Wednesday, 29 September 2010

National Poetry Day on Facebook

If you're active on Facebook from Thursday 7 October at 12 noon (for 24 hours) you can help to celebrate National Poetry Day by changing your status to your favourite lines of poetry!
And why not help spread the word and invite your friends to join in too?! We'll remind you again closer to the time... in the meantime poet away.

A week in Cinema

If you've discovered The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo you'll have been waiting for The Girl Who Played With Fire (15) on at Cinemac tomorrow night (Thurs 30 Sept) at 5 & 8pm.

The rest of the programme is as follows:
Fri 1: Made in Dagenham (15) 5.30 & 8pm
Sat 2: cinema closed
Sun 3: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) 3pm
Sun 3 to Thurs 7: Made in Dagenham (as pictured) 5.30 & 8pm
From Fri 15 Oct: Despicable Me (U)

Heritage Centre, Roe St
Recorded info: 01625 423535

Up in Arms

A word from Craig at Biddulph Up In Arms:

"A different kind of evening in prospect tomorrow night when we host a double-bill of two very fine singer-songwriters from either side of the Atlantic. Angie Palmer, hailing from the North West of England, entertained a packed Town Hall when she supported Glenn Tilbrook recently whilst Rachel Harrington, from Oregon, makes a welcome return after a fabulous festival appearance in 2009. Angie will hopefully be joined by guitar sidekick Billy Buckley whilst Rachel's heady mix of country, gospel and bluegrass will no doubt be influenced by the expert blues and slide playing of ex-Lindisfarne man Rod Clements.

Should be good!!

Weds Sept 29 @ The Biddulph Arms 8pm Admission £12 Tel: 01782-514896

Gig Review. Vavoom

Review; Vavoom, Saturday 14th August, Swan with Two Necks

Everyone lucky enough to catch Vavoom on Saturday night at a packed Swan were treated to a real old-fashioned rockabilly riot. Those hepcats ripped into their show with the gusto of a wheel spinning dragster. The band played a mix of original rockabilly greats by the likes of Johnny Burnette and Gene Vincent, threw in a few Stray Cats numbers, and added a dash of the Ramones. Shook it all up, and let it loose on a willing crowd. And the gig was as much about the way the songs were played, as it was about the songs themselves. The band are a classic 3 piece. Booty on Gretsch guitar and vocals, Vince Viper on drums – resplendent in 2 inch fire red creepers, and Chris Large – playing some of the finest slap double bass this side of 1957. Every one of their songs was attacked from the off. Whether Chris was climbing all over his double bass or Vince was firing off drum roll volleys, the energy never let up.

Next time these cats swing through Macc, make sure you’re quiffed up and ready to rock, because based on Saturday’s performance, Vavoom will not leave you disappointed.

Alisdair Kennedy

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Exhibition time

Macclesfield Art Group annual Exhibition starts on 29th SEpt. A selling exhibition of paintings, prints, and craft items.

Macc library, Jordangate. 01260 281350

A bakers shop in Wellington Road, Bollington has extended to include a coffee shop.
There is the potential for local artists who want to display their images and/or exhibit their pictures on their walls - Get in touch via-

Any commissions earned go to East Cheshire Hospice.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Treacle Tim

What a good turn out. It was marvellous to see so many people out on the sunny streets and open spaces of Macc on Sunday. The Treacle Market was bigger, with even more enticing stalls and more people out enjoying them.Thanks for your support.
Big thanks to Hot Vestry and les Peche and Rob on accordian for great music and to Marionette Theatre co for their stringed charms and the Morris Dancers for bringing the cobbles alive.

And now a word from Tim Woodhouse.
'You know about this nonsense and you are ALL very welcome. Andy Hughes is doing a guest spot if not too terrified, and anybody else can have a go, too!! Yours beatifically in the light of His Holiness' recent visit to our Godless shores,
The Boarhound, Thursday Tim'

Incidentally if you press one of the magic music buttons in issue 16 of the loop you can here him too.

Friday, 24 September 2010

This Saturday you can move easily from classical through choral to jazz and beyond. Starting with Rat Pack Swing Show at the Legh Arms, Adlington from 8.45pm. £15.99 including 3 course meal. 01625 829211.
Congleton Choral Society runs an all day Singing day with Bob Chilcott. 9.30am-4.30pm at St Michael's Church, Market Place, Macc 01260 276957.
Macclesfield Music Society presents Louis Schwizgebel-Wang, on piano, marking Chopin's 200th Anniversary. 7.30pm. £12 at the Heritage Centre, Roe St., Macc. 01625 582077.
The Nags Head on Water's Green presents live music Saturday night with The Pleasers a 60s tribute act. 01625 423786.
And topping off Saturday there's Rock at the Moss with Echoes of Windystock 1. Featuring The Feud and the Unshaggables. From 7.30pm. £6 (£7 on door) Mcllroy Suite, Macc Town Football Club, Tickets from 07818884324.
And top of my list at the BATE HALL there's Fretbuzz with the wonderous Dead River Disco and Rich House (see pic) - there will be dancing from 9pm.
On Sunday, we can't say enough about the Treacle Market. Come and join us on the LOOP stand and say hello, before buying fine foods and drinks, or a little something unusual.
Rounding off at Ronnie's bar in Duke's Court for Help For Heroes Charity Event. See the for more 01625 665050.

See you out there. the Janes.x

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Time for Treacle

Its Treacle Sunday!
The monthly Treacle market resumes. Grab a coffee, and indulge in something delicious from the Food and Drink Market. Bring a big basket and find something unique and gorgeous in Market Place.

Treacle Market
Sunday 26 Sept 10am-3.30pm Waters green: high quality food and drink from local producers. Covered area to munch your purchases. Cookery demonstration 10.30 from Cook Clever. Market PLace Antiqes, craft, plants, vintage clothes and furnishings quirky gifts, knitting yarn..... The unusual!

Plus l
ive music from Hot Vestry, Les Peche and Rob on Accordian. Free for children: Jasper's swap shop. Bring a comic or your football cards to swap with jasper ( age 9) and pals. Have a go with puppets from 12 noon in St Michaels Church Yard with Marionette Theatre co.

Get whittling and get creative with Wacky Woods, all day. Get knitting and bring a cardi to see Jean Westbrook and her very big cardigan in St Michaels, plus videos and 'tears of sadness, tears of Joy,. Plus old film about Barnaby holidays passed in the church foyer.

Keep an eye on Treacle facebook and new web site

A new art group for Middlewich

Two local artists are setting up MIDAS – Middlewich Art Support at the community centre on Monday evenings starting 6 September 10 from 7pm to 9pm.

The aim of the group is to provide support and advice for beginners and to help more experienced artists by sharing information and expertise.

Everyone is welcome, refreshments provided, why not go along and join them for a friendly night out with like minded people.

For further information tel. Jean on 01606 738290 or 07510510367

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

It says it all


Monday, 20 September 2010

An invitation to loop readers

Autumn Glory
You are invited to the opening of the latest Jobling Gowler Art Exhibition where you can meet the artists of Moving Clay. Paintings, prints, ceramics, textiles, wood, jewellery.Wine & nibbles too. Thursday 23 Sept 6-8pm
RSVP 0162
5 614250

Meditations for Everyday Life

Learn to Meditate with an experienced meditation teacher at this book store event. Find inner peace, relaxation and clarity of mind. Followed by a talk by Buddhist nun, Kelsang Rak-ma.

Tuesday 21 September at 6.30pm.
Waterstone's Macclesfield
For more information call Waterstones on 01625 424212.
Or contact Samudra Buddhist Centre Buxton. 01298 79777

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Gallery Opens


L'Artiste Gallery has recently opened its doors in Marton on the A34 and is owned by Lindsay Sommer who has had many years experience in the world of Fine Art in South Africa. Lindsay has sourced art from a number of UK artists and encourages art lovers to visit the gallery to view the eclectic range of work on display. The gallery has ceramics by Sue Gorman, pencil works in fine detail by Elizabeth Furniss, Lynne Wilkinson's bright oil paintings of animals and flowers and Suzy Shackleton's colourful modern designs created from mohair felt using ancient methods. There are works by a number of other artists on display. L'Artiste features a range of top quality one off pieces from a young South African jewellery designer who uses citrines, ostrich eggshell, coconut shell and leather.

T he gallery will have its official opening on Thursday 23rd September at 5.30pm when drinks and canapes will be served - please call on 01260 224344 to advise attendance.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Poet in you

Creative Writing -
Find the poet in you
A tremendous opportunity to work with a full-time, professional, published poet on a relaxed and non-intimidating course full of ideas, inspiration, personal feedback and positive advice on writing and getting published.
Whether you consider yourself an absolute beginner, a regular writer or simply enjoy reading poetry, you will benefit from this course under the friendly guidance of former Cheshire Poet Laureate, John Lindley.
Starts 21 September
Tuesday evenings 7 – 9 pm
Sandbach School Adult Education. Tel: 01270 767322
John Lindley: 01260 273219

Monday, 13 September 2010

Historical Congleton

A Talk by Ray Rowe on the Victorian Pharmacy in Congleton
The talk will provide an overview of the people, places and products of Congleton during the Victorian era and provide a local perspective to the BBC series on Victorian Pharmacy.
Wednesday 15 September7.30pm
Congleton Library
Lower entrance on Market Street, Congleton
01260 276360 or 01260 375550 £2/Free for Friends of Congleton Museum. Admission by ticket only, available at the museum or library.

Mills, Walks and Yarns
A talk by Lyndon Murgatroyd
The talk will take the form of a virtual walk around Congleton reflecting on the history of the mills and recounting the stories of the people who once worked in them.
Friday 17 September 7.30pm
Congleton Museum
Market Square (behind the Town Hall), Congleton
01260 276360
Cost: £1/Free for Friends of Congleton Museum. Admission by ticket only, available at the museum

Sunday, 12 September 2010

A trail around the town.

Join Fiona Ware and Macclesfield History Society's John Gee to learn how the town of Macclesfield has been shaped by its long history. Leaders: Fiona Ware from Cheshire East Council and Macclesfield History Society's John Gee. Monday Sept 13 10am to 1pm Meeting point: Outside Macclesfield Town Hall (SJ917737)Booking: 01625 504505 Places limited so booking essential, Partnership event, Please wear suitable clothing/boots.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Something for the Weekend

As if there wasn't enough on... it is both National Heritage Weekend and Open Studios Weekend, so, a real arts and culture fest.
Open Studios will see 44 professional contemporary artists opening their studios to the public during September, beginning this weekend, for full details visit:
While Heritage Open Days celebrate England's architecture and culture by offering free access to properties usually closed to the public or charging admission. For details of local features visit
Or, start Saturday as you mean to go on and Make a Monster! Children of all ages are invited to Longden Gallery, on Shaw Street, 11am-3pm, to make their own clay monster creations. £6 includes materials used and the cost of firing. Note: children must be accompanied. 01625 433953.
Then on Saturday night Macclesfield Male Voice Choir join forces with visiting guests, Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir to sing in Macclesfield United Reformed Church on Park Green. That's from 7:30pm with tickets £7. 01625 428331.

A little later at the fabulous Baths Hotel on Green Street, you can hear Les Peches from 9pm.
On Sunday, if you're up early with the small people, head to Waterstone's Macclesfield for the Sunday Morning Book Club. With colouring, balloons and a fabulous story from 10am.
Then make your way to the Rossendale Trust Fete, Hollin Lane, Sutton. Gates open at 1pm and activities include birds of prey, classic cars, BBQ and more. Entry just £1. (see picture)
At Ronnie's catch the much awaited, The David International, from around 7.30pm; including Scott Darlington and some familiar faces from the Macc music scene. Follow the link from the website (but mind, there's some choice language if you're easily offended).

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Jazz in Town

the Martyn Donaldson Music Trust are bringing Jazz to Macc.Jazzing into Macclesfield Methodist Church on Saturday 11 September at 7.30pm is the
one of the UK’s top groups created to celebrate particularly
the music of Benny Goodman. The trio’s repertoire ranges
over the whole jazz spectrum but the keystone remains ‘swing’
in its many forms
ALAN BARNES (clarinet and sax) has played with countless
bands from Humphrey Lyttleton to Freddie Hubbard and has
won over 20 major British Jazz Awards as well as being BBC
jazz instrumentalist of the year twice!
PAUL CLARVIS (drums) is one of the busiest studio percussionists
in the country.
JIM HART (vibraphone), an astonishing virtuoso, is relatively new on the scene
but already in great demand nationwide.
£10 on 01625433187 / 01625615298

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Harvest Home

A Harvest display in the loop's favourite Chapel

Friday 10th September 2010
Open 4pm to 7 pm
Display of Chapel archives
Saturday 11th September
Open 10am to 4pm
Remember the days when you walked into Church and were greeted by the wonderful smell of apples and flowers and baked bread.....please go along to the Chapel between 1.30pm and 3.30 pm to help to decorate it and create an old fashioned Harvest Festival which will take place at 10 am on Sunday 12th September. Please take along contributions if you wish.
All the produce will be donated to the Rossendale Centre and will be distributed by members of the Chapel on Monday 13th September.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Poems & Pints

hosted by

John Lindley

(former Cheshire Poet Laureate)

A chance to read your own poems

or your favourites

or just come to listen

(and drink, of course)

Thursday 9 September

8 PM £2 on door

Upstairs Beartown Tap

Willow Street


All proceeds to Pakistan Flood Appeal

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Monstrous fun

Make a monster!

Children of all ages are invited to come along to The Longden Gallery to make their own clay monster creation.

When? - Saturday 11th September between 11.00am and 3.00pm.

Where? – at The Longden Gallery

2, Shaw Street,

Macclesfield SK11 6QY

Telephone-01625 433953

The cost of making a monster in clay will be £6.00 to cover materials used and cost of firing.

Please note parents will be expected to accompany and supervise their own children.

Something for the Weekend

This weekend the focus must rest upon the music and there is plenty of it...
The Bridgewater Blues Band are up first, playing at Ronnie's Bar on Friday night (17 Sept)

Saturday is the big day though, with the return of South Park Band Stand - a free concert in the park with a fine line-up. Including Bleeding Hands (Andy Hughes, to his mum) who kicks it all off at 12 noon, Tim 'Loved by the Loop' Woodhouse, Old Yellow and Naymedici.

As if one big gig wasn't enough... the 18th also offers the Music, Cider & Beer Festival at the Church House in Sutton. From 2-11pm. With guest beer and ciders, a BBQ, and bands including Rough Twist, The Tensions, Glass Onion and Helen Walford. Tickets are £7 on the door (children under 10 free) and under 18s are welcome. For more info: 07977 488964.

And, if you happen to be in Bollington come Sat night catch Cool Jazz with the Dan Whieldon Trio (as pictured). A group that takes its influences from those led by Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett. £8.

Home: film

Film Show:on Tuesday night (7th Sept) at 7pm at The United Reform Church on Park Green.
Home is a 2009 documentary by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The film is almost entirely composed of aerial shots of various places on Earth and relates to global warming and how the earth has changed. The documentary chronicles the present day state of the Earth, its climate and how we as the dominant species have long-term repercussions on its future. A theme expressed throughout the documentary is that of linkage—how all organisms and the Earth are linked in a "delicate but crucial" natural balance with each other, and how no organism can be self-sufficient.There is no charge.
There is a short discussion afterwards aswell. Just turn up on the night.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Something for the weekend?

Longden Gallery are running workshops in both monoprint and ceramics this Saturday
. The am sessions run from 11 - 1 and the pm from 2 - 4. The cost is £25 and includes all materials. They still have a few places left on each. To book please ring the gallery on 01625 433953 or call in to 2 Shaw Street, Macclesfield.

Catch JOHN HALLAM JAZZTET WITH JEFF BARNHART Making their annual visit to Bollington Art Centre, September 4th £8 01625 574410

Also on Saturday the Swan with Two Necks, Chestergate, Macclesfield. Tuesday Tony Presents: The Rock'n'Roll Circus Tour featuring Macc's own The Gracies and Stellar and much more. Free admission, 7pm til late. As they say 'Come one come all, grab a pint and have a ball!!'.

Saturday night also heralds a Northern Soul soul night at the Jollies, or the Jolly Sailor if you prefer. Friendliest pub in town?

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

papier mache

Its that time of year when things get going again. Some great creative part time courses at Macc College: drawing, painting, printing, photography, graphic design, ceramics, ....All the courses start the week beginning 13 Sept so enrol

A new workshop course begins in September at Morton Hall Community Centre on Union Road, Macclesfield. Sculpting in Papier Mâché’ is a 6-week workshop which aims to teach students the basic techniques of this versatile and eco-friendly medium and allow them to develop their own projects – the only limit is your imagination!

The course begins on Thursday September 16th, 1 – 3 pm and costs £40 for 6 sessions.

For further information, contact Patty Callaghan, or call her on 07791 504971.