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

  • Thu
    13
    Sep
    2018
    Tue
    07
    May
    2019
    Macclesfied Library, Jordangate (side entrance in Brunswick Street(

    Membership of the Macclesfield Literary and Philosophical Society for the 2018-2019 season costs £20 per person which covers entry to all meetings.

    For those not wishing to become members a guest fee of £5 is payable on the door for each meeting. 18 year-olds and under are admitted free.

    Programme of Meetings 2018-2019

    Thursday 13th September 2018
    Where the Wild Winds Are
    Writer and traveller Nick Hunt spoke to the society about his first book in 2016. He returns to start our season with a talk based on his second book. Where the Wild Winds Are is the story of following Europe’s winds.

    Tuesday 16th October 2018
    The Elephant in the Room: Donald Trump, Republicans and Conservatives
    The elephant in the room is big, orange and noisy. Jon Herbert is a senior lecturer at Keele University’s Research Institute for the Social Sciences. He has a particular interest in the American Presidency and the US government as a whole.
    The AGM will follow the talk and discussion.

    Thursday 15th November 2018
    Why Edit Literary Texts?
    Marcus Walsh was a Professor of English literature at Birmingham and Liverpool Universities. A literary editor by profession and inclination, he has edited works by Christopher Smart and Jonathan Swift. Currently he is a General Editor and volume editor for the OUP Writings of Alexander Pope.

    Tuesday 17th January 2019
    Mary Shelley and the Romantic Self
    Mary Shelley shared the Romantic era’s fascination with what makes a human self. In this talk Fiona Sampson, author of the acclaimed biography In Search of Mary Shelley, explores the Romantic ideas through the prism of Shelley’s life and work, including her novel Frankenstein.

    Thursday 14th February 2019
    Aka-doctor from Ba-light visits Remote Nepal Village
    Sarah Clarke is an independent optometrist based in Macclesfield. In March 2018 she visited Rukumkot in Western Nepal with a backpack full of donated glasses and a tenuous connection to the surgeons at Rapti Eye Hospital. “I was only planning to visit my daughter ... I got a little carried away.”

    Wednesday 13th March 2019
    The Ethical Roboticist
    Alan Winfield is Professor of Robot Ethics at the University of the West of England at Bristol, co-founded the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and is visiting professor at York. Alan is an advocate for robot ethics, actively engaged in the development of new ethical standards for robots.

    Wednesday 10th April 2019
    James Watt and Industrial Britain
    2019 is the 200th anniversary of steam engine pioneer James Watt’s death. Dr Malcolm Dick is director of the Centre for West Midlands History at Birmingham University, and he has published books on Joseph Priestley, Matthew Boulton and John Baskerville.

    Tuesday 7th May 2019
    The Scottish Clearances: Journeying to the Land of Freedom
    Fleur Houston has ancestral roots in the Scottish Highlands. She is a graduate of Aberdeen, Oxford and Cambridge universities and a minister of the United Reformed Church. Her book, You Shall Love the Stranger as Yourself: the Bible, Refugees and Asylum, draws on her extensive experience of refugee issues.

  • 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  
    Quarry Bank Mill, Styal a talk by Shan Bristow.

    23rd July
    A visit to Quarry Bank Mill, Styal.

    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

  • Sun
    24
    Feb
    2019
    7:30 pmBuxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire

    Joan Collins Unscripted will see audiences enthralled and titillated as Dame Joan reveals some of the exciting stories and secrets from her life long career.

    This ageless beauty, with dry wit and a wry, knowing smile, who became a household name during the 80’s on the long running US soap Dynasty will present an intimate first person narrative, of a behind the scenes tell all on her life, loves and Hollywood, delivered with her usual healthy cynicism and fun outlook.

    As an author and actress, Joan’s own delightful tales can easily compete with the most salacious of storylines. Her show will include an audience question and answer session.

    This show provides fans with a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend an entertaining and unforgettable evening in the company of a true legend of stage and screen.

    Joan Collins Unscripted will be on stage at Buxton Opera House on Sunday 24 February at 7.30pm.

    Tickets are priced at £42.50 -£49.20. Discounts are not available.

    To buy tickets contact Buxton Opera House Box Office, Tel: 01298 72190 or visit: https://buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/whats-on

  • Tue
    26
    Feb
    2019
    4 pm to 7 pmEast Cheshire Hospice Millbank Drive, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 3DR

    If you would you like to volunteer for this year's Art Fair Cheshire there's a Drop In information event on Tuesday 26th February, 4 pm - 7 pm at East Cheshire Hospice

    The Art Fair is back for 2019 and the organisers would love to tell you about their plans, along with another special exhibition which will celebrate the Hospice's 20th anniversary!

    There are so many ways that you can get involved – go along to the drop-in event on Tuesday 26th February between 4pm and 7pm at East Cheshire Hospice to find out more!

    Let us know if you will be coming along. Click here to register to attend

    There'll be light refreshments and the opportunity to talk to the organisers to discuss the roles available. There are plenty of ways to volunteer – no matter how little or much time you have to give.

    Go along and say hello, have a cup of tea and some cake, and find out more. If you cannot attend the event but would still like to be involved please email us at contact@theartfair.org.uk

    East Cheshire Hospice Millbank Drive, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 3DR  

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    05
    Mar
    2019
    Sun
    31
    Mar
    2019

    Tuesday 5 March

    Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - March

    A fantastic way to get back in shape, after the birth of your child, with personal trainer Kelly Morley.

    Anyone can come to the class at any level of fitness. No experience needed. Any pram is fine, and the even better news is that you don’t need child care as you bring your baby with you. There are a variety of exercises including toning, cardio and sometimes the boxing gloves come out for some fun! Booking in advance is essential.

    Time: 10.00am to 11.00am
    Meeting point: Astbury Mere Country Park, Sandy Lane, off A34 Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4FR (SJ846627)
    Leader: Personal Trainer Kelly Morley
    Booking: Get tickets for Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - March
    Information:
    07803 245590 or email Kelly Morley
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable footwear and clothing / Healthy Walk – Event / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Car parking charge)

    Down the Mines! – March

    Join Derbyshire Caving Club for a trip down the old copper mines of Alderley Edge. Helmets with lamps provided, but please wear old clothes. Some crawling involved. Suitable for adults and accompanied children over 6. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50.

    Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm
    Meeting point: National Trust Alderley Edge Car Park, Macclesfield Road, Alderley Edge, SK10 4UB (SJ859773) – access via lane next to Wizard Restaurant
    Leaders: Derbyshire Caving Club
    Booking: Get tickets for Down the Mines! - March
    Information: 01625 374833
    (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 / Suitable for anyone over the age of 6 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult)


    Saturday 9 March

    Introduction to Nordic Walking - March – Poynton Park

    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: 10.00am to 11.30am
    Meeting point: Poynton Park, South Park Drive, Poynton, SK12 1BR (SJ924842)
    Leader: David Lambert, Nordic Walking instructor for the Everybody Nordic Walking Programme
    Booking: Get tickets for Introduction to Nordic Walking - March
    Information: 07593448403
    (Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Partnership event / Healthy Walk - Event)


    Saturday 16 March

    Introduction to Map Reading

    A simple introduction to the use of maps for exploring the English countryside. Suitable for adults and accompanied children over 8.Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £10.

    Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
    Meeting point: Astbury Mere Country Park, Sandy Lane, off A34 Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4FR (SJ846627)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Matthew Axford
    Booking: Get tickets for Introduction to Map Reading by 14 March
    Information: 01260 297237
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for anyone over the age of 8 / Accessible toilets available / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Easy walking grade / Car parking charge)


    Saturday 23 March

    Spring Equinox with Greenwood Growth

    Feed your spirit with Greenwood Growth and others as we welcome lengthening nights and the arrival of Spring. Work with natural materials and create a Spring posy; decorate eggs using natural plant dye; and plant seeds for health. 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: 10.00am to 2.00pm
    Meeting point: Teggsnose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)
    Leaders: Greenwood Growth
    Booking: Get tickets for Spring Equinox 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)


    Sunday 24 March

    Tythy Tidy

    Join local groups, Tytherington High School and the Bollin Valley Partnership Rangers on a mission to rid the area of litter.

    Time: 1.00pm to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Tytherington High School, Manchester Road, Tytherington, SK10 2ED (SJ917747)
    Leader: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton
    Information: 01625 374790
    (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 / Full accessibility - level or ramped access / Refreshment stop - opportunity for refreshments)


    Saturday 30 March

    Foraging and Wild Food Cookery Course – Macclesfield Riverside Park

    A full day of foraging and wild food cookery, with a professional forager from Totally Wild UK.

    After our initial meeting we will go through some keys to help you in the correct identification of what we’re about to find. Along with your very own foragers baskets we will head out to discover the vast array of wild edible species that lie all around us. James Wood, your forager, will give you tips on correct identification, potential look-alike species as well as a vast range of edible possibilities that the species can provide us with. Take all of this in whilst enjoying a large range of pre-made wild food tasters from jams to pickles, syrups, chutneys, cordials, alcohol infusions and salt pickles. You will then take on the role of the forager, harvesting a range of wild and fresh ingredients.

    On returning to our venue we will have a quick break whilst sorting through and cleaning up our ingredients. Then we start on the cookery side of our course, you will be guided through the process of chopping, boiling, baking and mixing our wild ingredients to create a delicious meal for us all to enjoy.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost: £60 for adults, £30 per child (under the age of 16, use the discount code ‘child’ to get this reduced price)

    Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
    Leader: James Wood from Totally Wild UK
    Booking: Get tickets for Foraging and Wild Food Cookery Course
    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 / Partnership event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


     

    Sunday 31 March

    Boggy Doodles: Discover the Joy of Green Sketching

    Learn a new and relaxing approach to sketching outdoors that will help you enjoy and appreciate all the wonderful scenery and nature at Tegg’s Nose Country Park with fresh eyes. Suitable for all ages and artistic abilities — no ’talent’ or experience necessary.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £16. All equipment provided.

    Time: 1.00pm to 3.30pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leader: Local artist Dr Ali Foxon
    Booking: Get tickets for Boggy Doodles - March
    Information:
    Visit the Boggy Doodles website, ring 07940 573206 or email Dr Ali Foxon
    (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)

  • Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019
    Sun
    31
    Mar
    2019

    This year, show your mum just how special she is on a day out with the National Trust. Spend some precious time together surrounded by glorious gardens and beautiful houses, and make Mother’s Day even more memorable.

    Whether you choose to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea, take a springtime stroll or make your very own gift, you can really show mum just how special she is.

    And while you create new traditions together, you’ll also be helping the National Trust care for these special places for years to come.

    Here are some of the top locations to spend an unforgettable day:

    Lyme
    Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 March, 1.30–4.30pm

    Celebrate Mother’s Day with afternoon tea, including a glass of bubbly, sandwiches, soup and a selection of sweet treats.  Afterwards, take a gentle stroll through the elegant Rose Garden, Ravine Garden or the luxurious herbaceous borders next to the reflecting lake, where a certain Mr Darcy met Miss Bennet in the BBC’s much-loved production of Pride and Prejudice. Normal admission charges apply plus £24.95 for afternoon tea, booking essential on 01663 761400.

    Speke Hall
    Sunday 31 March, 11am, 1pm & 3pm

    Tuck into a delicious late morning brunch or traditional afternoon tea in the Stables Tea-room, complete with a glass of fizz, followed by a walk in the blooming spring gardens with our head gardener.  As you explore, don’t miss ‘The Bell Tree’, Serena Korda’s sculptural sound installation inspired by the bluebells that carpet the woodland floor around the house. Normal admission charges apply, plus £25 for brunch/afternoon tea, booking essential on 0151 427 7231.

    Quarry Bank
    Sunday 31 March, 10.30am – 5pm

    Treat your mum to a day out at Quarry Bank.  Pop into recently re-opened mill or look around the mill owners’ house and the apprentice house to discover how the industrial community at Quarry Bank lived and worked.  Then wander through the picturesque gardens that rise up the banks of the river valley to take in the colourful bulbs in bloom or the exotic plants and fruit growing in the restored glasshouse. Normal admission charges apply.

    Rufford Old Hall
    Sunday 31 March, 11am4pm

    Enjoy afternoon tea in the Victorian tea-room with your mum then take a stroll through the daffodils and bluebells in the gardens and woodland or head indoors to be wowed by the Tudor Great Hall, with its furniture, weapons, armour, tapestries and the huge carved oak screen. Normal admission charges apply, plus additional charge for afternoon tea.

    Dunham Massey
    Sunday 31 March, 11am–5pm

    Explore the beautiful gardens at Dunham Massey looking for daffodils and other signs of spring, head into the house to come face to face with portraits from the National Portrait Gallery's collection of people who've shaped the way we think or feel about green spaces and nature today, including David Attenborough and Beatrix Potter, and then tuck into a tasty lunch in the restaurant - they’ll even do the washing up! Normal admission charges apply.

    Tatton Park
    Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 March

    Take a seat at the Gardener’s Cottage where an extra special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea is being served. Enjoy a glass of Prosecco on arrival before tucking into a menu of sandwiches and savouries using estate-reared produce and home baked cakes and pastries.  You’ll even receive a gift of Tatton’s handmade fudge for your mum to take home. Normal admission charges apply plus £24.95 for afternoon tea, booking essential at www.tattonpark.org

     

  • Tue
    02
    Apr
    2019
    Tue
    30
    Apr
    2019

    Tuesday 2 April

    Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - April

    A fantastic way to get back in shape, after the birth of your child, with personal trainer Kelly Morley.

    Anyone can come to the class at any level of fitness. No experience needed. Any pram is fine, and the even better news is that you don’t need child care as you bring your baby with you. There are a variety of exercises including toning, cardio and sometimes the boxing gloves come out for some fun! Booking in advance is essential.

    Time: 10.00am to 11.00am
    Meeting point: Astbury Mere Country Park, Sandy Lane, off A34 Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4FR (SJ846627)
    Leader: Personal Trainer Kelly Morley
    Booking: Get tickets for Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - April
    Information:
    07803 245590 or email Kelly Morley
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable footwear and clothing / Healthy Walk – Event / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Car parking charge)


    Saturday 6 April to Sunday 28 April

    Tegg’s Nose Country Park Easter Hunt

    Ranger Martin’s Easter Eggs have been stolen! Can you help him find the wildlife that has taken them and collect their names? Buy a map from the Tegg's Nose Tea Room for 50p, and get searching around the top of the park.

    Each map purchased entitles you to a 50p discount off one hot drink from Tegg's Nose Tea Room following completion of the trail.

    Time: Maps available to purchase between 9.00am to 5.00pm between the 6 April and 28 April
    Meeting point: Tegg's Nose Tea Room, Tegg's Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service & Tegg's Nose Tea Room
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Please wear suitable boots and clothing / There is a charge for this event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Car parking charge / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event)

    Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Easter Hunt

    Ranger Mark’s Easter Eggs have been stolen! Can you help him find the wildlife that has taken them and collect their names? Pick up a map from the visitor centre and get searching around the park.

    Time: Maps available to collect between 9.00am to 4.00pm between the 6 April and 28 April
    Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
    Leaders: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service
    Information: 01477 534115
    (Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Car parking charge / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event)


    Saturday 6 April

    Introduction to Nordic Walking - April – Higher Poynton

    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: 10.00am to 11.30am
    Meeting point: Nelson Pit Visitor Centre, Lyme Road, Higher Poynton, Cheshire, SK12 1TH (SJ945833)
    Leader: David Lambert, Nordic Walking instructor for the Everybody Nordic Walking Programme
    Booking:  Get tickets for Introduction to Nordic Walking - April
    Information: 07593448403
    (Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Car parking charge / Places limited - please book in advance / Partnership event / Healthy Walk - Event)


    Monday 8 April to Friday 12 April

    Moorland Adventure Easter Kids Activity Club – Week One

    A great way to experience some varied exciting activities in the countryside with local experts Moorland Adventure! Based at Tegg’s Nose Country Park, each day focuses on different activities and it will give you a taste of adventure! Suitable for anyone between the ages of 8 and 16. Booking and payment in advance is essential.

    Day 1 – Monday 8 April – Archery and Orienteering
    Day 2 – Tuesday 9 April – Bushcraft and Environmental Art
    Day 3 – Wednesday 10 April – Climb and Abseil
    Day 4 – Thursday 11 April - Cave and Scramble
    Day 5 – Friday 12 April - Challenge Day (Abseiling, Climbing, Orienteering and Problem Solving)

    Cost £35 per day or sign up for all 5 days for a reduced price of £150.

    Activities run from 9.00am to 4.00pm but to allow for maximum flexibility, you can drop off your child from 8.30am and collect at any time between 4.00pm and 5.00pm.

    Please bring a packed lunch and drinks with you each day or you can purchase a packed lunch option (including sandwich, drink and snack) from Tegg’s Nose Tea Room for £5. Breakfast and afternoon snacks are also available to purchase from the Tea Room before and after the activity club sessions.

    Time: 8.30am to 5.00pm each day
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Moorland Adventure
    Booking:  Get tickets for Moorland Adventure Easter Kids Activity Club - Week One
    Information: 01625 573615
    (Suitable for anyone between the age of 8 and 16 / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partnership event / Bring a packed lunch / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Car parking charge)


    Friday 12 April

    Outdoor Experience Disability Day - April 

    For families of children with disabilities to try some new activities out in the fresh air. Children and parents/carers can cycle using adapted bikes and try out other activities such as orienteering, archery, pond dipping and much more. A partnership event with Everybody Sport & Recreation.

    Registration: 10.45am to 11.00am. Please come early to register for activities and book a time slot.
    Time: 11.00am to 2.00pm
    Meeting point: Astbury Mere Country Park, Sandy Lane, off A34 Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4FR (SJ846627)
    Leaders: Everybody Sport and Recreation, Astbury Mere Trust and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service
    Booking: Get tickets for Outdoor Experience Disability Day by 10 April
    Information: Ring 07506 317055 or email Everybody Sport and Recreation
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Accessible toilets available / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Easy walking grade / Car parking charge)


    Saturday 13 April

    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 - April
    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)

    Tegg’s Nose Star Party – Moon Watch

    If you've ever looked up at the starry night sky and been enthralled by what you've seen, join Macclesfield Astronomical Society for an evening of astronomy. There will be a general talk, from members of the group, suitable for all levels of knowledge, followed by an opportunity to ask questions and engage in some guided observing.

    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.

    Observing highlights: The Moon is at 1st Quarter and is the main feature of the evening, although Mars is also visible. Viewing the Moon at this phase allows many features to be seen with a range of telescopes.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 13/02/2019

    Time: 7.30pm to 11.00pm
    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 - Moon Watch
    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)


    Monday 15 April to Thursday 18 April

    Moorland Adventure Easter Kids Activity Club – Week Two

    A great way to experience some varied exciting activities in the countryside with local experts Moorland Adventure! Based at Tegg’s Nose Country Park, each day focuses on different activities and it will give you a taste of adventure! Suitable for anyone between the ages of 8 and 16. Booking and payment in advance is essential.

    Day 1 – Monday 15 April – Archery and Bushcraft
    Day 2 – Tuesday 16 April – Climb and Abseil
    Day 3 – Wednesday 17 April – Caving
    Day 4 – Thursday 18 April - Orienteering and Problem Solving

    Cost £35 per day or sign up for all 4 days for a reduced price of £120.

    Activities run from 9.00am to 4.00pm but to allow for maximum flexibility, you can drop off your child from 8.30am and collect at any time between 4.00pm and 5.00pm.

    Please bring a packed lunch and drinks with you each day or you can purchase a packed lunch option (including sandwich, drink and snack) from Tegg’s Nose Tea Room for £5. Breakfast and afternoon snacks are also available to purchase from the Tea Room before and after the activity club sessions.

    Time: 8.30am to 5.00pm each day
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Moorland Adventure
    Booking:  Get tickets for Moorland Adventure Easter Kids Activity Club - Week Two
    Information: 01625 573615
    (Suitable for anyone between the age of 8 and 16 / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partnership event / Bring a packed lunch / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Car parking charge)


    Monday 15 April

    Wellies in the Wild - Spring Pond Safari – Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

    Grab your wellies and your sense of adventure to join Nature Stuff on a special springtime Pond Safari. We’ll be hunting out signs of spring and learning all about life in the pond. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50 per child per session.

    Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
    Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
    Booking: Get tickets for Spring Pond Safari - Brereton Heath LNR
    Information: 07870804413 or visit the Nature Stuff website (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for children between the age of 5 and 10 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Car parking charge / Wildlife Walk – Event)


    Tuesday 16 April

    Wellies in the Wild – Spring Stream Safari - Tegg's Nose Country Park

    Grab your wellies and your sense of adventure to join Nature Stuff on a special springtime Stream Safari. We’ll be hunting out signs of spring and learning all about life in the stream. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50per child per session.

    Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point:
    Teggsnose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)
    Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
    Booking: Get tickets for Spring Stream Safari - Tegg's Nose Country Park
    Information: 07870804413 or  visit the Nature Stuff website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for children between the age of 5 and 10 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Wildlife Walk – Event)

    Orienteering for All – Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    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: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    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)


    Wednesday 17 April

    Easter Eggsplorer at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    Join Nature Stuff to learn all about nature in springtime. Solve the eggs-quiz-ite scrambled eggs challenge, make your very own bird's nest and collect Easter eggs, to take home, on the ‘Signs of Spring Treasure Trail’.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50 per child per session.

    Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point:
    Teggsnose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)
    Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
    Booking: Get tickets for Easter Explorer at Tegg's Nose Country Park
    Information: 07870804413 or visit the Nature Stuff website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for children between the age of 5 and 10 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult)

    Oakhanger Project Easter Taster Day

    An opportunity to have a go at canoeing and kayaking; join the Nature trail or try Orienteering with the Oakhanger Project Team at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve.

    Booking in advance is essential. Cost £5.00 (Reductions for 2 or more children in a family).

    Time: 11.00am to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve, Oakhanger Project container, corner of the car park, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
    Leaders: Oakhanger Project Team
    Booking / Information: 0799 993 2963 or email the Oakhanger Project
    (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)

    Easter Eggstravaganza!

    Join the Bollin Valley Rangers on an afternoon of Eastery fun for the under 10’s. Making crafts with natural materials that we will find whilst on a wander down into the valley. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 17/02/2019

    Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
    Leader:
    Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton
    Booking:  Get tickets for Easter Eggstravaganza by 14 April
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Especially suitable for 5-10 year olds / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available)


    Thursday 18 April

    Easter Eggsplorer at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

    Join Nature Stuff to learn all about nature in springtime. Solve the eggs-quiz-ite scrambled eggs challenge, make your very own bird's nest and collect Easter eggs, to take home, on the ‘Signs of Spring Treasure Trail’.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50 per child per session.

    Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point:
    Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
    Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
    Booking: Get tickets for Easter Eggsplorer at Brereton Heath LNR
    Information: 07870804413 or visit the Nature Stuff website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for children between the age of 5 and 10 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Car parking charge / Wildlife Walk – Event)


    Saturday 27 April

    Salt Line Tree Wander

    Join the Salt Line Ranger for a walk along the Salt Line Tree Trail. This is a gentle walk along the Salt Line and Borrow Pit Meadows with regular stops to look at and discuss various trees. We will look at different species and talk about their shape and form and how to recognise them, as well as discussing the uses of the timber and myths and folklore connected with the different species.

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

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 27/02/2019

    Time: 10.30am to 1.00pm
    Meeting point: Salt Line car park, Hassall Road, near Hassall Green, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 4XT (SJ775582)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Alistair Wright
    Booking:  Get tickets for Salt Line Tree Wander by 25 April
    Information: 01260 297237
    (Children must be accompanied by an adult / Places limited - please book in advance / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Wildlife Walk - Event / Bring binoculars if you have them / Easy walking grade / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)


    Sunday 28 April

    Carrs Working Party and Clean-up - April

    Help keep your local park looking good by joining the Friends of the Carrs and the Bollin Valley Rangers on some conservation tasks. This will include tree pruning, footpath work and litter picking. Feel free to join us for an hour or for the full day. Light refreshments provided.

    Time: 10.30am to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Parish Hall Car Park, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, SK9 4AA (SJ847816)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton and Friends of the Carrs
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Partnership event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


    Tuesday 30 April

    Walk with Nature: Dawn Chorus at the Brickworks

    Join us for a Dawn Chorus walk around Jackson's Brickworks Local Nature Reserve. We will listen and look for the area's resident birds as well as early spring migrants including chiffchaff, willow warbler, blackcap and garden warbler.

    Time: 6.00am to 8.00am
    Meeting point: Meet at Jacksons’ Brickworks, Pool House Road, Higher Poynton SK12 1TY (SJ945844)
    Leaders: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Pete Dowse and Ray Evans and Ian Taylor from The RSPB Macclesfield Local Group
    Information: 01625 432635 or the RSPB Macclesfield Local Group events web page
    (Easy walking grade / Bring binoculars if you have them / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Wildlife Walk - Event)

    Early Birds Walk

    Bring your binoculars for an early morning stroll through the Carrs with bird expert Paul Hughes. We will be looking at woodland and river birds making use of the park before most people arrive.

    Time: 7.30am to 9.30am
    Meeting point: Parish Hall Car Park, Cliff Road , Wilmslow SK9 4AA (SJ847816)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Paul Hughes and Friends of the Carrs
    Booking:  Get tickets for Early Birds Walk
    Information: 01625 383700
    (Children must be accompanied by an adult / Wildlife Walk – Event / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Full accessibility - level or ramped access / Partnership event)