Friday, 29 October 2010

Time for Treacle


Its the last Sunday of the month so there's a Treacle Market in town. Bring a big basket ( there will be pumpkins!) for gorgeous seasonal and local edible goodies including old fashioned Treacle toffee and Pumpkin brittle. Mmm.. Theres loads of free things for children to do, apple bobbing, spooky decorations, creative whittling with Wacky Woods... Come and listen to Annies Saints and Sinners, (trad jazz) and Glass Ankle's acoustic set . Go to
for a preview.

We are really pleased that many local shops will be opening this Sunday too. So take advantage of free parking and enjoy a days shopping in Macc.

Meanwhile in the Market Place: antiques, vintage homewares, jewellery, textiles, photography and antiquarian books. If it's the unusual or different you seek....

Go to to see what's going on.

Treacle Market
Sunday 31 Oct 10am-3.30pm
Market Place and Waters Green, Macclesfield

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Tim Woodhouse and pals

Join Tim Woodhouse and friends for their monthly tootle:it's another sing-song, featuring Alexis Mc Lean and hopefully all of you.

Tonight 28 October 9pm ish
The Boarhound,

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Jobs Alert

Craftworks Project - Artist, Library Theatre Company

Call Our for Young Artists

"Craftworks" is an exciting new community arts project that they will be developing over the coming months. It will investigate the role of craftsmanship in 21st century communities and will culminate in a sharing of work in March 2011.

As a key part of the project they are looking for 5 young artists (aged 18 - 30) to become creative researchers in local communities. These researchers will meet local people to investigate -
Local industries that used to exist and how people were involved in them.
Crafts that people are able to do that may be special or unusual.
Crafts and skills that used to exist that are now dying out.

Participating artists will be supported to make this investigative journey in a way that reflects their own practice. In exchange they will devise a creative way to share their experiences at an informal event in March 2011.

Closes Friday 12 November 2010 Paid (£10k-15k pro rata) Part time Contact: Liz Postlethwaite

Be Civic

Civic Society

Working for a town to be proud of.


As well as a review of the year:
  • There will be the opportunity to discuss local issues which interest you
  • They will hear from Jane Munro and Debbie Quinn, the instigators of the new “Treacle Market”
  • They will be ending the evening simply socialising while enjoying nibbles with a glass of wine
Go along and join them – whether or not you are already a member.
Wed 27 October 7.30pm Heritage Centre

The Staffordshire Hoard,

A presentation by Stephen Deane, Principal Archaeologist at Staffordshire County Council.
Tuesday 26 Oct
Tickets £3.50 Macclesfield library

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Now, Voyager

A tempting ticklet of what's to come from the Cape Race, profiled in your current edition of theLOOP. We'll press them for a local gig (well we can but try) and post any new updates - they are definitely a band to watch! and in the meantime check out this short but slick promo...

Friday, 22 October 2010

Something for the Weekend?

It's busy at Ronnie's Bar this weekend with Dynamo Hum live and free on Friday night, One Step Beyond (DJ set) on Saturday and on Sunday, Macc Sabbath, a number one Macc rock night out.
Also for more than one night is Up the Wall, an evening of performances, images, sounds and animated journeys that show the wall as you have never seen it before. And if in Cheshire's County town, Four for the Port is a must see (Saturday) a series of short plays for young people, one of which is written by wonderful friend and poet Jo Bell (there'll be at least one Jane in the audience) 2pm and 7pm, Action Transport Theatre (see pic)
On Friday night catch the acoustic set by Sue & Dennis at the Hollins and on Saturday the Bollington Chamber Concerts welcome the return of the Heath Quartet playing Haydn, Barber and Stravinsky. From 7.30pm £14/£7 at Bollington Arts Centre, Wellington Road.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Vagina Monologues

The auditions for the 2011 benefit production of The Vagina Monologues are starting again.They're open auditions, so any interested women should just go along. No acting experience is required - they're not looking for actresses or amateur dramatic types as much as  for women who want to do something different for charity; who have suffered or are close to someone who has suffered from domestic abuse; who came to a performance this year and wanted to be a part of V-Day or simply want to challenge themselves with a unique experience.

The auditions are pretty informal and interested parties don't need to bring anything other than themselves (and possibly a friend for moral support or to stop them chickening out!). More info is on their website

If you're considering it but fancy finding out a bit more from some of the women who actually took part this year, join their Facebook group (search 'V-Day Macclesfield' or use the link on their site) and they'll be happy to share their experiences.

Auditions: Town House Pub on King Edward Street in Macclesfield
Wednesday 27 October at 7pm
Sunday 31 Oct at 3pm
Monday 1 November at 7pm

Monday, 18 October 2010

Job Alert

Drama Workshop Facilitator

Cheshire East Council’s Arts, Heritage and Museums service in partnership with Friends for Leisure and Fallibroome High School are looking for a high quality and experienced facilitator who can deliver weekly term time drama classes with young people with disabilities in an integrated setting. The successful applicant will be responsible for the group and for administration, monitoring and evaluation. The class has its own support worker supplied by Friends for Leisure.

Fee: £25per hr for 1hour 30min sessions of work with the young people.

Contract 8th November – 12th April 2011 with Friends for Leisure.
You will be based at Fallibroome High School, Macclesfield, Cheshire.
Please submit your CV and examples of work. Public liability insurance up to £5 million is required, an enhanced CRB no older than 12 months, as well as two professional references to Jocelyn McMillan, Senior Arts Officer on 01270 686090 or application deadline is 5pm on 29th October. Interviews will take place on the week commencing 1st Nov 2010.

For more information on Friends for Leisure please contact Gillian Jones on 01260 275333 or
Friends for Leisure is a locally based charity helping children and young people with disabilities across East Cheshire have the same opportunities and access to mainstream activities as other young people. (£20k-25k pro rata) Part time Artform: theatre Contact: Jocelyn McMillan
A few words from Craig at Biddulph Up in Arms:

"Come along next Wednesday and celebrate Roy Bailey's 75th birthday in the company of two of his best friends. Roy, dubbed by Tony Benn ''the finest socialist folksinger if his generation'' has lost none of his vim and vigour as his last two cds, 'Sit Down and Sing' and 'Below the Radar' will testify. He will be reunited with squeezebox king John Kirkpatrick who has played with just about everybody (Steeleye Span, Richard Thompson, Martin Carthy in Brass Monkey etc) over an illustrious career spanning four decades.

To complete the line up support comes from the Scottish-American David Ferrard; a fellow-activist whom Roy on his recent sleevenotes as a ''singer-songwriter of quality'', covering two of his songs. He switches effortlessly between the English and American folk genres and was a big hit at the 2009 Shrewsbury Folk Festival."

Wed Oct 20 8pm Admission £15 Tel 01782-514896

The Biddulph Arms

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Circle Around Graham Wilson

Take out the compass and navigate your way to Waterstones (Macc) on Tuesday (19 October) to hear local author Graham Wilson give an entertaining talk about his travel writing - entitled Going Around in Circles.

7-8.30pm entrance free but please book on 0845 2908475 or pop into the shop.
For more details click on events at: (pic: Tops of the North: Carlisle and the Cheviot to the Cat & Fiddle V.2)


Care about Macclesfield? Got thoughts on how it could sell itself better? PLease go to:

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Dear loop friends

Please join us for a glass of wine and an opportunity to meet some of the artists exhibiting work in this months 'Art of Landscape' exhibition at thewhitegallery.

You are invited to our special Sunday viewings (with drinks and nibbles) between 10-3pm on Sunday 17 October & Sunday 24 October.

Please find us at 13 Wellington Road, Bollington, SK10 5JR, just along from the Arts Centre.

The 'Art of Landscape' exhibition runs from 15 - 30 October. For further details, please visit

Many thanks
Fiona Bailey

01625 260016

picture: Jane Morley

Friday, 15 October 2010

Something for the Weekend?

Put your best foot forward this weekend, with the first boot strike of the Bollington Walking Festival, with a selection of 30 walks to suit all interests, landscape and history etc... for details
Or farm-shop til you drop at Cloverbank Farmer's Market from 8.30am - 12.30pm

From boots and hay bales to the Best of Brass, on Saturday, with the Silk Brass & Macc Youth Brass Band, playing music from stage and screen. MADS Little Theatre, Lord St, Macc. 7.30pm with tickets £7/£3.50. 01260 275438 or .

Also on Saturday hear the Millennium Gospel Choir (from Bolton) at the Macclesfield United Reform Church, Park Green, from 7.30pm. Tickets £6 with (under 16s free) Or join at least one Jane (child care providing) at the Baths Hotel on Green Street and let the melodic Catherine Taylor Dawson transport you.

On Sunday, KEMS Band Bonanza features soloist, Laura Llewellyn on French Horn at 2pm, MADS Little Theatre, Lord Street. Adults £6 One child free with paying adult - additional children £1. Tickets 01625 617154

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

world class Jazz in Macc. Now booking

One of the greatest ever jazz tenor saxophonists Jerry
Bergonzi is to
perform a special concert at the King's School.

Formerly a member of the Dave Brubeck Five, during a career spanning more than four decades, Jerry has performed in the world's top venues including:
Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, The Royal Festival Hall, Alexandra
Palace, The Lincoln Centre and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the renowned
Monterey and Nice jazz festivals.Now it's Macc's turn.

Jerry is the inaugural headliner in a new series of special concerts, promoted by former pupil and jazz composer Steve Plews and local impresario Steve Darlington.

Steve Plews said: "This is an amazing coup for the local music scene. Jerry is truly a world great. Indeed, when Michael Brecker was asked what it was like to be the world's greatest living saxophonist, he simply replied ?I don't know - ask Jerry Bergonzi.'

Steve added: 'Jerry's playing is characterised by relentless drive, inner fire, total command, awesome technique, elastic lyricism and rich resonance. He is a world-class musical visionary and will be one of the most influential and talented musicians ever to perform in Macclesfield."

Jerry Begonzi trio
Thur Oct 28 7.30pm £10/ £6
Kings Main Hall

Cumberland Street

01625 260000 or from

Monday, 11 October 2010

Get local

Fact.There is nothing more enticing than a stuffed crocodile behind the counter of a shop. Thats not the staff but a delightful quirk of Hadfields which proclaims itself as a ' dry Salter' but is in fact a glory hole of all things hardware, garden and more. This very old Macc family business has upped sticks a few times from its original period building (now Fat Face) and is hidden from view near the entrance to the multi storey on Churchill Way. A group of handsome bulbous green glass jars a reminder of its trading style 150 years ago.We went in tentatively to buy rather odd things and amazingly came out with all of them. Candle wicks, home brew equipment, garden trugs, weed killer, incense....all under the watchful eye of the croc. Oh and a stuffed crow too....this is the very antithesis of clone town shopping and needs our full support. Won't get our firelighters anywhere else from now on.

Silk FM has launched its annual
local Hero awards again and needs your nominations:
Go their web site to see the various categories and get voting.

Remember its the second of two latin evenings at Fina Bar and Grill tonight. The language not the dance you understand. between 6.30 and 7.30pm on either Monday 11 October. For more information contact: 01625 829064.

Picture. Another in our occasional series of lovely old doors of Macc.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Something for the weekend ?

We made it to the preview of the Art of Caring at Macc Town Hall last night. The great and the good were there, being coaxed to dig deep and buy art to support East Cheshire Hospice. Its a pressing cause and also a big reminder of the wealth of creative talent in the area. Make sure you get to this biennial exhibition, there is such a diverse selection of work so most tastes should find something.We're not big on sheep ourselves, but there are plenty there, plus still lives, seacsapes and a range of glorious landscaspes from Dean Entwistle & Colin Halliday but our favourites were Jo Deas' vibrant textured abstracts (see above) and Ralph McGaul's commanding figures....get along and decide for yourself. Its open til 9pm tonight and Tuesday.

We will be excitedly getting along to one of the 3 Big Draw events taking place in East Cheshire on Satuday. It is great that CEC has atalst embraced this national Drawing Campaign and we can't wait to see what it will comprise of.

You can catch the last night ( and a matinee too) of Oklahoma on the 9th at MADS if you like a bit of Rogers and Hammerstein or if not
catch The Magic Otters at Ronnie's on the 10th.
In the Gallery at Bollington Art Centre from Sunday, The Framed Landscape, photographs by Adrian van Heerden.

Oklahoma- 9th Oct £6-£12 MADS, Lord St, 07875 149943
Framed landscape. BAC see link
The Magic Otters
, Ronnies
The Art of Caring until 16 Oct closed Sunday 10am-5pm daily Macclesfield Town Hall
The Big Draw Macc leisure Centre 10am-4pm free

Now in its fourth year, d journeys. This year the festival returns to the Roman Garden and Groves and is our biggest to date, with over 25 international artists taking part.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Get poetic...

....tomorrow (Thursday), if for only one day this year. Douse yourself in poetry. Curl up with a poetic tome in solitude or better still join in a National Poetry Day event. This year the theme is HOME.

Macc library are hosting a full day of poetry. Join local people reading their own or their favourite poems in Poems Aloud on Thursday 7th October between 10am and 6pm.

They will be reading poems old and new throughout the day in their very own Poets' Corner.

Make sure you get along at 11am to hear surprising and charismatic performance poet Dominic Berry.(see above).

We'll be there and we might even read a poem too...

And finally we raise a glass to Jo Bell and wish her well for what must be a frenetic day ahead seeing as she is the coordinator of National Poetry Day.....

National Poetry Day

Poems Aloud! Thurs 7th Oct

Macclesfield Library

2 Jordangate



This Autumn, Cheshire East Council are recruiting Waste Reduction Volunteers. They are looking for 20 volunteers to join the existing team of 38, who were formerly known as Master Composters, to promote the benefits of food waste reduction and home composting, attending road shows and delivering talks throughout Cheshire.

The aim, to encourage more Cheshire residents to start home composting; ; promote effective home composting; reduce the amount of compostable waste going to landfill and promote the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign which aims to show that food waste can be reduced by doing some easy practical things in the home.

Each volunteer is expected to complete 30 hours of volunteering over a 12 month period.
In return each volunteer will receive a two day training programme; Garden Organic membership; social events including a graduation ceremony when 30 hours volunteering is completed; travel expenses and the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends!

Debbie Rowe
Waste Strategy Officer
Pyms Lane

01270 686682

Tuesday, 5 October 2010


Tues 5: Made in Dagenham (15) 5.30, 8.00

Weds 6: Made in Dagenham (15) 5.30, 8.00

Thurs 7: Made in Dagenham (15) 5.30, 8.00
Fri 8: Made in Dagenham (15) 5.30, 8.00

Sat 9: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) 3.00

Sat 9: Made in Dagenham (15) 5.30, 8.00

Sun 10: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) 3.00

Sun 10: Made in Dagenham (15) 5.30, 8.00

Mon 11: Made in Dagenham (15) 5.30, 8.00

Tues 12: Made in Dagenham (15) 5.30, 8.00

Weds 13: closed

Thurs 14: Made in Dagenham (15) 5.30, 8.00
Coming Soon: The Social Network

Cinemac Heritage
Roe Street
Macclesfield SK11 6UT

Recorded Information: 01625 423535

Enquiries: 07871 422937

Monday, 4 October 2010

Latin Comes to Macclesfield

Ever wanted to learn or to brush up your Latin? Then for an informal look at the Latin language and perhaps a glass or two - pop along to Fina Bar and Grill (photo Mark Gilligan) between 6.30 and 7.30pm on either Monday 4 (that's tonight) or 11 October. For more information contact: 01625 829064.

A word from Biddulph

'Back to back shows, as last Wednesday's theme of fine female voices enhanced by fabulous playing continues into THIS October. Husband and wife team MEGSON return to The Biddulph Arms with their profile steadily on the rise after several Folk Awards nominations and numerous festival appearances. Incredibly already promoting their fourth cd 'The Longshot'; comprising another collection of cameos from an industrial North with the title track highlighting the highs and lows of following your local football team. All of which sounded very impressive when I saw them in Leicester over the Summer. And talking of 'impressive', support comes from Shropshire trio FLAXENBY with again, superb guitar/mandolin and fiddle topped by one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard.'
Thanks Craig!

Wed 6 Oct 8pm £12
The Biddulph Arms


The Crown Inn



hosted by

John Lindley

A chance to read your own poems

or your favourites

or just come to listen

(and drink, of course)

Wednesday 6th October

8 PM

Held upstairs. £2.50 on the door

Sunday, 3 October 2010


An exhibition by sculptor Jean Parker

A body of work that was made as a reflection upon a period of illness and medical treatments without being overtly literal or mawkish. The choices she has made in creating this work underline her integrity as a sculptor and the importance of this in her life.

The major part of the exhibition is made up of a group of large alabaster heads. '

'The boldness of strength, with which these larger pieces have been carved, relates back to some of the earlier work of Jacob Epstein. The blank, white face has similarities to the work of the contemporary British sculptor Stephen Cox who was greatly inspired by Indian sculpture.'

5 Oct – 2 NovSt Michaels Church, Market Place, Mcclesfield

Friday, 1 October 2010

Something For The Weekend

There's so much going on this weekend, I'm putting money on me forgetting something important... but here's to trying anyway.
Beginning tonight with a hearty laugh at the Bollington Comedy Club with Noel James, Dom Carroll, Duncan Logan and Phil Ellis (as pictured). Doors and bar open at 7.30. Performance at 8pm and tickets £8.
Stay over until Saturday night and catch Bollington Jazz. Welcoming for the first time The Limehouse Jazz Band. Starts 8pm. £8. Both Bollington Arts Centre, Wellington Rd.
There's art and Italian cinema Workshops on Saturday too. With Claire de Ruiter's Wrap Up For Winter. Make a felt scarf using vibrant merino wools. 10am-4pm. £40 including materials. Rainow Church Centre.
Also... there's the Mill Italian Opera Workshop, with the works of Verdi and Italian food and drink. From 10.30am. £20. The Mill, Sunderland St. Macc.
Renaissance Art and Wine shows international artists Alister Colley from 2 Oct. Includes a wine tasting and raffle. Roylance Building, Waters Green Macc. 01625 502111
On the large scale there's also a silk town spectacular in the form of the Silk Ball in aid of East Cheshire Hospice at Macc Town Hall from 7.30pm. £60 per person.
And in Congleton Clonter Opera presents Rossini's La Cenerentola (Cinderella) for its final Cheshire performance. 7pm (70 min supper interval) Tickets £65, £55, £40. Clonter Opera Theatre, Swettenham Heath.

Sunday looks a little mellower with The Hollin's Farmers Market. Hollins, Black Road, Macc. And RSPB Wildlife Explorers Wildlife Safari and Treasure Hunt. Meeting at Teggs Nose (Bottoms Reservoir carpark)

Hope that's everthing and to see you out there!