Tuesday, 31 March 2009

New Gallery: New View

Just to let you know about an interesting new initiative in Dukes Court. An old Photographers studio has been transformed into a Gallery space.Their first show
A New View presents works from local artists Tom Baskeyfield, Daniel Chaloner, David Evans, Mike Pritchard, Steve Smith, and Billy Williams. Get down and have a look.

Mon- Sat 11am- 8pm

Dukes Court (upstairs)

Mill St

Contact Daniel Chaloner for full details.

daniel.chaloner@live.co.uk Tel-07806791752

Friday, 27 March 2009

Out of town:sculpture workshop

As part of the build up to Bollington Festival Artist Gavin Darby will be holding a sculpture workshop to demonstrate how to use recycled materials to make sculptures for the garden and home.

Sat 28 Mar £2.50/ £1.50

Bollington Atrs Centre
Wellington Rd
01625 260016

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Tim Woodehouse 'live' + Ian Coppack film= Loop Social

The loop is a sociable animal that likes nothing more than to be out on the tiles, indulging in a little cultural stimulation and bantering cheerfully with friends on a wide range of vital topics: the town centre redevelopment, where to get the best pint in town and the demise of Clegg’s Right Price Toiletries. With that in mind please join us for another Social at Ronnie’s Bar on 31 March. We are delighted that local idiosyncratic bard Tim Woodehouse will be performing his unique, warm and perceptive tunes for us, live. There will be delicious food (free) and drink available and we’ll be watching a local short film by Ian Coppack too. This is a deliberate divergence from the previous loop format, allowing us to relish some local talent and have lots of time for chat too.

Free but booking essential. maccloop@googlemail.com.

Tues 31 March 8pm

Ronnie’s Bar
Dukes Court
Mill Street

Monday, 23 March 2009

Tender is published

For those of you who came to the Author's evening at Ronnie's you will have been waiting impatiently for this.
Mark Illis gave us a tantalising glimpse of the lives of the Dax family with his readings from the pages of Tender. Over thirty years we watch their lives unfold in ordinary and extraordinary ways as they try to cope with life, and each other. They’re a family with a history that develops in front of your eyes. A family with stories to tell..
You can buy it now and quench your curiosity at

or order it at a local bookshop.

Tender by Mark Illis
Salt Publishing

Friday, 20 March 2009

The forty year old Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar book cover: Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, 40th anniversary

'In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf." So begins Eric Carle's classic, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". This book follows the ravenous caterpillar's path as he eats his way through one apple (and the pages of the book itself) on Monday, two pears on Tuesday, three plums on Wednesday, and so on, through cherry pie and sausage... The book has a great story and Eric Carle's wonderful collage pictures.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of this iconic book, which was published in 1969.
On Saturday March 21st Waterstones on Mill Street are celebrating with fun related activities between 10.30 and 12pm. Free

Sat 21 Mar 10.30-12pm
Mill St

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Out of town: Farmer's Market

Just a reminder about the Cloverbank Farm Farmers Market this coming Saturday 21st March. From previous posts you may have noticed we rather liked this when we went to the last one. So much so that the loop will be there this Saturday, promoting itself with a stand but mainly munching steadily through the glorious range of organic, delicious food available.Come and say hello if you get a long to it. Theres a really good bustling atmosphere, plentiful parking and its even undercover should it rain.
Only genuine farmers, producers and craftspeople are allowed to sell their products – it is a fantastic opportunity to shop locally in a very friendly and relaxed environment. Refreshments are available including hot buns with Cloverbank organic meat.There's good stuff for Veggies too.
Most importantly seek out the pen of exceptionally charismatic piglets who live there...

The profit from the proceeds of the stall fees are donated to charity – currently East Cheshire Hospice in Macclesfield.

Sat 21 March
8.30- 12.30 pm
Cloverbank Organic Farm,
Shellow Lane,North Rode,
CW12 2NX
07969 094079

Competition to win a picture from Image Palette

Win a cool, contemporary photographic canvas of your own choice courtesy of Image Palette.com. Set up by a pair of extremely talented local photographers, this young company create stunning wrap-around effect canvases with a range of abstract, natural, still life and astronomical images, plus landscapes from the surrounding Cheshire countryside and Peak District.
To enter their competition go to www.imagepalette.com and explore their online galleries and find the answers to the questions below. Then simply send an e-mail to hello@imagepalette.com listing your answers together with your name and your e-mail address. There will be a prize draw on the 1 May 2009 and the first person with all three correct answers will be our lucky winner.
Their canvases have a wonderful, tactile, three-dimensional quality and entering the competition or not, the loop suggests you browse their inspiring photographs.

Visit www.imagepalette.com to enter the competition.
Answer the following questions:

1. Which canvas features two red poppies?
2. Which canvas takes its name from the air we breathe?
3. Which canvas shows a very famous landmark on the Cheshire Plain?

The winner will be offered the choice of any image from our online galleries to be printed on to a 420mm x 595mm canvas. No cash alternative can be requested. The competition closing date is 30 April 2009. They may occasionally send you promotional e-newsletters - however you may opt-out of these at anytime. The standard terms of our privacy policy apply and these can be reviewed on the Image Palette website.

Live jazz in Macc

Yes really. And in one of the most beautiful buildings in town. The tiny, atmospheric King Edward St Chapel, will host David MacKenzie and Josh Johnston (violin & piano) playing material from their current CD as well as old favourites and standards, in their Grappelli-inspired swing, jazz, latin & blues style.
Notes Home
Hear tracks at www.myspace.com/davidandjosh
Free track downloads at
Buy from I-Tunes or www.davidandjosh.com/shop.shtml

Sun 5 April 8pm £8

Unitarian Chapel, King Edward Street, Macclesfield

Michael Dadson: 01625-669233 Michael.dadson@maccunitarians.co.uk

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Authors evening at Ronnies

What a pleasant evening. Comfy sofas, candlelight and the entertainment of writers reading:Stephen May from his novel TAG and Mark Illis from his short stories Tender (details will follow when its published in a few weeks). Its so good to hear writing come alive with the voice of the author (very convincing teenage girls actually) followed by the chance to quiz them both about their characters, their favourite books, writing for soaps and lots more. A very warm thank you to them both for hauling themselves over the Pennines. We hope we can lure them back to Macc soon. Many thanks to Ronnie for his hospitality too.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Your Fresh loop is ready

The latest loop is ready to be e mailed to you. If you are on the email list you will have just received it but if not contact us at maccloop@googlemail.com. Er, just one thing, we are a little embarrassed as it is in a slightly unmanicured state, having not had its final edit. That said, it is a case of send it to you now or you wouldn't get it till the middle of next week, as our designer is away. So we've taken a deep breath and decided to be brave and let you see it in it's raw, untweaked state. So please be kind and overlook those ghastly typos and oddities. Gulp.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Poetry Workshops

Poetry writing for beginners

Give your creativity a spring clean with a series of four workshops in the friendly atmosphere of Button & Skein’s beautiful shop.

Led by former Cheshire Poet Laureate Jo Bell, they’ll touch on how good poetry works and read contemporary examples. Write poetry from personal experience and explore your own style. Work from a selection of objects and memories to develop new material. And there is always good cake!

Jo travels the |Uk exhaustively, doing workshops, delivering poetry performances and organising World Poetry Day. With that in mind, she is always slightly puzzled by the lack lustre poetry following she finds in Macc compared to other parts of the country. Why do you think this is? The loop thinks we are uniquely lucky to have Jo's perceptive and irreverent voice in our midst, so prove her wrong and get along to those workshops.

Button & Skein, Church St.
Tuesday evenings in April 7-9pm
£40 for 4 sessions (£30 concessions)
Call Jo Bell on 07934 444321 or email belljar@hotmail.co.uk