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Space4Autism are holding a Christmas Market on Sunday 26th November
Crafts, candles, cakes, plants and lots more ideas for your Christmas gifts.
Space4Autism was set up in 2005, by a group of parents, to provide much needed support for families struggling to cope with the lack of professional services. From a meeting of parents once a month and now with a membership of over 600 families, they have moved into much bigger premises on Mill Lane in Macclesfield. The new premises will house the 300+ activities each year they now provide and it is planning to incorporate an Autism friendly cafe, a retail area and a huge sensory room.
If you like pre-Christmas celebrations with fun, music and all the razzmatazz, or if you prefer something more peaceful, Little Moreton Hall has the answer, Tudor-style.
For the first time, the timber-framed mansion near Congleton will be open five-days-a-week during most of December for a Yuletide Festival.
At weekends, jesters, musicians, singers and a storyteller will bring life and humour to the hall, which will be ‘dressed for Christmas’ with seasonal decorations and a Tudor feast laid out on its massive ‘board’ table.
During weekdays, visitors will see some Tudor-style cooking, be able to sample some items of Tudor food, and explore in detail the way Yuletide was celebrated in the sixteenth century.
Rebecca Alexander, Little Moreton Hall’s Visitor Operations Manager, said: “Our weekend celebrations on the run-up to Christmas have always been a big draw, but until two years ago Saturdays and Sundays were our only open days in December. Last year, we experimented by opening on Fridays too, so that people who wanted to see the hall’s decorations and the Tudor feast in a quieter atmosphere could do just that. Visitors really enjoyed the experience and spent a lot of time chatting to our staff and volunteers."
"It was so successful that this year we decided to extend those ‘quieter’ days to Wednesdays and Thursdays as well. We think we are now catering for everyone. Some may like to try the weekday and the weekend experience. We can certainly assure everyone of a warm welcome, at least as far as hospitality is concerned. Temperatures are a different matter. Whichever day you choose to come; wrap up in some warm clothes!”
Little Moreton Hall is currently closed. It will open for Yuletide from 29 November to 17 December (Wed-Sun). Opening hours are 11am-4pm.
For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/littlemoretonhall or call 01260 272018.
The Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek, will be hosting the sixth annual Staffordshire Contemporary Artists & Designers Fair on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December from 10am until 4pm. Entry is free.
The popular two day event hosts a wide variety of inspirational creative work by professional artists, designers and makers alongside Foundation Degree students from Leek School of Art, part of Buxton and Leek College.
The fair will showcase painting, printmaking, ceramics, glass, jewellery, woodwork and more from around the region.
More than 20 professional artist will attend the event. Artists include Helen Hallows who is a participant in the current series of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 and creates wonderful original mixed media artwork inspired by nature and landscape. Also at the event are recent graduates of Leek School of Art Sarah Taylor , Val Leeming & Cathey Yardley who have recently opened the fantastic Gallery Twenty (a collective of nine Staffordshire Moorlands artists, designers and makers) in Getliffes Yard, Leek with their ceramics, textiles and glass work.
Suzanne Mellor, event organisor said: “Both artists and visitors are bound to have a fantastic time at this year’s fair. It will be a wonderful opportunity for shoppers to find beautiful things for themselves and their homes as well as being the perfect place to get started on some Christmas shopping. It’s a key date for anyone interested in discovering individual and unique artworks!”
The event is in conjunction with the Foxlowe Arts Centre situated in the centre of Leek which has a welcoming café serving home-made food and cakes. You can even order a glass of wine as you relax and admire your purchases!
The 2017 Macclesfield Open Art Exhibition is to be held at The Silk Museum from Saturday 9 December until Saturday 20 January 2018 and artists are invited to enter up to two pieces in this prestigious annual show, in any two- or three-dimensional medium.
Last year's exhibition was the biggest, and by general agreement, the best yet, with 225 works by 148 artists exhibited.
Although initially intended to showcase local talent, the exhibition now attracts many entries from much further afield, including Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and last year, even one from Australia! The majority of entries still come from artists in and around Macclesfield.
This year the total prize money and number of awards have been increased again, thanks to continuing sponsorship from Macclesfield Museums, Macclesfield Town Council and Mail Boxes Etc.
There will be six awards: the Macclesfield Open Award of £300, two Judges' Awards of £100 each, a £100 Silk Museum Award, and a £100 award chosen and donated by Mail Boxes Etc. There is also Visitors' Choice category, voted for by visitors to the exhibition; this £100 prize is awarded once the votes have been counted at the close of the exhibition.
Handing-in days at The Silk Museum are Friday 17 and Saturday 18 November, between 10.30am and 3.00pm.
Entry forms and guidelines are now available from libraries, Visitor Information Centres and museums in the area, and available to download from the Macclesfield Open Art website www.maccopen.org.uk and Macclesfield Museums' website www.macclesfieldmuseums.co.uk/5th
Make a Needle Felted Robin with Jo Gardiner, The Old Sunday School
Saturday 9 December, 10.30am-1.30pm
Create a beautiful felted robin tree hanging using the craft of 3D needle felting. All skills level welcome, but unsuitable for children.
£30 per person, all equipment provided including a needle felting kit to take home.
To book contact Jo, email@example.com
Want to give your presents some added sparkle and originality?
Come along to our shopping bonanza and we’ll help you bling up your Christmas wrapping with amazing bows and boxes.
Either bring a present to wrap or maybe buy something in our fantastic gift shop or Makers' Place?
You could even treat yourself to something special while you’re here!
We’ll be open late, until 6.30pm, so it’s an ideal chance to fit in some extra shopping – you won’t find the unique things we sell on the high street!
Free, donations welcome
Meetings are held at the Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield beginning at 7.30pm. Non members are very welcome. Admission £2.
Tuesday 23rd Jan
Vintage tools and other unusual items with John Hambleton.
An entertainment in the form of a talk and a quiz about articles from the past.
Tuesday 27th Feb
What to do with 323 post cards a talk by Julie Bagnall.
The background to the story of the cards that were in an Edwardian album left by two sisters.
Bella married a Macclesfield man and had close connections with his family after her marriage.
Tuesday 27th Mar
The impact of Macclesfield’s Mayors in the Great War: Joseph Whitmore, Edwin Crew and Joseph Frost a talk by Peter Ramsden.
Tuesday 24th Apr
Tiptoe though the Tombstones a talk by Rina Tillinger.
Uncovering poignant & quirky gravestone inscriptions and epitaphs many of which are local. £70+expenses from Chester
Tuesday 22nd May
Family History Top Tips a talk by Jean Ingram.
Tuesday 26th Jun
Reminiscences of Parkside Hospital a talk with many illustrations by Dennis Whyte.
Tuesday 24th Jul
A visit to King’s School with a chance to see the school and their archives.
Tuesday 28th Aug
The Munificent Sir John Leigh - the 'rags to riches' story of how his father (also John Leigh) developed into a leading cotton waste merchant a talk by Leslie Turner.
Leslie talks about the closure and exhumation of 20,000 bodies from one of Manchester's top cemeteries, the horrors of the First World War, a story of landscape gardener Thomas H Mawson, the boll weevil and something about some of England's grand estates.
Tuesday 25th Sep
AGM & Talk about the FHSC website by Alan Bennett the webmaster.
Tuesday 23rd Oct
From copper to velvet; Havannah Cheshire's deserted village a talk by Ian Doughty. Havannah was one of the first industrial villages to be built. For over 200 years the village’s powered mills were used in the manufacture of copper sheet and brass wire, the spinning of silk, the production of Havannah cigars and of velvet. In the early 20th Century Havannah became a deserted village.
Tuesday 27th Nov
Monarchy and Dunham, the grey area - an illustrated talk by Peter Braun covering the history of Dunham Hall, the families, royal claims, intrigue, executions, power, passion and scandal.