Talks & discussions

  • Wed
    05
    Aug
    2015
    Thu
    31
    Dec
    2020
    Unitarian Chapel, King Edward Street, Macclesfield

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    Macclesfield Quakers hold meetings twice a month.

    You're invited to join us for Meeting for Worship at the beautiful King Edward Street Unitarian Chapel.

    The Quaker Way is firmly based in the belief that everyone has equal access to the Divine.

    Simple, silent group communion with the Divine - however it is thought of - is at the core of the British Quaker Way.

    There is no service and no priest, just the willingness to directly experience the Sacred as a group, rather than through a mediated service or personal meditation.

    During this simple yet rich worship, anyone may be deeply moved by the Spirit to speak, enriching the silence rather than interrupting it.

    Meeting for Worship begins at 2.30pm for one hour, followed by refreshments and informal discussion.

    The chapel provides a wheelchair ramp for access from the street, a loop system for the hearing impaired, and accessible toilet facilities. There is ample car parking across the road."

    Quaker Meeting for worship is held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at the Unitarian Chapel on King Edward Street from 2.30-3.30pm.

    Contact Jill Maguire on 01625 432437 or email artscps@talktalk.net

  • Tue
    22
    Jan
    2019
    Tue
    26
    Nov
    2019
    7:30 pmSalvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield

    Meetings are held at the Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield, beginning at 7.30pm.

    Non members are very welcome.

    Admission £2.

    2019
    22nd January    
    Using Quarter Sessions Administrative Records for Family History a talk by Claire Moores.

    26th February
    Macclesfield: A Women's Town a talk by Allan Stevenson.
    The talk is based on his heritage walk around Macclesfield, highlighting nuggets of Macclesfield history alongside stories of the contribution women have made to the town.

    26th March   
    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.

    23rd April
    What did he die of? a talk by Sylvia Dillon.

    28th May
    The FHSC website a talk by Alan Bennett the webmaster.

    25th June  
    A visit to Quarry Bank Mill, Styal.

    23rd July
    Quarry Bank Mill, Styal a talk by Shan Bristow

    27th August
    A forgotten Congleton suffragette a talk by Olivia Smedley.
    The subject is Elizabeth Wolstenholme-Elmy  (1833 – 1918).

    24th September  
    AGM & Display of WWII memorabilia with short talks by members.

    22nd October
    Not Forgotten a talk by Geoff Archer
    How, why, for whom, and by whom, were local war memorials produced.

    26th November   
    Quarries, mines & the Macclesfield Canal a talk by David Kitching.  The construction of the canal allowed industries to reach existing markets more easily and also encouraged expansion to new markets.

    December     No Meeting.

    email: macclesfield@fhsc.org.uk
    tel: 01625430467
    web: https://www.fhsc.org.uk

     

  • Tue
    05
    Feb
    2019
    Tue
    03
    Dec
    2019
    The Lecture Theatre, Macclesfield District General Hospital, Victoria Road, Macclesfield

    February 2019 – December 2019

     

    Date Topic Speakers
    5th  February 2019

     

     

    Managing common general surgical emergencies Mr Usman Khan, Consultant General Surgeon, ECNHST
    5th  March 2019

     

     

    Diabetes in children Dr Surendran Chandrasekaran,

    Consultant Paediatrician, ECNHST

     

    2nd  April 2019

     

     

    Recognising, managing and treating deep venous thrombosis (DVT) Dr Imran Ansari,

    Consultant Acute Care Physician

    7th May 2019

     

     

    What’s new in  HIV and AIDS Dr Nalini Mahto,

    GU consultant, ECNHST

    4th  June 2019

     

     

    Dealing with Dupuytren’s disease of the hand Mr Jochan Fischer,

    Consultant Upper Limb consultant, ECNHST

    2nd  July 2019

     

     

    Looking after children with epilepsy Dr Kirsten Wolffsohn, Consultant Paediatrician
    3rd September 2019

     

     

    How Serious is Intensive Care Dr David Banks,

    Consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care

    1st October 2019 Antenatal screening for congenital anomalies - myths and facts Dr Mandira Hazra

    Consultant Obstetrician

    12th  November 2019

     

     

    Are my palpitations serious? Dr Stuart Russell,

    Consultant Cardiologist

    3rd December 2019

     

     

    TBA Dr Andrew Marchetti,

    Consultant Anaesthetist

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019
    Sun
    16
    Feb
    2020
    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

    To find out more about Macclesfield Museums visit

    www.macclesfieldmuseums.co.uk

    To find out more about Marianne Brocklehurst visit

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne_Brocklehurst

  • Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019
    Thu
    31
    Oct
    2019
    11 am to 5 pmLittle Moreton Hall, nr Congleton

    Pottage, cucumber pickled in verjuice, salted fish and marchpane flowers will all feature on the ‘menu’ for the 2019 season at Little Moreton Hall.

    Tudor ‘gentlewomen’ at the stunning timber-framed mansion near Congleton will describe what was on the table when the Moreton family, their friends and servants sat down to eat in the sixteenth century.

    At various times during the year, you will be able to sample items such as those Tudor pickles, gingerbread and beerbread; all made according to recipes which have survived. You can have a go at making butter and discover how cheese and other foods were prepared. These products were the staples of a diet which the Tudors believed kept them healthy in body and mind.

    Anna Massey, from the Hall, said, ‘Food is fascinating. People are always asking us how different it was in Tudor times.’

    You will be able to investigate the basics: Pottage was a cheap stew made with grain and vegetables and eaten by servants and farm workers. Wealthier people added some meat, but that was turning it into a luxury dish.

    You can follow the trends: Verjuice, which adds some really sharp acidity to meat and vegetables, is becoming fashionable again today. Now, it is made from pressed grapes, but the Tudors were more likely to use pressed crab apples.

    Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram National Trust

    Beer was different too,because it was made without hops. Beer was very important. It was the everyday drink for everyone – including the children- because water was not always clean enough to be safe. Again, beer was definitely on the prescription for a healthy life.

    Brewing was a job for the women of the house, alongside butter and cheese-making. Anna said, ‘If you have never tried using a wooden or earthenware churn and a wooden plunger to make butter, you will find it a bit of a challenge. Queen Elizabeth was not the only tough lady in Tudor times!’

    She added, ‘Discovering about foods appeals to people of all ages. We’re sure our young visitors will have just as much fun as their parents and grandparents investigating it and, because food  is closely linked to health, we will also look at other Tudor ideas on healthy living, including the herbs and flowers they used in ‘remedies’ for all types of ailments.

    ‘You may also like to join one of our very popular free guided tours to learn about the history of this wonderful old house and the family who built it, or just explore this magnificent and extremely wonky building for yourself.’

    The 2019 season at Little Moreton Hall begins a few weeks later than in previous years.  During the winter the National Trust has completely re-wired the Hall, at a cost of more than £200,000.

    The work involved laying 9000 metres of cable and included installation of a state-of-the-art fire alarm and security system. The project will help to secure the future of this very special 500 years old building.

    Little Moreton Hall opens for the 2019 season on Saturday 30 March and is then open Wed-Sun, 11am – 5pm.

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

  • Wed
    05
    Jun
    2019
    Sun
    30
    Jun
    2019

    Wednesday 5 June

    Story of a Heath

    Heathlands have a rich human and natural history. Enjoy a stroll discovering Lindow Common and our shared heritage. Birds and plants are a focus. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4, children 16 or under go free.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 05/04/2019                             

    Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point: Lindow Common SSSI car park opposite Boddington Arms, Racecourse Road, Wilmslow, SK9 5NQ (SJ834814)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Paul Hughes
    Booking: Get tickets for Story of a Heath
    Information: 01625 383700
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Children must be accompanied by an adult / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Bring binoculars if you have them / Wildlife and Historical Walk – Event)


    Thursday 6 June

    Evening Walk with Nature: Birds of Tegg's Nose 

    An evening walk in the woodland and scrub around Tegg's Nose Country Park looking for the area's spring migrants especially pied flycatcher and common redstart.

    Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
    Meeting point: Teggsnose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)
    Leaders: Ian Taylor and Alan Brereton from The RSPB Macclesfield Local Group and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James
    Information: 01260 275248 or the RSPB Macclesfield Local Group events web page
    (Bring binoculars if you have them / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Easy to Moderate walking grade / Wildlife Walk – Event / Partnership event)


    Saturday 8 June

    Family Bushcraft Day

    Join Bushcraft expert Peter, from Red Oak Bushcrafts, for a really fascinating and packed day learning bushcraft skills. From shelter building techniques and filtering water through to lighting fires using natural materials (there’s more to it than just rubbing two sticks together!). These are just some of things you’ll experience.

    You will be amazed at just what you can achieve with nature’s help. This day is a fantastic opportunity to forget the frantic modern world and to tune out of Wi-Fi and tune in to nature. A fun and fascinating day for all the family to enjoy.

    Booking in advance is essential. Adult and 1 Child - £50, Family of 4 - £85 (2 x Adults, 2 x Children), Family of 4 - £70 (1 x Adult, 3 x Children), Additional Child £15.

    Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
    Meeting point: Borrow Pit Meadows. Roadside parking by Alsager Recycling Centre, Hassall Road, Alsager, Cheshire, ST7 2SJ (SJ787567)
    Leaders: Red Oak Bushcrafts
    Booking / Information: Emailed Oak Bushcrafts or visit the Red Oak Bushcrafts website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / / Ideal for families and accompanied children / There is a charge for this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partnership event)

    Run Stronger Club - Tegg's Nose Taster Session

    Run by level 3 qualified Personal Trainer and experienced ultra-marathon runner, Dan Mayers. RSC is a personal training club, for those who prefer being outdoors to training in a gym. We follow a 12-month seasonal training programme to cover ALL angles for stronger, injury free running.

    No running experience required in this foundation training session, and no obligation to join.

    This session aims to deliver some key skills towards making your journey into running fitness an easier one.

    • How to warm up / cool down effectively
    • Overview of how to use stretches and strength training
    • Running posture and how to protect the joints
      Breath control
    • Running uphill (optional)

    Suitable for anyone over the age of 16Booking and payment in advance is essentialCost £8.

    Time: 1.00pm to 2.30pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leader:  Personal Trainer Dan Mayers
    Booking: Get tickets for Run Stronger Club - Tegg's Nose Taster Session
    Information: 07887 698532 or Run Stronger Club website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Healthy Walk – Event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Car parking charge / Please wear suitable footwear and clothing / Partnership event / Suitable for anyone over the age of 16 / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)


    Sunday 9 June

    Rossmill Working Party

    Help keep your local park looking good and learn new skills by joining the Bollin Valley Rangers on some conservation tasks. This will include tree pruning, footpath work and balsam bashing. Please bring your own gardening gloves.

    Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm
    Meeting point: Rossmill, Hale Barns, Altrincham, WA15 0EJ (SJ789853)
    Leader: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Roger Brereton
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Children must be accompanied by an adult / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing)


    Wednesday 12 June

    Countryside Taster Day

    Outdoor excitement and challenge for ALL people with disabilities. Activities such as archery, climbing and crafts suitable for all abilities. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £2 per person.

    Time: 11.00am to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
    Leaders: The Bollin Valley Partnership
    Booking: 01625 374790 by 11 June
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Bring a packed lunch / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)

    Introduction to Climbing at Windgather Rocks

    A chance to experience the thrills of climbing in this introductory climbing session with Moorland Adventure. Suitable for anyone over the age of 9. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £15.

    Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
    Meeting point: Windgather Rocks, Side End Lane, Kettleshulme, SK23 7RF (SJ995777)
    Leaders: Moorland Adventure
    Booking:  Get tickets for Introduction to Climbing at Windgather Rocks
    Information: 01625 573615
    (Suitable for anyone over the age of 9 / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Healthy Walk – Event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partnership event)


    Friday 14 June

    Introduction to Nordic Walking - June – Bollington

    The popularity of Nordic Walking has grown in the UK with a wide variety of people regularly taking part. Originally developed by cross country skiers Nordic Walking is a brilliant way to appreciate the great outdoors.

    However, it is not simply a case of grabbing a pair of poles and walking with them! It requires the correct technique in order to get the whole body working and it is essential you learn this from a qualified instructor who will ensure you get the full benefit and fastest possible results.

    Introduction to Nordic Walking is a FREE session which will cover the basics and benefits to Nordic Walking. You will get to try out the poles and the technique, and is led by a qualified instructor from the Everybody Sport & Recreation Nordic Walking Programme. Booking in advance is essential. If you enjoy this session there will be a follow on course to perfect your technique and then be able to attend our regular walks.

    Time: 6.00pm to 7.30pm
    Meeting point: Public car park, Adlington Road, Bollington, SK10 5JT (SJ930781)
    Leader: David Lambert, Nordic Walking instructor for the Everybody Nordic Walking Programme
    Booking:  Get tickets for Introduction to Nordic Walking - June
    Information: 07593448403
    (Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Partnership event / Healthy Walk - Event)

    Plein Air Painting at Tegg's Nose Country Park with Northern Realist

    If you’ve ever wanted to get out of the studio and paint outdoors, this series of workshops with classically trained artists Christopher Clements & Kieran Ingram, will guide you through everything you need to know. Both Kieran and Christopher are professional artists, Kieran has featured on Sky Landscape Artist of the Year and Christopher is the director of Northern Realist Drawing & Painting in Manchester.

    You’ll learn an approach which will enable you to interpret and arrange the tones and colours of the landscape allowing you to evoke the simple beauty of your environment.

    Work at your own level in a small friendly group, meet like minded artists and enjoy the beautiful scenery! All equipment is provided but you're welcome to bring your own, a list will be provided.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £59.

    Time: 10.00am to 3.30pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Artists Chris Clements and Kieran Ingram
    Booking:  Get tickets for Plein Air Painting - June
    Information: Email Northern Realist or visit the Northern Realist website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Easy walking grade / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


    Saturday 15 June

    Printmaking Workshop – Lino and Monoprinting

    At Macclesfield Riverside Park there is a wealth of inspiration for images from wooded areas to wildflowers and the lovely River Bollin. Local artists Patty Callaghan and Ann Robertson hope to encourage others to look more closely at these surroundings and explore them on paper, producing their own response in print.

    Both linocut and monoprinting will be offered and the course is suitable for complete beginners or those who are looking for further exploration of the media. Each participant should have a finished print at the end of the day.

    Work completed on previous course is available to see on  Ann Robertson’s website.

    This course is repeated on the 15 September 2019.

    Booking and payment in advance is essentialAll participants must be 16 years or olderCost £45.

    Participants will need to bring their own lunch but tea; coffee and biscuits will be available throughout the day.

    Time: 9.45am to 4.15pm
    Meeting point: 
    Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
    Leaders: Local artists Patty Callaghan and Ann Robertson
    Booking:
    Get tickets for Printmaking Workshop
    Information:
    Ring 07791 504971 or email Patty Callaghan
    (Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for anyone over the age of 16)


    Thursday 20 June

    Orienteering for All – Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

    An evening event held by Manchester and District Orienteering Club (MDOC). Courses suitable for everyone, beginners and experienced orienteers. Families and groups welcome. Instruction available. There is a charge for this event. Adults £5, Children £2.

    Time: Registration from 5.30pm. Start times from 6.00pm until 7.00pm. Courses close 8.15pm
    Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
    Leaders: Manchester and District Orienteering Club
    Information: Email MDOC, ring 0161 445 0902 or visit the MDOC website
    (Please bring suitable shoes and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Ideal for families and accompanied children / There is a charge for this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge)


    Friday 21 June

    Evening Stroll up Shutlingsloe

    Come and enjoy the stunning views from Cheshire’s second highest peak on this strenuous 5.5km (3.5 mile) walk. Bring a warm drink, to have whilst we rest at the top, and hopefully enjoy a spectacular sunset. Please also bring a torch / head torch and warm clothes for the summit.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4.

    Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 21/04/2019

    Time: 8:30pm to 11:00pm
    Meeting point: Clough House Car Park, Wildboarclough, SK11 0BE (SJ987699)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington
    Booking:  Get tickets for Evening Stroll up Shutlingsloe
    Information: 01625 383700
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Strenuous walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Please bring a torch / Healthy Walk - Event)


    Saturday 22 June

    Riverside Park Bioblitz

    This is the second annual Bioblitz at Macclesfield Riverside Park. Join experts discovering the birds, wildflowers, minibeasts and water life that can be found within the park.

    Drop-in activities throughout the day include butterfly walks, pond and river dipping, environmental art, wildlife stands, refreshments and much more……

    Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership, Mersey Rivers Trust & Cheshire East Council
    Information:  Visit the Mersey Rivers Trust website or email Mersey Rivers Trust
    (Children must be accompanied by an adult /  Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for any age/  Wildlife walk / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Easy walking grade)

    Introduction to Foraging – Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    A chance to learn the basics of foraging and discover edibles all around us, with a professional forager from Totally Wild UK.

    After arriving, at the visitor centre, we will go through the basics of foraging. Then we head out to discover the vast array of wild edible species that lie all around us. During the Forage your forager will introduce you to a number of edible species giving you tips on harvesting and correct identification. Whilst doing this you will have the opportunity to taste a range of pre-made wild food tasters from chutneys to jams.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost: £25 per adult, children 16 or under go free (One free child place per paying adult).

    Time: 11.00am to 2.00pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leader: James Wood from Totally Wild UK
    Booking:  Get tickets for Introduction to Foraging - Tegg's Nose Country Park
    Information: 07999 992615
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Partnership event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)

    Summer Solstice with Greenwood Growth

    Celebrate the solstice with Greenwood Growth and enjoy traditional rituals with others as the Sun turns South. Use herbs and flowers to make a crown; build a Witch and decorate the trees . Share a feast cooked over the fire and enjoy stories drawn from folklore.

    This is suitable for people of all ages, Stay for the whole session or drop in as you walk through the magnificent woodland.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £10 per adult, (up to three accompanied children free of charge with each adult ticket).

    Time: 4.00pm to 8.00pm
    Meeting point: Teggsnose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)
    Leaders: Greenwood Growth
    Booking:  Get tickets for Summer Solstice with Greenwood Growth
    Information: 07801 655272
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult)

    Tegg’s Nose Star Party – Solar Observing

    Join Macclesfield Astronomical Society for a daytime event to view our closest star, the Sun, with equipment that is safe to use. Our observers will be able to answer a range of questions about the Sun and it’s working.

    Observing will be available using supplied equipment, weather permitting. You are welcome to bring your own binoculars or even telescopes. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £5.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 22/04/2019

    Time: 12.00pm to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Macclesfield Astronomical Society
    Booking:  Get tickets for Tegg's Nose Star Party - Solar Observing
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Please leave your dog at home / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available)


    Sunday 23 June

    Balsam Blitz One

    The first in a series of Balsam bashing events in the Bollin Valley. This one is in partnership with the Friends of Bowdon Bollin. Help us out on the battle against the alien weeds! No experience needed. Long sleeves and trousers recommended (Gloves can be provided if necessary).

    Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
    Meeting point: Ashley Mill Bridge, Ashley, Altrincham (SJ767857). Parking available at Ashley Mill Lane WA14 3PY (SJ769854)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton and Friends of Bowdon Bollin
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please leave your dog at home / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Wildlife Walk – Event)

    Folklore Walk

    Join Bollin Valley Ranger Euan on a leisurely wander around Rossmill exploring the Countryside folklore of what is discovered on the day.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4, children 16 or under go free.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 23/04/2019

    Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Crossroads of Rossmill Lane and Carrwood, Rossmill, Hale Barns, WA15 0EL (SJ789853)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Euan Murray
    Booking:  Get tickets for Folklore Walk
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing/ Easy walking grade)

    Balsam Blitz Two

    The second in a series of Balsam bashing events in the Bollin Valley. This one is in partnership with the Friends of the Carrs. Help us out on the battle against the alien weeds! No experience needed. Long sleeves and trousers recommended (Gloves can be provided if necessary).

    Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Parish Hall Car Park, The Carrs Park, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, SK9 4AA (SJ847816)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton and Friends of the Carrs
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please leave your dog at home / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Wildlife Walk – Event)

    Tegg’s Nose Star Party – Solar Observing Again

    Join Macclesfield Astronomical Society for a second daytime event to view our closest star, the Sun, with equipment that is safe to use. Our observers will be able to answer a range of questions about the Sun and it’s working.

    Observing will be available using supplied equipment, weather permitting. You are welcome to bring your own binoculars or even telescopes. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £5.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 22/04/2019

    Time: 12.00pm to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Macclesfield Astronomical Society
    Booking:  Get tickets for Tegg's Nose Star Party - Solar Observing Again
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Please leave your dog at home / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available)


    Wednesday 26 June

    Fancy a Paddle - One

    A chance to learn a little bit about kayaking and canoeing on the beautiful Rudyard Lake. The event is delivered by Moorland Adventure. Full instruction equipment and buoyancy aids will be provided.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. All participants must be older than 8 years old and be "water confident". Cost £15 per person.

    Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
    Meeting point: Rudyard Lake, Rudyard, ST13 8RN (SJ950580)
    Leaders: Moorland Adventure
    Booking:  Get tickets for Fancy a Paddle - One
    Information: 01625 573615
    (Please leave your dog at home / Suitable for anyone over the age of 8 / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Car parking charge)


    Saturday 29 June

    Ramble with the Rangers – Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    Join East Cheshire Ramblers and the Rangers for a circular 9.8km (6 mile) guided walk, from Tegg’s Nose Country Park, while looking out for signs of wildlife and enjoying the landscape. Booking in advance is essential.

    Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 29/04/2019

    Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: East Cheshire Ramblers and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James
    Booking: Get tickets for Ramble with the Rangers
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Moderate to Strenuous walking grade / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event / Bring a packed lunch / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)

  • Tue
    18
    Jun
    2019
    Wed
    19
    Jun
    2019
    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!”

    To book your tickets for the Cheshire Show, held at Clay House Farm, Tabley, Knutsford on 18th June and 19th June, please visit: https://royalcheshireshow.ticketsrv.co.uk/home

    Cheshire Show 2017

  • Fri
    21
    Jun
    2019
    Sun
    23
    Jun
    2019
    Macclesfield - various locations

    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.

  • Sat
    22
    Jun
    2019
    Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield

    Comic event MACC-POW! returns for its 4th year bigger, bolder and brighter than before.

    Within the programme for the town’s Barnaby arts festival – MACC-POW! takes place in the Town Hall on Saturday 22nd June 2019.

    As in previous years, selected classic cartoons will be showcased on the day.

    A truly unique event for both comics and Macclesfield.

    See you in June… MACC-POW!!

    Full details: http://www.maccpow.co.uk

  • Sat
    22
    Jun
    2019
    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.