Nature & Environment

Natural history and environmental events in the region.

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  • Tue
    23
    Jan
    2018
    Tue
    27
    Nov
    2018
    7:30 pmThe Salvation Army Church, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD

    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.
    Expenses
    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.

  • Fri
    09
    Feb
    2018
    Mon
    30
    Apr
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    Drifts of snowdrops are one of the joys of this time of year and we have now opened The Grove and Woodland Walk so that you can admire what's there!

    After several years of planting and splitting of the drifts we are expecting our
    best ever display.

    Several paths have been created to help you navigate some of the areas left damp by recent weather, appropriate footwear and clothes are recommended.

    The Grove and Woodland Walk are open every day from 10am to 4pm. Entry to Arley is £5 for adults, £4.50 for concessions and £2 for children.

    The Gardener's Kitchen Cafe is also open.

    CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER OPENING INFORMATION

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018
    Sun
    30
    Sep
    2018
    Little Moreton Hall, nr Congleton

    Sweet smell of the Tudors! Gentlewoman Anna Fielding with a nosegay of lavender, rosemary and bay, at Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram National Trust

    Little Moreton Hall Opens for 2018 Season on 10 Feb

    Not just the sights and sounds but the smells of the 16th Century will be featured at Little Moreton Hall during 2018.

    When the hall re-opens on 10 February, ‘Welcome to the 16th Scent-ury’ will focus on the aromas of Tudor times, with a special ‘You Smell’ trail appealing particularly to families. You will be able to sample the aromas of herbs such as tansy, lady’s bedstraw and meadowsweet; rich spices such as cinnamon, cloves and ‘grains of paradise’, and some exotic Tudor perfumes.

    But not everything will be idyllic.  Odours of sweat and damp wool, the smell of the privvy and the stench of rough, harsh tobacco will also be part of the experience.

    Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram/National Trust

    Anna Fielding, from the Hall, explained, ‘Country life in Tudor times involved a lot of hard physical toil. And you were dressed in heavy wool clothes. So some perspiration would be inevitable. You also tended your animals, undertook gruelling work in the dairy and had ‘interesting’ ideas about waste disposal.

    We would probably not be very happy about some of the smells wafting round. Even some of the perfumes favoured by the Tudors would not be to our taste.

    On the other hand, the Tudors would feel people today give off the scent of harsh chemicals. Sixteenth century ideas of keeping clean and of the way bodies interacted with the environment were not the same as ours. The smells we like or dislike would be different to those the Tudors felt strongly about and the reactions people had to various smells of everyday life in the past can give us a real insight into their way of thinking.

    ‘This wonderful old house is the ideal setting to explore those different attitudes and discover the way people really lived in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.  Last year we looked at the way the Tudors slept. Visitors had a great time discovering the rules and guidelines the Tudors followed to ensure a good night’s sleep. Once again, their ideas were different from ours.’

    Another feature of the new season at Little Moreton Hall will be Candlemas, a religious festival which centred on taking a candle to church to have it blessed.

    From 10 February you will be able to make your own candle and take in the aromas of beeswax and incense. Then, from Monday 19 February to Sunday 25 February dozens of artificial candles will bring a warm glow to the principal rooms of the hall.

    Little Moreton Hall is open seven days a week from 10 to 25 Feb, then Weds – Sun, 11am – 5pm.

    Candlemas Festival: 19 February – 25 February

    For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/littlemoretonhall or call 01260 272018.

  • Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018
    7:00 pmBuxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshiren

    Larry Shiu, Cascade Mountain, Banff National Park

    The world’s most prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Buxton with a pack of extraordinary short films.

    This evening shows jaw dropping films featuring incredible adventurers; adrenaline packed sports and thought provoking pieces from the far flung corners of the globe. Two different film programmes will be shown across the country, while in Buxton the programme will feature films about ice skaters following their dreams no matter their age, mountain bikers blending art and athletics, and adventurers travelling across a range of stunning remote wildernesses this planet has to offer.

    Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel through this exhilarating collection of films from the most talented adventure film makers around. This exciting event with free prize giveaways is not to be missed.

    Banff Mountain Film Festival is here on Saturday 17 March at 7pm.Tickets are priced at £15. Discounts are available. To buy tickets contact Buxton Opera House Box Office, Tel: 01298 72190 or visit: www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

  • Fri
    25
    May
    2018
    Mon
    28
    May
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    Justin Fletcher and Mr. Bloom return to the biggest Children’s Festival in the UK

    Geronimo Festival has announced their exciting 2018 headliners and families are in for an entertainment packed weekend.

    Children’s TV Megastar, Justin Fletcher returns to Geronimo this year and will headline the Main Stage on Saturday 26th May. The ever-popular C-beebies star will be on-hand to keep young children and their families entertained on stage during his afternoon performance.

    Youtube teen stars, Max and Harvey will be joining the star line up for 2018 and cementing Geronimo’s place as the premier children’s UK festival.

    On Sunday, children are in for another treat as Mr. Bloom takes to the stage introducing his 40 minute show which features his amazing four-piece band. The hilarious duo, Cook and Line will also be hosting their brilliant slapstick Pirate Show and don’t forget that there is a whole host of other performers and activities to enjoy!

    For the very first time at Geronimo; the world famous Gandey’s Circus with their 1,200 seater big top, will definitely be one of the attractions you shouldn’t miss! In addition, there'll be a 130 ft big wheel, we look forward to seeing your pics from the top!

    Simon Goldman, Geronimo Festival organiser commented:

    ‘Announcing our headline acts is always a really exciting time for us this year we have our best line-up yet. Justin Fletcher and Mr Bloom are Children’s TV royalty and always keep the children (and their parents!) enraptured. This year acts will take to the stage in the afternoon so that everyone gets a chance to come along and have fun at the main stage.’

    Taking place from 25th - 28th May 2018, Geronimo is returning to the stunning Arley Hall in Northwich, Cheshire which is set over acres of land ensuring not only more attractions but also a top-notch campsite. The duration of the event has also been extended to four days so that more families can take advantage of everything the show has to offer.

    Dubbed ‘Glastonbury for Kids’, Geronimo has something for every member of the family whatever their age and full details of attractions can be found at the website www.geronimofest.com. We haven’t forgotten the adults either, Bathing under the Sky are providing excellent spa facilities and we have also provided a crèche so that parents can have some “me time”.

    Simon continued:

    ‘Our Early Bird Tickets offer is available until the end of January and it’s the perfect time to book – not only can families can take advantage of lower prices but they can also make sure they get to see their child’s favourite TV stars.’

    Tier 1 family tickets available from just £25 per person throughout January. As an added incentive, early birds who purchase Tier 1 tickets will receive a free wristband for the Victorian Fun Fair.

    You can bring your own tent, caravan or motor home or simply let Geronimo take the hassle out of camping with their range of themed tents available to suit families whatever their size.

    For further information about the Geronimo Festival and to book tickets, please visit www.geronimofest.com

  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018
    Sun
    24
    Jun
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    As part of Arley Hall's annual Garden Festival, now in its 24th year, local school's are being invited to take part in a Schools Garden Challenge where ten local schools create a garden.

    This year Gabriel Ash are sponsoring the Schools Garden Challenge and will be donating a first prize of a red cedar, upright coldframe, ideal for overwintering small delicate plants and growing plants from seed.  Gabriel Ash will be at the show this year and will organize with the winning school when is best for them to deliver and install this maintenance free cedar cold-frame.

    The public will be asked for their favourite flowerbed – with a token given to them when they enter the show.  The winning school will receive a free child admission ticket to Arley for use during 2018.

    Arley's aim is to encourage children to think and learn about the natural environment in which they live. Flowerbeds can include topics such as biology, geography, art/design and conservation.  Practical working skills and working together as a team will be important elements of this project.

    Timescale
    Schools would need to begin thinking about their garden now, ready for planting your seeds for your garden soon after Easter and have clear ideas on its theme and the plants to be grown. Competitors are welcome to visit Arley to talk with their head Gardener, Gordon Baillie and discuss any thoughts or ideas.

    Children are free to come to the Garden Festival as are the teachers involved in this project.  Adult entry is £11.50 and Concession £10.50 if booked in advance and £16.50 adult and £14.50 Concession on the day.  This includes entry to the Hall & Gardens as well as the show.

    Tickets are available online at www.arleyhallandgardens.com/events/2018-06.

    Each year the show attracts many nurseries and plant specialists as well as horticultural accessories with guided garden tours by Lord Ashbrook also taking place during the day.  Children’s entertainment including animals from Stockley Farm, face painting, trampolines, rides and of course ice cream will be all taking place along with live jazz music and a food fair.

     For further details email: helen.begent@arleyhallandgardens.com
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