Thursday, 29 April 2010

Heaven Scent

'Say it with Flowers'
A tribute by local historian Dorothy Bentley Smith to those incredible adventurers who brought back to England flora, which now give such pleasure in our gardens.
Surprisingly two of the most important botanists had Macclesfield connections, and one local family more than any other encouraged the introduction of tropical plants to the town and neighbourhood.

Sat 1 May-Mon. 3rd. May 11a.m. - 3 p.m.
Christ Church
Sponsored by The Churches Conservation Trust

loop 13

Hope you' have all received your PDF of Loop 13. Crikey 13 of them!

A few have bounced back as ever and thats beause some servers automatically reject the group mail out. Make sure you have the loop in your address book to stop this happening. There are some comments posted below about the potential closure of the Silk Museum. Make sure you look back and tell us what you think. Fortunately The Silk Museum has had a reprieve this year. What would you like to see happen in the future?

As ever, we would be delighted if you would would spread the word and forward the loop to local friends so they can request it them selves.
Intriguingly there are some loop blog and facebook followers who don't get the loop itself. 'Hey you miss out on all the fun!' mail us now if you want to receive it.

'Pak Choy' by Christopher Rainham at the White Gallery, Bollington

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Heaven Scent

Flower Power!

Raising cash for historic churches

The Churches Conservation Trust is throwing its historic doors open again to welcome the long awaited spring and launch a new year of community fund raising events across the region. Iconic Christ Church Church will be taking part on the 1st and 2nd May.

“We really hope that people enjoy this event, our Churches are stunning places full of art and incredible craftsmanship, they deserve recognition as precious cultural buildings that inspire us.” said Rosi Lister The Churches Conservation Trust’s Regional Manager “The Churches Conservation Trust now cares for over 70 historic churches across the North of England and with this growing collection of some of the most important buildings in England money is getting tighter. Heaven Scent is the first fund raiser of the year and after the long winter we have all endured – what better way to celebrate the spring!”

All Churches taking part are listed on the Trust’s website
image Christ Church courtesy Steve Thornhill. ( pictures on display in Bate Hall, Chestergate)

Now booking

Jobs alert

Job Reference: NT10/05162
Job Title: Mansion Conservation Assistant (click link to view full details)
Region: North West
Salary: £15,444-£16,830 P/A
Contract: Seasonal
Closing Date: 07/05/2010

Job Summary:

A number of opportunities have arisen to join Tatton Park’s Mansion Team. Set amidst 1000 acres of parkland, the historic Mansion houses a renowned collection of Gillows furniture, along with important collections of paintings, books, ceramics and objets d’art. Owned by the National Trust and financed and managed by Cheshire East Council, the Mansion attracts around 60,000 visitors annually and hosts education visits and events throughout the year.

They are offering an exciting opportunity for one full time position (37hrs, £15444 - £16830, indicative grade 4 pending evaluation) and one part-time position (16hrs, £15444 - £16830 pro-rata) within the dedicated team who care for the historic Mansion. You will have experience of visitor/customer care, maintenance of security and cleaning/collections care, preferably within a heritage environment. A flexible attitude, good team working, careful approach, attention to detail, manual dexterity and good stamina are all essentials for this post. Occasional overnight Standby duties and regular weekend working form part of this job.

To apply please visit :

For an informal discussion about any of these positions please ring Caroline Schofield on 01625 374408 or Karan Knowles on 01625 374446.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Cinema: Cinemac

Tues 27: How
to Train Your Dragon (PG) 5.30
Tues 27: The Ghost (15) 8.00

Weds 28: How to Train Your Dragon (PG) 5.30

Weds 28: The Ghost (15) 8.00
Thurs 29: Advance Screenings: Iron Man 2 (12A) 5.15, 8.00
Fri 30: Iron Man 2 (12A) 5.15, 8.00

Sat 1: Iron Man 2 (12A) 2.30, 5.15, 8.00
Sun 2: Iron Man 2 (12A) 2.30, 5.15, 8.00

Mon 3: Iron Man 2 (12A) 2.30, 5.15, 8.00

Tues 4: Iron Man 2 (12A) 5.15, 8.00

Weds 5: Iron Man 2 (12A) 5.15, 8.00

Stop press:
Change of Programme On Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13 May, Iron man 2 will play only at 5.15. At 8.00 on both days, there will be advance screenings of Ridley Scott''s Robin Hood (12A), with Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. A trailer has been posted on their

,Heritage Centre
Roe Street,Macclesfield
Recorded Information: 01625 423535
Enquiries: 07871 422937

Worth the Hike? Beauty & The Beast

The word form Crewe:

Curtain CALL Productions present Beauty and the Beast., The lavish costumes and the real flames of Lumiere’s hand put a magical flare to this fairytale production, the transformation of the Beast turning into the Prince before your eyes. It cost more than £40,000 to produce, tand is a family production with an excellent cast. .
Beauty & The Beast 4 May- Sat 8 May with a Sat matt evening 7-15pm (Sat mat 2-15pm) BOOKING OFFICE 01270 537 333
Crewe Lyceum Theatre

Monday, 26 April 2010

Be part of something Big. Very Big

Once the preserve of elderly ladies we all know knitting is now the coolest thing there is. With at least two knitting groups in town (see loop listings ) there is now another way to hook up with other knitters. Local artist Jean Westbrook is creating the worlds largest cardigan and is very keen to have your knitted contributions.

So please join in and help Jean with a knitted or crocheted square (or as many as you can knit) 30cms/12inches. Any Colour. Any Pattern. Any Ply.

Then let her know when you have squares for her to sew together.

If she can galvanise enough knitters she hopes to beat China’s record

when the cardigan is measured by the Guiness book of records. You’ll be able to see the finished ‘garment’ over the Barnaby weekend in June.

Contact Jean 07717536817


Help Screen Deva?

Call for Volunteers

'We are now recruiting volunteers for Screen Deva 2010'

Produced by Chester Performs, Screen Deva is a film and digital media festival for Chester. This year the festival takes place in venues across the city from Friday 28th May to Sunday 6th June 2010.

They are looking for people with an interest in film and digital media to assist with the smooth running and set up of the festival between Monday 24th May and Tuesday 8th June.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain hands on experience of working on a festival. Volunteers must be over 16 years of age.

if you would like to help out or just want to find out more please contact or call 01244 409113.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Happy Birthday

'The last Thursday of April will be the club's first birthday party and I will provide cake.
As ever, you are welcome to join in or just sit quietly and shyly at the back!
The usual £1 contribution is requested in the hat, but it is not by any means compulsory.'
Tim Woodhouse

Its great that this has been going a full year. Happy Birthday. Pictures of cake and candle please Tim.

Boarhound Pub Thur 29 April 8pm

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Something else for the weekend.

Just what you need if you are thinking of creating something to carry in the Barnaby Parade!

Wicker wallaby weaving.

Join an artist and learn the expressive craft of willow weaving, creating an infamous Cheshire wallabe as you go.
Drop in. All ages. Free.
Sat 14 April 9.30am-12.30pm
Macc libaray, Jordangate

Image courtesy:

Something for the weekend?

Theres plenty to do but really only one choice when it comes to Friday night. It has to be Melanie Williams and Jo Roberts in the now very inviting Jolly Sailor on Sunderland St.
We might go and have a look at Adamley textiles silk sale on Saturday.
Saturday night if you fancy some jazz, head to Bollington Art Centre for the Old Fashioned love Band. Or Classically the
NCO Soloists are at the Heritage Centre.On Sunday we might check out the Bollington Art Centre latest exhibition In the Gallery A PLACE IN TIME, Paintings by Lynn Daley and Ronald Daley.

Fri 23 Jo Roberts and Melanie Williams 8pm The Jolly Roger free
Sat 24 April Adamley Silk sale
10am-4pm River mills, Langley
Sat April 24 8pm Jazz THE OLD FASHIONED LOVE BAND £8; BAC see link 01625 574410
Sat 24 April 7.30 pm NCO soloists. Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield

£15 main auditorium, £13 balcony, £7 students, under 18s free 0161 247 2220

Sun 25 April A Place in time BAC Open Sundays 2 – 4 and during other events

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Get out in the fresh air with...

The sun is out and the RSPB wildlife explorers are inviting you out to play.

Sunday April 25
- Dawn Chorus at Alderley Edge Woods 6 am to 8am.
Join Wildlife Explorer Leaders to appreciate the incredible sound of birdsong in the Dawn Chorus.
Meet in the main National Trust car park. Grid Ref:SJ860772. Booking is essential - email Tina to to book places.
Saturday 8th May - Insect Habitats and Biodiversity surveying (10 am - 12 noon)
Have fun identifying insects, butterflies and wildflowers.
Jackson's Brickworks, Pool House Road off Middlewood Road, Higher Poynton.
Grid Ref : SJ945844. Meet in the Car Park.
For details contact Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers - 07870 804413. Full details on the website:

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Out to play on Wednesday

he fabulous Virgin Marys play Ronnie's Bar tomorrow night

Meanwhile further afield:
'Kirsty McGee is familiar to many venues in the North West but is making her first and long overdue appearance in Biddulph. After bursting on to the folk circuit a decade ago she has had albums produced by Clive Gregson, Boo Hewerdine and the latest studio cd 'Kansas Sessions' produced by Mike West from the duo Truckstop Honeymoon is a real cracker. The winning, eclectic mix of folk, country, bluegrass, jazz and whatever else really defies categorization all performed under the u
mbrella of the Hobobop Collective.'' Virgin Marys@ Ronnies Bar, Dukes Court, Mill St, Macc Kirsty McGee's Hobopop Trio @ The Biddulph Arms Weds April 21 8pm Admission £12 01782-514896

Un Conevntional Macc

An Un-Convention al Macc

Un-Convention have teamed up with the creators of iconic indie-rock footwear, Converse, to search for 300 of the UK’s most promising creative minds.

Winning applicants will be taken to The Un-Convention Factory on May 8th to work with iconic figures in independent music, such as, Har Mar Superstar, and Peter Hook from New Order to record, design and release an album, in only one day.

The Un-Convention Factory brings to life the advice shared at the previous conventions around the world, a living example of their DIT (Do It Together) ethos.

It takes place in the Heritage Centre in Macc, transformed for one day into a record making factory and creative space. Fine food and drink will flow as easily as informed conversation and there will be every opportunity to interact face to face with all the panel members in order to get the maximum insight and value from the experience.

The Factory will be a hive of activity, as well as the recording process there will be merchandise design workshops, a graffiti Sketch-Off and lessons on how to build electronic instruments. At the end of the day an exclusive gig will be staged by a selection of the musicians and every participant will walk away with a fresh pair of converse, a fresh perspective and a bulging knowledge base.

Go to for details of how to apply..

Join the Parade!

Barnaby Parade 19 June

The key event kicking off the Saturday morning of the Macclesfield Barnaby Festival weekend is the Costume Parade which will thread through the town, starting at 11.00 on the morning of Saturday 19thJune. Starting and finishing in central Macclesfield the Parade will wind its way through the streets to give schools, businesses, clubs and community groups of all ages, from all round the town, the chance to showcase their unusual talents, their musical skills and their creative genius. There will be a visually alluring, audibly noticeable, on-foot, costumed procession, with the theme ‘Made in Macc’, interpreted in a multitude of eye-catching ways!

Perhaps you can create something large and splendid to carry in your group and coule leave it in the Barnaby Sculpture Garden for the weekend ( will be taken in at night).

If you are a group, large or small who would like to be part of this spectacle, we would love to hear from you. Clubs and Societies, adults and children, pubs and bars, shops and cafes - there is a pool of talent out there in Macclesfield, this is your chance to show the town what you can do.Lose your inhibitions and make your mark!

You can find a Parade brief on the Barnaby website and facebook pages - if you want to sign up to take part, or have further questions, please contact Louise Lewis on
Image. Barnaby post card. Design Sue Asbury

Monday, 19 April 2010

Silk demise

The loop has recieved this urgent communique from Macclesfield Guild & Chamber of Trade. :

'I expect you read the article in Express. We are pressing Cheshire East to "think again" about the consequences of their unwillingness to support the Silk Musem with funds (our Council Tax). If Cheshire East Council cannot be persuaded to give their financial support all the plans and funds promised by the Northern Development Agency to expand, will be lost forever. The Director will lose his post along with 10 others. The Museum would close and our Silk Heritage collection dispersed.'

Do you feel strongly about this? Now is the time to write to your local councillor and let your feelings be known.

Turner prize in Macc

The Turner Prize - a British tradition?
A lit and Phil lecture
Jennifer Richards studied history of Art and Design at Manchester Metropolitan University. She now teaches Art History and Professional and Contextual Practice at Macclesfield College.

Lit and Phil
Tuesday, 20th April 7.30pm non members £3 U18s free
Macclesfield Library

Worth the hike?

Next Saturday Keith and Dave Angel return to the Lift (Glossop) with a stunning eight piece band. Besides Keith and Dave the rest of the band are: Mick Humphrey, Jim Lockey bass, Andy Seward, Becki Driscoll fiddle, Nick Wyke fiddle and vocalist Sandhya Sanjana.
Their unique sounds marries their love of composers Lalo Schiffren, Ennio Morricone and David Axlerod with Latin, Indian and African percussion, acoustic and electric guitars, Hammond organ, piano and English folk fiddle. This is a gig not to be missed. To see YouTube video of the Angel Brothers last gig at The Lift go to and click on the link. More info. on our website

DREAMSPACE - An exhibition of Real, Surreal art by Jo Thilwind
Friday 30 April -Preview evening 7 til 9 p.m
Free entry
Exhibition runs throughout May
Art, Prints, Greetings cards available for sale

The Cubby Hole is at 204 Wistaston Road Crewe Cheshire CW2 7RJ
The Cubby Hole Crewe

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Ludus Dance

Are in Macc on Monday 19th April.

'Extraordinary dance theatre for inquisitive minds.
Come with us as we dare to peer into the lives of strangers and see what happens when their worlds collide.It will tug at your guts and slam you in the chest. It will make you smile, spark your imagination and challenge your perceptions of community.'

Mon 19 April
7.30pm Fallibroome High School, Macc Age 10+ 01625 627 258

Friday, 16 April 2010

Something for the weekend ?

A big thank you to everyone who dragged themselves away from the political jousting on the box for an evening of edifying entertainment and good cheer by candlelight in The Bate Hall last night. Particularly thanks to Taffy Davies for his fabulous films, Jane for her haunting story and Bud for his impromtu and wonderful poem.

Meanwhile if you want to get out to play this weekend, you can catch Dazed and Confused at the Hollins tonight ( Fri).

There is the fantastic Farmers Market at Cloverbank tomorrow on which we hope proves to be a beautifully sunny Saturday morning – usual time of 8.30 am to 12.30 pm.They will have a new stall holder this month – Denise Porter from Somerford who is producing a selection of soups, Greek dips, pickled onions and other tasty items.Mmmm...

The Swan with two necks on Chestergate will resound to the delights of Dave's Reggae disco this Saturday. Maybe you caught him at the loop party at Storm Brewery? if not nows your chance.

Get an Art fix on Sunday at the newly opened Victoria Mill in Congleton

Contemporary craft stalls and art work on display in the exhibition space.
Some of the artists studios will also be open.Painting, sculpture, textiles, jewellery and ceramics.

Go along and support this exciting new venture and have a look whats on offer there.

lues open mic session at the incredibly friendly Jolly Sailor on Sunderland st. Its been taken over by the charming Glyn and Colin and is a great town centre pub with sofas and roaring fire.Music starts 7ish.

STOP PRESS AS part of Bollington Chamber concerts, tonight (Sat) Cropper, Welsh, Roscoe Trio

Cropper, Welsh, Roscoe Trio. Sat 17 April BAC 8pm 01625 560355
Dazed and Confused Fri 16 April 8pm The Hollins Black Rd, Macc

Cloverbank Farmers Market Saturday17 April 8.30am-12.30pm North Rode

Reggae Dave Swan with two necks, Chestergate, Macc Sat 17 April 8pm

Art and Craft at the Mill Sunday 18th April 11 - 4pm Victoria Mill Art Centre, Foundry Bank, Congleton

Blues open mic Sun 18 April 7pm (every Sunday) Jolly Sailor, Sunderland St, Macc

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

MADS: now booking

‘The Lion In Winter’ a period drama by James Goldman

King Henry II is in the winter of his life, and he holds a family reunion where he hopes to name his successor. The reunion includes his three sons: Richard, the handsome warrior later hailed as ‘The Lionheart’; John, the spoilt child who is Henry’s favourite; and Geoffrey, the middle child, clever but bitter. Henry’s estranged queen, Eleanor, has leave from prison to witness the occasion. Beautiful, passionate and commanding, Eleanor plots against Henry yet remains intensely in love with him. Also present is Henry’s mistress Alais, and her brother Philip, King of France, who is pursuing his own intrigues with the Plantagenet family.

The fate of England is at stake as its ruling family scheme, betray, deceive and conspire to get what they want. Sibling rivalry, violent jealousy and a desperate struggle for power and love are played out in an international political arena.

26 April to 1 May

The Little Theatre, Lord Street, Macclesfield

Box Office: 01625 611974

Cinema: Cinemac

Heritage Centre Roe Street Macclesfield SK11 6UT
Recorded Information: 01625 423535
Enquiries: 07871 422937
Films now showing or coming up.

Clash of the Titans (12A)
A Single Man (12A) Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (U) Clash of the Titans (12A) A Single Man (12A) How to Train Your Dragon (PG) The Ghost (15) Sat 24: cinema closed Thurs 29: Special Advance Screenings: Iron Man 2 (12A) 5.15, 8.00

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

A Loop Night of Shorts...

...but not necessarily of the beach variety.

Join us at the Bate Hall on Thursday 15 April for Film Shorts by Taffy Davies and a Short Story Reading by Jane Birch (pictured); and as usual, stay afterwards to share a drink and some fine conversation with other loop readers. It all begins at 8pm and we look forward to seeing you there!

Booking is advisable (to avoid disappointment) on:
07981 128454
Or, e-mail us at:

The Bate Hall, 39 Chestergate, Macclesfield.

Calling all Filmmakers

Chester Performs is seeking submissions of both new and existing film work by filmmakers from England’s North West and North Wales.

Screen Deva’s NW Film and Acoustic Night offers local filmmakers the opportunity to screen their work alongside, and meet other local filmmaking talent. The screening will take place Sunday 6th June at Telford’s Warehouse in Chester, followed by their popular acoustic night will allow plenty of opportunity for informal networking.

Contact Caroline Smith, Screen Deva Project Co-ordinator, Chester Performs

Tel: 01244 409113

Monday, 12 April 2010

An invitation for loop readers

You are invited to the




latest exhibition at



Park Lane

SK11 6TJ

15th April, 6-8pm

Friday, 9 April 2010

Something for the Weekend

It would seem that it's the perfect weekend for the first BBQ of the year - quiet around town that is... unless of course you make it to FRESH tonight where you can see Last Chance Sunday. £3 on the door and bands on at 10.15pm.
01625 500999.

Or, at The Swan where each and every Sunday is Open Mic night. 8pm and free.
01625 617265.

and not even a picture... click on the links for more info....

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Cinema: Cinemac

Tues 6: Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (U) 3.00, 5.30, 8.00

Weds 7: Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (U) 3.00, 5.30, 8.00

Thurs 8: Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (U) 3.00, 5.30, 8.00

Fri 9: Clash of the Titans (12A) 3.00, 5.30, 8.00

Sat 10: Clash of the Titans (12A) 3.00, 5.30, 8.00

Sun 11: Clash of the Titans (12A) 3.00, 5.30, 8.00
Mon 12: Clash of the Titans (12A) 5.30, 8.00
Tues 13: Clash of the Titans (12A) 5.30, 8.00

Weds 14: Clash of the Titans (12A) 5.30, 8.00

Thurs 15: Clash of the Titans (12A) 5.30, 8.00

Coming Soon: A Single Man; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Heritage Centre Roe Street Macclesfield SK11 6UT
Recorded Information: 01625 423535 Enquiries: 07871 422937

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Poems & Pints: Worth the hike

hosted by

John Lindley

A chance to read your own poems

or your favourites

or just come to listen

(and drink, of course)

Wednesday 7 April 8 PM £2.50

The Crown
Goostrey ( upstairs).

Friday, 2 April 2010

Childrens poster competition

Poster Competition to help clean up Macclesfield

Have you ever noticed the amount of litter hanging around our streets and alleyways? Well, you are not alone and we are asking for your help. Please read on!

On Saturday June 12th we are hoping that as many people as possible will join forces to clean up our town and make it look really good for the Barnaby Festival which will take place all round Macclesfield from June 18th to 20th.

We need you to design an A4 Poster with a catchy slogan asking people of all ages to join us on June 12th to pick up the litter and hopefully stop the habit in the future!

Three winning posters, one from each age group, will be displayed all over Macclesfield to advertise this event.

The closing date for this competition is Wednesday, May 5th so please get designing and come up with something really eye-catching.

Google “Stop the Drop Campaign” to find lots of good ideas to give you a start!

The winner for Years 5 and 6 will receive £5.

The winner for Years 7 to 9 will receive £10.

The winner for Years 10 and over will receive £15

Please remember to write your name, year group and school on the back of your poster and hand your entry into the school office.

Churches in Mission in North East Cheshire

Thursday, 1 April 2010

It's Official, Music is Power!

There's one thing for certain - it's all going on at Ronnie's Bar this Easter weekend. But first, a mention of Audiopimps, playing live at Fresh, Wood St., on Good Friday night; and back to Duke's Court...

Sunday (4 April) sees Ronnie play host to Music Is Power 2010, (pic courtesy of Youth Music) a charity event featuring some of the best bands and artists from Cheshire and Greater Manchester, from folk to indie and right on to hard rock. With a line up that includes Tom & Ferg, Chris Birdsall, Rich House, Supernought, Old Yellow and Mars Black. From 2pm to late at a ticket price of £10.

It's all in aid of Youth Music charity, a cause that helps improve the lives of disadvantaged young people by providing free access to a range of music-making projects and activities.

Since 1999, Youth Music has helped transform the lives of over 2 million children and young people through the power of music and because of the charity there ar now more high quality music-making opportunities for a wider range of children and young people than ever before; from learning rock guitar or beat-boxing to classical violin and everything in between.

The festival aims to raise funds for this cause and raise awareness of the organisation and of the positive and often life-changing effects music can have for young people.

For more information on the charity or to make a donation, go to

Oh yeah! and on Monday night the Virgin Marys play in the courtyard too - just has to be the place to be. See you there.
Ronnie's Bar, Dukes Court, Macc 01625 665050