Macclesfield Silk Museum, Old Park Lane, Macclesfield
Launch of New Display of Macclesfield’s Ancient Egyptian Treasures at The Silk Museum
16 February 2019 - 2020
A ring belonging to Tutankhamun, a statuette of Queen Tiye - one of the most important queens in Egyptian history, and the mummy case of a significant female temple worker called Shebmut, are just some of the stars in a new display that sheds new light on Macclesfield’s own Marianne Brocklehurst and her remarkable collections.
This new display at The Silk Museum will be officially opened by Cllr Lesley Smetham, The Worshipful the Mayor of Cheshire East, at 11.30am on 16th February 2019 and runs until 2020.
The new display explores the connection between Macclesfield’s silk industry and Marianne Brocklehurst’s Egyptian collections. John Varney, Chair of The Silk Heritage Trust, said, ‘We are thrilled that the new research carried out by the museum’s curatorial team, has shown that many objects are even more significant than we thought; and this new display puts many more objects on show so that local people can enjoy more of this important heritage for the town’.
Marianne was the daughter of silk manufacturer John Brocklehurst, Macclesfield’s first MP. Her family’s wealth and social standing provided the resources for Marianne to travel extensively in Europe and the Middle East. In 1873-74 Marianne, along with her companion Mary Booth, her nephew Alfred and servant George, made an epic voyage up the Nile. Throughout this trip Marianne kept a personal diary illustrated with lively watercolours that captures life on the Nile through the eyes of this remarkable Victorian woman.
Marianne Brocklehurst and Mary Booth were life-time companions and were generally referred to as The MBs. They were unconventional women for their time – as a couple they seem to have been uncompromising and determined in their life and work. They collected various objects on their travels around Egypt, but they seem to have had a particular interest in items with a connection to Ancient Egyptian women. On their first trip, they collected the mummy case of a female temple worker, a scarab commemorating the marriage of a non-royal woman to the king, and the scarab of a king’s daughter. Perhaps it was intentional that the MBs, two unusually independent Victorian women, collected so many objects that bear the names, titles and likenesses of unusually independent Ancient Egyptian women.
A Family Open Day takes place at The Silk Museum on 16th February 2019
11am Welcome & Speeches John Varney, Chair, Silk Heritage Trust and Cllr Lesley Smetham, The Worshipful the Mayor of Cheshire East 11.30am onwards: Come and see the unique diary and notebooks that Marianne Brocklehurst made of her incredible adventures
Learn more about the Tutankhamun Ring and other amazing treasures in the collections
Mummification and Mask-making: Free Family Activities in the School Room
New Makers’ Place Meet the brilliant craftspeople making unique handmade gifts + demonstrations and craft activities All day: New Silk Shop Exquisite silk products – perfect for gifts for all occasions PLUS Egyptian inspired jewellery and souvenirs Coffee and Cake, The Jacquard Café generously supplied by the Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage with thanks to Bollington Co-op The Silk Museum admission is now Give What You Can. All donations welcome to support our work.
Grateful thanks to Cheshire East Council for very generously supporting the new displays and the Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage
The Cheshire Showground, Clay House Farm, Knutsford
The regions most prestigious agricultural event – The Royal Cheshire County Show – is back with a jam-packed summertime Show held to celebrate the very best of rural Cheshire.
The Cheshire Show, held annually at Clay House Farm in Knutsford, is a family-friendly event organised by The Cheshire Agricultural Society to celebrate the agricultural heritage ingrained within the local community. The Show promises ticket holders a great day out in the Cheshire countryside, with an amazing line-up of exhibitions, demonstrations and new, exhilarating performances.
The Show plays host to hundreds of livestock classes, including cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, as they all compete for the many coveted trophies available. The Agri – Centre is also a must-see experience for those who wish to learn how food is produced by our Cheshire farmers, with local farmers feeding calves, holding milking and sheep shearing demonstrations, along with many other presentations including veterinary care, butchery, ice cream making, and bread making.
Emily Sellars-Rooney takes control of a tractor at Cheshire Show 2018
This year’s Roberts Bakery Live Theatre welcomes celebrity chefs including Rosemary Shrager, Luis Troyano and Sean Wilson, who will be showcasing many mouth-watering culinary demonstrations. Ticket holders will also be able to taste Cheshire’s finest locally sourced produce inside the Roberts Bakery Hall, which hosts local, regional and national producers and purveyors of fine food under two huge marquees.
For an audience which wants to escape the hustle and bustle by enjoying musical performances, The Roberts Bakery Band will be making their Show debut performing around the Showground on Tuesday 18th June. The band will be playing a broad range of popular music to entertain an audience of all ages, with musical renditions including Queen and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man.
This year’s Main Ring, sponsored by Delamere Dairy, will host an action-packed performance by Big Pete & the Grim Reaper Monster Trucks, where the 7.5tonn Trucks will wow crowds by jumping up to 15ft in the air, crushing everything in their path. Also taking centre stage in the Main Ring will be the International Dzhigitovka Show, an unparalleled performance of horsemanship and daring skill showcased by the Cossack Trick Riders, National Squad Dzhigitovka Competitors and World Championship Performers.
Show Director of the Cheshire Agricultural Society CIO, Rob Davenport comments; “The Cheshire Show is the county’s largest agricultural event, held to pioneer Cheshire’s farming heritage, culinary talent and fantastic produce.
“We are proud to organise such an extravagantevent for the public to enjoy each year, and this year’s Show promises exciting new attractions to suit an audience of all ages, including lots of thrilling performances and celebrity guests!”
Jon Tilley left the landscape industry after 20 years, seven RHS Gardens at Tatton and Hampton Court and a Gold medal in 2011.
The idea of a garden festival came to Jon to pass his love of gardens to the next generation with a festival based in Macclesfield. In 2017 the first Macclesfield Garden Festival was held with the assistance of Jon Tilley’s friends from RHS Tatton, Andy Walker and Clive Scott.
Jon Tilley, festival director said: “We did judge the gardens, with Professor John Hyatt from Liverpool John Moores University chairing the judging committee, but we broke away from the RHS pursuit of excellence and gave the winning prize to the garden with the most soul. Kath Moore a local landscape professional took top spot. The most important thing for the festival would be encouraging as many schools and colleges as possible to take part in the festival.”
The first year of the festival had mixed results, with amazing art installations, an excellent floral design tent and five great show gardens. But, the visitor numbers were not as high as they had hoped. To improve on this, this year’s festival will bring more diverse groups into the festival. From primary schools and high schools, through to allotment associations and a great mix of artists and musicians. The festival will also include a World Fashion Event to go with this year’s theme of geography and travel.
Nine primary schools are building gardens along with one high school. The schools are creating art installations 16ft high and 4ft wide that will be installed on the town hall pillars. McCann Manchester, a global advertising agency who won ‘TV advert of the Decade’ is offering a weeks placement as a prize in the arts competition.
Jon continued: “We are really excited to welcome Reaseheath Horticultural College this year, who will be entering a garden design and floral art display. They were really impressed at the number of schools taking part and saw the potential of the festival to enlist budding garden designers and landscape professionals into our industry.”
Macclesfield Garden Festival 2019 will take place from Friday 21 June to Sunday 23 June at Christ Church Gardens on Great King Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6PN.
There will be gardens, music, arts including a 2 diameter ‘Plastic Planet’ created by King’s School’s art department, and a Mid Summer Wassail, and plenty things to buy.
Tickets are only £4 and half of that is available as vouchers to spend at the festival food vendors, bars and nursery stalls.
To keep up-to-date on Macclesfield Garden Festival click here.
Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield & Macclesfield Library, Jordangate, Macclesfield
Saturday June 22nd sees the 4th MACC-POW! Macclesfield’s celebration of comics – returning to the Town Hall in Macclesfield – where creators from all around the world will be offering visiting comic book fans a great day celebrating comic art.
This year will be the fourth ad the biggest one yet. In addition to a feast of funny book creators such as returning heroes Lew Stringer, Tor Freeman, Emmeline Pidgen and David Leach, MACC-POW! will welcome new names such as Hannah Berry (crowned comics laureate at last year’s Lakes international comic art festival) and Flimsy Kitten creator Rachael Smith, alongside Muppets and Popeye artist Roger Langridge plus Beano chums Nigel Parkinson and Hunt Emerson!
There’ll also be a great line-up of diverse up-and-coming talent exhibiting their work, some for the first time, getting the chance to show visitors the rich mix of just what a comic can look like.
With that in mind, organiser Marc Jackson, has been running a weekly comics class at Tytherington High School where a small group of promising talent have been creating a comic that they will be bringing to the event – giving them their first taste of showcasing their work.
A full program of events to enjoy during the day includes an opportunity to chat with Star Wars adventures writer/artist Nick Brokenshire (live from a wedding via Skype) talking about working on Star Wars comics. Jacob Phillips (ace colourist and son of the mighty Sean Phillips) will be conducting Dynamic life drawing outside the Town Hall along with neighbourhood Spider-Man! Plus there’ll be live panels and live drawing challenges for some of the creators.
This year the Macclesfield O2 shop will b offering visitors the chance to try out iPad pros and iPencils throughout the day and running a competition with a first prize of an assortment of goodies including an iPencil.
Additional support comes from The Phoenix comic who have donated 100 back issues for the 3rd year in a row, Comics Scene who have done the same and you can pick up an exclusive copy of To the Death from Simon Furman and Geoff Senior.
On the morning of the event, between 9.30 and 11.30am, comic artist Jessica on Paper will be in residence at Macclesfield Library offering a ‘Just ask Jessica’ drawing challenge where you can sit and draw with her and challenge each other to create something on the spot.
MACC-POW! is a totally free and totally inclusive event for all ages. Those new to comics can discover this amazing world and those well versed, get chance to chat and be inspired by their heroes.
MACC-POW! (http://www.maccpow.co.uk) is a free inclusive event for all ages.
Cheshire East Council will once again be hosting its Pride in the Park event this summer, in celebration of the LGBT+ community.
Ahead of this celebration, Cheshire East Council is calling on businesses to invest in diversity and get their brand seen, by supporting the event and becoming a sponsor for Pride in the Park 2019.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a large commercial organisation, small-to-medium enterprise, community group or individual, there are many ways that you can give your backing to this major event in the Cheshire East calendar. Supporting this event sends a strong message that your business genuinely cares about and supports the community, and the positive change that Pride represents.
This year the event will take place from 2pm-8pm on Saturday 29 June at Queens Park, Crewe, and will be free to visitors of all ages, offering lots of family-friendly entertainment and performances on the day.
Confide in Kylie – a Kylie Minogue tribute act, has been confirmed as one of the key headline acts so far, with further acts yet to be announced.
Councillor Stewart Gardiner, champion for equality and diversity said: “Once again this will be a fantastic event for all members of Cheshire East’s LGBTQ+ community and our very welcome visitors from further afield. Your business can be part of this really memorable day, and you will gain very positive brand- recognition for your company by supporting Pride.”
Councillor Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for equality and diversity, said: “I have no doubt that this year’s event will be even bigger than last years, and I’m so pleased that this is becoming an annual celebration in our borough. With equality, diversity and inclusion a huge priority for Cheshire East Council and for our communities, we are looking forward to working with businesses to make a huge success of Pride in the Park 2019.”
There are a range of sponsorship packages available to those who are interested in getting involved, starting at a violet package for £300, up to a red package for £10,000.
Francis House Children’s Hospice are holding a new family fundraising event in July – Splash Out!
Fun-seekers and families are being asked to dash around a 5k course and slide, jump and climb across five fabulous water obstacles.
The event, in partnership with East Cheshire Hospice, takes place in the beautiful grounds of Alderley Park (Alderley Edge, SK10 4TG) on Saturday, July 6.
Waves start at 10.00am and will set off every 20 minutes until 3pm. Entertainment, music, stalls, catering and refreshments will be available in the event village close to the start and finishing area.
Francis House supports the families of hundreds of children, teenagers and young adults with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions from across Greater Manchester including Cheshire.
Splash Out for Francis House and help to raise funds for local families #SplashOutForFH.
Macclesfield RUFC, Priory Park, Priory Lane Macclesfield, SK10 4AF.
Andy Kleek and his team are going all out to ensure that the 2019 Macclesfield Festival will be the biggest and most successful yet.
The first festival, which took place in 2017, was an amazing success proving to be a fantastic day out for families and music lovers alike. 2018 saw an even bigger event with some top bands headlining the 11 hours of entertainment.
2019 will be one to remember – with more activities for kids and adults, live music, dance tents, market stalls, hot and cold food and much, much more.