Saturday, 29 August 2009


Following on from our previous picture request.A big thank you to Lucy who has sent in this photo from her hols of a maginicent and deliciously goofy lion from a small town in Wales. I wish he would come to Macc.

A few people have mentioned to us how much they enjoy peering at the blog but don't get round to signing up to the loop proper. We're baffled by this ( but admit we don't get round to quite a few things ourselves) as you are missing out on so much info if you don't.The blog is only a top up / up date/ reminder/ last minute sort of listing place, whereas the loop proper gives you lots more events information plus editorial too. A reader told me recently he prints it off and highlights the must see/ do bits with a high lighter pen.Thats a tidy mind for you.

The Janes are working on the next edition as I type so nows the time to e mail us at to make sure you receive it this time.

With that in mind, is your club or group starting its Autumn programme, have you some great gigs lined up, a series of workshops or an exhibition taking shape that we should know about ?
Please let us have full information by Friday 4th September. Remember these listings are entirely free.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Something for the weekend?

We do like a bank holiday weekend although it usually heralds a good down pour. Grab a brolly and get on with it any way.
Theres 'folk in a field' at Rushton Spencer on Saturday night and Crafts in Siddington Village hall on Sunday and Monday 10.30-4.30.The 'Creative Craft Association' is well known for Craft and Gift Fairs and they are in action at Gawsworth Hall Saturday- Monday this weeknd with speciality food and entertainment also.

We're eagerly heading down to West Park on Sunday 12- 4pm for the Skate Jam at the specially built ramp. Frankly a danger to ourselves on anything other than our own feet, but we are keen to see the graffitti art by Krek and Mers, who will be decorating the newly enlarged and enhanced skate ramp. They will also be producing two special original canvasses that will go on display in Macclesfield town center and up for auction on eBay, with other art from local artists, to support the costs of the jam.Oh there's reggae too.

Gig wise theres Conspiricy of Equals(friday) Electric Echo (Saturday) and
Guttersnipe on Sunday at the Nags Head. Whilst Ronnies hosts George Borowski on Monday 31st.

Nags Head WATERS GREEN, MACCLESFIELD - 01625 423786
Gawsworth Hall 01260 223 456.
Siddington Crafts 01260 297087
Folk in a field 01782 519379

Tuesday, 25 August 2009


Returning from the annual holiday hosing with trench foot and a mountain of washing, it is reassuring to see Macc is still wet. Irritating though.
The School hols are in the final phase and parents will be more desperate than ever for diversions to prevent in house fratricide. They are chez loop any way. With that in mind:
Crafty Creations at Lyme Park 25/ 26 Aug afternoons. Drop in workshop for 4-11 yr olds. Normal admission charges apply . Booking not needed.
Meanwhile at the Silk Museum:

Wed Aug 26 Childdren’s Workshop Modern silk dyeing for youngsters led by Stephanie Dakin, artist and freelance art teacher. Free but please book.

Thurs 27 and Friday 28August – Craft Club – Tantalising Toys. 10am12 noon. Children age 6 – 11 years. £5.

On Thursday between 10-12 there is the Quest seeker Crafts session in the library tooIf you just want to hole up at home with them and get the paints out why not have ago at the Number ten Art competiition. They are looking for young artists to put pens, pencils and brushes to paper for the Number 10 Art Competition on the theme of 'Environment' .The panel of judges will be looking for creativity and artistic flair when choosing the best pictures from three age groups: 5 – 7, 8 – 11 and 12 – 16 years.Whether you’re a painter, sketcher or digital artist, you can enter the competition by creating your artwork on a landscape, A3format . Have a look at for full details. The deadline is the end of August so be quick.

The winning entries will be hung in the reception of number 10 and admired by visiting dignitaries and world leaders. Just think someone like John Prescott could cast his artistic eye over your collage....

Silk Museum, Park Lane Galleries. Enquiries 01625 612045

Lyme Park

Macc Library 01625 374000

Cinema: Cinemac

For your delectation at Cinemac until 3 Sept.

Aliens in the Attic (PG) Inglourious Basterds (18) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Time Traveler''s Wife (12A)

Tickets £4- £5.50
Don't forget cheap tickets on a monday night £3
If you have not yet discovered Cinemac, an unconventional and charming cinema, check out the website: for further information, times and full listings.
Heritage Centre,
Roe St, Macclesfield.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Midnight Walks, Vampires and Family Fun

This Saturday Silk Brass the ever popular, 28-piece band from Marton, will be performing at the parish church of St Michaels and All Angels. Tickets are priced at £7 each and proceeds will go to the East Cheshire Hospice. Discover more about the band including future concert dates at

While we’re talking about the Hospice, it is still not too late to sign up for the Midnight Walk. It is the most important fundraising event of the Hospice year and a night of great fun. Sign up this weekend and hit the road walking on Saturday 12 September 2009.

Oh, and Saturday, for fans of Stephanie Meyer, Kristin Cast and all books vampire-esque, is Gothic Teen Day at Waterstones. Including, the release of the 6th House of the Night novel.

Sunday 23 August is, of course, Family Fun Day (picture courtesy of in West Park, with exciting stunt acts, kiddies’ Arena, acrobatic display team, fairground, craft marquee, giant inflatables and much more. The fun begins at 10am and entry is free.

Very important to say too, that with the release of The Time Travellers Wife scheduled at Cinemac (and on general release) for Friday 28 August (5.30 and 8pm) there is still time to read the book. A writer (Audrey Niffeneger) who can make time travel seem feasible must be worth reading – an excellent novel.
This weekend’s film programme at Cinemac is shaped as follows:
Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August:
Bandslam (PG) 3pm.
Aliens in the Attic (PG) 5.30pm.
Inglourious Basterds (18) 8pm

St Michaels and All Angels, Market Place, Macclesfield.
Silk Brass, PR Officer: Sue Howell: 07710 406002.
East Cheshire Hospice
To register: 01625 433477
Waterstones, Mill St, Macclesfield
01625 424212
Family Fun Day, West Park, Macclesfield
Cinemac, Heritage Centre, Roe St, Macclesfield SK11 6UT
Recorded Information: 01625 423535
Enquiries: 07871 422937

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Rain Doesn't Stop Play!

Hard to believe, sitting here in the bright of a perfect summers evening but the forecast for the next couple of days is not good. So, for the children and indoors, why not visit the Library in Macclesfield and Meet the Park Rangers on Thursday 27 August between 10am and 12 noon.

Or, alternatively attempt Art Deco Designs at the Silk Museum on Park Lane. Quilling and raised stencil work for children aged 6 - 11 years. From 10am - 12 noon and on both Thursday and Friday (26 & 27). It costs just £5 but booking is essential.

For children and grown ups in a down pour, or just for the fun of it, there is always Cinemac... Showing for your entertainment on Thursday 20: Aliens in the Attic (PG) at 3pm & 5.30pm and at 8pm: Inglourious Basterds (18). Friday looks a little different with Bandslam (PG) at 3pm; Aliens in the Attic (PG) at 5.30pm and Inglourious Basterds (18) at 8pm. Just take your pick. (Picture from Aliens in the Attic courtesy of Cinemac)

Macclesfield Library, Jordangate
01625 374000
Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield
to book: 01625 612045

Cinemac, Heritage Centre, Roe St, Macclesfield
01625 423535

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Lemar's Party in the Park 2009

He was runner up in the tv talent contest Fame Academy but still Lemar won through to headline Macclesfield's very own Party in the Park. He will play tonight along side Gwen Dickey of Rose Royce and Magic of Motown. The gates of West Park open at 5pm and let's hope for a little less rain than last year.
Advance tickets: £13 from the Town Hall. £15 in advance from other outlets (subject to admin charge)£15 on the gate, Under-4s go free
Ticket Hotlines:
Tourist Information Office, Town Hall: 01625 504114
TicketLine: 0871 424 4444
Quay Tickets: 0870 066 6845

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Clues To What's On This Weekend

There are no local music festivals this weekend but still no lack of entertainment with Sherlock Holmes & The Hound of the Baskervilles taking to the stage at Gawsworth. So you can join Holmes and Dr Watson as they search for clues concerning the death of Sir Charles Baskerville and the possibility of a fearsome beast roaming Dartmoor. Ticket prices for Friday 14 August are £17 (adult) £14 (child) and for Saturday 15 are £19.50 (adult) £16.00 (child).
For tickets please telephone the box office as listed below. Ticket orders will be held at the Gate for collection. (Picture courtesy of

Another month must have gone by because it’s the Farmers Market at Cloverbank again this Saturday (8.30 am to 12.30 pm). It’s worth going for the piglets alone – with the weather they are in mud-bath bliss. There are eight, 6-week old youngsters and two Kune Kune sows with nine very young ones between them. Lindsay Moores makes her debut as a stall holder too with her business, Adam’s Very Clever, providing healthy food for busy people – a healthy chunky vegetable ready meal in a pot – and there will be free samples to try on the day.

Finally, fair weather or foul a good film is always a weekend favourite and where better than the very charming Cinemac:
Showing on Friday, Aliens in the Attic (PG) 3 and 5.30pm and at 8pm, The Taking of Pelham 123. This is a change from the scheduled showing of Moon, cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
And, on Saturday and Sunday: Aliens in the Attic (PG) 3 and 5.30pm and at 8pm the Special Advance Screening of: Inglourious Basterds (18)

Gawsworth Hall Open Air Theatre
01260 223 456.
Cloverbank Organic Farm, Shellow Lane, North Rode
Cinemac, Heritage Centre, Roe St

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Music, Meteorites, Mark (Hankin that is)

Two music Festivals in two weekends, Macclesfield has never been short of musical talent but things have surely never looked better...

Don’t miss Mind, Body and Boogie a 3-day event run by the mental health organization Week 4 A Day. It kicks off on Friday 7 Aug at 7.30pm and features Skipping Madrid, Twilightrobin, Bigfin and Blackbart. Saturday is divided into a family afternoon, alcohol free session between 1 and 7pm. With The Yossarians, Tim Woodhouse and the Wooden Robots... and the evening session from 8pm with The Circus Electric, Little Tremers, Darren Poyzer and more... Then, why not return on Sunday for the acoustic open mic session, Garron Frith, The Sames and Helen England et al. From 1 to 8pm.

And... as if that wasn’t enough on Saturday night The Hollies play Gawsworth Open Air Theatre and Bang on Presents Question the Mark at the Swan With Two Necks. Away from music there’s the Perseidis Meteor Shower Party at Jodrell Bank. With telescopes, talks, 3D theatre and a BBQ from 9pm to midnight, cross everything for a clear night.

If you can’t decide where to go first and need help and intuitive inspiration there are still a few places left on Mark Hankin’s Weekend of Tarot. Starting on Saturday, at Ronnie’s Bar, with the workshop and running through Sunday with card readings.
And finally for the children Saturday is Ben 10 day at Waterstone’s and The Balloonist will be up to high jinks in the Grosvenor Centre between 11am and 4pm.

Mind, Body and Boogie, field behind Cock and Pheasant, Bollington
01625 575910
Gawsworth Open Air Theatre,
01260 223456
Jodrell Bank
01477 571339
Ronnie’s Bar, Duke’s Court, Macclesfield
01625 665050

lorna said...

Hoping to get to Mind, Body & Boogies at least once. Details of the music can be found here, sounds like there'll be some great talent!

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

For A Rainy Day...

If the loop blog seems a little absent this week it is because both Jane and I are on holiday (or are playing out in the rain). We thought you might need a reminder though, of a couple of undercover activities for the children...

Stories of Dragons and more... can be heard at Macc Library between 10am and 12 noon on Thursday 6 August. While there is an Indian Pow Wow at the Silk Museum, for children aged between 6 and 11 years, on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 August, for the making dream catchers and totem poles. (picture courtesy of Silk Museum)

For the grown-ups and if it’s not sold out, tonight (Wednesday 5 August) you could spend An Evening with Pam Ayres as part of the Gawsworth Open Air Theatre Season. And, not forgetting Cinemac for a genuinely charming night of film entertainment... Showing Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6: G-Force (PG) 3, 5 and 7pm; The Hangover (15) 8.45pm.

Macclesfield Library, Jordangate: 01625 374000

Silk Museum, Park Lane Galleries, Macclesfield:
01625 612045

Gawsworth Open Air Theatre:
01260 223456

Cinemac, Heritage Centre, Roe St, Macclesfield:

Sunday, 2 August 2009

The Absolute Wonder of Windystock

What a fantastic event!!! An absolute success....

Windystock was everything and more than expected. The loop arrived in time to see the Merchants of Cool take to the stage and change the weather. Followed by the melodic tones of Helen Walford (supported by the unsung Steve Smith) on the acoustic stage. Things just continued to improve from there, through to the pure talent that makes up Rough Twist and the headlining Virginmarys (pictured above courtesy of Even the weather couldn't damped the spirits.

I'm writing no more in the hope that at least a loop reader or two will come forward with a review. Waiting to hear from you...

the Janes.