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20 Entertainment 21 Winterfest

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News From The Silk Museum

24 In The Community Food4Macc

25 Did You Know?

Father Christmas

26 Vaping with JC Vape

Congratulations to D. Bailey for submitting our winning picture seen on the front cover of this edition of The Thread.


to the Christmas edition of The Thread As Christmas celebrations get well underway, we’re delighted to bring you this seasonal Thread eMagazine, jam packed with ideas to get you out and about and joining in the festive fun. This year there’s even more to do in Macclesfield with Christmas lights and party nights, craft fairs and artisan markets, street entertainment and a wide range musical performance to suit all tastes. What’s more we’ve got an extended WinterFest becoming firmly established on our advent calendars as a real ‘must-not-miss-it’ festival. The Thread, which has recently celebrated its first anniversary, is brought to you by Make It Macclesfield and Canalside the Thread 102.8FM. The Thread, with its comprehensive website, acts as a central hub to find out about news, events and activities throughout the area. Make It Macclesfield is all about helping the town’s regeneration and strengthening the local economy and Canalside the Thread works in partnership to help ensure local residents and visitors are engaged in the local community network. Leaf through this eMagazine and see what’s happening around Macclesfield. If you’re looking for something to do, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There’s no excuse not to get out and have some fun.

We wish you a joyful Christmas and prosperous New Year.

annual review It’s hard to believe but another year has almost come to an end and I thought it would be useful to let everyone know how 2013 has been for Canalside’s The Thread. This time last year we were cementing our working relationship with the Make It Macclesfield business forum and issuing our first publication to coincide with the 2012 festive celebrations. We were also starting to develop The Thread website as a one stop shop where locals and visitors to our town and its surrounding areas could find out exactly what was going on in the area. I have to say a big thank you to Simon Leah, Chris de Wet, Trish Napier, Tina Randall and the rest of our volunteers for the terrific support they have give us over the year. It is a tribute to all of them that our communication network is held in such high esteem. I must also say a big thank you to Nick Wright and his faithful friend DJ Dippy for all the long hours they put in to ensure that our programmes are giving, according to our listener research, exactly what our local community is asking for and our listenership both on air and via the internet is growing month by month. It is hard to believe that it is nearly five years since we started our full time broadcasting on 102.8 fm. Who can forget 10.28 am on Thursday 4th December 2008 when, after being granted a full time broadcasting license by our governing body Ofcom, Nick Wright and our then Chairman Alan Sherratt set us on the road to many successes. Our radio station, together with our youth internet station Phase One radio, have seen, on a continual basis, in excess of 70 volunteers per year helping with our project which has truly spread the message of what a great community we have.

Each year we have given the opportunity to local notfor-profit organisations, charities, schools, and colleges to come to our studios to inform our listeners what they are all about. Our training schemes have also given local people the opportunity to start, and progress their careers in the media. Fiona Sadler, who is now working for Key 103 in Manchester, Julia Bradbury, Holly Bradbury, and Rachel Hatton are now familiar faces on national television. We also train, each year, over 100 youngsters in schools work experience programmes and offer work experience placements to people on the Neets scheme and to residents of the Rossendale Trust and the David Lewis Centre. We have recently been granted charitable status for our training section, Canalside’s Phase One training and are working, along with our training partner HH Audio Productions, to get our training scheme nationally recognised accreditation. We have many plans in the pipeline to extend and improve what we do in 2014, so keep an ear and eye open for more information as it becomes available. Finally I must say a big thank you to all our marvellous sponsors, in particular our main sponsors Incom Telecommunications, Central Tyre and Auto, Holmes Naden Estate Agents, and Cheshire Demolition and Excavation Contractors, for their kind and generous financial sponsorship, and also to Cheshire East Council and Bollington Town Council for their donations. In conclusion I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year. Brian Moores Chairman Canalside’s The Thread 102.8 fm, Canal 2, Clarence Mill, Bollington, SK10 5JZ 01625 576689

community projects Reawakening for dormant Christ Church will benefit whole community Plans to breathe new life into Macclesfield’s disused Christ Church are gathering momentum. Built by local industrialist Charles Roe in 1775, the church remained redundant and unused for 30 years until this summer, when the Barnaby Festival resurrected it as a flagship venue for the 2013 celebrations. Now there are plans to bring the Georgian building back into permanent community use. Proposals for the so-called Roe-naissance Project, which would exploit the church’s architecture and acoustics by providing a kids play and arts centre during the day and a performance, music and lecture space at night, won strong support during a three month consultation. More than half of respondents said they liked the idea with only one in ten registering their disapproval. Of the 360 people who commented, more than 90 per cent said they were prepared to accept some level of development or adaptation to bring Christ Church back into community use. Such strong public support could help win funding for the next stage which will include a feasibility study and business plan before further consultation. The church’s revival will also be a key element in a proposed strategy for heritage and culture in Macclesfield which could span the next 10 to 15 years. Cheshire East Council is in early talks with Make it Macclesfield and groups like The Roe-naissance Project to secure the future use of some of the town’s important heritage sites including the Silk Museum and old Town Hall. Lynne Jones, chair of Barnaby Festival and member of Make it Macclesfield said: “Events like Barnaby have played a key role in the town’s cultural reawakening. A strategy that takes a co-ordinated and clear overview of how we can do the same for our heritage and buildings is a huge step forward.”  Image credit: Band Architects

Magical Macclesfield The Christmas festivities in Macclesfield town centre just keep getting bigger and better. Each year the lights are brighter and the range of events expand, just like Santa’s waist line! Make sure to do some shopping locally and enjoy the festive cheer in the welcoming restaurants and bars.

Countdown to Christmas The countdown began with the Big Light Switch On which featured live music, the Totally Locally Christmas Market, fireworks, the mid-winter feast, children’s activities, street entertainers and Victorian melodramas courtesy of MADS Theatre Company. The festivities started with a bang and they continue through to 24th December with late night shopping on Thursdays and entertainment at the weekends. Be sure to come along to the various Christmas activities, performances and services offered by the churches of Macclesfield too.

things to do Top ten festive fun ideas In the run up to Christmas you may be looking to keep your family or friends entertained. So we asked the Visitor Information Centre team for their top 10 festive ideas around Macclesfield.




Macclesfield United Reformed Church

‘Christmas Tree Festival’ - 6th to 8th Dec

3. Have yourself a very geeky Christmas - 7th Dec, Senior Citizens Hall


Northern Chamber Orchestra

7th Dec, Heritage Centre

5. Yuletide at Gawsworth 7th to 12th December, Gawsworth Hall

6. Christmas Brass Band Concert 13th Dec, St Paul’s Church

7. Harp2Harp 13th Dec, King Edward St Chapel

8. KEMS “The Band at Christmas” 14th Dec, United Reform Church


Christmas at the Heritage Centre - Throughout December, Heritage Centre

10. Christmas Treacle Market Sunday 22nd Dec Marketplace, Chestergate, Mill Street Castle Street

The team invites you to visit Macclesfield Visitor Information Centre and see how they can help you. You can buy tickets for the sublime WinterFest events and other attractions and shows further afield, arrange accommodation for visiting friends or family, and the exciting range of locally themed gifts might help you fill a stocking or two! Call in to the Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield, SK10 1DX T: 01625 378123

christmas shopping The Grosvenor Centre gets into the spirit

There’s a very busy calendar of Christmas delights at Macclesfield’s Grosvenor Centre. As well as late-night shopping on Thursday 12th and 19th December, each Saturday in December will see local brass bands and choirs performing a collection of festive favourites in the shopping centre.

As part of the 2013 Christmas Lights Switch On event the Grosvenor Centre hosted children’s ‘Elf Yourself‘ activities which gave children the chance to dress us up as one of Santa’s little helpers. A professional photographer captured the special moment with photos being uploaded to Facebook to encourage friends and families to ‘like’ their favourite elf. The winner with the most likes will win a Christmas hamper full of goodies from stores at the Grosvenor Centre. 2013 also sees the return of the Grotto and the Christmas Toy Appeal. On Saturdays and Sundays between 7th and 22nd December families can visit Santa’s Grotto and meet Father Christmas himself. Tickets, costing £5, can be purchased from the grotto on the day of your visit. The centre will also be encouraging generous shoppers to donate to the ever-deserving Toy Appeal to help local children in need. Toys for children of all ages are welcomed, and can be dropped off at the centre. Gary Sharpley, Centre Manager said, “Our shopping centre is at the forefront of the local community and we feel it is important to give something back. We have a full calendar of Christmas activity this year and hope by sponsoring the Christmas Lights Switch On we will give families the opportunity to enjoy a free day out and spread a little Christmas cheer around Macclesfield.”

Enjoy a magical

Winter Wonderland on Monday 16 December, 9.30 – 11am at King’s Infant & Junior Division Fence Avenue, Macclesfield SK10 1LS

Come and meet

Father Christmas and his reindeer! Lots of fun activities for little children to enjoy, including a woodland walk (please bring wellies), glitter-tastic crafts, snow, plus coffee and refreshments.

All proceeds to Macclesfield Cradle Concern

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Trish’s yuletide treat

Here’s a tasty teatime treat for all the pudding lovers out there. It’s easy to prepare and perfect if you’re entertaining over the holidays. Christmas Pudding Strudel Approx: 10 mins to prepare Cooking Time: 25 mins Ingredients 250g/9oz tub mascarpone 250g/9oz Christmas pudding, crumbled 2 tbsp Baileys 4 sheets filo pastry 25g/1oz melted butter Icing sugar, for dusting Cream or custard, to serve •

Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.

Mix the pudding, mascarpone and Baileys.

Lay out a sheet of filo on a large flat baking tray, brush with some melted butter and lay another sheet on top. Repeat with more butter and filo until you have 4 layers.

Place the filling in a log in the centre and brush the border with butter. Roll up to enclose the filling, brush with the remaining butter.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown, dust with icing sugar and serve warm with cream or custard. Can be chilled for 1 day until ready to bake.

trish’s mulled wine

Orange and Ginger Mulled Wine

Ingredients 500 ml water 100 g sugar 2 oranges 15 cloves 1 lemon 2 cm / 3/4 inch piece root ginger, peeled and sliced in half lengthways 1 cinnamon stick 2 bottles red wine Method Pour the water into a large saucepan and bring the water to the boil then dissolve the sugar in it. While the water is boiling prepare the fruit..... Finely zest the two oranges, peel one and keep the slices to one side. Stick the 15 cloves into the other orange. Zest the lemon and slice in half. When the sugar water is ready add the orange zest, orange peel, clove studded orange, lemon zest, lemon halves, ginger and cinnamon, then stir. Straightaway add the red wine then place on the lid and heat very gently on a low heat for about 15 mins. Do not boil. Strain off the fruit and spices to serve.

and for the kids Ingredients 2 liters non-alcoholic grape juice 2 cups water 1 cup sugar 2 dozen whole cloves 4 cinnamon sticks Zest of 1 orange Zest of 1 lemon Crushed nutmeg seed 2 1/2 cups of hot lemon juice Method Heat the water in a saucepan and add the sugar, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and peel. Boil for 5 minutes and leave to simmer for another 5 minutes Strain this syrup into a large pot and add the citrus juice, heat until it is gently bubbling. Add all the grape juice and keep the mixture on a low heat, serve with a slices of lemon.

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sport Macclesfield Town Update I am sure that at the start of the season most level headed Macclesfield Town fans would have said that, after the well documented financial difficulties of the close season, survival in the Skrill Premiership this season would be considered a success. Now after nearly four months of the season aspirations are probably a little bit higher. Legends John Askey and Efe Sodje were given the daunting task of putting together a squad on probably the lowest budget for some considerable time and declared that they only wanted to bring in players who wanted to play for the club. The early weeks showed that the team was taking some time to gel and results were disappointing, in fact after the opening nine games of the season the side were in the bottom three of the league with only 3 points to show for their efforts. The first win of the season came at home to Woking, who were beaten 3-2 at the Moss Rose on September 21st. Following that win the team started to become settled, playing some of what is viewed to be the best football seen at the Moss Rose in many seasons and are unbeaten in their last eight league and cup games. After the 3-1 win over Dartford on November 16th, the Silkmen had accumulated 26 points and risen to 14th place in the league. They had also progressed to the second round of the FA Cup and the winners of the first round replay between Gillingham and Brackley will travel to the Moss Rose on Saturday 7th December, and along with the home side will be looking to win that game and earn themselves a potential money spinning game in the third round. The Silkmen will also be looking to emulate last year’s cup run when they reached, for the first time in their history, the fourth round of the cup before losing to the eventual cup winners Wigan Athletic. As stated earlier the squad are now playing some exciting football and scoring plenty of goals. Connor Jennings is the current top scorer and is attracting attention from sides in higher divisions. Unless the financial situation at the club improves it seems very likely that Connor and some of the other top players such as Scott Bowden and Carl Martin will possibly be leaving to play at a higher level when the January transfer window opens. All Maxonians can help the plight of the club by going to watch a game or offering financial support in any way they can. The term “Against all Odds” was developed when the club was promoted to the football league in 1997 and is possibly even more relevant know as they battle for survival.


2nd November to 11th January Now in its third year, WinterFest offers a feast of music, film and comedy plus one or two surprises. This year’s highlights include visits from Midge Ure and all the way from London’s West End, Tempest Roses’ House of Burlesque and The Rat Pack Show. The hit of the Manchester Fringe Festival, ‘New Dawn Fades – The Story of Joy Division’ is another Must See. For a full performance list and ticket availability check out the WinterFest website. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone on 07899 820 334 or by calling into the Visitor Information Centre at Macclesfield Town Hall or alternatively from Congleton Visitor Information Centre.

winterfest events The Rat Pack Christmas Show It’s fun all the way as the ‘Purveyors of Cool’ swing into town with a sensational show with live orchestra featuring “The Greatest Music Of The 20th Century”. The show features wonderful memories of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Junior in a fabulous production that continues to be successful worldwide. All totally live and every song is an absolute classic – Come Fly with Me, Under My Skin, Sway, Mr Bojangles, Fly Me To The Moon, That’s Amore, Mack the Knife, plus many more of your favourites. Plus many festive favourite songs and endless hanky panky and banter! Enjoy timeless style – always a fun night out! The BBC summed it up – ‘Magnificent!’ ‘Superb – Remarkable – Tremendously Entertaining!’ – The Stage Tuesday 17th December / St Michael’s & All Angels Church Doors Open 7.15pm – Concert 8pm Tickets only £20 available on 07899 820 334 or from the Visitor Information Centre at Macclesfield Town Hall or from Congleton Visitor Information Centre.

Friday 20th December at Macclesfield Town Hall WinterFest lays out the red carpet and welcomes the Vegas showgirls for an evening of fun casino entertainment including roulette, blackjack, croupiers, slot machines, fun money, close up magician, bubbly on arrival, lounge pianist, cabaret singer & canapés plus a full bar. And after selling out here last year, England’s finest soul band, The Screaming Beavers will be returning as our special guests delivering a blistering Christmas set of songs from artists such as Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, James Brown and many more soul greats which promises to keep you on your feet all night. WinterFest takes over the whole Town Hall for one night only – which room will you be in? Includes a glass of bubbly on arrival. Tickets £25

Christmas Treacle Market on Sunday 22nd December On the last Sunday before the big day, wander down to Treacle Market. It’s fast become a new tradition to soak up the festive atmosphere and get your last minute Christmas presents from what’s probably the best market in the North West. Craft and artisan stalls, festive food and drink, fairground carousel, carols and lots more. Starting at 10.00am until 3.30pm, the market is on Chestergate, Market Place, Mill Street, Castle Street and around St Michael’s Church. Be sure to be there.

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Seasonal Surprises at the Silk Museum

Rose Smith from the Silk Museum invites you to their seasonal events.

Open Art Exhibition

The first Macclesfield Open Art Exhibition is being held at the Silk Museum. More than 320 submissions were received and 153 are now on display including watercolours, oil paintings, ceramics, paper work and much more. The exhibition is open from 10am until 3pm, Monday to Saturday until 1st February 2014.

Saturday 21st December: Victorian Christmas Day

Make this Christmas traditional and visit the Heritage Centre for a Victorian Christmas day. See Father Christmas in the Victorian parlour and check if you are on the naughty or nice list, visit Ma’am in the schoolroom and write a traditional Victorian Christmas card. There are 2 sessions of Christmas crafts (10am until 12noon; 12.30pm until 2.30pm), craft sessions are for children aged 6 to 12 and children must be accompanied by an adult. The sessions cost £6 and children will make rockin’ reindeers, box sleighs and mini Christmas Trees. Places on the craft session can be booked on T: (01625) 613210. Tickets for all the events can be purchased from the Silk Museum or the Heritage Centre Roe Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6UT. For more details visit

Silk Museum welcomes new appointment

The Silk Museum in Macclesfield is delighted to announce the appointment of Sue Hughes as new museum director. Sue has worked in museums for over 20 years, as a curator, in education and in interpretation. She started her career at the Armitt Trust Library and Museum, Ambleside before taking on a number of posts including assistant keeper at the Russell-Cotes Museum and Art Gallery in Bournemouth; curator at Lockham Museum, Lacock; education & outreach officer and manager for Knowsley Museum Service. Most recently she was director of Cheshire West Museums. Sue is a Trustee of the Blackden Trust and chairs the Museums of Cheshire Forum. The Silk Museum is managed through the Silk Heritage Trust. Councillor Wesley Fitzgerald, Chairman of the Silk Heritage Trust, welcomes this important appointment and is looking forward to working with Sue and her team on exciting proposals including an expanded Silk Museum within the planned Silk Quarter, and ultimately to the creation of a National Silk Centre.


Tasty turkeys are a real treat

Food4MaccDirect aims to make it easier for everyone in Macclesfield to eat tasty, fresh, nutritious and affordable local food. Trading since April 2011, this not-for-profit community enterprise has worked hard to bring local food to local people and the festive period is a busy time when local produce is in great demand. Each week Food4Macc Direct supplies a number of pick up locations across Macclesfield. These include Amuse Café, St Dunstan’s in Langley as well as their hub at Gilchrist Avenue near Broken Cross. This year home delivery was introduced so that residents can have local food brought to their doorsteps. Last Christmas, turkeys ordered from local producer Bailey’s in Knutsford, soon sold out. Volunteers from Food4MaccDirect distributed the great quality local birds with a cup of mulled wine, a mince pie and plenty of Christmas cheer! This helped to make their customer’s Christmas more festive whilst enabling them to support local businesses. This December, Food4MaccDirect is selling turkeys in addition to veg bags, chocolate tortes and locally made chocolate bars. They are also putting together a Christmas selection of local produce - an ideal foodie gift to celebrate scrumptious Cheshire fayre. Food4MaccDirect source more than half of their products from within 12 miles of Macclesfield with producers receiving 80% of the money spent. At this time of year it is good to know that you can get so much of your Christmas dinner from the local area. For more information or to place an order visit

did you know?

Father Christmas

Father Christmas is one of the names many of us in the UK use to refer to the jovial, red robed and bearded figure we associate with the Christmas gift giving season and many of its related traditions. He also appears in a similar guise in other places around the world – although many countries have their own variations on his name and Christmas traditions they follow. In Ireland, Father Christmas is traditionally called Daidí na Nollag by Irish speakers. The French call him Père Noël, whereas the Spanish (and most Hispanic speaking countries) refer to him as Papá Noel, or Padre Noel. Brazilians also call him Papai Noel. Norway has a slight traditional variation on the persona of Father Christmas – as one of the other names they give him is Julenissen or the Christmas Gnome. Russian people call Father Christmas Ded Moroz, which translates as Grandfather Frost, and the Japananse call him Uncle Santa – Santa No Ojisan. The German people have a few names they associate with the character of Father Christmas. Father Der Weihnachtsmann is possibly the nearest to our term for him, but he is also sometimes referred to as Kris Krindle or Christkindl. This name translates as “The Christ Child” and may relate to an alternative seasonal gift giving tradition – or indeed the reason for the Christmas Celebration. Another German name for Father Christmas, and one that we would be most familiar with, is Sankt Niklaus. This translates as Saint Nicholas, and it refers to the original Saint Nick and the gift giving traditions associated with him. There is a variation on this name that is used in the Netherlands - Sinter Klaas and also one that is used in most countries where English is spoken - Santa Claus.

JCVAPE was set up by a local family who gave up smoking using vapers, but found it increasingly difficult to spend hours on line or go to overpriced shops with little or no knowledge of the products, so after many hours of research set up their own shop. Vaping? This alternative to smoking is proving to be a revolution with its health, social and financial benefits. As an example a 20 a day smoker will spend in excess of £50 a week, will cough at least 15 times a day, have stained teeth, clothes, fingers and skin, vile smelling breath and socially you have been forced to be ‘abnormal’ by the government making you smoke outside. As an employer you have many hours of down time as your smokers head outside to take a break. Then there is the fire hazards including the obvious and who hasn’t lost a lighter and singed their hair and eye brows on the gas hob? Vape liquid contains 4 pharmacy grade chemicals in comparison to cigarettes which containsthousands. 69 of which are known to cause cancers. Vaping has no cancer causing chemicals but like tobacco contains nicotine which is the addictive ‘drug’. Treating the nicotine addiction is only a very small part of the problem. Many products have been produced as smoking cessation but do not address the habit of holding something and blowing out smoke. Vaping does this by giving you something in your hand, something that allows you to blow out smoke and a safe nicotine hit without the 1000’s of dangerous chemicals found in cigarettes. Vaping does not create a hazard for non smokers as the exhaled product does not contain any harmful substances. So what is the science behind it? The Vaping units and e cigarettes are known as ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery systems) they work by a battery which when engaged produce heat which through a wick soaked in liquid and sucked through the mouth piece produce water vapour, you inhale the vapour. Recent news: We are working with a supplier who is now already in the process of licensing by 2016, and is already UK based. Come and experience the alternative.. Our shop is staffed only by people who fully understand what they are selling and are all now VAPERS not SMOKERS. We continue to research the market to bring to you locally the best products. We have quality not copied products. All batteries carry a 28 day factory defect guarantee. We offer the full range of liquids to taste using disposable mouth pieces to prevent any form of cross infection to our customers.

JCVAPE is now open. 19 Back Wallgate Macclesfield. Opening times: Monday to Saturday 9.30 to 6pm The last Sunday of the Month 10-4pm Read on: “I was a 40 a day smoker, since Vaping I am saving £85 pounds a week” “I cannot believe how much better I feel and smell and look” “I Vape at my desk, I concentrate and work harder because I no longer have to get up and go for a cig then return to my working having to spend time re capping on what i was doing before and I notice that people don’t turn to look at me no more, welI I don’t woft in smelling like an ash tray” “my 80 year mum smokes and we started to worry as she had burn marks from fags all round her chair and even through her dressing gown, she now is Vaping and is safe!, she also used it in hospital recently, they let her or she was going to leave” “I burnt my arm really badly and my car seat when I chucked my fag out the window and it blew back in”

As Christmas is coming we will be running special offers and Christmas packs so that dilemma of whether to buy socks or gift boxes of toiletries which are never used is over!

find us online office: 01625 576689

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