Tuesday, 30 November 2010



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

Tues 30: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One (12A) 4.00, 7.30
Weds 1:Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One (12A) 4.00, 7.30
Thurs 2: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One (12A) 4.00, 7.30
Fri 3: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One (12A) 4.00, 7.30

Sat 4: cinema closed

Sun 5: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One (12A) 4.00, 7.30

Mon 6: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One (12A) 4.00, 7.30

Tues 7: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One (12A) 4.00, 7.30

Monday, 29 November 2010

Treacle Sunday

How cold was that?
But lovely too, with bright sunshine and dreamy glimpses of white misty hills as you walked from Treacle Market Place to Treacle Food and Drink down Church St.
Lots of festive goodies down there and we even tried our hand at roasting chestnuts!

Have a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANow2EhUuUU for the flavour of Treacle yesterday. Please help spread the word & send the link to your pals to lure them to the Christmas Treacle.

Sat 18 Dec Antiques, art. vintage, craft, the unusual! 10am-3.30pm Market Place
Sat 18 Dec
Festive food and drink 4-9pm Market Place
Sun 19 Dec Antiques, art, vintage, perfect gifts 10am - 3.30pm Market Place
Sun 19 Dec Quality food and drink and seasonal provisions. 10am-3.30pm Waters Green

Huge thanks to Jo Bell for her marvellous creative camera work.


Friday, 26 November 2010

Of Music, Mottram and Markets

Starting the musical weekend with On at The Swan, Chestergate... as tonight the Adam Palma Band play, followed on Saturday night by This Year's Winner Is (07793373698).
Staying with Saturday, Cheshire Rural Touring Theatre in the Quarter present, Forgotten Fortress, a journey into Cheshire's past at 7.30pm in Mottram St Andrew Village Hall (01625 583930). The Bollington Chamber concerts present The Finzi Quartet (see pic) playing Haydn, Bridge, Stravinsky and Beethoven, 8pm and £14 at the Bollington Arts Centre. (01625 560355 http://www.bollingtonartscentre.org.uk/ )
There's a treat in store at the Hollins, on Black Road, with Fretbuzz, featuring Simon Kempston and the fabulous Alexis McLean (01625 424920 http://www.the-hollins.com/ )
ANd if you want to learn to play Jazz Sax there's a weekend workshop, sat and sun (intermediate level) with top jazz pro, Paul Bartholomew. Includes informal performance in local pub sat night with piano, bass and drums. 10am-5pm, £90, incl buffet lunch, tea and coffee (for details and venure 01625 573039 http://www.pbartholomew.com/
...and of course, it's TREACLE MARKET SUNDAY!!! and we will, of course, be all over that one buying necessities, eclectics and luxuries as the mood takes us. See you there.


The sun is out and its crisp and cold and we are off to Music at Mikes for a lunchtime gig.
Hope it's jazz! Saw the latest show at Jobling Gowler last night. Get a long and look for your self. Weekdays till 5pm.

Remember its Treacle this Sunday!

St Michaels Church, Market Place Fri 26 Nov 1pm free.


Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Past and Present

Clicking on the picture should reveal the detail but to make it plain... you are cordially invited to Past and Present an exhibition & sale of art and craft works from Tuesday 30th November to Friday 3 December at the Bromley Davenport Sixth Form Centre, King's School, Macclesfield.

Old Butter Market

The Old Butter Market

Macclesfield's covered Butter Market was built in 1823 as part of the Town Hall and shown on the 1871 map between the new Town Hall and the Police Station.

Farmers with their wives and children brought baskets of eggs, pats of butter on cabbage and rhubarb leaves, cheeses and fruit etc.

There were many cheese markets held regularly in the town. This Butter Market dwindled and was closed in 1939, and for a number of years now it has been used for storage until coming to life again as part of the Treacle Market.

Make sure you take a look inside this Sunday for stalls of antiques and interesting craft.

Sun 28 Nov 10am-3.30pm

Treacle Market: Waters Green, Market Place and the Old Butter Market


Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Pull The Other One: Cabaret Extraordinaire

A word from the bizarre Pull the Other One team who charmed, startled, and frankly over stimulated their Macc audience in June. They’re back with a mission: to help raise funds for Barnaby Festival (17-19 June) 2011:

‘Were you there the first time? Did we not Pull The other One ?
Well here we come again and this time with bells on.
Back by popular demand, Boothby Graffoe completes his performance along with London Variety and Speciality impresarios The PTOO Team; Players skilled in the craft of the obscure and surreal plus local exponents of the art ,songster Tim Woodhouse and Poetess
Jo Bell.’

Tickets sold out last time, so grab yours, a bunch of friends and enjoy an evening of extraordinary cabaret, exceptional beer and some very odd performances. We’ve only just recovered from the last time. Actually we may never be the same again…

Sat 11 Dec 8pm doors and bar. 9pm performance.

£15 table, £10 without.

Tickets from : Waterstone’s & Margin Music and from www.barnabyfestival.org.uk

A word or three from Craig at Biddulph:

'One it's finest and most distinctive voices this Wednesday. A former member of Mawkin:Causley and The Devil's Interval JIM CAUSLEY comes to Biddulph directly from Dave Rotheray's Life of Birds tour. With his aforementioned resonant vocals and delightful personality he is certainly one of the folk circuit's most entertaining and charismatic performers, as witnessed at Northwich Folk Club earlier in the year. BOOTLEG (?) provide the support but unlike at the recent Local Live Showcase Boot and Alan will be without soundsman John Hayley this time who has decided to remain behind his desk!'

Weds Nov 24 @ The Biddulph Arms 8pm Admission £12 Tel-01782-514896

Monday, 22 November 2010

Get Your Skates On !

Tickets are now on sale for the Macclesfield Ice Rink at www.maccice.co.uk. The Macclesfield Ice Rink is operating from 10th -24th December and will be great fun for all the family. The 50 skater Ice Rink will be situated in the grounds of St Michaels Church in the Marketplace.

The rink will be operating for ten hours a day, a full list if skate times is available at www.maccice.co.uk. Skating costs just £6 for a one hour session including boot hire. If you are planning an Christmas party why not have fun on the ice? Exclusive bookings are available, please contact mandy@maccice.co.uk to find out more.

Book now to ensure your slot on the ice at www.maccice.co.uk

Doin't forget there will be stalls beside the ice rink too!


Treacle Markets and you

We are looking for local musicians, choirs, bands, singers or... to serenade the Treacle Markets in Macclesfield.
This is a chance top play in front of a friendly Macclesfield audience with the dramatic back drop of the big Town Hall pillars. Don't worry its under cover and there is an electrical point although it could be chilly! Its a chance to busk whilst promoting yourselves as well.Got a CD to sell or concert or gig to promote? Dates available. Sun 28 Nov Sat 18 Dec Sun 19 Dec Please get in touch if you would like to know more or mention this on to your musical friends.
07981 128454

Pic: Les Peches at Treacle Market

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Jobs alert

Musical Director, Congleton Choral Society

£30k-40k pro rata

Congleton Choral Society requires a Musical Director to take up the post from May 2011. They are an established mixed choir of 70 voices. Rehearsals are held on Mondays in Congleton and three concerts a year are held in the Town Hall/Astbury Church. In addition they run very successful workshops and a sub group have performed abroad and sung the services in English cathedrals and churches. The new MD will be expected to develop an interesting and challenging programme in discussion with a supportive committee.

For information about the choir, please visit the website www.congletonchoralsociety.org.uk

For further details please email Roger Burgess at ccs2011@hotmail.co.uk or telephone 01477 535443

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Get wacky

.....And just when you thought it all was over till the spring......

www.wackywoods.co.uk has just been updated to show the winter programme which will include more family days, a Christmas Decoration Making Day and by popular request, another Scavenger Hunt ... as well as Christmas Holiday Wacky Woods Sessions you can do your last minute Christmas stuff in peace, while Alex plays in the woods with your treasures: (you can have them back on Christmas Eve!)

Just a reminder: you may need to get in quick for the Christmas Scavenger Hunt on 18th December!

A very big thank you to Jo Bell, Jude de Souza and Richard and Julia from al PANNINO for such a brilliant evening with BUGGED.
We must have another loop literary salon soon!

PLease join us at this

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Loop Social: Bugged

Join us for a sociable Loop evening based around this summer’s BUGGED
day of eavesdropping. The
UK’s brightest writers went out and about to listen in
to other people’s lives and some fascinating conversations were
overheard...'It's round, tubular and like a plum... 'What's ephemera? Is it
The resulting stories, poems and scripts are brought together in a new book -
Bugged. Some are funny, some sinister, and some a little bit fruity! Books will
be on sale on the night.

Macclesfield writer, Jo Bell will be leading the reading, helped by Jane (the
Birch one) and Jude D’Souza among others. And what a better place to meet, to
laugh, think and delve into other people’s private moments than at al PANINO’s
on Chestergate, after hours. Come at
7pm for the reading to begin at 7.30pm,
giving you plenty of time to take a table and order the finest of refreshments.
Entry is free but booking essential maccloop@googlemail.com or call Jane on:
07981 128 454

Wed 17 Nov 7pm al Panino's Chestergate, Macclesfield

Christmas Clay

Workshop for children at

The Longden Gallery’

on Saturday 20th November

11- 4pm

£10 per session inclusive

Children of any age are very welcome to come along and make tree/table decorations and gifts

Please call into ‘The Longden Gallery’ at

2, Shaw Street to book a place to avoid disappointment on the day

Please note children must be supervised by an accompanying adult

Monday, 15 November 2010

Erica James

A word from Macclesfield Waterstone's:

'Quick reminders - Erica James talking about her new book Promises, Promises - TOMORROW (Tues 16th) 7.00pm - tickets £3 - 'promises' to be a great evening - no pun intended
Next reading group The Help by Kathryn Stockett - Tues 7th Dec - 6.00pm - join us for mince pies and literary discussion!'.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Cosy Kitsch & the Classy Bird

No Something for the weekend this week. Instead Loop issue 17 is out today. Make sure you will be recieving yours by mailing us at maccloop@googlemail.com for 18 pages of pictures, listings, editorial and music when you press the magic buttons!

If you are baffled not to receive yours, just check you have the loop in your address book. Remember how high handed those servers can be when filtering out bulk mailing.

Hooray, another Vintage Clothes Shop is opening in Macc on Saturday 13 November at 11am. ’Cosy Kitsch & The Classy Bird’ will sell gifts, homeware,vintage clothes & accessories. Find them at 94 Mill St, Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm & Sat 9.30am-5pm

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

War Poetry and Remembrance

Andrew Rudd, Cheshire Poet Laureate in 2006, reads War Poetry at the Meeting of Macclesfield's Lit and Phil Society on Thursday 11 November. Andrew is a part-time Senior Lecturer in ICT in Education at MMU and author of several books of poetry, including Lines on the Map and One Cloud Away from the Sky. The meeting opens at 7.30pm in Macclesfield Library, Jordangate, and is open to both members and non-members (£3). For more information contact: 01260 253280 or visit http://www.litandphilmacc.org.uk/


An evening of eavesdroppings at al PANINO!
'It's round, tubular and like a plum....'
'What's ephemera? Is it sexual?'

This summer, the UK's brightest writers went out to eavesdrop - from bus station to garden centre, playground to parade ground. The resulting stories, poems and scripts are brought together in a new book - BUGGED. Some are funny, some sinister, some a little bit fruity!

Join us for a reading from Bugged by Macclesfield writer Jo Bell, with help from Jane Birch, Jude D'Souza and others. Come along to eat, drink, laugh, think and enjoy the company of other nosey parkers.

al PANINO, Chestergate, Macclesfield.
Wednesday 17 November 7pm for 7.30pm reading
FREE entry! but please book: maccloop@googlemail.com

Tuesday, 9 November 2010


Weds 10: The Social Network (12A) 2.00

Thurs 11: The Social Network (12A) 5.15, 8.00
Fri 12: The Social Network (12A) 5.15, 8.00
Sat 13: cinema closed

Sun 14: Legend of the Guardians - The Owls of Ga''Hoole (PG) 3.00

Sun 14: The Social Network (12A) 5.15, 8.00

Mon 15: The Social Network (12A) 5.15, 8.00
Tues 16: The Social Network (12A) 5.15, 8.00
Weds 17: The Social Network (12A) 5.15, 8.00

Thurs 18: The Social Network (12A) 5.15, 8.00

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

Friday, 5 November 2010

Something for the Weekend

On your toes and out the door for tonight's Bollington Comedy Club with Craig Deeley, Bob Darwin, Graham Lee and Kevin Shepherd. Doors & bar open at 7.30 show 8.15pm. £8. Bollington Arts Centre, Wellington Road. 01625 560774. http://www.bollingtonartscentre.org.uk/

And you've got an extra hour if you're joining theJanes and other Loopees to see the soulful Butterfly Jam at the Jolly Sailor. 9pm.

Between 10am and 4pm on Saturday create a pair of colourful slippers to toast your toes at a Claire De Ruiter Workshop. £40 inc materials (but not lunch). Rainow Church Centre. ring first on: 01625 574389. http://www.clairederuiter.co.uk/

Then it's back to Bollington at 8pm Saturday for the Jazz. Mike Lovell's Six in a Bar with Rosie to be precise. Or join, at least one Jane, for Rebellution at the Millstone on Waters Green. Featuring Alexis McLean, Kristi Michele and Elijah Wolfenheart. From 8pm and FREE.

Round off the weekend then, on Sunday with a mooch around the Hollins Farmers Market on Black Road. http://www.the-hollins.com/

See you out there and whatever you're doing for bonfire night be safe!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Biddulp stuff

A word or 10 from Craig Pickering:

'Tonight, Nov 3 is another big occasion for Biddulph and I am not just talking about the new Sainsbury's gala opening! If you can drag yourselves away from the supermarket aisles get down to The Biddulph Arms for an action-packed evening of Americana. OTIS GIBBS from Indiana (not a black blues singer by the way) is your archetypal folk singer; travelling from town to town with just his guitar for company; singing songs about people he has met and places he has visited, all interlaced by a dry, sardonic wit. He has been likened to a modern day Woody Guthrie, with echoes of Steve Earle and Tom Waits also in evidence and went down extremely well just over the way at Crewe Roots last Spring. His latest album 'Joe Hill's Ashes' received a very favourable review in last week's Biddulph and Congleton Chronicle courtesy of JMC. A couple of Otis' friends Courtney KAISER and Benjamin CARTEL, coming along for the ride, are very much an unknown entity. They have two cds available in the States, share a European agent with some very good names and descibe themselves as a 'low-fi, song-driven, harmony-heavy Brooklyn dased duo'. Intrigued? WINSTON BALDWIN and PHIL BRIGHTMAN (one half of the Providence Jug Band) complete a fabulous line-up.

Weds Nov 3 @ The Biddulph Arms 8pm Admission £12 01782-514896

Picture courtesy Jo Bell. The Janes at the Treacle market.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

A Jolly Loop

We'll be down seeing our favourite band his Friday night. See you there?