London at the weekends and she’s convinced it was the Saturday afternoons spent keenly exploring the stalls of the famous Portobello market that inspired an early interest in antiques.

George Best in the 1960s

Now that World Cup fever is here again and England flags can be seen just about everywhere, it might be a good moment to look at football memorabilia. Are the many products of the 2010 World Cup the valuable collectables of tomorrow? Football fans have always collected memories of their clubs – a creased programme, a much-loved rattle, an old scarf that for years kept out the winter winds that swept through the stands. They might well have been prepared to pay a few pounds for a much desired item. But as the beautiful game became big business and a national obsession, memorabilia became increasingly varied, sought-after and expensive. Memorabilia relating to major clubs, players or famous games can change hands for huge sums, but there’s still a wealth of affordable material around, both for the fan and the investor. The success of ‘collectables’ of all kinds is one of the major trends in the market in recent decades. Unlike antiques, which are generally valued for their age, fine materials, design or craftsmanship, collectables are frequently (but not exclusively) mass produced items made of inexpensive materials, and often of rudimentary design. The range is astonishing – almost anything from Dinky cars, comics and souvenir pottery to Bakelite radios, Barbie dolls, autographs and buttons. It’s a market driven by nostalgia. Sporting items have long been valued, especially those relating to horse racing, boxing and (later) golf. And also, of course, football, the working man’s sport, which has become so popular that now almost anything will count as memorabilia – programmes, badges, jerseys, boots and caps, trophies and shields, commemorative ceramics, photographs, books, autographs, signed footballs, cartoons and caricatures, postcards, cigarette cards, pens, pennants, postage stamps, watches and fobs, even records by players to commemorate a World Cup attempt …. Values depend on a number of things: * the importance of the club, player or event * the rarity of the item * condition * authenticity (several recent cases of large-

scale forgery have revealed how serious a problems authenticity is in this area, so always check that an item is genuine, and if you can’t, ask an expert.) But as with all collectables, fashions change. A player (or manager) who is a celebrity this year, worth millions, may be almost completely forgotten in five years. The perennials – the Pelés, Charltons, Matt Busbys, George Bests – are rare. Genuine fans, animated by a love for the game, may be happy to pay whatever it takes to secure an item. Those with an eye to investment will need to use their heads as well as their hearts. And as for whether the current crop of souvenirs will be in the dustbin or a display cabinet – that depends very largely on how well England do! At a recent auction of football memorabilia at Bonhams in Chester, Geoff Hurst’s spare shirt for the 1966 World Cup final (illustrated here) had an upper estimate of £8,000. If you want the one he actually wore, it’s on sale in Harrod’s at the moment with a price tag of £2 million! Now, where did I put that Accrington Stanley programme … ? Jane Grant, Tarporley Antiques, 01829 733919 Images courtesy of Bonham’s LOCAL LIFE 41


Home Interiors & Gardens …

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PIAMONTE COLLECTION Local stockists: Brookfarm Fabrics Congleton CW12 4RR Bubblitex Siddington SK11 9JN Designs On The Edge Alderley Edge SK9 7EG

Djp Products Sale M33 6LJ Edward Gee (Décor) Altrincham WA15 9EZ Jantex Congleton CW12 1JD

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Little Greene Colour Scales ® BATHROOM Paint: Main wall: Rolling Fog Dark ULTIMATT™ Emulsion Bath: Rolling Fog ULTIMATT™ Emulsion Acrylic Eggshell, Oil Eggshell Panelling: Rolling Fog Pale ULTIMATT™ Emulsion, Acrylic Eggshell, Oil Eggshell HALLWAY Wallpaper: Marlborough – Crystal Paint: Facing wall: Bone China Blue, Acrylic Matt Emulsion, ULTIMATT™ Emulsion Left Side wall: Bone China Blue Mid, Acrylic Matt Emulsion, ULTIMATT™ Emulsion Stair edges and back above stairs wall: Bone China Blue Deep, Acrylic Matt Emulsion, ULTIMATT™ Emulsion Inside of arch:  Bone China Blue Pale, Acrylic Matt Emulsion, ULTIMATT™ Emulsion Woodwork in back hall: Bone China Blue Pale, Acrylic Eggshell, Oil Eggshell Console table: Shirting, Acrylic Eggshell, Oil Eggshell BEDROOM Wallpaper: Bedford Square ECRU Paint: Main wall: Portland Stone Pale Acrylic Matt Emulsion Side table and fireplace: Portland Stone Dark Acrylic Eggshell Oil Eggshell Peg rail: Portland Stone Deep Acrylic Eggshell Oil Eggshell KITCHEN Paint: Main wall: Pearl Colour Dark ULTIMATT™ Emulsion Window seat and back door and kitchen unit: Pearl Colour Acrylic Eggshell Oil Eggshell Table and bench: Pearl Colour Pale Acrylic Eggshell Oil Eggshell LIVING ROOM Paint: Main wall: French Grey Dark Acrylic Matt Emulsion ULTIMATT™ Emulsion Panelling: French Grey ULTIMATT™ Emulsion Acrylic Eggshell Oil Eggshell Fireplace: French Grey Pale Acrylic Eggshell Oil Eggshell For your local stockists telephone 0845 880 5855 or visit: www.thelittlegreene.com

The Wallpaper & Paint Specialists Established over 40 years Chapel Interiors is one of Cheshire’s leading wallpaper & paint specilists.

Our team can provide a colour matching service second to none. Coordinating fabrics, blinds & decorative mouldings also our speciality. Cheshire’s largest stockist of Little Greene paints. Delivery service available. Chapel Interiors

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Home Interiors & Gardens … FLOWER SCISSORS Sweet little flower scissors which are much admired in the shop. These are very sharp (so are perhaps not suitable for children) and measure around 11 cm long.  Price:   £3.00 including VAT Cast iron

CHUTNEY LABELS Give homemade chutneys the finishing touch with these stylish jar labels. Contains 48 chutney jar labels.  Price:   £4.00 including VAT

WILLOW FRUIT PICKER A practical but stylish solution to ease your apple harvest - and a great gift for anyone who loves their orchard! Made in willow to a traditional design.Overall height 90cm approx.  Price:   £9.50 including VAT

PARISH NOTICE BOARD WITH SLOTS 870 mm wide X 680 mm high The background colour is white and then the board can be painted in any Farrow & Ball colour of your choice. Please contact the shop for a free Farrow & Ball colour card and specify your colour when ordering. This piece is subject to availability, usually delivered within 2-3 weeks. All items are `made to order` and therefore does not attract a Returns Policy. (This does not affect your Statutory Rights) Price:   £140.00 including VAT

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In the garden

July

Turning up the heat in your garden

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Annie Martin from Woodford Park Garden Centre offers some topical tips ...

ot summer weather may lead us to wonder which plants are suitable for that scorching spot in our garden. As there are few weeks in the year when Mediterranean-style gardens jump to the fore amidst a British climate, now is perhaps the perfect time to investigate further and invest wisely in our ‘hot’ plants. If your spot is surrounded by hard paving remember that it will generate more heat than an equivalent area of grass. Your ground needs to be free draining to support these particular kinds of plants, so do address any drainage issues by incorporating blended farmyard manure to breakdown the soil’s composition. This is really a gardening activity for the autumn or spring, so that it has time to take effect before you start to plant, however adding gravel to your earth at any time of the gardening season will certainly help.

On searching out plants that are drought tolerant, you need to look for those with hairy, fluffy, glossy or fleshy foliage. These plants often have a silvery or glaucous hue because of the prominence of surface hairs. Convolvulus cneorum with is bold white flowers, Woolly Thyme so soft to the touch, dazzling stripy Phormium, the robust Sedum and Cistus x argenteus ‘The Sun Rose’ all have their place here. Some plants have long tap roots and source their water from the lower moist level of earth. Sea Holly (Eryngium maritimum) is a native plant with a Mediterranean demeanour and as its name suggests, it is a coastal plant that will fare well in an exposed and sunny site. Succulents such as Echeveria are very exotic but require shelter over winter otherwise they turn to mush. These can be placed in pots, displayed within your border throughout the summer and removed to shelter when the autumn temperatures dip. For low maintenance, let’s face it when it is really hot you’ll want to sit back and admire rather than toil away under the sun, lay a weed suppressing porous membrane on the surface. Ensure that sharp stones are removed beforehand, so that the membrane isn’t punctured. You can design your border by locating the plants on the top and moving them around until you are happy. Remember that nuisance weeds compete for space; in this way, you choose which plants will dominate your border! Cut a cross in the membrane where each plant is located and peel it back. Pop the plants in, ensuring that the roots are ‘teased out’, that the planting hole is plentiful and that the plant is fully hydrated and then the membrane can be neatly peeled back thereafter. Cover the surface with smooth pebbles. This will help retain moisture in the ground below and will also be entirely in keeping with a Mediterranean style. Pebbles also give protection to the foliage of ground covering plants from the winter wet in the ground. All drought tolerant plants require regular water whilst the roots settle in; thereafter you have your hot-spot sorted. LOCAL LIFE 47


Majesticare - Celebrate Investors in People accreditation success Majesticare are proud to announce that they have been accredited with the Investor in People award.

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ne hundred and fifty guests including staff, residents, family, friends and local community, gathered at Lawton Manor Care Home on Sunday 23rd May 2010 to celebrate the Investors in People re accreditation. The accreditation covers all areas of Majesticare’s seventeen homes including Lawton Manor in Church Lawton and Lawton Rise in Goldenhill. Erica Hart, Managing Director of Majesticare said: “Our ability to provide a high standard of quality care to our residents is built on the skills of our employees, who are our greatest asset. This award provides clear and independent evidence that the company are committed to attracting, supporting, recognising, developing and engaging with our staff.” The Worshipful Mayor of the Borough of Cheshire East Councillor Gordon Baxendale was invited to the prestigious event to present the Investors in People Awards. There were also ten members of staff including the home manager Sharon Smith who were presented with employee long service awards by Dr. Raj Pratap. Following the awards a service of thanks and dedication was conducted by the Rt Reverend William Pwaisiho OBE and Reverend Graham Joyce of All Saints Church. Investor in People helps organisations to develop their employees, improve performance and realise objectives through the effective management. As a national standard for good business practice in the UK, it also provides external recognition to demonstrate how people focused a business is which in return attracts and retains employees. If you have any questions about Lawton Manor please call our Home Manager, Sharon Smith on 01270 844200 or visit our website www.majesticare.co.uk.

Sharon Smith (Home Manager) and The Worshipful Mayor of the Borough of Cheshire East Councillor Gordon Baxendale.

Erica Hart (Managing Director), Rev Graham Joyce, The Worshipful Mayor of the Borough of Cheshire East Councillor Gordon Baxendale, Dr Raj. Pratap, Roger Pratap, Rt Reverend William Pwaisiho OBE and Mayoress of Cheshire East.

Store owners win regional award

Peter Luty, centre manager at the Grosvenor Centre, (middle) congratulates Paul and Liz Stuart on coming top of the region.

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Hallmark Cards in the Grosvenor centre in Macclesfield has won the regional prize in the Hallmark Shop of the Year awards. There are only four regions covering the UK and Ireland, and the winning store in Macclesfield has come top of all the stores in the central region of England. The store is only in its third year in business, so owners Liz and Paul Stuart are delighted with the success. Paul said: “We are delighted at coming top of the region, and we’ve won a trophy, certificates and £500 holiday vouchers too! It’s great to have our hard work and efforts rewarded. We’re particularly proud to win the award in Hallmark’s 100th birthday year!” Peter Luty is centre manager at the Grosvenor Centre, and said, “Our Hallmark store is a real credit to the centre, and Paul and Liz have done fantastically well to win top Hallmark store in the whole central region. They have a great range and offer an excellent service, and are one of our busiest shops!”


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The National Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity From allotments to stately homes! July sees Cheshire gardens at their very best – but not necessarily the biggest. In Newton, near Chester, Kingsway allotments has 32 plots which vary in style, content and eccentricity. Vegetables, flowers, herbs and chickens all flourish. At the other end of the spectrum, there’s Little Moreton Hall, just a short drive from Congleton. This boasts the finest example of timber-framed architecture in England together with herb and historic vegetable gardens, orchard and borders. There are 20 more gardens to visit throughout July.  The Old Hough & NEW The Barn at The Old Hough, Warmingham, Cheshire & Wirral   Return of a well-loved garden: uncommon trees growing ever more distinctive, walls more or less covered in climbers, borders bursting at the seams, water endlessly flowing in the rill and attracting wildlife in the big pond; in July the fabulous tropaeolum. Unusual, slightly off-beat, an oasis of calm Open: Evening Opening with wine, 1 July (5.30-9). Well House, Wilmslow, Cheshire & Wirral   Landscaped in 2002/3 and hidden from view by mature shelter planting, this 3 acre plot offers woodland with spring bulbs and hellebores, formal and informal gardens, bog area and wild flower meadow Open: Sat 3, Sun 4 July (1-5.30). 68 Cranborne Avenue, Warrington, Cheshire & Wirral   An urban oasis that’s tucked away where a peaceful air always holds sway. Glass and water enhance your stay with wonderful artefacts along the way. The planting’s lush in order to convey a secret place just through the gateway. Open: Sat 3, Sun 4 July (11-6). Holmecroft, Adlington, Cheshire & Wirral   The garden is cottage style with mature shrubs, trees and perennial borders. 4 sections incl pond garden, small courtyard, vegetable garden and front garden, approx ½ acre. The gardens are on multiple levels. Open: Sat 3, Sun 4 July (12-5). 1 Frandley Cottages, Antrobus, Cheshire & Wirral   An organic and wildlife friendly, informal ½-acre cottage garden with herbaceous, mixed planting, climbers and mature trees. Features incl large wildlife pond with jetty, wildlife meadow, kitchen garden, orchard, hens and butterfly rearing cage. Well stocked and varied planting ensures something for everyone – white border, hot bed, spring border, bog garden, Japanese area and prairie planting Open: Sat 3, Sun 4 July (12-5). Alma Villa, Shavington, Crewe, Cheshire & Wirral   Country garden, constantly evolving treasure trove of beautiful mixed herbaceous plants and containers. Something of interest round every corner from yucca, grasses, roses to clematis, alpine bed, water features, bog garden, clipped box and magnificent lavender hedge. Designed to provide interest all-yr round. New water feature and summerhouse for 2010 Open: Sun 4 July (11.30-4.30) Yew Tree House, Hankelow, Cheshire & Wirral   1/3 acre plantsman’s garden. Stunning herbaceous borders packed with unusual plants. New borders for 2010. Many bees and butterflies. Beautiful countryside views. National Collection of Helenium (late July August). Large collection of day lily (best June July). Attached nursery selling plants grown in the garden. Open: Sats, Suns 3, 4, 10, 11 July  (12-5). Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire & Wirral  

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One of Britain’s finest gardens, Arley has been lovingly created by the same family over 250yrs and is famous for its yew buttressed herbaceous border, avenue of ilex columns, walled garden, pleached lime avenue and Victorian Rootree. A garden of great atmosphere, interest and vitality throughout the seasons. Specialist nursery adjacent Open: Wed 7 July (11-5). 73 Hill Top Avenue, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire & Wirral   1/6-acre plantswoman’s garden. Well stocked with a wide range of sun-loving herbaceous plants, shrub and climbing roses, many clematis varieties, pond and damp area, shade-loving woodland plants and small unusual trees, in an originally designed, long narrow garden Open:  Thur 8 July (6-8.30). Brooke Cottage, Handforth, Cheshire & Wirral   Small secluded plant-filled garden separated into 3 areas. Woodland garden redesigned in 2008. New circular patio and unique water feature amongst tree ferns, hellebores, astrantias, hydrangeas, foxgloves and other shade-loving plants, incl 18 varieties of fern. Main patio features lush, large leaved plants banana, cannas, ligularias, bamboo, dahlias, hemerocallis and small pond. Long mixed border and island beds planted in naturalistic style with grasses and late flowering perennials Open: Sat 10, Sun 11 July (12-5) Higher Dam Head Farm, Mobberley, Cheshire & Wirral   2-acre garden of herbaceous borders, pergola, natural pond, fruit orchard, box courtyard and organic walled vegetable garden with glasshouse growing stoned fruit Open: Sat 10, Sun 11 July (1-5). Mayfield, Lymm, Cheshire & Wirral   Constantly evolving plantswoman’s garden, approx 1/3 acre. Dry shade area set under mature trees. Colourful mixed borders containing herbaceous perennials and shrubs with a wonderful display of tulips in Apr/May. Front garden has large number of grasses, and vibrant perennial border. Interesting structures and features throughout Open:  Evening Opening £5, wine & refreshments, Sat 10 July (7.30-10). Edith Terrace Gardens, Compstall, nr Marple, Cheshire & Wirral   Series of gardens in mixed style from cottage to formal, situated to front and rear of Victorian terrace; described by BBC ‘Gardeners’ World’ magazine as ‘a colourful and beautiful living space’. Mixed herbaceous perennials, ornamental backyards and back alleyway. In lakeside setting in the conserved mill village of Compstall, adjacent to Etherow Country Park Open: Sun 11 July (1-5). Parm Place, Great Budworth, Cheshire & Wirral   Well-stocked ½-acre plantswoman’s garden with stunning views towards South Cheshire. Immaculate curving lawns, shrubs, colour co-ordinated herbaceous borders, roses, water features, rockery, gravel bed with grasses. Fruit and vegetable plots. In spring large collection of bulbs and flowers, camellias, hellebores and blossom. A treat in store Open:  11 July (1-5). Kingsway Allotments, Newton, Cheshire & Wirral   Kingsway allotments has 32 plots which vary in style, content and eccentricity. Vegetables, flowers, herbs and chickens all flourish. Produce should be plentiful on opening day, and plot holders will be on site for a chat. School children from Newton Primary School share one plot which also has a large communal polytunnel and pond-drain Open: Sun 11 July (2-5.30). Greenways, Alderley Edge, Cheshire & Wirral   A garden for plant enthusiasts. Set in 1½ acres the garden displays a diversity of planting styles, from formal to spontaneous in a range of growing conditions. A personal collection of unusual and

familiar shrubs and perennials with emphasis on bold form and texture. There are unfenced pools Open: Sat 17, Sun 18 July (2-5). Little Moreton Hall, Congleton, Cheshire & Wirral   1½-acre garden surrounded by a moat, next to finest example of timber-framed architecture in England. Herb and historic vegetable garden, orchard and borders. Knot garden. Admission includes entry to the Hall with optional free guided tours. Wheelchairs available. Picnic lawn at front of hall Open: Sat 17 July (11-5). The Rowans, Threapwood, Cheshire & Wirral   Approx 1-acre, this garden has been designed with an Italian theme, divided into numerous areas both formal and natural, in which to sit and enjoy the views and statuary. Features many mature trees, several ponds, herbaceous and mixed borders, vegetable plots, greenhouse and secret hidden garden Open: Sat 17, Sun 18 July (2-5.30). Visitors also welcome by appointment June/July for groups 10+ Inglewood, Heswall, Cheshire & Wirral   ½-maturing garden in a secluded setting. Extensive water gardens incl planted stream, large koi pond, ‘beach’ area with a variety of succulents, wildlife pond and bog area with mature arum lilies and astilbes. Secret herbaceous garden, curving lawns, slate beds and woodland area. Planting also incl an interesting variety of spring and summer bulbs, acers, conifers, rhododendrons, shrubs and ferns. Interesting features incl hand cart brimming with begonias and fuchsias, antiques incl an old mangle. Many tranquil places to enjoy cream teas Open: Sun 18 July (1-5). Wood End Cottage, Whitegate, Cheshire & Wirral   Plantsman’s ½ acre country garden in attractive setting, gently sloping to a fast-flowing natural stream bordered by shade and moisture-loving plants. Background of mature trees. Impressive, well stocked herbaceous border backed by trellis supporting many climbing roses and clematis, featuring delphiniums, over 30 varieties of phlox (18 July) and many choice perennials. Red border, shrubs and vegetable garden Open: Sun 18 July (2-5). 2 Foxfield Road, Meols, Cheshire & Wirral   Small vibrant cottage garden cram-packed with a large variety of plants including colourful herbaceous perennials, ferns, climbers, roses and anything else that will fit in. Surrounded by mature trees, hydrangeas and rhododendrons. The garden has been lovingly transformed over 3 years by a young plantaholic from a large lawn with small borders to an ever decreasing lawn with rapidly expanding borders. Enjoyed by a large variety of wildlife including squirrels, birds, bees and hedgehogs Open: Evening Opening wine, Fri 23 July (5-9). 21 Scafell Close, Stockport, Cheshire & Wirral   1/3-acre landscaped suburban garden. Colour themed annuals border featuring Kinder Ram and passing into vegetables, soft fruits and fruit trees. Returning perennial pathway leads to the fishpond and secret terraced garden with water feature and patio planting. Finally visit the blue front garden Open: Sat 31 July (2-5). Full details of these gardens are to be found in the “NGS Cheshire & Wirral Gardens” brochure and via the “Garden Finder” section of the NGS website: www.ngs.org.uk

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Out & About ...

Arty goings on in Wilmslow Art lovers have a chance to see behind the scenes when contemporary artist Jo Deas throws open the doors at her designer home in Wilmslow. In collaboration with The White Gallery in Bollington, Jo is exhibiting her own paintings alongside work by other local artists Amanda Wigglesworth, Jenny Hirst, Sabine Kussmaul and Fiona Charis Carswell. ”We thought it would be a great opportunity to invite people to come and have a look at contemporary art exhibited in a home environment,” said Jo, who began life in illustration and design but returned to painting once her three children had started school. Her home has featured in a number of interior magazines and is ideal for exhibitions. “Sometimes visiting large galleries can be a little bit daunting,” said Jo. “The art is beautifully displayed but it’s difficult

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Get out and about in July Summer is here so get out and enjoy the array of events taking place during the area this month. In Middlewich, there’s a chance to see “The Last Night of the Proms” – a concert by the Middlewich Concert Orchestra. Conductor: David Thomas, leader, Tessa Newton and guest singer Melanie Levy will lead popular tunes with a Last-Night-of-the-Proms feel, including the “Sea Shanties” and “Jerusalem” on Saturday, 10th July. Congleton Carnival and fun day takes place on the same day - July 10th and this year it promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The Carnival 2010 Fun day is set to be packed with food stalls, charity stalls, craft stalls and lots of fun activities for children and adults. The carnival parade starts at 12.30 pm from Bromley Road in the town and winds its way along Lawton Street, High Street, Bridge Street and then turns right down Mill Street to the roundabout, left over the bridge and into Congleton Park. And the action-packed event will finish with a series of live tribute bands in the Party in the Park. Gates open at 6.30 pm and the event kicks off at 7.30 pm. In the past, tribute bands have included the Ded Hot Chilli Peppers and The Spice-ish Girls. Over the same weekend, there’s a chance to see an event featured in last month’s Local Life – Barthomley Church Flower Festival. The historic church will be decked out with flowers during the event from 9th – 11th July. All proceeds to St Bertoline’s Church Restoration Fund. Also on the same weekend, is Jodrell Bank’s summer plant fair. Held underneath the historic Lovell Telescope, there’s an opportunity to buy plants and get some garden advice. The event takes place on Saturday 10th July and Sunday 11th July between 10 am and 4 pm. Middlewich Transport Festival rolls into town over the weekend of 17th – 18th July on Market Field from 11am-5pm. The annual event is supported by Congleton Beartown Classic Car Club and Kings Motor Cycle Club Middlewich. Taking place over the weekend of 17th and 18th July in the glorious grounds of Cholmondeley Castle is the Pageant of Power. On the adjoining Deer Park Mere, the pageant hosts the largest gathering of inshore racing power boats in the UK, world champion jet ski demonstrations and lots more. Nantwich Show takes place on 28th July with plenty to see and do at the event at Dorfold Park from horses to countryside pursuits. And there’s something new for animal-loving children to see at Tatton’s Home Farm, with the arrival of a beautiful new Clydesdale foal, called Tatton Grey Friar. The delightful rare breed foal (pictured above with mum) was born to mum, Blossom, at Tatton Park’s Home Farm. Visitors can see Blossom and Tatton Grey Friar in their stall in the farm during normal opening times. The farm is open in high season (until 3rd October) from Tuesday to Sunday 12pm-5pm (last entry 4pm). Prices: Adults £4.50, Child £2.50 (2-15 years of age), Family £11.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children). National Trust members pay 50 per cent entry to the farm. LOCAL LIFE 51


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Annual show is a celebration of rural life

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ne of the biggest dates in the Staffordshire Moorlands calendar is coming up with the 2010 Britannia Leek & District Show taking place on Saturday July 31. Once again, thousands of visitors are expected to head for the green expanse of the town’s Birchall playing fields which are the setting for one of the country’s largest agricultural shows. An impressive range of livestock classes, competitions, trade stands and other attractions have been lined up, not to mention main arena events which range from Staffordshire’s strongest men to the ducktaming dogs. It’s a chance for the farming community to show off its skills and expertise as well as an opportunity for town and country to join forces to celebrate the good things of life in this part of the world. Volunteers on the Leek & District Show committee have put months’ of hard work into making sure everything goes smoothly. The show is famous for the quality of its livestock classes and hundreds of exhibitors will be preparing their animals to perfection– from sheep and goats to cattle and shires – ready for the judges to inspect. In addition to the livestock classes, there will also be a huge range of other attractions including floral art, horticulture, craft displays and many more. And visitors will also have the chance to wander among the dozens of trade stands – many of which will be offering bargains on the day. Entertainment in the main arena includes: • The Jamie Squibb Freestyle motorcross stunt team • Staffordshire Strongest Man final event • Peter Hallam’s Dog and Duck display • Fox hounds and beagles • Heavy horse dressed harness parade • Private Driving Championship final • The Grand Parade Other entertainment on the showground will include Stone Town Band, Punch and Judy, heats of the Staffordshire Strongest Man competition, Young Farmers’ activities and fairground rides. Because parking next to the showground is very limited, visitors are urged to use the free park and ride facility. Parking is available at the nearby Kerrygold site on Barnfields Industrial Estate and two buses will provide continuous transport to and from the show field from 9am until 5pm. Vehicle entrances to the showground and to Leek Cattle Market are restricted to holders of vehicle passes. * Tickets for the 2010 Leek Show are on sale now from various outlets in the Leek area. Prices in advance are £4 for adults and £2 for

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St Matthew’s Church …

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at the heart of the community

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ld customs die hard is the proverbial saying and this is certainly true at St Matthew’s Church in Haslington near

Crewe. For this lively and welcoming church which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year is very much at the heart of the community. And for St Matthew’s this means marrying farming traditions with present day lifestyles in this busy village on the edge of a farming community.

The present day church, which was built in two phases - the first part in 1810, and the second in 1909 – celebrates the joys of the land. Indeed, some of its congregation are from the farming fraternity, so much so that the church holds special `farmer’s breakfasts’. These events give farmers the chance to meet up, chat about issues affecting them and have breakfast together. Not only that, events such as rogation tide and Lammas Day bring the local community

and congregation together. For rogation tide in May, vicar the Rev Anne Lawson, led a service around the fields and the village, blessing various points along the way. And on Lammas Day in August, the village bakery traditionally makes two large huge `lammas’ loaves. Lammas Day (loaf-mass day), is the festival of the wheat harvest, and is the first harvest festival of the year. On this day it was customary to bring to LOCAL LIFE 53


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Rev Anne Lawson and parish councillor Arleine Bloor.

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church a loaf made from the new crop, a custom which is still going strong at St Matthew’s. St Matthew’s is part of the United Benefice with St Michael’s further down the road at Crewe Green. Rev Anne Lawson said: “We are right at the heart of the community. As a church, we are very much connected with the farming community.” As part of its 200th year celebrations, organist Christine Dennel played non-stop for around eight hours. And couples who have married at the church were invited back on Valentine’s Day to renew their wedding vows. On Mothering Sunday, the Rev Lawson led a walk to Barthomley while the summer fete this month will be another chance for the church to play a major role in the community. And on September 19th, the Bishop of Chester is visiting St Matthews as part of its 200th year celebrations. St Matthew’s has many reminders of the individuals, both Lords of the manor and other villagers, who peopled its history and kept it open. The church owes much of its existence to the Broughton family and vicar Thomas Broughton. There was no churchyard in Haslington until 1811. Before that, anyone who died in Haslington had to be taken to Barthomley for burial.


A stone tablet outside commemorates the fact that half an acre of the land was given to the parish by Sir H.D. Broughton in 1882. Other generous donations of land were made by Colonel Humphrey Watts (formerly of Haslington Hall) and the Leech family. And an ancient sandstone font sits just inside the entrance to the church believed to have been in the old St Matthew’s Church c1500 – 1810. Today, the church is a focal point of the community and is used by various groups

from schools for carol services to the WI and Girl Guides. It would true to say that there doesn’t seem to be a section of the community that St Matthews doesn’t reach out to. The Cameo – Come and Meet Each Other – bereavement friendship group meets on Thursdays at 2.30 pm in the church hall for afternoon tea. Haslington parish councillor, Arleine Bloor is pictured with the Rev Lawson outside the church.


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Prize winner Charlotte has the last laugh Young Charlotte Rose is just five and a half years old but has served up enough creativity to impress the judges and win a meal for four at her family’s favourite restaurant. Charlotte, who lives in Macclesfield, won the prize for her expert colouring which she completed during her last visit to Osteria Mauro in Mottram St Andrew, Prestbury. However, it was her snappy sense of humour that really clinched the prize. Restaurant owner Alex Mauro said: “The standard of artwork was great but we laughed out loud at her tie-breaker joke, mainly because it was so appropriate for a restaurant and bar. As part of her prize we are going to print the joke on all of our next competition entries.” According to her mum, Janina, Charlotte Rose who attends Ivy Bank County Primary School in Macclesfield has had a memorable week, having also succeeded in having one of her poems published. She said: “Charlotte Rose is very creative and she particularly likes poems. We have also heard that one of her poems ‘If I could be a vet’ has been selected to be published in a new book called “If I could be…” We are thrilled to win a meal out at Osteria Mauro and will use it as a double celebration.” And, the joke you have all been waiting for… “A man walks into a bar….ouch!!!”

The Bulls Head is back The Bulls Head has returned under new ownership. Now run by Stephen Lord and Kris Perrin, old friends who have gone into business together. “We plan on restoring the site back to its former glory with initiatives such as our famous steakstones and fabulous steaks,” say Stephen and Kris. “We’re also introducing our TFI Friday Nights where all drinks are £2 from 9pm-12am, along with BYO Wednesdays where you bring your favourite bottle of wine (free of charge) and dine with us. “We’re also introducing games nights where teams can play against each other on Nintendo Wii to see who is Congleton’s best sporting person. “We also offer 50% discount on all steaks Monday evening and a soup and sandwich combo deal throughout Monday-Wednesday lunchtimes.” All this in our fabulously decorated venue. We are also bringing back Live Music in the form of our newly titled Venue @ Congleton - an area specifically designed for live music and entertainment. Here, we’ll be holding everything from Ladies’ Lunches to Battle of the Bands and comedy nights. We also boast a beautiful outdoor marquee that can be used for weddings, christenings and parties of all kinds (especially now the warm weather has arrived). ‘The Bulls Head At Congleton Has The Largest Screen In Congleton Showing All The Action From The 2010 World Cup. Come Down And Enjoy The Games In Our Very Own Specialist Marquee. Free Entry And Drinks Offers Available’ Please come and join us and if you like, you could stay in one of our 11 stunning rooms available throughout the year. The Davenport Arms - Included in The AA Best Pubs in Britain Guide 2009 and also CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2009, The Davenport Arms, on the A34 Congleton Road, at Marton, near Macclesfield, offers real ales and fine wines along with a traditional and contemporary menu which has been created using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. In a relaxed, cosy atmosphere with a log fire, food is served in the bar from 6pm on Mondays. From Tuesday to Saturday lunch and dinner menus are available from noon to 2.30pm and 6pm to 9pm respectively. Sundays food is served from noon to 2.30pm and 6pm to 8.30pm. Food is available on Bank Holiday Mondays and the bar is open all day from Friday to Sunday. Just 10 minutes from Alderley Edge and Macclesfield and a mere 5 minutes from Congleton, The Davenport Arms is a must for the discerning diner or anyone looking for a quiet and relaxed drink. There is a superb beer garden and a freshwater well in the middle of the restaurant. For further details and to book call 01260 224269 or email enquiries@thedavenportarms.co.uk

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THE BROWNLOW INN and pride Restaurant L’Endroit - in Lawton Street, Congleton, has an emphasis on traditional French Cuisine – without the nouvelle – made by chef patron Eli Leconte. The watchword at Restaurant L’Endroit is quality, sourcing only the very best of food, exquisite preparation and excellent service. Patrons enjoy their meals in an intimate and relaxed setting and can sit at streetside tables in warmer times. Diners may also be assured Restaurant L’Endroit is an entirely microwave free zone. Any parties over six are asked to pre-book their meal. Telephone 01260 299548. The Plough - The Plough at Eaton has a long history going back to the 1600s when it was built as a coaching inn. The inn has been modernised in recent years but the ancient oak beams, small alcoves and open fires are still in place and make this a cosy, intimate place for a quiet drink or a meal. Food is also served in the Old Barn restaurant which is full of character with its gallery and wealth of exposed timbers. The Plough also offers some impressive accommodation with 17 ensuite double rooms converted from garages at the rear of the pub. The Plough is licensed for civil weddings and its delightful gardens provide a perfect setting for wedding photographs. The pub is also an ideal venue for meetings both large and small and we also cater for functions such as birthdays, christenings, retirements and engagement parties. For more information tel. 01260 280207 or visit the website at www.theploughinnateaton.co.uk The Drum & Monkey – The Drum & Monkey is owned by Jacqueline and Graham Woodhouse who bought this delightful hostelty in Alderley Edge after 30 years in the food and wine industry running several awardwinning pubs across Cheshire. With its great atmosphere, large patio for summer dining, a function room for 45 guests, a quiz night every Tuesday and even a bowling green where local teams play, The drum & Monkey offers everything you could possibly wish for in a local pub. Homemade traditional food, Jacqueline and Graham also offer a choice of Robinsons real ales and an extensive wine list. For more information contact The Drum & Monkey, Moss Rose, off Heyes lane, Alderley Edge on 01625 584975 The Dog Inn - In Over Peover, nr Knutsford has welcomed locals and travellers since the turn of the 19th Century. The Dog Inn is still the focal point of village life

themselves on their range of cask ales from small regional breweries and an extensive menu consisting of classic dishes, freshly cooked with many ingredients being sourced within a six mile radius. Two spacious dining rooms are available where diners can dine incomfort. To keep things lively, regular entertainment evenings run throughout the year. Accommodation is also available enabling guests to experience a traditional English pub life. For further details contact 01625 861421. The Dog Inn, Well Bank Lane, Over Peover, WA16 8UP. Brownlow Inn - Set in the Hamlet of Brownlow, the family-run pub and restaurant, The Brownlow Inn is a must for the discerning diner. Brownlow is just off the A34, five minutes drive from the centre of Congleton, and the pub and restaurant offers an extensive menu. The owners pride themselves on ageing and cutting all of their British beef steaks and are becoming the number one choice in the area for a world class cut of meat, which customers travel from miles around to sample. There are traditional favourites, such as homemade cottage pie, steak and kidney pie, lamb steaks and poached salmon, plus the signature international flavoured grill selection. The dishes are just a small example of the variety of the choices on offer, which are all complemented by an extensive wine list or a pint of traditional cask ale. The Brownlow Inn is also a top three finalist in Congleton Council’s 2008 and 2009 Restaurant of the Year awards and there is an additional reason for celebrations in 2010 as they welcome the fifth consecutive year of providing their customers with outstanding food and service. Opening times are Monday to Saturday, 12 noon to 3pm, and 6pm to midnight. Meals are served from 12 noon to 2pm and from 6pm to 9pm. But The Brownlow is open all day for food on Sundays. The Brownlow Inn also caters for larger groups celebrating a special occasion and offers the choice of a private dining area. For further details contact The Brownlow Inn, Brownlow Heath Lane, Congleton, CW12 4TH. Telephone 01477 500281 or email info@brownlowinn.co.uk

Celebrating five years of outstanding food and service The Brownlow Inn is in the middle of the countryside with superb views over the rolling Cheshire fields towards Mow Cop. Top 3 finalist in Congleton Council's 2008 & 2009 restaurant of the year awards. Customers travel from miles around to sample what has been described as the best steak in Cheshire. An extensive menu with traditional favourites and a signature international flavoured grill selection. Opening Times: Mon - Sat 12 - 3pm, 6 - 12pm. Meals served 12 - 2pm and 6 - 9.pm.Open all day for food on Sunday. The Brownlow Inn, Brownlow Heath Lane, Brownlow, Congleton, CW12 4TH

Tel: 01477 500281 info@brownlowinn.co.uk

Please call 01260 224269 for bookings and enquiries www.thedavenportarms.co.uk

Ron, Sara and the Team welcome you to the Davenport Arms A classic country pub serving Real Ales & Fine Wines with a menu created using only fresh ingredients Included in The AA best Pubs in britain guide 2009 and also CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2009 Congleton Road (A34), Marton, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9HF

Traditional French Cuisine “without the nouvelle” OPEN: Lunchtimes: Tues-Sun (Except Sat). Dinner: Tues-Sat

Restaurant L’Endroit 70/72 Lawton St, Congleton CW12 1RS

Tel/Fax. 01260 299548

Jacqueline & Grahame Woodhouse welcome you to the ...

Drum & Monkey Public House

Live Music

Quiz Night

Last Friday every month BBQ weather permitting

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Food served daily: Lunch - Monday to Saturday 12-3.00pm Evening - Monday 6.30-8.30pm. Tues-Sat 6.30-9.00pm Sunday Lunch 12.00 noon-4.oopm

MOSS ROSE, off HEYES LANE, ALDERLEY EDGE TELEPHONE: 01625 584975

Weddings in Beautiful Cheshire.

The Plough is licensed to hold Civil Marriages and our delightful gardens provide the perfect setting. We cater for small or large parties and will help to plan the perfect celebration. Luxury accomodation is available for the Bride and Groom and guests. No room hire charge.

A stunning place to celebrate!

Fine Cask Ales, Fine Wines and Fine Food Classic English dishes, freshly cooked with mostly locally sourced produce www.doginn-overpeover.co.uk Accommodation available The Dog Inn • Well Bank Lane • Over Peover • Nr. Knutsford • WA16 8UP

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HIGH SUMMER NIGHTS OUT Dilys Gater takes a look at what’s on offer at our local theatres

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elebrate VE Day at the Victoria Hall, Hanley on July 1 with a show that’s ‘a tribute to a generation of ordinary people who did very extraordinary things’ – with a flag-waving finale guaranteed to get your hands clapping and your spirits soaring. At the Regent Theatre, Hanley there are more hand-clapping and heart-warming shows to delight you, from the smash hit Girls’ Night Out – ‘The Ultimate Feel-Good Show – a story of love, laughter and men in thongs’, which runs from July 13 – 17, to Billy Elliot: The Musical, the heart-warming tale of a dance-mad kid ‘born to boogie’, running from July 21 – 24. Also at the Regent, the classic television sit-com Keeping Up Appearances is live on stage from July 26 – 31. Make sure you don’t miss this bouquet – pronounced bucket! – of laughs with Hyacinth and her family and friends. At the New Vic Theatre, Newcastleunder-Lyme, classic drama meets CSI forensics in Theresa Heskins’ innovative production of Dickens’ Bleak House, which runs from July 3 – 24. In an exciting first for the New Vic, the audience is invited to ‘walk through’ the world of the play before the performance begins, and personally inspect the scenes of the crime, experiencing the atmosphere of Dickens’ London for themselves. If you love Dickens and ‘whodunits’, this fast-moving, witty and ingenious show is definitely one for you. Also at the New Vic, Ballet Wales performs Giselle on July 7 (also at Buxton Opera House on July 19). Buxton will be buzzing this month as a Buxton Opera House wide variety of venues host the Buxton Festival (‘a happy marriage of music, opera and books’), which runs from July 7 – 25, alongside which the Buxton Fringe – one of the largest in the country, offers some 500 events including a free afternoon sampler at the Pavilion Gardens on July 11. Also in Buxton the famous Buxton Puppet Festival runs at various venues from July 26 – 31 (more details from the Opera House Box Office) while at the Opera House, the first ever Gilbert & Sullivan Youth Festival takes the stage from July 26 – 30. Five stunning young companies, all made up of performers between the ages of 11 and 18, covering the length and breadth of Michael Ball the UK, kick off this summer’s four weeks 58 LOCAL LIFE

Gawsworth, the open air theatre by night


of G & S in Buxton. There’s more on this August’s G & S Festival in our Round-up feature. At Gawsworth Hall, enjoy wonderful summer evenings’ entertainment under the stars as the Open Air Theatre opens its programme with Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest. Other great shows include Magic of Motown on July 10; the Big Chris Barber Band on July 11; Wonderful West End on July 15 and Black Dyke Band on July 17. The Lochrian Ensemble play Mozart by Candlelight on July 18; Shakespeare’s magical play The Tempest runs from July 23 – 26 and Houghton Weavers perform on July 27. At Clonter Opera Theatre, catch their 2010 production of La Cenerentola on July 24, July 27, July 29, July 29 – and also on October 2. Wonderful music and direction, showcasing exciting new talent, makes this a must this summer. At the Lyceum Theatre, Crewe Ian Dickens Productions presents Murdered to Death by Peter Gordon from July 5 – 10. An hilarious spoof of the best of the Agatha Christie traditions, this who-dunnit twists and turns with side-splitting antics and ever-increasing merriment and confusion. Set in a country manor house in the glorious 1930’s, the colourful cast of characters guaranteed to delight include – Bunting the Butler; Charles Craddock with the prerequisite stiff upper lip; the bumbling local inspector and his Constable and a well meaning local sleuth Miss Maple who seems to attract murder wherever she goes…Following the mysterious death of the house’s owner, will the murderer be unmasked before every one else has met their doom, or will the audience die laughing first? More on the Lyceum Theatre in our Round-up feature. Mum’s the Word at the Palace Theater, Manchester, from July 8 – 10 – the disasters and delights of being a Mum for all Mums everywhere; while at the Opera House, Manchester there are two big shows to enjoy this month. Monty Python’s spoof musical Spamalot, running from July 5 – 10, encourages everyone to ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ in a hilarious tale of King Arthur and his Knights. ‘Glorious, irresistible silliness’, said the Sunday Times. Running from July 13 – 31 is top musical Hairspray, starring Michael Ball. Not to be missed at the Lyric Theatre is the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s wonderful production of Romeo and Juliet, running from June 30 – July 3; and you can catch favourite Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat from July 5 – 10.

Girls Night Out

Craig Chalmers as Joseph Keeping Up Appearances

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Jeff Teasdale ... AN ARTIST’S PROGRESS – Part 3 Artist-in-Education Jeff Teasdale talks to Dilys Gater about his work

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n the previous instalments of this absorbing series we heard how Jeff – an anarchic and individual art student began his career as a teacher in Manchester, identifying completely with the young people he taught and proceeding to extend his range. He went on to become Head of Art, Design and Technology at Knutsford High School, Advisory Teacher for Cheshire and is currently self-employed as an Artist-inEducation, leading art and design workshops all over the country and beyond, with all kinds of people and in all kinds of settings… So how does Jeff find time for his own work? He admits he does not have as much as he would like and ‘it comes in bursts as space in the week allows, but I quite enjoy the pressure of it like that.’ In his own words: ‘My work is now mainly as a sculptor, which funnily enough I enjoyed most at school, but then went through a degree course in painting for four years at Newcastle. Though I still draw and paint, I don’t ‘do’ drawings or paintings as such, and I’m also even reluctant to call these things I make, sculpture. In fact, to be truthful, I find when I am introduced as ‘the artist’, I am somewhat embarrassed. An ‘Artist’ to me means Picasso, Rembrandt, Henry Moore and the like, and I don’t put myself in that class, nor do I think that they self-consciously

thought of themselves as ‘the artist’ either. I think we are all just a group of people who make things and if society subsequently wants to call it ‘art’, it can. The main thing is that you are making something and endeavouring to be creative in the process – exploring an image, an object, a thought, a sound, a material, a movement, and possibly in a way that has never been quite like that before. That may be hard to grasp when in a gallery full of images and artefacts that are ‘liked’ by people because they recognise it and it reminds them of something, but a lot of art is generated by people with a passion for an idea or a passion for a material, or for

* The way-markers for The Middlewood Way, the former railway between Macclesfield and Marple, and now a recreational path for walkers, cyclists and horse riders: ‘Being an old railway route, I wanted to design something that reflected that heritage and history and came up with sculptures based on fragments of steam locomotive driving wheels. At about the same time that this railway was closed by Beeching, the steam locomotives that ran on this and on lines across the UK were being cut up for scrap, and so the wheel fragment design seemed appropriate on a number of levels. 60 LOCAL LIFE

pushing at the boundaries of what ‘art’ is – moving it on, with the public bobbing about in its wake. A hundred years ago the Impressionists were doing this, reviled by the public. These days every other Christmas card seems to be a reproduction of an Impressionist ‘winter scene’ which had caused revulsion in the contemporary public’s mind when it was painted. Although, how a Damien Hurst will have woven itself into the collective Christmas consciousness in another hundred years’ time, only your great grandchildren will be able to explain! Often, in a gallery, you can spot ‘the artists’ – they aren’t usually looking at what the picture is about – that’s merely to do with taste and a reflection of the culture, the place and time you happen to be born into - they tend to be the people who sidle up to a piece of work, look at some small detail (often thinking ‘how on earth has he/she done that?), and surreptitiously flick open a small sketchbook and make some brief note in it for future reference. Art tends to be like that – ‘artists’ passing on the baton for someone else to run with; climbing on the shoulders of others to get a clearer view of the everreceding and never attainable horizon. ‘Once you think you have ‘arrived’ as an artist’, as someone once said, ‘you might as well give up there and then’.

Nocturne - Granite Boulder (acrylic)


RHS Tatton Mirror Spiral

Rhinog Spirals

Rhinog Spirals

Some of Jeff’s work is pictured here, with his comments below: ‘As with many pieces like these, the actual ‘artefact’ is only the tip of an iceberg of activity; designs, re-designs, sketches, mock-ups, and seemingly endless numbers of meetings where ideas are hammered out, practical compromises reached, and final solutions agreed.’ * Ammonite Spirals: The spiral is a very significant and universal mathematical construction which is found in a wide variety of natural forms, from fir cones to pineapples, hurricanes to water swirling down a drain, and from ancient ammonites to snail shells. ‘I was given my first ammonite as a small child, found on holiday in a rock by my Dad when he described it to me as an animal that was one of the first ever to live on earth, and I remember holding it and wondering what it was making of this newfound sunlight and hot little hand after millions of years in cold darkness. I had the same feeling of awakening awareness and discovery Welsh Landscape (pencil, crayon) when, years later, I first looked at Henri Matisse’s huge paper spirals, made at the end of his long artistic career, and yet still pushing hard at the reluctant boundaries of peoples’ somewhat conservative perceptions of what ‘modern art’ could be.

Palm Drawing (graphite, paint)

Boulder (graphite)

‘I have made quite a few of these spirals, an interest largely generated by working with artists David Nash and Andy Goldsworthy, and others such as Richard Long and Chris Drury who also make art both ‘with’ , ‘from’ and ‘in’ the landscape, rather than ‘of’ it. Like them, I tend to make these as temporary structures for others to find – or not. Mostly unrecorded, it seems to be enough that I know they are there, and were there. All that remains is sometimes a drawing or a photograph as evidence. ‘Spirals made on roof slates came about through a commission from Macclesfield Borough Council, with their award winning ‘Purple Stripe’ backyard-style and -sized garden for the RHS Show at Tatton Park. These were made using Welsh slates that had been on Macclesfield houses, and with things that might be encountered when one digs up an old yard to create a garden space – old bits of pot (from Phil & Pat Bennett’s renovations at Horsecroft Farm in Leek), old fragments of plant pots from my own garden, broken bits of an old glass bottle from my former garden next to the old forge in Marple Bridge, and shards of a shattered mirror that had once belonged to my Grandparents. ‘These slates were very carefully selected from a demolition yard in Macclesfield, as I was looking for those that were most naturally stained by years of weathering. People become surprisingly interested and engaged when you begin to describe what you actually want them for, especially when it’s not merely for repairing a roof!’

Dawn Landscape (crayon, pencil)

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Round Up …

ENTERTAINMENT ROUND UP Dilys Gater with news, views and gossip Summer holidays bring long lazy days – but for some, these are the time to be creative, enjoying ourselves taking part in theatre in whatever way we can. And preparing for summer festivals – and next season’s programmes and activities, more varied than ever before…

HMS Pinafore

HMS Pinafore

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TAKE A HANDFUL OF SPARKLING SONGS – IT’S G & S FESTIVAL TIME AGAIN The world of Gilbert & Sullivan is one which happily offers a colourful, civilised and eminently enjoyable alternative to ‘real life’ and yet it is far more than just a form of escapism. There is music on a par with compositions by the greatest of composers, jewels almost thrown away in the action of the familiar, ridiculous stories that never fail to charm and never grow stale. As entertainment, they cannot be beaten – they do not condescend or offer less than the best, and can be enjoyed on so many different levels. The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival (July 31 – August 21) is by far the world’s biggest celebration of Gilbert & Sullivan, attracting around 20,000 people during its three week run in the beautiful Buxton Opera House each summer. The Festival was founded in 1994 by Ian Smith and his son Neil and over the years it has established a reputation for being one of the friendliest musical festivals with people returning year after year to soak up its special atmosphere. This is a whole-day, fun-filled, brimming over festival famed for the fact that you can enjoy G&S almost round the clock. There is always a packed fringe programme running throughout the day with a wonderful array of activities – and of course the main evening performances which take place in the Opera House. These shows are staged by both professional and nonprofessional companies. Professional Companies include the Festival’s very own Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company; Opera della Luna and Charles Court Opera. The non-professional companies from around the world participate in the highly

The Mikado

prestigious International Festival Competition, with each production being assessed by adjudicator Mr David Turner. Those wonderful, heady Edwardian and D’Oyly Carte days are evoked in individual events, recitals, concerts, talks, gatherings and celebrations that include the Festival Club each evening in the Pavilion Gardens Lounge, Keep the atmosphere buzzing and the party going after the show with live entertainment and hot food. The music, the wacky witticisms and everything about Gilbert & Sullivan opera appeals to all ages, right across the board. So if you want to take the family - from six to ninetysix – off to see G & S, you can be certain that everyone will find something to delight and dazzle in the Festival’s varied programme. Our pictures show highlights of past Festivals along

Yeoman of the Guard


HISTORY, ATMOSPHERE – AND A SUMMER SCHOOL AT CREWE’S LYCEUM THEATRE

Ian Smith, Chairman and Artist Director

with Festival Directors Janet Smith and Neil Smith and Chairman and Artistic Director Ian Smith. Tickets from the Box Office: 0845 127 2190. More details from Festival Headquarters: 01422 323252 or visit www.gsfestival.co.uk.

Neil Smith, Festival Director

Janet Smith, Festival Director

Crewe’s Lyceum Theatre is steeped in history. This Grade II listed building, substantially refurbished in 1994, today provides a wonderful venue accessible to all, complete with bars and restaurant. Once you enter the auditorium the original Edwardian splendour remains, the beautiful carvings, intimate seating and atmospheric lighting all contributing towards an elegant and enjoyable evening. The present Lyceum Theatre stands on the site of a Roman Catholic Church, built in the early 1850’s for the Irish Railway Immigrants; this church, with its graveyard, served the Catholic Community of Crewe until 1876, and a well, which was within the grounds of the church, and was used by the residents of the area can still be found below the stage. There has been a theatre on the site since 1882, but the original New Lyceum Theatre opened on 21st November 1887 with tickets ranged from 6d (3p) to 3 shillings (15p). The theatre cost £5,000 and had a seating capacity of 1,250. Later the name was changed to the Opera House and the current theatre was opened in 1911, the year after a fire which completely destroyed the old building. Between the 1950s and 60s the Lyceum operated as a Repertory Theatre, and many young actors and actresses who went on to become household names appeared here during this period; among them were Glenda Jackson, Richard Beckinsale, Judy Lowe and Linda Bellingham. The theatre boasts no fewer than three ghosts. Since it stands on the site of an old graveyard, it is hardly surprising that one of them should be a conscience-stricken monk who haunts the lower areas below the auditorium – although recent sightings suggest he has discovered a more congenial stamping-ground in the Three Lamps public house that backs on to the theatre.  The other two ghosts are both theatricals - one an old forgotten actor who usually haunts the area of the stage door, and the other a ballet dancer who hanged herself in the dressing room. Though all these spirits were exorcised in 1969, it appears that the ceremony had no effect, since they are still seen from time to time. On one remarkable occasion in the mid-1970s both the actor and the dancer attended a play. They were seen by the entire cast of the production, standing

at the back of one of the boxes, engrossed in the drama, though the children sitting in the front of the box were totally oblivious to their presence, as indeed were the rest of the audience. Another spooky sighting is of the ghost of an elderly lady, whose presence is usually marked by the smell of lavender. Throughout July and August Crewe Lyceum is holding a Summer School where you can learn the tricks of the theatre trade from its team of expert technicians, who each have over 20 years experience in stage production. A series of one day classes will give hands- on technical training in all aspects of Stage Production with seminars in Lighting, Sound, Production Management and Flying and Rigging open to anyone over the age 16. All are welcome and all levels of experience are catered for with some classes aimed at beginners and some for people with more advanced knowledge. All you need to bring is a passion for theatre and an enthusiasm to do well. Even better, this season’s summer school comes with a massive 50% introductory discount, classes starting from just £10.00. For more details of the classes, which include Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Sound; Flying and Rigging; Production Management; Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Lighting – or to discover more about the history of the Lyceum Theatre via its Saturday Theatre Tours - contact the Box Office on 01270 537333.

The Pirates of Penzance

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July

DIARY of events Thursday 1 July

If your club, society VE Celebrations, Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent. 2.30 pm or organisation is holding an Tickets £10 A musical trip down memory lane. Box event that you’d like to see featured office: 0844 8717649 www.ambassadortickets.com/stoke in the Local Life Diary of Events pages Table top sale, Nantwich Civic Hall please email the details, including the name of the event and a brief description, the date Saturday 3 July it takes place, details of ticket/entry prices, The Living River, Carrs Park, Parish Hall car park, and a contact telephone number, to Wilmslow. 10 – 12.30 pm. Join ranger Dan Coates for a look at how rivers work and the wildlife behind them. d.bowyer32@btinternet.com and we’ll do Tel: 01625 504518 our best to include it. The Hub – 2010 Dance Performance – dancing through the decades, Crewe Lyceum. 7 pm Tickets £5.50, concessions 50p off. Box office 01270 537 333 www.lyceumtheatre.net displays and historic vehicles. Go dressed up and play the Wrenbury summer fayre 1 – 4 pm Live jazz music, stalls, part. 11 am – 5 pm (last entry 4 pm) Tatton Park, bouncy castle etc. Spot over 100 scarecrows around the Knutsford. village www.scarecrowtrail.co.uk Hermitage Primary School Summer Fair, 12-2pm Sunday 11 July Holmes Chapel. Celebrate the school’s 40th anniversary. Looking after Tegg’s Nose Country Park. 10 am – 12.30 Take part in the children’s 1970s fancy dress and art pm, Tegg’s Nose Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, competitions, cake baking competition for the grown-ups, Macclesfield. Information: 01625 614279. guess the number of balloons in the Mini and lots more. Joys of your own bird box – provide a home for birds by BBQ and refreshments. Free entry – everyone welcome building your own bird box at this Crewe event. Time: 2pm – 4 pm – Jubilee Cafeteria, Main Drive, Queens Sunday 4 July Park, Crewe. Information: 01270 537896. Mossland magic, Wilmslow – a walk of around 6 km Knutsford Little Theatre, junior production. taking a look at the history of the Lindow area. 10 – 1 Tatton Park Old Hall, 1940s weekend. See living history pm Meet at car park in Racecourse Road. Tel 01625 displays and historic vehicles. Go dressed up and play the 504528 for details. part. 11 am – 5 pm (last entry 4 pm) Tatton Park, The Hub – 2010 Dance Performance – dancing through Knutsford. the decades, Crewe Lyceum. 2pm Tickets £5.50, concessions 50p off. Box office 01270 537 333 Tuesday 13 July www.lyceumtheatre.net Girls’ Night Out, Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. 0844 Car boot sale, 10 am – 1 pm Wrenbury village. 8717649 or www.ambassadortickets.com/stoke Refreshments available. Details 07747 692938.

Monday 5 July Wife Begins at Forty, Crewe Lyceum. 7.30 pm Box office 01270 537 333 www.lyceumtheatre.net

Tuesday 6 July Wife Begins at Forty, Crewe Lyceum. 7.30 pm Box office 01270 537 333 www.lyceumtheatre.net

Wednesday 7 July Prestbury Flower Club, Andrew Lloyd (Stourbridge) “Rhapsody in blue “, Prestbury Village Hall at 1.45pm sharp. Visitors are welcome. Information Tel:- 01625 433689 or 01625 828853 Wife Begins at Forty, Crewe Lyceum. 7.30 pm Box office 01270 537 333 www.lyceumtheatre.net A walk along the wildlife corridor along the footpaths of the Bollin Valley and Middlewood Way. 10 am – 12.30 pm. Meet at Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beech Lane, Macclesfield. Ranger Peter Dowse 01625 504528.

Wednesday 14 July

Billy Elliott, the musical. Regent Theatre, Stoke-onTrent. 0844 8717649 or www.ambassadortickets.com/stoke Table top sale, Nantwich Civic Hall

Friday 23 July Billy Elliott, the musical. Regent Theatre, Stoke-onTrent. 0844 8717649 or www.ambassadortickets.com/stoke

Saturday 24 July Clonter Opera Theatre, La Cenerentola - Rossini Billy Elliott, the musical. Regent Theatre, Stoke-onTrent. 0844 8717649 or www.ambassadortickets.com/stoke Mad About Moths – come along and find out about over 400 species of moths living at Jacksons’ Brickworks. Unsuitable for younger children due to the use of a mercury vapour lamp. Bring a torch. Time: 9.45 pm – 11.15 pm. Meet at Jacksons’ Brickworks car park, Pool House Road, Higher Poynton. Information: 01625 504528.

Monday 26 July Keeping up Appearances, Regent Theatre, Stoke-onTrent. 0844 8717649 or www.ambassadortickets.com/stoke

Thursday 29 July

Girls’ Night Out, Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. 0844 8717649 or www.ambassadortickets.com/stoke Jason Manford, one of Britain’s up and coming comic talents. Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent. 7.30 pm Tickets £20 Box office: 0844 8717649 www.ambassadortickets.com/stoke Girls’ Night Out, Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. 0844 8717649 or www.ambassadortickets.com/stoke

Friday 9 July

Saturday 17 July Alsager Farmers’ Market, 9am until 12.30pm Girls’ Night Out, Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. 0844 8717649 or www.ambassadortickets.com/stoke Tegg’s Nose Bilberry Pick. Join ranger Dan Coates on a fun family fruit pick. Time: 10 am – 2 pm. Meet at Tegg’s Nose Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield.

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Thursday 22 July

Thursday 15 July

Friday 16 July

Knutsford Little Theatre, junior production. Ceroc Freestyle Party, Nantwich Civic Hall Wife Begins at Forty, Crewe Lyceum. Box office 01270 537 333 www.lyceumtheatre.net Tatton Park Old Hall, 1940s weekend. See living history

Billy Elliott, the musical. Regent Theatre, Stoke-onTrent. 0844 8717649 or www.ambassadortickets.com/stoke

Tuesday 27 July

Wife Begins at Forty, Crewe Lyceum. 7.30 pm Box office 01270 537 333 www.lyceumtheatre.net Knutsford Little Theatre, junior production.

Saturday 10 July

Wednesday 21 July

Girls’ Night Out, Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. 0844 8717649 or www.ambassadortickets.com/stoke Wednesday Walk, meandering through the pathways and lanes of Macclesfield forest and Wildboarclough winding up to the summit of Shutlingsloe. Time: 10 am – 2 pm. Meet at Standing Stone car park, Macclesfield Forest. Jason Manford, one of Britain’s up and coming comic talents. Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent. 7.30 pm Tickets £20 Box office: 0844 8717649 www.ambassadortickets.com/stoke

Thursday 8 July

Wife Begins at Forty, Crewe Lyceum. 7.30 pm Box office 01270 537 333 www.lyceumtheatre.net Knutsford Little Theatre, junior production. Wheelock Rail Trail, evening stroll. Join ranger Alistair Wright for a gentle evening stroll along the Wheelock Rail Trail near Sandbach. 7 – 9 pm. Booking essential by July 6 on 01270 764773.

Middlewood Way Open Day – country fair for young and old. Entry free but parking is £2. Time: 11.30 am – 4.30 pm. Higher Poynton Station, Shrigley Road North, Higher Poynton. Information: 01625 504528.

Sunday 18 July Family picnic day at Bollington Recreation Ground with games and play activities for children and the family. Time: 11 am – 4 pm. Meet at Bollington Recreation Ground, Adlington Road, Bollington. Information: www.happy-valley.org.uk ReAct charity event, Crewe Lyceum. 2 pm and 7 pm Box office 01270 537 333 www.lyceumtheatre.net

Clonter Opera Theatre, La Cenerentola - Rossini Keeping up Appearances, Regent Theatre, Stoke-onTrent. 0844 8717649 or www.ambassadortickets.com/stoke

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Saturday 31 July Batty about bats – come and dispel a few myths about these fascinating creatures. The Carrs Park, Parish Hall Car Park, Wilmslow. 8.30 – 9.30 pm. Bring a torch. Ranger Martin James. Information: 01625 504528. Keeping up Appearances, Regent Theatre, Stoke-onTrent. 0844 8717649 or www.ambassadortickets.com/stoke Clonter Opera Theatre, La Cenerentola - Rossini


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