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.

  • Sat
    29
    Jun
    2019
    Sun
    15
    Dec
    2019
    Little Moreton Hall, Newcastle Rd, Congleton CW12 4SD

    Contemporary art installation inspired by indoor Tudor tennis secrets

    A new contemporary art installation, by artist Hilary Jack, is set to launch on the weekend of the country’s most celebrated event for tennis lovers, Wimbledon. But visitors to Little Moreton Hall in Congleton will notice a lack of grass courts and an unfamiliar setting for the much-loved game.

    The newly commissioned art work titled Gathering takes its inspiration from the discovery of a handful of Tudor tennis balls found during restoration work in the historic Long Gallery at the 16th century property.

    For the installation, Hilary Jack has collected over a thousand used tennis balls, gathered from Wimbledon and other tennis clubs all over the country. Working with film, Hilary has highlighted the topography of the Long Gallery while revealing the historic use of the space. To accompany the audio-visual installation, the Tudor tennis balls will also be on display for the first time in years.

    The Long Gallery was built in the 17th century as a demonstration of wealth by the ambitious Moreton family.  Long galleries were popular in this era as spaces for sociability and exercise as well as reflecting the status of the family.  Since the 1970s, five Tudor tennis balls have been discovered behind the Tudor panelling in the gallery as conservation work and maintenance has been taken place in the room and revealed clues about how it was used. It was these unique finds from a time gone by that have inspired Gathering.

    Hilary says: “I’ve visited Little Moreton Hall many times and have always been interested in how the environment has affected the appearance and architecture of the building over time.  On a recent visit, I overheard one of the guides explaining that the discovery of some Tudor tennis balls behind wood panels had confirmed the suspicion that a form of tennis had been played in the Long Gallery. As an artist I’m interested in the politics of place and I often work with found objects, so this triggered the idea for Gathering.  I hope that when visitors encounter the artwork it will elicit a response and prompt further enquiry into the history of Little Moreton Hall and the people who lived there.”

    Hilary works across media in research-based projects, often working with found objects in sculptural installations and public interventions. Hilary has worked with many heritage galleries, and historic sites on large scale commissions and exhibitions. Her research-based practice has an activist element, focussing on the politics of place while drawing out social and historic elements of a specific site.  Hilary has exhibited across the UK and Internationally. Her work is in a number of private and public collections including recent acquisitions for Manchester Art Gallery and The Government Art Collection. Hilary is currently exhibiting No Borders, at Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of Open Air 2019.

    Catherine Newbery, Contemporary Arts Programme Manager for the North at the National Trust says: “Hilary Jack is an interesting and established artist who has visited Little Moreton Hall many times, so when we received her proposal for the Long Gallery we were all really excited to find out more.  Little Moreton Hall is a beautiful building and art works and commissions like this help us bring the people who lived here to life and help our audiences make connections to their own lives.  As we are launching the commission around the Wimbledon tennis tournament I’m looking forward to the atmosphere the art work creates.”

    Gathering opens at Little Moreton Hall on 29 June, to coincide with Wimbledon, and ends on 3 November 2019.  For more information visit, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/little-moreton-hall

    Little Moreton Hall is a remarkable survivor from the Tudor era.  It is a timber-framed moated manor house that sits just south of Congleton.  Free guided tours are available for visitors to learn the history of the Hall and its inhabitants, and Tudor gentlewomen bring the Hall to life with demonstrations and activities.

    Gathering takes its inspiration from the discovery of a handful of Tudor tennis balls found at the 16th century property. Image © Steve Llse

  • Tue
    17
    Sep
    2019
    Wed
    13
    May
    2020
    Macclesfield Library, Jordangate, Macclesfield SK10 1EE

    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.

    2019/2020 Programme

    Thursday 19th September 2019
    The Peterloo Massacre
    In the 200th anniversary year of Peterloo, Helen Antrobus from the People’s History Museum in Manchester returns to the society to talk about the massacre.

    Wednesday 9th October 2019
    Tracing Lines, Crafting Worlds: Orkney, Stonehenge and the Strange Case of the Grooved Ware Pot
    During the 3rd millennium BC communities in Britain and Ireland started making pottery imitating the Grooved Ware of the Orkney Islands. At the same time timber and stone circles started to appear. Mike Copper is an archaeologist working at the Ness of Brodgar who also makes replica prehistoric pottery.
    The AGM will follow the talk and discussion.

    Thursday 14th November 2019
    Strange Plants
    Alasdair Glen has worked in chemistry and botany research as well as in medical chemistry. Until recently he was National Chairman of the British Cactus and Succulent Society. In this talk he introduces us to some of the more unusual plants.

    Wednesday 15th January 2020
    Radical 19th Century Women and Egypt
    In the second half of the 19th-century a group of educated, passionate, complex and multi-faceted English women played a leading role in developing the study of Ancient Egypt. Emma Anderson, Interim Director of Macclesfield Museums, shows how the objects that the museums contain tell the lives and travels of some of these women.

    Thursday 13th February 2020
    Is there more to Biodiversity than meets the eye?
    Pam Berry, Senior Research Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute Oxford University, examines what nature does for us for free and considers how we value it and how this could contribute to its conservation.

    Wednesday 18th March 2020
    To be announced
    Unfortunately the speaker planned for this date is now unable to make it. An alternative will be announced in due course.

    Thursday 23rd April 2020
    Boundaries and Fine Art
    Until his retirement Graham Coulter-Smith was a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory at Staffordshire University. He is the author of several books and e-books including Art in the Age of Terrorism and Deconstructing Installation Art.

    Wednesday 13th May 2020
    The Common Freedom of the People—John Lilburne and the English Revolution
    Michael Braddick, professor of history at Sheffield University, introduces the life of John Lilburne. Lilburne, who lived at the time of the 17th-century civil wars, was a leader of the Levellers in politics. Starting life as a Puritan he eventually became a Quaker.

     

    Web: http://www.litandphilmacc.org.uk
    Membership enquiries: membership@litandphilmacc.org.uk
    General enquiries: mail@litandphilmacc.org.uk

  • Tue
    01
    Oct
    2019
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    31
    Oct
    2019

    Tuesday 1 October

    Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - October

    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 - October
    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! – October

    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.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 01/08/2019

    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! - October
    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)


    Monday 7 October to Friday 11 October

    Bollin Valley Partnership Schools Week

    Varied half day school based workshops themed on wildlife, nature the countryside. Using the skills and talents of local educators and both Cheshire East Council and Bollin Valley Rangers. Booking in advance is essential. Bookings taken from early September.

    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Rangers & colleagues
    Booking and Information: 01625 374790 or email the Bollin Valley Partnership
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)


    Saturday 12 October

    Astbury Mere – its history and landscape

    Astbury Mere was once a busy industrial quarry. Today it is one of Cheshire’s most popular recreational destinations. Find out how this transformation took place and how the local community continues to care for their local park.

    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: 12/08/2019

    Time: 11.00am to 12.30pm
    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 Astbury Mere - its history and landscape by 10 October
    Information: 01260 297237
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for anyone over the age of 8 / 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 / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Easy walking grade / Car parking charge)


    Sunday 13 October

    Extreme Outdoor Fitness Session at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    A 2-hour extreme outdoor fitness session for those wanting something a bit different as part of their fitness regime! The session will involve a warm up and cool down with running, steps, hill sprints along with a variety of intense exercises!

    The class is not for the faint-hearted (suitable for intermediate to advanced fitness level attendees) but for those wanting a challenge and who like being in the outdoors in a fantastic country park! Suitable for anyone over the age of 18.Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £12.50.

    Time: 9.00am to 11.00am
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leader: Personal Trainer Kelly Morley
    Booking:  Get tickets for Extreme Outdoor Fitness Session at Tegg's Nose Country Park
    Information: 07803 245590 or email Kelly Morley
    (Suitable for anyone over the age of 18 / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home)


    Wednesday 16 October

    Meres, Canals, Ways and Edges

    A 16km (10 mile) circular walk, starting from Astbury Mere Country Park along the Macclesfield Canal to the Biddulph Valley Way and back via Congleton Edge and local Public Rights of Way. 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: 16/08/2019

    Time:
    10.00am to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Astbury Mere Country Park, Sandy Lane, off A34 Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4FR (SJ846627)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Cal Sherratt
    Booking:  Get tickets for Meres, Canals, Ways and Edges by 14 October
    Information: 01260 297237
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Moderate to strenuous walking grade / Healthy Walk – Event / Bring a packed lunch)


    Saturday 19 October to Sunday 3 November

    Tegg’s Nose Country Park Halloween Trail

    Some spooky visitors are visiting the park this half-term! Can you explore the park and find them all? 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 19th of October and 3rd November
    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 Halloween Trail

    Some spooky visitors are visiting the Nature Reserve this half-term! Can you explore the park and find them all? 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 19th of October and 3rd November
    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)


    Saturday 26 October

    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: Email Red 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)

    Tegg’s Nose Star Party – Ghostly Goings-on

    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 evenings highlights are Saturn, star clusters and Milky Way.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 26/08/2019

    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 Tegg's Nose Star Party - Ghostly Goings-on
    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 27 October

    Halloween Happenings

    Bring a pumpkin, knife and nightlight to craft a lantern for a spooky walk down the Park. Seasonal crafts and activities with the Bollin Valley Rangers, spooky dress optional. Particularly suited to younger children (aged 6 to 10 years old). Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4 per child.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 27/08/2019

    Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
    Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Rangers Emma Houghton and Euan Murray
    Booking:  Get tickets for Halloween Happenings by 24 October
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for anyone between the ages of 6 and 10 / Please leave your dog at home / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partial accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available)


    Monday 28 October 

    Spooky Trip Down the Mines!!!

    Join Derbyshire Caving Club for a Halloween tour of underground Alderley Edge. Come and see the some of the oldest copper mines in Great Britain and hear some of the stories of real people who lived and worked there..... Do you dare???

    You are welcome to wear fancy dress but please be aware that it may get dirty due to the nature of the mines. Some crawling involved. Suitable for adults and accompanied children over 6. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 28/08/2019

    Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm
    Meeting point: National Trust yard behind Wizard Restaurant, Macclesfield Road, Alderley Edge, SK10 4UB (SJ859773)
    Leaders: Derbyshire Caving Club
    Booking: Get tickets for Spooky Trip Down the Mines!!!
    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)


    Tuesday 29 October 

    Spooky Trip Down the Mines Again!!!

    Another chance to join Derbyshire Caving Club for a Halloween tour of underground Alderley Edge. Come and see the some of the oldest copper mines in Great Britain and hear some of the stories of real people who lived and worked there….. Do you dare???

    You are welcome to wear fancy dress but please be aware that it may get dirty due to the nature of the mines. Some crawling involved. Suitable for adults and accompanied children over 6. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 28/08/2019

    Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm
    Meeting point: National Trust yard behind Wizard Restaurant, Macclesfield Road, Alderley Edge, SK10 4UB (SJ859773)
    Leaders: Derbyshire Caving Club
    Booking: Get tickets for Spooky Trip Down the Mines Again!!!
    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)

    Woodland Wizards at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    Set out on a woodland quest with Nature Stuff. Look for Dragon footprints and Dragon eggs and help make magic potions and a giant fire breathing dragon! Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50 per child.

    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 Woodland Wizards 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)


    Wednesday 30 October

    Introduction to Nordic Walking - October – 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 - October
    Information: 07593448403
    (Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Partnership event / Healthy Walk - Event)

    Halloween Hoot at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

    Join Nature Stuff for spooky outdoor games, Halloween challenges and fangtastic fun for families. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50 per child.

    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 Halloween Hoot 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)


    Thursday 31 October

    Halloween Hoot at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    Join Nature Stuff for spooky outdoor games, Halloween challenges and fangtastic fun for families. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50 per child.

    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 Halloween Hoot 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)

  • Sat
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    Lyme Hall, Disley, Stockport SK12 2NR, UK

    With the leaves in autumn colour, and the scent of bonfires in the air, October half-term is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and have a family adventure at Lyme. The National Trust attraction in Disley is planning plenty of ways for families to get active and make the most of autumn nature.

    Visitors will be able to discover the myths and legends of Britain’s native trees and landscapes from Sunday 19 October to Sunday 10 November, with a children’s trail winding through Crow Wood Playscape.

    An autumnal view of the lake and south front of Lyme Park, Cheshire. The house was originally Elizabethan but was transformed in the Italianate style by architect Giacomo Leoni in the early eighteenth century.

    Little (and big) monsters can get creative with pumpkin carving on 24, 25, 28 and 29 October, with everything provided to make your pumpkins as spooky as possible.

     

    Lyme’s annual Fright Run returns on Friday 25 October for families brave enough to take on the 2km route with ghoulish monsters and wicked witches along the way - fancy dress is a must. Grown-ups looking for an extra spook can also take on the after-dark, adult-only Fright Run, with a challenging 6km trail run through the moorlands and woods.

    For a less spooky side of Lyme, families can join the ranger team for Ranger-in-Training sessions, where children aged 6-12 can take part in outdoor nature activities from identifying birds to creating wild art.

    While rainy days present plenty of fun opportunities for muddy walks and puddle-splashing, there’s also plenty of ways to stay dry on those wet days at Lyme. The historic house is open Friday-Tuesday during October and welcomes families with a trail following the globe-trotting adventures of Thomas Legh, through the treasures and antiques that he brought back to Lyme. Younger children can explore the collection of toys in the Nursery Suite, and booklovers of all ages can enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the library, where modern favourites from Horrible Histories to Harry Potter can be found amongst the collection.

    For families looking for a full day out, there are kids lunchboxes with colouring activities available at the Servants’ Hall Tearoom, and the garden or the millpond make for perfect picnicking spots.

    Pumpkin Carving, Ranger-in-Training and Fright Run are all available to book via https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme/whats-on

  • Sat
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    Quarry Bank, Styal, nr Wilmslow

    One of Manchester’s greatest mills which stood at the very cusp of the Industrial Revolution is delving deeper into the working conditions of those who lived and worked at Quarry Bank in a new exhibition, ‘A Healthy Profit.’ Opening this month at the National Trust attraction, the exhibition delves into the realities of mill life and the physical, mental and emotional toil that kept the wheels of this industrial powerhouse turning.

    At Quarry Bank, mill owner Samuel Greg hired Peter Holland as the first known physician to work in a factory. This was partly motivated by genuine concern for the poor and partly by the mill owners’ religious beliefs as Unitarians. However, a healthy workforce was also a productive workforce, ensuring healthier profits.

    In this new exhibition, visitors can journey through different parts of the body, including the brain, eyes, ears, lungs, and skeleton to uncover how long, hard days in the mill affected the workers. Historical medical equipment including glass eyes and medical chests complete with powders and potions, as well as leech jars, inhalers and ear trumpets from the Thackray Medical Museum and Manchester Medical Museum will be on display. For the very first time, visitors can also see original documents from the mill archives accounting for accidents, injuries and even causes of death at Quarry Bank.

    Exploring the connections between people, place and health both past and present, the exhibition also considers how the body is impacted today. The effects of pollution, screen time, earphones and diet, as well as the significance of the environment and outdoor spaces feature in the exhibition.

    The mill in autumn at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

    Suzanne Kellett, Programming Manager at Quarry Bank says, ‘We’re excited to be launching this new exhibition exploring the historical pressures the human body was put through, whilst drawing parallels with our lives today. Our visitors will discover more about what working life was really like for the men, women and children of Quarry Bank and we’re encouraging them to reflect on their own wellbeing as well. There are lots of interactive elements for families which bring the subject to life and we’re looking forward to seeing what they learn along the way.”

    The National Trust has worked closely with the University of Manchester on new academic research looking into how the toil of mill work affected the body. The research has uncovered stories of what life was really like for those at Quarry Bank and how the mill’s healthy profit wasn’t necessarily driven by a healthy workforce. These findings have helped shape the new exhibition opening this autumn.

    Families visiting the exhibition will find plenty of interactive features including a giant brain revealing more about its different functions with a chance to put their concentration to the test and see how they compare to a mill worker. Visitors can also have a go at mee-mawing - a form of speech invented by the mill workers using exaggerated movements to allow lip reading over the clatter and bustle of the noisy machines.

    Throughout October half term there will be themed activities and science experiments getting families closer to what it was like to live and work at Quarry Bank.

    Inside the mill, visitors can see the historic machinery thunder into action and feel the floors shake beneath their feet. Guided tours of the Apprentice House and workers cottage also show where the men, women and children who worked at Quarry Bank lived, ate and slept after toiling for twelve hours a day in the mill.

    The new exhibition ‘A Healthy Profit’ opens on 19 October 2019 and runs until 19 April 2020. For more information visit nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank or followhttps://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank/features/a-healthy-profit-exhibition