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  • Thu
    7:30 pmMacclesfield Library, Brunswick Street entrance

    Membership of the Macclesfield Literary and Philosophical Society for the 2020-2021 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.

    2020/2021 Programme

    Thursday 24th September 2020 (Zoom)
    Becoming Human: a Post-humanist Archaeology
    Rachel Crellin is a lecturer in archaeology at Leicester University. Her research interests lie in archaeological theory and the development of a feminist post-humanist archaeology, the Neolithic and Bronze Ages of Britain and Ireland and metalwork wear-analysis.

    Tuesday 13th October 2020 (Zoom)
    The Idea of the Brain

    Matthew Cobb is a Professor of Zoology at Manchester University. He studies the sense of smell and the history of science. In this talk he explores the past present and future of our understanding of the brain.
    The AGM will follow the talk and discussion.

    Thursday 19th November 2020 (Zoom)
    Aurora-the Greatest Light Show on Earth (and other planets)

    Colin Forsyth is a NERC Independent Research Fellow at the UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory. He studies geomagnetic substorms-large scale disruptions of the Earth’s magnetosphere.

    Tuesday 19th January 2021
    Little Nephews: George Orwell’s Big Brother and his Literary Offspring

    Adam Stock is a lecturer in English at York St John University. His expertise is in utopian studies, modernism and contemporary literature.

    Thursday 25th February 2021
    Music, Magic and Dance in Latin America

    Grevel Lindop is a freelance poet, biographer and travel writer. His book Travels on the Dance Floor was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. He represented the UK at the Granada, Nicaragua Poetry Festival in 2012.

    Tuesday 23rd March 2021
    Joseph McCabe
    Dr Bill Cooke teaches philosophy and religious studies at Priestley College in Warrington and is president of the Warrington Lit & Phil. Joseph McCabe was born in Macclesfield in 1867. He was the author of more than 50 books and hundreds of pamphlets. One of the 20th-century’s pioneering popularisers of science, he paved the way for people like Isaac Asimov, Julian Huxley and Richard Dawkins.

    Thursday 22nd April 2021
    Counting People: Stories in the History of Census Taking in England and Wales

    Kevin Schürer is Professor of English Local History and a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University. His interests are in aspects of historical demography and the history of the family, together with social and economic history, primarily in the 19th and early 20th-centuries.

    Tuesday 18th May 2021
    Ancient Dumps, Modern Treasures: the Modern Market in Papyrus Manuscripts

    Roberta Mazza is an Italian ancient historian and papyrologist. She is honorary academic curator at the Manchester Museum and Research Fellow of the John Rylands Research Institute.

    Covid-19. The first three talks of the season will be on-line only via Zoom at the usual starting time (7.30 pm). We will review the situation for the new year after these. Members will be informed of the means of accessing Zoom talks beforehand.

  • Sat
    10 am to 4 pmZoom

    Macclesfield Town Council and local group Macctastic announce on-line Eco Summit will take place on 15th May 2021.

    Local eco network group Macctastic which was formed following an event at the Barnaby Treacle Market event in June 2018, has been working closely with Macclesfield Town Council to bring and engaging Eco Summit to the people of the town. The summit will be a full day event 10-4pm on the 15th May with comfort breaks and a break for lunch and due to pandemic restrictions will take place over Zoom.

    Consultation work in January saw those local to Macclesfield answering three key questions, which have helped to shape the summit, the talks that will take place and the people presenting them.

    The talks include Building Back Macc, which focuses on climate change, low carbon travel, green spaces, resources and people.

    Active Travel, which talks about the benefits/obstacles and the vision of an sustainable transport system in Macclesfield.

    Cooler, Greener Macc, which will include a TEDx video on green spaces, wildlife, community cohesion and pollution control.

    Eco Groups and Information Hubs, including active groups in the local areas, education and involvement.

    Green Shoots in Macclesfield an informal Q&A session with a few local business owners who are committed to going (and staying) green.

    Community & Council: The Environmental Call for Action, focusing on council leadership from both Macclesfield Town Council and Cheshire East Council and what they can do to support local people/groups

    A Macclesfield Town Council spokesperson said “We are very excited about the summit.  The Town Council declared a climate emergency in June 2019, which means we have an ongoing commitment to consider environmental impact, both positive and negative in all decisions the council takes.  We are excited to see the people of the town come together for the summit and hope that there will be some great ideas that be taken forward which will improve the environmental sustainability of Macclesfield.”

    If anyone wishes to attend they need to email to book a place.

  • Thu
    NEC Birmingham

    Above: The APL return with Professor David Stevens with their impressive ‘What Lies Beneath’ Garden

    BBC Gardeners’ World Live will be back at The NEC from 17 to 20 June 2021 and tickets are now on sale. Organisers have incorporated a number of measures for a successful and enjoyable event, including a larger event footprint to allow for social distancing, timed visitor entry and changes to the theatre layouts.

    BBC Gardeners’ World presenters confirmed to appear include Monty DonAdam FrostCarol Klein, Joe Swift and Frances Tophill. BBC Gardeners’ World magazine columnist, Alan Titchmarsh, has also been confirmed to appear on Saturday, plus Toby Buckland on Sunday.

    The main themes for the 2021 Show are flower powersustainability and indoor gardening. The brand new My Gardeners’ World Stage in the Floral Marquee will give exhibiting nurseries, special guests and the Gardeners’ World presenters a platform to share ideas about how everyone can do their bit for sustainability and the environment in their gardens, being mindful of the impact that activities have on wildlife and plants.

    Bob Sweet, BBC Gardeners’ World Live’s Director of Horticulture, said “There is no doubt that gardening has been a great comfort to many, during the situation that we find ourselves in currently. We are growing as a nation of gardeners more than ever and, as such, we are delighted to be announcing plans for BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2021. Inspiring every level of gardener and garden lover, our themes are all the more pertinent to the world we live in today – Flower Power, Sustainability and Indoor Gardening. We are also thrilled to confirm that nearly all the designers, landscapers, exhibitors and sponsors from our postponed Show will be working alongside us to create a formidable event in 2021.”

    Toby Buckland’s ‘Navigator Garden’ is confirmed. The coast, the focus of the garden’s design, is a point of no return and acts as a barometer of our rapidly changing climate. Toby’s garden will be awash with practical ideas to inspire and help gardeners navigate their gardens towards a greener future.

    The Navigator Garden - Toby Buckland Show Garden

    The APL return with Professor David Stevens with their impressive ‘What Lies Beneath’ Garden. This concept garden will inspire visitors with a wide variety of design ideas whilst demystifying the underlying structures that are so important in underpinning a great finished garden – on view in a unique, eye-level cross-section. Professor David Stevens said “There is no doubt that lockdown and difficult times have temporarily changed people’s lives, often with more emphasis on both house and garden. The latter has provided welcome relaxation and a new awareness of just what a garden has to offer, along with an opportunity to change or improve the layout. In doing this we become more aware of the complexities of construction, foundations for paving and walls or just how to build a raised bed, a garden pool and any number of other features.” David continues, “The answer to these questions is perfectly illustrated by ‘What Lies Beneath’, a garden that literally takes a garden apart to expose the intricacies and details of the construction as well as showing just how this underpins the finished composition from beginning to end.”

    All five Show Gardens in APL Avenue, an annual visitor favourite, are confirmed. Each garden takes inspiration from everything British, from allotments to James Bond, with the new theme ‘A Very British Affair’.

    At least six additional Show Gardens and Showcase Gardens are expected to be confirmed, including Derby College’s ‘Metamorphosis’ garden and ‘An Oasis of Peace’ by the Stroke Association. Show Garden applications are open until January for new participants.

    The Beautiful Borders, with a ‘Power of Flowers’ theme, continues to boom with over 30 entries in 2021. Plus, family-friendly activities return, including the School Wheelbarrow Competition and a hands-on garden run by Roots to Fruit where children will be able to have a go at planting and creating an inspiring space at the Show.

    With social distancing measures in place, the Floral Marquee and Plant Village continue to showcase a wide range of specialist nurseries and growers, including some new to the Show in 2021. In addition, the Marquee will feature an impressive Eremurus display from master grower Jon Wheatley, and the all-new House of Plants feature created by Samantha Theakstone.

    BBC Gardeners’ World Live takes place 17 to 20 June 2021 at The NEC Birmingham. For tickets and Show information visit

  • Sat
    8 am to 8 pmThe Royal Cheshire County Show ground is situated at Tabley, near Knutsford on the A556, approximately 1.5 miles from Junction 19 of the M6. WA16 0JF

    The Royal Cheshire County Show is a grand celebration of everything we know and love about farming and the countryside.

    One of the most highly anticipated agricultural shows in the country, The Cheshire Agricultural Society has announced that after last year’s virtual show, the summer spectacular is set to return and will take place on Saturday 31st July 2021, for one day only – and tickets are now live and available to purchase!

    An exciting line-up of attractions will be taking place at the one-day show including competitions, exhibitions, demonstrations and performances. And rest assured, your old Royal Cheshire County Show favourites are set to be making an appearance!

    The exhilarating Quad Bike Stunt Show will be making a welcome return, showcasing precision riding, nail-biting tricks and jumps and the unforgettable multiple-roll stunt. Also back for 2021 is the world-renowned Sheep Show, a fun and educational ‘Miss World of Sheep’ featuring the famous dancing beauties in the ‘Sheep Show Hustle.’

    The Young Farmers will again be joining in with their traditional Tug-O-War competition and infamous float extravaganza and visitors will be able to enjoy an array of livestock exhibits and of course some retail therapy in the wonderful Cheshire Farmer’s Market.

    As always, there’ll also be opportunities to celebrate local cuisine at the Roberts Bakery Food Village and the traditions of rural communities at The Village Green.

    There’ll also be plenty of opportunities for competing on 31st July with competitions so far including Heavy Horses, Pygmy Goats, Dairy Goats and Honey.

    After an uncertain year, the show promises ticketholders a great day out in the Cheshire countryside!

    Due to restrictions, this will be a strictly members and ticketed event with limited tickets available for purchase.

    For initial trade stand and sponsorship enquiries, please contact the show office on or call 01565 650 200.

    In addition to the public event, The Cheshire Agricultural Society is planning to hold the much-anticipated annual Light Horse and Dog competitions on June 21st, 22nd and 23rd, which will be held behind closed doors, due to current Covid-19 restrictions.

    Both the Light Horse and Dog competition schedules are now live on the website!

    This is the first year that the show is set to take place at the weekend, making the event far more accessible for many, which will be music to a lot of ears! The Cheshire Agricultural Society looks forward to welcoming competitors and visitors alike to this unique celebration of rural life in our beloved county.

    For all initial competition enquiries, please contact Rob Davenport (Show Director) on or call the Show office on 01565 650 200


  • Sat
    Chester Racecourse

    This year’s Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival will take place at Chester Racecourse from the 28-30th August and not in its usual Easter timeslot. It will be one of the first big events to take place in Cheshire, after release from lockdown and aims to be light at the end of the Covid tunnel. With messages of positivity and hope in mind, Taste Cheshire has chosen Claire House Children’s Hospice as its Charity for the 2021 event. 

    Tickets and info:


  • Sat
    11:00 amLeek Rugby Club

    North Staffs and Moorlands Bikers would like to invite you to their annual Charity Ride-out - in aid of LukesLegacy/Docbikes.

    The bikes will leave Leek Rugby Club at 11.00 am heading for Hollies Truck Stop.

    Food and drink will be available before and after the ride.

    £5 per bike with all funds going to docbikes/lukeslegacy charity.