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Welcome to the August-September issue of

Inside Bramhall As usual, we bring you a mixture of news and events from far and near. Well not so far! But we do try to tempt you beyond familiar Bramhall territory. For those who enjoy rambling (and a sharp descent) we feature a walk over Kerridge Hill. If you prefer something a little less strenuous, there are lovely gardens that you can still visit throughout August and September, courtesy of the National Gardens scheme. For those who take shopping trips to Manchester, we recommend a brief and inspiring interlude at the John Rylands Library.

Inside this issue News from the Village Square 3 All About Brookdale

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Health & Wellbeing

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National Gardens Scheme Update

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Simply Books Book Club Choice

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Building Hope

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Eating Out

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Calling All Divas

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Manchester Gems

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Recipe

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Walks in Cheshire

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Points of View

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All at Sea in Macclesfield

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Crossword

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Just for Kids

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Sudoku

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Noticeboard

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We hope you enjoy the magazine, but whatever you do, have fun!

Inside Guide

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Puzzle Solutions

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Garth Aspinall Claire Hawker Co-Editors

Classified Index

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Useful Numbers

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Closer to home is Brookdale Open Day - an opportunity to explore the diverse activities provided by this great local club. If you think there’s something special, or someone special that we should feature in Inside Bramhall, do let us know. We are always pleased to hear from you. In this issue we would like to extend a welcome to Zoe Unsworth of Sandwich Heaven (in Fir Road) and wish her lots of success with her new venture. We would like to remind all Bramhall businesses that you can reach almost 7,500 homes in Woodford and Bramhall for as little as £20 per month. Give us a call for details. Finally, we are pleased to announce that the winner of our Day of Pampering competition was Glenys Richards – an article about Glenys and her special day will feature in our October-November magazines. Lunch for two in the Riverford Travelling Field Kitchen was won by David Hoyle.

Copy deadline for next issue Monday 20 September

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News from the Village Square Sponsored by Bramhall Village Square Since writing in the last issue, we have now had Bramhall Festival, Fathers Day, the Longest Day and are heading towards Christmas! Only joking about Christmas, but isn’t it amazing how once we have passed 21 June the media starts talking about winter? If you have been down to the square recently, you will have seen the new furniture within the piazza area. It has certainly proved very popular and on the days when the sun is out you really could feel as though you were in the Mediterranean whilst eating, drinking and listening to live music or watching the regular entertainment. Both the Courtyard Café and Country Fayre are busy every day serving customers al fresco and soon the Courtyard Café will be enjoying a later licence and serving Sunday brunch every week. We have now had Dave from Jellybean Juggling performing his amazing juggling and plate spinning acts, creating balloons and encouraging all children (and some grown ups too) to learn a few circus skills. He has certainly proved very popular and it has been fabulous to watch the children enjoying themselves whilst Mum and Dad sit and relax in the piazza. Unless you were out of the country, you cannot have failed to enjoy the magic of Bramhall Festival 2010!

The parade was even bigger than last year and luckily the sun shone down on everyone walking through the village. This year it was judged by Mark Hunter MP and two of our local war veterans, who, after a lot of deliberation, decided on Team Spirit to win the first prize for their great costumes and amazing routine. Throughout the whole weekend everywhere in Bramhall was packed and the atmosphere was wonderful for young and old alike. There was something for everyone: food; drink; dance; music; magic; lots of special promotions in the shops and lots and lots of fun. Light up Bramhall will be the next big event organised by the Bramhall Business Community and this will take place on the first weekend in December. Meanwhile, in the piazza we will be hosting various events throughout the coming months. To learn all about our news and events on a regular basis please visit our website. On behalf of everyone in Bramhall Village Square, we look forward to welcoming you over the next few months. Carole www.bramhallcentre.co.uk

Photos supplied by Caramel Photography.

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Glastonbury Goes Green Now Europe's biggest music festival has been and gone for another year, its founder, Michael Eavis, is building Britain's biggest privately owned solar farm. He is taking advantage of the Government's new, heavily subsidised ‘Clean Energy’ scheme to install a solar photovoltaic system on the roof of the "Mootel" – the barns that are home to the farm's herd while the festival is on. Sunshine is never guaranteed at the festival but that has not deterred him from building the enormous solar roof, which is expected to deliver enough electricity to power about 40 houses. Thanks to the government’s feed-in tariff, under which participants are paid a premium rate for the electricity they produce, Eavis expects to earn about £45,000 a year from the system as well as reducing the farm’s energy bills. The new feed-in tariffs, which all homeowners will pay for through higher energy bills, are a great offer for homeowners, farmers, businesses and landowners looking for a high interest, long term and tax free investment. “We will benefit from this financially but when it starts generating a profit, I will spend all that money on more solar energy, so it will also be a good investment for the nation," says Eavis. Closer to home local renewable energy company iGen has seen huge interest in its solar electric solutions from homeowners keen to take advantage of the government’s feed in tariff. “People are really taking notice of solar PV as a viable investment - the thought of an investment that returns around 10% a year and reduces CO2 at the same time seems like a no brainer”.

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All About Brookdale It’s not just a theatre it’s more an enrichment to life How many times have you passed a strange building just off the roundabout at the bottom of Bridge Lane in Bramhall and seen a banner outside saying Sweet Charity, 26th April or Open Bridge Drive 16th September ? Have you ever wondered what goes on in there? You may have presumed it’s ‘just’ a theatre. And it is a theatre – a 200 seat theatre putting on five shows a year, from comedies or tragedies to musicals expertly performed by some award-winning amateurs, aged anywhere from 14 to 84, some of whom go on to be professional. But it’s so much more than that! Brookdale Club is primarily a social experience. It has so many activities that you will be hard pushed to find something in which you can’t become involved and enjoy, whether or not you’ve done it before.

Brookdale is essentially a family club catering for the many and varied interests of a wide age range, from a youth drama group to a luncheon club for retired members. This variety of activities is truly extensive. For just a few pounds a year you can become involved in anything from Andante, a choral group that meets every week, to the Wine Society that arranges wine tasting, the occasional trip to a wine-related location and monthly social events. In between there are numerous activities offering opportunities for the more to less actively inclined. For the former there’s

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everything from bowling to rambling, strolling, travel and a gardening section that boasts over 200 members. For those interested in more indoor pursuits there’s a 200+ member Bridge club, a dancing section, an art group, linguists – everything from French, to Welsh and many in between - and crossing these boundaries are activities such as digital photography and Caracamp (for caravanners and campers). Even if you’re not inclined to become so actively involved in any of these, there’s a range of ‘support’ activities that include maintenance – the Club maintains its own buildings – to Theatre Workshop and Social or General committees that help with the running of the Club. Or you could simply relax in Brookdale’s welcoming bar. If you’re still not sure “what goes on in there?” you can find out for yourself at the Club’s Open Day from 11am to 3pm on Sunday 12th September. Entrance is free and there’ll be demonstrations of most of the Club’s activities, with refreshments available. Just turn up, you’ll be made most welcome.


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Health & Wellbeing with Alexandra Worsley Fit and fabulous for summer Now it’s summer, the thought of peeling off the winter layers and baring some flesh can be pretty daunting. A lifestyle with a varied but healthy diet, teamed with regular exercise and the right footwear, can kick start the transformation process and help turn unsightly, dimpled and un-toned legs into pins to envy. The team from Alexandra Worsley Health and Wellbeing clinic in Bramhall offers some top tips and advice to get a bootylicious body just like the stars: Go Walk-About There’s no doubt about it, walking is good for us. Whether we walk to improve our general health, to control our body weight, to keep fit or just to get us from A to B, there are a number of benefits. For example, by walking just one mile our bodies can burn up at least 100kcal (420kJ) of energy and walking two miles a day, three times a week, can help reduce weight by one pound every three weeks. It also alters our metabolism so our body burns fat instead of sugars to help towards weight loss. Walk in Style Being kitted out with the appropriate footwear doesn’t have to be expensive; indulge feet in a pair of FitFlops and go walking in them. Not only are they super comfortable and come in a range of designs and colours to suit any wardrobe, but they’re biomechanically engineered to help tone and tighten leg muscles while walking.

the world’s most fabulous celebs who are known to give FitFlops the thumbs up – from Hilary Swank and Jessica Biel to the uber glam supermodel Heidi Klum. Boost Your Body Flush out the toxins and give the body a real boost in time to show it off this summer. The new ‘Organic Weight Management Plan’ from Viridian Nutrition, which is now available in store from Alexandra Worsley, is a comprehensive plan featuring the diet, a unique motivational position which encourages the shedding of pounds and a pledge to charity, recommended exercises to get stuck into and four supplements to help keep the body healthy. Alexandra Worsley is making it even easier to get in shape for summer by stocking a wide range of FitFlops and products which can now be ordered online. To find out more, or to place your order, log onto www.alexandraworsley.com

SPECIAL OFFER Mention Inside Bramhall for your £10 gift voucher when you purchase a pair of FitFlops from Alexandra Worsley.

Look stylish and get a workout at the same time – and follow in the footsteps of some of

Voted No. 2 Independent Health Store Retailer of the Year by the National Association of Health Stores! The Homeopathic Health Clinic, 19 Bramhall Lane South SK7 1AL. Tel 0161 439 9856 www.alexandraworsley.com

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National Gardens Scheme With so many great NGS gardens to visit throughout Cheshire the school holidays will fly by. There are gardens with secret corners, others with fish ponds or weird plants. And the best news is that almost all of them are free for kids! When autumn comes the full blaze of summer colour may be over but there's still lots to enjoy. Start planning for next year - see how even the smallest garden can be fun for all seasons. 73 Hilltop Avenue, Cheadle Hulme

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Formal garden of 11/2 acres surrounding historic house (not open) lived in by George Mallory, the Everest Mountaineer. Clipped box parterres, yew hedges, herbaceous borders, exotic vegetable garden and immaculate lawns. Open: Sun 22 August 2pm-5pm 39 Osborne Street, Bredbury

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, shadeloving woodland plants and small unusual trees, in an originally designed, long narrow garden.

This dahliaholic's garden contains over 250 dahlias in 150+ varieties, mostly of exhibition standard. Shapely lawns are surrounded by deep flower beds that are crammed with dahlias of all shapes, sizes and colours, and complemented by climbers, soft perennials and bedding plants. An absolute riot of early autumn colour.

Open: Sun 8 August 2pm-6pm

Open: Sat 4 & Sun 5 September 1pm-5pm

Hillside, Mobberley

35 Heyes Lane, Timperley, Altrincham

A magnificent, tranquil garden, this 6 acre site is home to a huge collection of rare birds including 80 flamingos. Beautiful rare plants, mature trees and several queen palms surround the various ponds and waterfalls. This delightful garden is also home to a rare collection of bonsai trees.

Small mature suburban garden 30' x 90' on sandy soil, maintained by a keen plantswoman member of the Organic Movement. Improved accessibility with several changes to this yrround garden; including tree haven for birds and new plantings, trees; small pond; greenhouses; many kinds of fruit with a good collection of interesting and unusual plants. A true plantsperson’s garden with many environmentally friendly features including wildlife havens.

Open: Sat 7 & Sun 8 August 11am-5pm Lyme Park, Disley 17-acre garden retaining many original features from Tudor and Jacobean times. High Victorian style bedding, Dutch garden, Gertrude Jekyll style herbaceous border, Edwardian rose garden, Wyatt orangery and many other features. Also rare trees, lake, ravine garden, lawns, mixed borders and rare Wyatt garden. Open: Sun 8 August 11am-4.30pm

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Newton Hall, Mobberley

Open: Sun 5 September 2pm-5pm For more information consult the NGS Cheshire & Wirral Gardens brochure or visit www.ngs.org.uk


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Simply Books Book Club Choice

My first choice this month is A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore. This is a brilliant coming-of-age novel set in present day America and one of my favourite books so far this year. When twenty year-old Tassie moves to the college town of Troy to study, she finds work as part-time nanny to a professional couple living in the suburbs. She is soon drawn into their lives and that of their newly adopted toddler – and before long all manner of complications surface. By turns funny and distressing, our book club found this is an absorbing read - the writing is inventive and quirky and moves you along at a terrific pace. And there are some shocking twists which I for one did not see coming! It’s become a bit of a cliché to describe a novel as ‘post 9/11’ but this is a book which deals with current anxieties – family, race, religion, the environment – with a light touch and in ways we can all recognise in our own experience. By way of contrast my second book The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant is an historical novel set in 16th century Florence. Alessandra is barely fifteen when her father engages a young painter from Northern Europe to decorate the family chapel in their Florentine palazzo. The book follows Alessandra's daily life closely, re-told as a memoir written by

Alessandra late in her life. Her passion for painting and learning serve her well for herself, but not in the face of her family who have designs on her marriage to a rich and powerful husband. Inevitably there are tensions and conflicts which have to be resolved one way or another. Alessandra’s story is set against the turbulent backdrop of political infighting in Florence and the author’s detailed description of this is every bit as fascinating as our heroine’s plight. As with the very best of historical novels you get an understanding of events told through the lives of characters with whom you feel emotionally involved. If there’s one book to take with you to Tuscany (or your back garden) this summer this is it! Andrew Simply Books, 228 Moss Lane, Bramhall, Cheshire SK7 1BD 0161 439 1436 www.simplybooks.info Thursdays in August: Join us for the ‘rescue chair’ – stories and activities for children. We'll be holding 'rescue chair' mornings each of the following Thursdays in August: 5 12 & 19 August Two sessions each morning: 10-10.45am for 3-5years and 11.30-12.15pm for 6+ years Book early to be sure of a place!

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Building Hope Local mezzo soprano Bonnie Allaby has turned her passion for singing into a unique opportunity to entertain by staging concerts to promote local talent. Bonnie, who lives and works in Wilmslow, searches for local talent and stages concerts to give people the chance to perform without cost or audition. The concerts raise money for Revive, a Vision Mozambique project to build a Women’s Rehabilitation Centre to rescue women who have been forced into prostitution. Bonnie’s dream is to build centres such as this one worldwide. Bonnie is also the new voice of Canalside Radio, delivering a chilled and witty start to Sunday Mornings, covering musical ‘goings on’ and a “Thought for the Day message”. 102.8fm Canalside Radio at 8am. Below is a list of events planned for later this year - if you are a budding performer why not take this chance to showcase your talent at the same time as raising money for this worthy project? Some of the dates are still to be confirmed but contact Bonnie now to see how you could get involved.

A Taste of the Classics Prestbury or Alderley Edge 25 September Choose to perform your favourite Aria, Lied, Mèlodie, orchestral piece or choral ensemble to provide a real showcase of fantastic music.... a real celebration. Solo / Duets / Trio / Quartet – Male or / and Female. Orchestral Instruments – All families, performed in solo, duet, trio or group. Choirs – All Forms including; Ensemble, Barbershop, Male Voice.

Big Swing Era with High Tea Poynton 16 or 17 October Musicians: Do you fancy joining the band for

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a one off electric show? – Or show off your talents as a soloist to get our toes tapping in the 2nd half? Dancers: Find your favourite song and open the show with a bang. Performers: Accompaniment can be provided. Choose your favourite songs of the era and we’re away!

Pure Pop (and Hip Hop) Wilmslow Saturday 19 November Pop music ranges from fun, funky to touching and poignant. Can you rival Glee club? Can you sing like Christina, Perform like JLS, Dance like Britney, Shake it like Beyonce or Shakira, Play like Chris Martin, scat like Jason Mraz or rap like Chipmunk? Perform as a solo artist or as a group. Backing singers and or backing dancers allowed. Choreograph your favourite pop songs for Solo, Group or as Backing Dancers Perform as a soloist or group or accompany singers either as a soloist or part of a band.

Acoustic Sessions Bollington Christian Life Church 10 December Male and Female singers performing classic Acoustic Hits accompanied by their own guitarist or pianist. This will be Nov/Dec time so feel free to make a song Christmassy. With a candlelit setting and cafe style layout It’s a real opportunity to show what you’re made of, engage with the audience and give it all you’ve got.... from the chilled to the funky... just be yourself. For more information about getting involved, purchases and concert tickets visit www.bonnieelizabeth.com. For information on Vision Mozambique www.visionmozambique.org.uk


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Eating Out We were delighted to be offered the chance to review the stylish 39 Steps restaurant in the picturesque Styal village just three miles from Wilmslow. Under new ownership since September 2006, 39 steps is run by owner Jon Rebecchi and offers a modern British fine dining experience spiced up with just a hint of the Mediterranean. The first thing that struck us was the comfortable ambience - the interior is sophisticated without being stuffy; contemporary with a warm feel. The restaurant isn’t very large so at the start of the evening when only a couple of tables were occupied it still felt cosy and welcoming. The staff were friendly and attentive yet unobtrusive throughout the evening. To start with we chose a goat’s cheese salad with pea shoots, asparagus, toasted almonds and aged balsamic. The dish was moist, crispy, fresh and flavoursome with soft and fluffy goats cheese. The other starter, a trio of seared Scottish scallops with sweet chilli jam, crème fraiche & herb salad was delicate and perfectly seasoned. The main course lamb dish was simply delicious – served pink as requested with creamy fondant potato on a bed of fine ratatouille. The succulent lamb blended perfectly with the robust flavours of the rosemary and red wine reduction.

The other main course was packed full of flavour, the confit leg of duck contrasting beautifully with the more delicately flavoured breast meat and accompaniments of broad beans, potato rosti and cognac and cherry sauce. The desserts were an absolute treat – a fluffy soufflé with the lovely sharp tang of rhubarb and a creamy pool of custard underneath. It smelt delicious and tasted divine. The Orange & Grand Marnier Crème Brulee was also a triumph - a beautiful crunchy top, with silky crème brulee and melt in the mouth buttery shortbread. The presentation of all the courses was excellent – a feast for the eyes as well as the palate! In conclusion and bearing in mind that we always endeavour to give a balanced account in our restaurant reviews, we would have to give top marks for this particular experience. We would heartily recommend 39 Steps for a special occasion or just a treat anytime. See sample menus and prices online at www.39stepsrestaurant.co.uk As a special offer to Inside Magazines readers Jon would like to offer the three-course table d’hote menu with a glass of wine at the special price of £25 from Monday to Thursday evenings before 8pm. This is available until the end of September* - just mention the offer when you book your table. 39 Steps Restaurant Altrincham Road, Styal, Cheshire SK9 4JE. Tel: 01625 548144 *please note 39 Steps closes for three weeks from 9 August, reopening on 31 August.

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Calling All Divas! Championships and we sing a growing repertoire of hit numbers, both modern and traditional, some choreographed and in the inimitable style of 4-part a cappella harmony. It’s hugely enjoyable.

In less than 18 months since its inception, Cheshire A Cappella has already earned itself a well-deserved reputation as being an entertaining and vibrant group of characterful performers. Comprised of all ages and from many different backgrounds, our one big bond is we all love to sing and so often, we hear from our audiences and from competition judges, that the energy and the fun we project are infectious! Praise indeed! We meet each Wednesday evening at 7.30pm at The Morley Club on the outskirts of Wilmslow. Correct breathing, physical posture, group dynamics, musical interpretation – these are just some of the techniques practised throughout the evening’s rehearsals and quite apart from the pleasure we take in learning and performing new songs, we’re all aware of just how fit we’re becoming! What a way to increase fitness levels and general well-being.

Now boasting a membership level of over 50 singers, Cheshire A Cappella is actively seeking new women to join us in September. Do you love to harmonise? Can you sing high? Or do you prefer to sing low? If you can answer YES to any or all of these questions, then you’re going to enjoy releasing your inner Diva with us! The FREE induction course on offer will give you the opportunity to come along for 3 weeks, not only to find out about the chorus, but also to learn a fabulous new song alongside our existing membership. It’s fair to say, you’ll want to stay on! Cheshire A Cappella’s style is a totally fun and sociable way of singing so don’t miss out. Call us on 07896 157411 or email sing@cheshireacappella.org or visit www.cheshireacappella.org and register now for September’s course. We’re waiting for you!

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Manchester Gems The John Rylands Library You probably have mixed emotions about Manchester. There will be things you love and things you hate about the place. But how well do you know this historic, world-famous city? If you only ever go there for the theatre or the shops, you’re in for a nice surprise. In this and further issues, we highlight a few places that we think are really worth a visit - and we begin with The John Rylands Library. The Library is located at 150 Deansgate in the heart of Manchester. It’s immediately adjacent to the new Spinningfields complex and is just a few metres away from Kendals department store. This library is part of the University of Manchester and contains one of the world’s finest collections of rare books and manuscripts. For researchers, it is an important working academic library. For the casual visitor, it is, at the very least, a magnificent building – a wonderful example of Gothic architecture, with an incredibly inspiring interior. The main staircase leads up to the Historic Reading Room - one of the finest reading rooms in the world - and provides stunning views of the Entrance Hall below and the Lantern Gallery above. Downstairs from the Entrance Hall can be found the original Victorian toilets, unchanged since 1900 and still in use today.

Why you should visit. • Great architecture, unique displays and a special atmosphere. • Lovely food at the café (a good place to be if you’re not a culture vulture) • A very tasteful gift shop • Really friendly staff in every department • Entrance is free Special Events There are various events and public lectures. For details Tel: 0161 306 0555 or visit www.library.manchester.ac.uk Opening times Sunday and Monday 12 noon to 5pm Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm

There is an Introductory Gallery where you can find out how and when the Library was built and discover its fascinating history. You can learn about the lives of John and Enriqueta Rylands and the textile business on which their wealth was founded. In the Activities Gallery, the whole family can explore how books and manuscripts were made in the past and how some of the techniques are still used today. The Spencer and Crawford Rooms, the Christie Gallery and Rylands Gallery all have much to offer and there is a rolling programme of exhibitions.

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Chocolate Courgette Cake By Jane Baxter, Riverford Field Kitchen Taken from the Riverford Farm Cook Book

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then spoon the mixture into a 20x35cm baking tin lined with baking parchment. Place in an oven preheated to 190°C and bake for 35-45 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cut into squares whilst still warm.


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Walks in Cheshire Our walk this time starts in Bollington, and is a pleasant 4 mile circular route heading out in the direction of Rainow and returning along the ridge of Kerridge Hill to White Nancy. The landscape is very lush and pleasant, mainly through gentle rolling pasture and pockets of woodland. The climb up to Kerridge Hill is steady, and the route down to Bollington from the White Nancy is steep but it’s well worth it for the magnificent views from the top. Allow a couple of hours or more to enjoy this walk at a leisurely pace. The walk starts at the top of Bollington’s Lord Street. Kerbside car parking is available on both Church St and Lord St. Just as Lord St turns sharply right, at the top of a hill you will see Cow Lane heading off to the left. Walk along here to a gate at the far end. Go through the gate and you will see two paths across the field. Follow the upper of the two paths going uphill until you reach a gate and cattle grid at the far corner.

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At this point, continue to the left along an open track. Follow this track down to a lane at the bottom of the valley. Turn to your right, then fork right in front of a row of terraced cottages. Pause to have a look at the weir and pond to your left – this is a very pretty spot, the final remnants of the former silk mill. Go through the gate into Waulkmill Wood and follow the path until you emerge through a metal swing gate onto a field. Continue along the lower part of two fields aiming for buildings on the far side. Keep on the path to a wooden gate then continue along the track though a couple more fields. At one point the track forks, just after a gate – keep to the lower path here. When you reach a narrow wooden gate with a footpath sign, go through this onto a narrow track through trees emerging onto a walled track. At the end of this you will come to the main road (Tower Hill).


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Turn right and walk along the pavement, passing the Rising Sun Inn and continuing until you reach Lidgetts Lane bending off sharply to the right. Walk up here and almost immediately ahead, on a sharp left hand bend you will see a gate with a large stone stile next to it. Go over this stile, past a row of hawthorn trees on your right, and through another gate. Keep going straight ahead along the track until it clearly forks (just after another gate). Ignore the lower path and follow the left hand one that climbs up the hill, through the trees. It is a very obvious path (don’t do what we did and turn off too early and scramble up the side of the hill – it’s hard work and there’s no way through at the top!)

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Bollington is directly ahead of you, at the bottom of the hill. Follow the steep path down – in places it’s almost like stone steps. When you reach a track at the bottom, cross straight over this (keeping ahead rather than turning left or right) and you will see a new-looking metal gate ahead of you. Go through this and continue to follow the path down until you reach Cow Lane and Lord Street.

This path climbs gradually up until you reach a metal swing gate with a yellow waymarker sign. Go through this and continue along the track, passing through several more gates following the ridge of Kerridge Hill. At one point you climb a stile over onto a path marked Gritstone Trail – just continue in the same direction passing two quarries on your left hand side until you reach the distinctive landmark, Bollington’s White Nancy.

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Sandwich Heaven A warm welcome to Bramhall's newest sandwich shop on Fir Road. Sandwich Heaven was the dream of proprietor Zoe Unsworth who lives in Bramhall and knows the area well. She thought Fir Road was in need of a really nice sandwich shop and it is in a perfect location as there is plenty of free parking. Sandwich Heaven prides itself on serving freshly-made sandwiches to order, just how you like them. They only use the finest quality locally sourced ingredients and make all their own fillings. Fresh bread rolls are delivered daily and delicious homemade cakes and treats are also on offer. In the few weeks since Sandwich Heaven opened Zoe has been delighted with the response she has received. Many customers are returning daily; they love the fresh sandwiches and find the prices very reasonable too. Sandwich Heaven serves hot breakfast rolls, lovely lunchtime sandwiches, paninis, oven cooked baked potatoes, salad boxes and delicious cakes! Also fresh coffee including lattes, cappuccinos and americanos. Why not go along and meet Zoe and the team at Sandwich Heaven and treat yourself to a heavenly sandwich today? Telephone orders welcome. Call 0161 439 6146

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Points of View Women drivers: the theory and the truth! Now I am the first to condemn anyone who pokes fun at women drivers. The feminist in me would never allow somebody to put half of the population in a box labelled “Bad Drivers.” I would rather stick needles in my eyes than betray my fellow women. However, a recent encounter forced me to view things a little differently. The first encounter, much to my embarrassment, occurred when I was attempting to park my car between a BMW and a Mazda. The space was tight and my skills, admittedly, were limited. I managed to somehow wheedle my tiny Corsa into such a position that I couldn’t move backwards or forwards without severely damaging either car. After around 15 minutes I decided to face the facts. I was stuck. I began to panic, and glanced around hoping the drivers who had stopped around me would be sympathetic enough to allow me a little more time (although for what, I had no idea!) And then he who can only be described as a gentleman caught my eye, and mouthed “shall I park it for you?” I nodded so quickly I can only hope it didn’t look too pathetic. Around two minutes later, he had perfectly parked my Corsa neatly between the two cars. Desperately grateful the damsel in me gathered the only words I could think of in gratitude: “thank you, you’re a lifesaver, thank you so much!” He simply shrugged

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off my admiration, as if he had only done what any person would have done in that situation (which of course, was entirely untrue as we were surrounded by many drivers who chose to either ignore me or become more frustrated at the wheel!) I however felt wholly indebted to him, almost as if he had just given me his last Rolo. He was gone as quickly as he had appeared and I watched him (still absorbed with gratitude) zoom away in his black sports car. Now I am the last woman on this earth to wait for a knight to come to my rescue. If I’d have lived in the sixties, I feel sure I would have been involved in bra burning, and promoting women’s rights. But I feel that situation forced me to admit the fact that driving may just be a man “thing”. Otherwise I’d probably still be sat in my Corsa in the middle of that car park. Maybe there is a reason why there are no successful Formula One women drivers. Maybe there is a reason why there are no women presenters on Top Gear. And there is also a reason why the theory about women being exceptionally bad drivers exists. Yes, I’m afraid it may be true. Men are the better drivers (on the whole). In the world of motoring, women should take the back seat. And I have come to accept this fact... gradually. After all, women do own the world of cooking, cleaning, ironing, washing and oh so much more. So I figure we can afford to give it to the men just this once. (To the gentleman who rescued me that morning: if you happen to read this, you were my inspiration for this article and taught me more than you know! Thank you!)


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A Touch of The Orient Situated alongside what’s often described as one of the prettiest parts of the Cheshire ring canal route, The Weave Oriental Carpet & Tribal Interiors showroom has finally found the long awaited but perfect setting to display its many thousands of beautiful Oriental Carpets and Tribal interior furniture items. With the new showroom now open The Weave offers all the space customers need to leisurely enjoy the greatest selection of quality Oriental carpets in the UK. As clarified by the proprietors, the production of truly authentic Oriental carpets varies greatly according to lifestyle, skill and availability of materials to the weaver. Ultimately the design of the carpet is a reflection of the weaver’s personality

and as such we should never see two identical pieces. It’s this important factor which explains why we see such a great variation in styles, sizes and qualities of carpet available. Price too is largely dictated by this and explains why we see 5x3ft tribal rugs from around £70 to thousands for the bigger and more beautiful pieces. It’s this very diversity of the weaver’s ideas that allows Oriental carpets to look fantastic in all types of settings, modern or traditional it’s all about finding that perfect piece to suit the right home. Whether you’re looking for that spectacular, one-of-a-kind showpiece or smaller rug to add a touch of cosy character to your home you’re likely to find that perfect piece at The Weave.

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The Secret to Looking Younger The benefits of CACI facials have long been known and as such, have attracted a strong celebrity following - Barbara Windsor, Lyndsey De Paul, Anthea Turner, Gillian Taylforth, Sadie Frost and Tamsin Outhwaite to name just but a few. It has even been reported that Sir Cliff Richard and Olivia Newton John also know the secret of CACI facials. But do you know what they do? CACI (Computer Aided Cosmetology Instrument) is the result of 20 years of research by the acknowledged pioneer of micro-current therapy, Dr Thomas Wing. Backed by over 20 years of medical research CACI is the best known system within the beauty industry and is considered the most technically advanced treatment by both professionals and the public alike. CACI has become synonymous with the micro-current non-surgical face lift technique. The method used has been medically documented to successfully stimulate muscle tone and enhance skin tissue repair, achieving the most effective and long lasting results.

particularly around the jawline and eyebrows, my skin texture has improved and wrinkles reduced. Friends and family have commented on how well I am looking but it is my secret!” Nicholas Perricone MD, board certified dermatologist, international anti-ageing expert and best selling author states “As a dermatologist brand, we not only look for new ways to improve the skin, we also look at the importance of maintaining underlying musculature and bone structure to preserve youthful contours and smooth skin. The CACI Ultra is unrivalled when it comes to maintaining a lifted, firm and toned face and neck” If you want to discover the secret for yourself, contact June Rakestraw at the Cheadle CACI Clinic for a free consultation. June is a trained CACI Specialist and is a full member of the Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists.

CACI will gently help to tighten and tone sagging muscles, smooth the appearance of fine lines and plump out wrinkles leaving the skin visibly uplifted with a lasting youthful glow. The treatment offers a serious alternative to collagen injections and surgery, in an increasingly appearance conscious world. Suzie from Bramhall knows the secret “Recently I felt that my face had aged significantly and as I have just celebrated a milestone birthday, I thought that I would treat myself. As I have only had one facial in my entire life I was unsure what type of facial to choose. After completing some research on the internet I found details of the Cheadle CACI Clinic. I was not quite sure what to expect from this type of facial but June immediately made me feel at ease and she fully explained what would happen throughout the treatment. My face has now definitely lifted,

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained Preparing for change, whether it be starting or leaving university, a new job or change within the home, facing up to life’s challenges can be daunting. But challenges aren’t to be feared, they’re to be overcome. Take on a challenge as though you were grabbing an opportunity, an opportunity to grow. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. It is my own personal belief that life never throws out a challenge you can’t take on and achieve. We are all able to discover and utilise what it is that we need to brave any given situation. Here are seven sure ways to give you the confidence you need to face your challenge head on. Say yes, not no. Seize the opportunity and make the most out of it. Being faced with challenges is something each and every one of us will come across throughout our lives however big or small. Say yes to these challenges. Face them, learn new strengths and grow. Think positive. Believe it can be done and have faith in yourself. Your thoughts have a strong connection to your actions, keeping your thoughts constructive and encouraging of any tasks will give you a great head start in successfully achieving them. Challenge yourself. Turn the challenge around by challenging yourself to overcome it. Break down the bigger picture by setting yourself goals. Goal setting is a great way to assess what needs to be done and how it can be achieved. Identify any barriers. These are any obstacles that may prevent you from attaining your goals. Once you know what may stop you, you will be able to take a step back and think about how you are able to break down each of these barriers to allow you to move forward in successfully achieving your desired outcome.

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Enjoy the moment. Having fun in life is an important key to success. Enjoy the challenge and the lessons you find along the way. This has a strong link to positive thinking. Not all aspects of life are easy sailing and joyful, but, finding the positive will help keep the motivation. Make mistakes. Fear of failure and making mistakes can often hold us back in life. Very few people will go through life without making mistakes and the more challenges you take on the more mistakes you are likely to make. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, but when you do, learn from them. There is no such thing as failure, only feedback. And finally, live life to the full. Lianne Pendergast


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Here Comes Summer

As with any change of season, summer brings along changes of activity which can be exciting and enjoyable but also challenging for our bodies. It’s amazing how many acute low back problems come through our door; a result of patients lying on their tummies on sunbeds reading for hours on holiday or from lifting heavy suitcases. It’s worth thinking a bit ahead and breaking up or adapting these new activities so they don’t stress your spine. Our osteopathic team are always happy to help people get over their ‘holiday spinal hiccups’ or to do a pre-holiday MOT to get you off on holiday feeling mobile and relaxed from the start. Also available are acupuncture, homeopathy, counselling, aromatherapy and reflexology offered from highly qualified and experienced therapists. Happy Summer Joe Cheaney

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All at Sea in Macclesfield around the house. Her unique seahorses in shades of blue, white and turquoise evoke this underwater world. Other popular marinethemed ceramics include brightly coloured fish and paler sea urchin forms. All Sue’s pieces start as flat sheets of clay that she cuts out and shapes before assembling into the finished piece. “My working process is a bit like dressmaking,” she explains, “but that’s where the analogy ends!” Macclesfield Town Hall in October might seem an unlikely place to find seahorses – but Sue Crossfield’s ocean-inspired ceramics are set to be a key attraction at Art Fair 2010, the region’s premier affordable art fair.

In addition to displaying at Art Fair 2010, Sue has a number of other prestigious venues lined up in the North West this autumn.

After 30 years as a teacher inspiring others, Cheshire-based Sue is fast earning a reputation as an artist in her own right. At a recent exhibition in Exeter, her quirky seahorses sold out after just three days, and she has been working hard to keep up with orders from across the UK and further afield. Sue’s work is inspired by her south coast childhood, where she spent many happy hours splashing in the sea, collecting shells and dipping into rock pools. She admits to still being a compulsive beachcomber, hoarding collections of pebbles, shells and seed heads

Art Fair 2010 will be held at Macclesfield Town Hall between 8 and 16 October, exhibiting a stunning range of paintings, photography, sculpture and ceramics. It is held in aid of East Cheshire Hospice and supported by McCann. Entry is free and opening hours will be 10am – 5pm daily, except Sunday, with extended openings, until 9pm, on Friday and Tuesday. With 85 quality artists exhibiting across a stunning range of paintings, photography, sculpture and ceramics, whatever your budget, whatever your taste, we are confident there will be something for everyone in this exciting art event. More details can be found at www.theartofcaring.org.uk

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University Challenge Assuming all that hard work has paid off and you get the grades you need, university beckons for hundreds of teenagers. But do you know what’s in store? It’s easy to assume that uni will be ’like school but bigger’, but nothing could be further from the truth. Schools, in general, are nurturing, supportive places. They have to be, because they’re dealing with adolescents, not fully fledged adults. While you will have been encouraged to do some independent thinking and research at school, much of what you learned was broken down and fed to you in manageable chunks. At university study takes place at a much faster pace and students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning. This is a major adjustment for most young people and many do struggle to adapt. A common complaint from higher education tutors is that their students have never learned how to learn! The Good Study Guide by Andy Northedge is a very useful publication for new students. It aims to help you learn how to sort, process and recall all the information you’ll be required to absorb. There are separate guides for the arts and sciences too as each field requires a slightly different approach. If problems do occur then talk to your lecturer or tutor directly. Mostly these people are passionate about their subject and will be happy to help. Talk to them as soon as the problem arises though, don’t wait until the day before an assignment is due! Tutorials and seminars are your chance to take the initiative. Make the most of them. Go in armed with any questions and thoughts you might have. The more you put into university study, the more you’ll get out of it. If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty like dyslexia, make yourself known to

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the Student Learning Service. They offer support and run advice sessions. It’s not just the academic side of life that requires adjustment. You may be moving to the other side of the UK or from the countryside to a city. If you can, arrange to spend a weekend or two in the new area during the summer. Familiarise yourself with the transport system and the local amenities and it won’t seem quite as strange when term does start. Look at your finances. Think hard about how you’ll manage and don’t be too proud to talk your parents about this aspect of independent living. They’ve been through similar situations even if they didn’t attend university themselves. Finally, university is also about making new friends. Attend any ‘welcome’ events and sign up for a few clubs. Don’t over-commit yourself in these early days though because you’ll already have a lot to deal with. Most people look back on their time at university with fond memories. So get organised, work hard and don’t forget to enjoy yourself. You’ve earned it.


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

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Beware Fraud! Several of our customers have recently notified us of receiving phone calls in the evening reportedly from either Microsoft to say their licence needs renewing or from computer technical support companies to say their systems have critical errors and they need to access the machine remotely in order to fix the problem. This is a SCAM as Microsoft will never call you and you should not let anyone you don't trust access your machine as your private data could be compromised. If the caller is allowed access to your machine they will run bogus software which will show 'critical errors' that actually don't exist. A 'fix' will be run and you will then be asked to pay for the service. We have been told the request for payment may be quite forceful.

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The best thing to do if you receive one of these telephone calls is to ask for the name of the company, the telephone number and tell them you will call them back. You must then call the appropriate authorities to register a complaint. From the information we have been given it appears the calling numbers for these companies can appear to be localised eg 0161 or similar but there is a possibility they originate from abroad and the caller is using the internet as a calling medium. Donal Macintyre has been on Good Morning to publicise these scams and you can watch it here: www.itv.com/lifestyle/thismorning/more/sca mswithdonalmacintyre130110/ Mark Travis The PC Doctor *Inside Magazines cannot be responsible for the contents of external websites


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A Ramble Through the Brambles by Ruth Howard would be Harvest Festival, Halloween, Bonfire Night and then, Glory! Christmas to look forward to! Grandma locked the back door then the large key was carefully concealed under a stone placed by the back doorstep. No burglar coming to our street would have had any difficulty; keys lay beneath every doormat or below the nearest stone. However, none of the families had anything worth stealing. Say the word ‘blackberry’ these days and men's hands reach for their pockets or women scrabble through their handbags. Both wave small black plastic devices at me; "This," dramatically declared one person, "has my whole life on it!" How sad. I love my blackberries mixed with apple in a crumble, the sweet juices bubbling out gently as it cooks, while you stir up the custard. The smell of bramble jelly boiling in the jampan takes me back to childhood days. One day, my Grandma would prepare by arming herself with a walking–stick and her oldest pair of winter gloves. She put on an ancient straw hat and a long-sleeved blouse. What could she be thinking of? It was September, but still summer! An apron was tied over our oldest cotton dresses. Sturdy winter lace ups were thrust onto our summer-free feet. “Might be a bit wet under t'hedges," said Grandma. Cardigans were compulsory. "You don't want to get all scratched," Grandma told us. When she lined her square straw basket with a thick wad of old newspaper, we knew that we were going blackberrying again. We were happy; blackberry jelly, blackberry-and-apple pies were to be made and eaten. We were sad too; blackberry season meant that school would begin next week. But never mind, there

Grandma led us down country lanes, to the place she knew where the best fruits grew, and soon our mouths and hands were purple. The best berries were always just out of reach; the walking-stick helped to pull them down. One of Grandma's tea-drinking cronies told me that brambles were "lawyers" because they were difficult to escape from once you had got entangled with them! We never picked blackberries after 29 September, because we knew the Devil had spat on them. When, on this day, he was cast down from heaven, it was said that he fell into a blackberry bush. On the anniversary of his fall, he is supposed to spit on them. Good advice, because by then the fruits are becoming mushy and the plants may have become infected by mould. Grandma was always generous with her blackberry chutney, and blackberry jelly. She dosed us with her blackberry vinegar when we had a cold; the hot, fruity drink was soothing when we were sniffling and coughing. A warm oven shelf wrapped in a cloth placed in the feather bed soon sent us to sleep. Grandma hung blackberry leaves up in the scullery; and when they were dried, she sewed them into a muslin bag that you swished round in the bath. And best of all Grandma rejoiced because it was all for free. She hadn't had to spend a penny of her meagre housekeeping money!

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Community Noticeboard Woodford 10k A brief reminder that the Woodford 10k will take place on Sunday 12 September at the Woodford Centre. It is a multi-terrain event on an undulating, scenic and rural course. The event is open to everyone, whether you wish to run, jog or walk. All money raised will go to the Critical Care Unit at Stepping Hill Hospital. To take part visit www.woodford10k.com or call 0161 439 2939

Bookfest Bramhall Village Centre attracted bookworms and celebrities alike at the recent opening of Oxfam’s Bookfest. The staff and volunteers of the shop were joined by Coronation Street and Brookside star Sue Jenkins, who helped out and pledged her support for the event. “I was so pleased to be able to attend the launch of Oxfam's Bookfest in Bramhall on Saturday. It was great to witness first-hand the terrific dedication of the staff and volunteers. We all know about the great work that Oxfam does as a charity but it has to start on the 'shop floor'. The Bookfest is part of a nationwide promotion of Oxfam’s book sales, which last

year raised £1.5million for charity. “I love the idea of good old fashioned reading and it was so lovely to see children of all ages looking through the wealth of books there” said Sue. Mark Walsh, Manager of Oxfam, Bramhall said “I am really excited about this year’s bookfest. We receive such amazing support from the people of Bramhall all year round, and the Bookfest is a great way of thanking them for this support and introducing new people to the shop” Mark is especially proud of the variety of reading material on offer at Oxfam Bramhall, which includes a limited edition of Shakespeare plays valued at £2000. “This is a great opportunity for Oxfam to show the variety of quality books it offers in all its shops”

£3,000 for Local Charity Three pupils from Cheadle Hulme High School donated £3000 to Bramhall’s Beacon Counselling when they won the Youth Philanthropy Initiative. The three pupils, Lottie, Lucy, and Jake, took part in a national competition to encourage future philanthropists by giving them a taste of giving to charity. Each team had to choose a local charity, research what it did, design a presentation on the charity, then deliver the presentation. Lottie, Lucy and Jake went through several rounds to get to the final, and on the night won the competition against five other teams. Manager James Harper was delighted at news of the donation, saying: “We are simply bowled over at being given such a generous donation, and are so grateful to Lottie, Lucy, and Jake for choosing Beacon as their charity. Just for them to choose us has helped to raise the profile of the charity, but winning the final prize is simply fantastic!”

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Bramhall Inside Guide A guide to selected events in the area during August & September 9 – 13 & 16 – 20 August Woodford Cricket Coaching £67 per week, £15 per single day Contact Philip Owen Tel: 07708 037269 or email philipowen49@hotmail.co.uk Thursday 12 August Bramhall Group of The Family History Society of Cheshire – AGM followed by ‘Your Questions’ answered by our knowledgeable panel. Bramhall United Reformed Church, SK7 2PE 7.30pm Admission £1 Tel: 0161 439 5021 Sunday 15 August Bramhall Farmers Market The Governor’s House, Ack Lane, Cheadle Hulme. 10am to 1pm Tel: 01625 251753 Sunday 15 August Join Cheshire East Rangers for a 5 mile circular walk taking in Macclesfield Canal and Lyme Park with an hour’s free time in Lyme Park for lunch. 10.30am to 2pm. Meet at Nelson Pit Visitor’s Centre, Higher Poynton. Tel: 01625 504528 Sunday 15 August Gardeners’ Plant Fair 12 noon to 5pm Capesthorne Hall, Siddington, Macclesfield Enquiries Ruth Dinsdale Tel: 0161 366 6901 Tuesday 17 August (afternoon) Julia Donaldson (author of The Gruffalo) will be signing her new book Cave Baby Contact us for details: 0161 439 1436 enquiries@simplybooks.info Tuesday 17 August An illustrated presentation by Chris Makepeace - Manchester in the 1850's. Hazel Grove branch of the North Cheshire Family History Society. Hazel Grove Civic Hall 8pm. Visitors welcome.

Saturday 21 August A day of fun activities at Carrs Park in Wilmslow. Join the Friends of the Carrs to explore the park’s wildlife and get involved with some practical tasks. 11am to 4pm. Meet at the Carrs Park, Parish Hall Car Park, Wilmslow. Tel: 01625 520109 24, 25 & 26 August Summer Rugby Camps for ages 6 – 13yrs £65 plus free T Shirt. Stockport Rugby Club 10am – 3pm Download a booking form at www.fullersport.com or call Andy Fuller Tel: 07717 417 770 for more information Saturday 28 August 110th Poynton Show. Entertainment all day. More information at www.poyntonshow.co.uk 3 & 4 September Hazel Grove Gardening Club’s ANNUAL HORTICULTURAL SHOW. Wesley St Chapel, Hazel Grove. Open to all exhibitors. Details from Chairman Barry Hadfield Tel: 0161 483 6051 Tuesday 7 September Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme Flower Club ‘An Autumn Day’ – by national demonstrator Kevin Gunnell. Cheadle Hulme Civic Hall 7.30pm Visitors welcome Tel: 0161 439 1779 Thursday 9 September Bramhall Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire - A talk on `Banking in a Gentler Age ` by Alan Hayhurst. Bramhall United Reformed Church, SK7 2PE 7.30pm Admission £1 inc. refreshments. Tel: 0161 439 5021

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Saturday 12 September Woodford 10K The Woodford Centre 11am Enquiries Tel: 0161 439 2939 Tuesday, 14 September “Gauguin and Van Gogh: Contrasting Contemporaries” – public lecture organised by Wilmslow Decorative and Fine Arts Society (WDFAS) and presented by Vivien Heffernan, lecturer and practising artist. Free to WDFAS members, visitor’s fee £5 includes a glass of wine (booking necessary). 7 30pm, Wilmslow Parish Church Hall Contact Mr Robin Salmon Tel: 01625 526 680. Tuesday 14 September National Trust - East Cheshire Association "Acting Up" - Having retired from social work Caroline Meliar-Smith has taken new roles in film TV and advertising. St Michael's Church Hall Bramhall 2pm. Members £1 Non-Members £2 on the door. Tel: 0161 440 0570 Thursday 16 September Cheadle Hulme & Bramhall Natural History Society present ‘Garden Birdwatch'- The Secret life of Garden Birds by George Pilkington. St Michael's Church Hall on St Michael's Avenue Bramhall 7.30pm New members always very welcome Sunday 19 September Bramhall Farmers Market The Governor’s House House, Ack Lane, Cheadle Hulme. 10am to 1pm Tel: 01625 251753 Sunday 19 September 'Sunday Evening Coffee Concert' with 'Epiphany'. Schumann Piano Quintet featuring pianist Steve Robbings Poynton Methodist Church 8.15pm concert (7.45pm coffee/cakes) tickets £8, £5 (conc), under 18s free Tel: 01625 858802

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Tuesday 21 September An illustrated presentation by Mervyn Busteed- The Irish in 19th century Manchester. Hazel Grove branch of the North Cheshire Family History Society. Hazel Grove Civic Hall at 8pm. Visitors welcome. Thursday 23 September National Trust - East Cheshire Association "Underground Manchester" by Keith Warrender, author, publisher and broadcaster who has written two books on the subject. At St Michael's Church Hall Bramhall. 7.30pm Members £1 Non-Members £2 on the door. Tel: 0161 440 0570 Friday 24 September Hazel Grove Cricket Club Quiz Night Hazel Grove Conservative Club 8pm Entry fee £10 per team, payable on the night (max. 4 people per team) All quiz lovers, whether members of the cricket club or not, are very welcome to participate. Tel: Frank Brown 0161 483 6419, or Chris Williams 01625 878553. Wednesday 22 September Sophie Hannah and Adele Geras – “write mother write daughter!” Mother and daughter authors Adele and Sophie join us again for a wonderful evening talking about their writing 7pm Simply Books, Bramhall Tickets/details Tel:0161 439 1436 or email enquiries@simplybooks.info


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Classified Directory ACCOUNTANTS David Hanley

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HSA Associates

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ARCHITECTS Peter Young BUILDING MATERIALS Brick Market

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DENTAL CARE Clare Barber

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HOME INTERIORS Kellico Interiors

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DIY Great Moor Woodworkers

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HOUSE SALES You Sell Fast

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DRIVEWAYS & PAVING Oakland Paving

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IMAGE CONSULTANTS Lianne Prendergast

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ELECTRICIANS AJ Electrics

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IRONING SERVICE Fiona Joddrell

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CAR MAINTENANCE Finesse Bodyshop

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Marc 1 Electrics

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Mercury Garage

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RS Electrical

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JOINERY James Grace Staircase Renovations

CAR SALES & PURCHASE High Lane Garage

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Town & Country Carpentry

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CARPETS & FLOORING Moor Floors The Weave CHIROPODY Suzanne Gaskell CLEANING Driveway Blitz Safeclean

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CONSERVATORIES Costsave

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LAWNCARE Fairway Lawns Greenthumb

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OSTEOPATHS Bramhall Osteopathic Practice

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PEST CONTROL Roger Wilkson Services

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PLASTERERS PJ McEvoy

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PLUMBING & HEATING BPF Plumbing & Heating

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GARDEN CENTRES/ PLANT FAIRS Gardeners Plant Fair

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GARDEN DESIGN & LANDSCAPING Creative Garden Solutions Back Cover

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COMPUTER & INTERNET PC Doctor 40

COMPUTER SUPPLIES Cartridge World

FINANCIAL SERVICES Maestro Financial Services

11

COMPLEMENTARY THERAPY Alexandra Worsley Homeopathy 9

PC Medical

KITCHENS Byles

19

4

CLUBS & ENTERTAINMENT Brookdale Club 7

Cheadle CACI Clinic

5

2

Robinson Garden Maintenance

44

HEALTH & FITNESS Arriba Weight Loss Challenge

23

Gary Wellington

34

12

Lighter Life

11

RESTAURANTS 39 Steps

17

16

HOME IMPROVEMENT & PROPERTY MAINTENANCE Andy Hazeldine 7

ROOFING R Lomas & Son

39

SAILING TRAINING Cheshire Training

15

SOLICITORS/ LEGAL SERVICES Hale Solicitors

20

26

DECORATORS Stuart Ennis

19

GSI

27

N I Kirton

23

ICAN Handyman

23

Gary O Reilly

45

NRS Home Maintenance Robert Swindley

4 46

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Useful numbers Churches Baptist Church Christ Church, Woodford Bramhall Christian Fellowship Evangelical Church Methodist Church Roman Catholic Church of St Vincent de Paul St Michael & All Angels United Reformed Church Doctors Bramhall Health Centre Bramhall Park Medical Centre The Village Surgery Hospitals Stepping Hill Hospital NHS Direct Leisure Centre Bramhall Libraries Bramhall Library Stockport Central Reference Library Local Government Stockport MBC Mark Hunter MP Constituency Office Post Offices Bramhall Sorting Office Maple Road Post Office Parkside Post Office Hazel Grove Post Office

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