Friday, 30 July 2010

Something for the Weekend

There's so much going on on Saturday that it may become a blur, so here's a little help.

If you aren't joining theLOOP at Windystock (Windyways, Teggs Nose Country Park) for the 12 hrs of phenomenal live music (12 noon - midnight) then...
From 2pm join Mark Kermode and panel for an afternoon of inspirational film at the Heritage Centre. Screenings include: 24 Hour Party People; an introduction to Joy Division documentary; and Control. (£15 with a late bar). (On Sunday pop back for showing of Plan K, previously unseen footage of Joy Division concert. 12 noon. £5).
From 3pm kick along to the Macc Town FC/MAST Scanner Appeal Open Day at the Moss Rose. Meet the lads after the Rhyl game and watch human table football.
From 7.45pm twirl into the Stylz Jive Dance Night at the Town Hall. (£7/£8), it's a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research. (Tel: 07989622107)
There is another showing of Rossini's La Cenerentola (Cinderella) at the Clonter Opera in Congleton (; Or dance along to... Hold Tight It's 60s Night and hear songs of the Beatles, Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin belted out as part of the Gawsworth Open Air Theatre Season. (
Now, all you have to do is decide what to do... whatever make it fun and please tell them you read about it in the LOOP. (sorry blogspot won't let me add an image tonight?!)

How the holidays stretch ahead....

Throughout the school summer holidays at Coombes Valley they will take you to explore their lush meadows full of flowers and butterflies and to the pond to discover the fascinating creatures hiding beneath the surface.They also have a number of fun and exciting activities, games and crafts. Whilst sun cannot be guaranteed, fun most definitely is!

The events will run from 9.30am – 12.30pm on the following dates:

3, 5, 9, 10, 17, 18, 19, 24, 26 August

£5 per child, accompanying adults free of charge

Booking is essential so please phone or email to avoid disappointment:

RSPB Coombes Valley nature reserve, Six Oaks Farm, Bradnop, Leek, ST13 7EU office: 01538 384017 or email:


Heritage Centre Roe Street Macclesfield SK11 6UT
Recorded Information: 01625 423535 Enquiries: 07871 422937
Fri 30: Toy Story 3 (U) 3.00, 5.30, 8.00

Sat 31: cinema closed

Sun 1: Toy Story 3 (U) 3.00, 5.30, 8.00

Mon 2: Toy Story 3 (U) 3.00, 5.30, 8.00

Tues 3: Toy Story 3 (U) 3.00, 5.30, 8.00

Weds 4: Toy Story 3 (U) 3.00, 5.30, 8.00
Thurs 5: Toy Story 3 (U) 3.00, 5.30, 8.00

Coming Soon: Cats and Dogs; Inception

Thursday, 29 July 2010

A taste of Treacle

What did you think of the inaugural Treacle Market last Sunday?

Karen said... Loved the market! By 1pm, when we arrived, the food fair stalls had clearly been doing a roaring trade, with some being down to their last few morsels, so the lesson is to arrive early to catch the full range of wares. The market up in Market Place was good fun, and the kids with us loved the storyteller tent. I really do hope this becomes a monthly event - it brought a real bustle and cheerfulness to the town centre.

Alex said...
What a fantastic day....vibrant from first thing. How wonderful to see the town centre brimming with people browsing, children playing, families laughing. Very much anticipating Treacles continued growth and capacity to enrich the town. Thank you! Alex

Victoria Scholes said...
More great work springing from the Loop. Treacle was a triumph! I had never heard the story of the treacle spill before and neither had I visited the town centre on a Sunday for a stroll and a shop for a very long time. You are reconnecting us with both our history and our place. Well done! More thoughts on

Karen said...
The market was a blast. The kids we were with especially loved the storytelling tent and the bright shiny crafts and antiques stalls. And such a glorious day! We don't get the local paper, so I'd not have really known about Treacle without the Loop - as it was, the whole family ended up having a really lovely couple of hours on Sunday.

Sandra McGechan said...Congratulations on a fabulous market. We had a friend from London staying with us and it was so lovely to be able to take him into a bustling vibrant town centre. This was exactly the sort of thing Macclesfield needed.

Photo courtesy Shaggy on Macclesfield flickr. See link.

A flick at the Mill

A German Film Evening @ The Mill, Waters Green House (opposite the train station) Macclesfield, SK11 6LF.

Film: Das Leben der Anderen (original title) The lives of others

29 July 19.00 – 21.30

Improve your German in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere or just enjoy a good film by joining The Mill for their German film evening.

To complement the evening you will have time to enjoy a selection of wine, charcuterie and cheese.Due to film licence restrictions they do not charge for the film however tickets for the wine, charcuterie and cheese are £10.

Tickets are limited to 20 spaces so please book by emailing or phoning 01625 838 653.

Joy Division

Get down to the Heritage Centre on Roe street to see the Joy Division/ Ian Curtis exhibition. Its a fantastic and very evocative collection of letters, tickets, flyers, cuttings and pictures and other ephemera from the band.

Grab the programme for the Full Joy Division Festival and check out details in the current loop listings.

Biddulph up in Arms.
Tonight in Biddulp: HARVEY ANDREWS joined by Banbury based family outfit THE TINDALLS before their appearance at the Cropredy Festival.
8pm £12.

Have a peep at their Autumn programme:
SPIERS AND BODEN, JEZ LOWE and MEGSON make welcome returns with the latter coupled with current Sandbach darlings FLAXENBY. JIM CAUSLEY, JOHN KIRKPATRICK and DAVID FERRARD are making their first appearances here with both ROY BAILEY and ELIZA CARTHY returning after very long absences.

picture Ian Curtis courtesy Mark Reeder

Wednesday, 28 July 2010


Come and join the LOOP this weekend at Windystock for twelve hours of the best in live music. We're camping too, well Glamping actually, as always we're doing it in style. This time last year it was already sold out but with the increased capacity you are still in with a chance. Tickets can be bought from Magpie Music, Margin Music, Windyways Trust Shop and now also from Pets At Home, Lyme Green Business Park. That's 19 brilliant bands for just £15 (£2 per tent to camp). See you there!

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

The Poet in You

John Lindley ( Loop favourite and former Cheshire poet laureate) will be running (depending on uptake) a 10 week Adult Education Course at Sandbach School on Tuesday evenings, starting 21st September.
Creative Writing - Find the poet in you. Writing and understanding poetry.
The school number is 01270 767322 (though they're on holiday at present). Website: Enrolment starts from 1st September.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Treacle with Everything

There's something for everybody this weekend... Clonter Opera present Rossini's classic, La Cenerentola (Cinderella), a darkly comic musical masterpiece, starting on Saturday (24 July). for further dates and prices.

Gawsworth Open Air Theatre stages The Tempest. The bard's magical story of love, comedy and tragedy - seating in a covered auditorium. For dates and prices:

For a bit of Big Band Saturday there's music on the beautiful lawns of St James Vicarage with a licensed bar... from 7.30pm. £10 including food - a bargain and we can guarantee the you will be in the finest of company - 01260 252228.

And as if it wasn't enough for an evening of Acoustic bliss, with Chris Birdsall and Rory McKee (a Dead River Records production) dip into the Baths Hotel, Green Street for Fretbuzz.

And whatever you do tonight, to aid recover y and for the mellowest of all shopping experiences head to Macc's market spaces (Water's Green and the Market Place) on Sunday morning from 10am for finest foods and fresh produce, antiques, arts and vintage clothes... The town has never seen anything as wonderful as Treacle. It is a must visit!!!

See you there!!!

Friday, 23 July 2010

Buskers wanted

Do you know a talented local musician or singer who might like to fill one of the busking slots at the Treacle market this Sunday?

There is space for a couple more.
We hope there will be a good crowd and this is a great chance to show off in your own town.
Contact Jane 07981 128454

Dont forget to look out your Pannini football stickers and Match attack cards. Jasper will be on the bench outside Nat West in the Market PLace with his swaps at the ready!

Thursday, 22 July 2010

An old wardrobe

There is nothing the loop likes more than finding treaures. So after having a forage at TREACLE on Sunday we'll be getting along to Adam Partidge Auctioneers later in the week for more treats. Particularly if you have a soft spot for period clothes....
A huge 2000 lot 3 day sale of antiques and fine art with collectors items.
Viewing - 28th July 2010 - 11pm - 6pm

Sale D
ay 1 - 28th July 2010 - from 6pm
Sale Day 2 - 29th July 2010 - from 10am

Sale Day 3 - 30th July 2010 - from 10am

The Gate Hall
Behind The Chain & Gate
Congleton Road (A536)

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Panini swap madness at Treacle

Treacle Market this Sunday. Pies, chutneys, rustic bread, honey, ice cream....50s and 60 ceramics, vintage clothes, books vinyl...a rummage around the stalls and coffee in the Market Place with the Sunday papers. Mmm if you ( or more rationally,your kids) have been demented enough to collect Panini football cards, meet on the bench outside Nat West and do some swapping(11am-12noon)!
Treacle: Sun 25th July 10am-3.30pm

Market Place and Waters Green, Macc

picture courtesy

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Butterfly Jam

Sometimes we are quite bossy, oh well we admit it quite alot of the time.But thats only because we can't bare for you to miss something really good. Tomorrow night,Wedneday, a case in point Butterfly Jam play the Jolly Sailor on Sunderland St. Macc.
We wont tell you again now.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Artists wanted for new project

“Hands On” - Artists Wanted

Artists and workshop facilitators using straight forward techniques who would benefit from training and experience working with people with learning disabilities in Knowsley.

Artists criteria

We are looking for artists using accessible, low tech, ‘hands on’ processes and materials specifically:
Textiles e.g. feltmaker
2D e.g. Collage, simple printmaking, drawing
3D Sculpture

We want people with experience of running workshops but who would like the opportunity to gain experience and have training to work with people with learning disabilities.
Artists must have the ability to inspire and pass on their practical arts skills to non arts participants.

“Hands On” Project Aims
To teach staff and clients basic art skills to enable them to continue using those materials and techniques independently.

To encourage day service staff to become familiar with arts and heritage venues offer and increase visits to them.

Work in partnership with NML and Tate Liverpool staff and their collections as inspiration for practical workshop sessions.

Total of 10 days work at £200 per day plus materials.
Travel, planning, preparation and evaluation included in fee.

Project will happen between August 2010 and April 2011.

26th July Application Deadline
30th July Interviews

For the full brief and application details



A quality Sunday

Market for Macc

Waters Green Market: food & Drink

Market Place: art, antiques, books,

local makers, the unusual….

There will be things for children to do with Wacky Woods in the Market Place and story telling from Just So Festival in their tent in St Michael's Church yard.

Stock up on delicious locally grown an d produced provisions, browse the stalls and enjoy a coffee whilst listening to talented buskers.

Feast your eyes, find a treasure, fill your belly

Sunday 25 July


Sunday, 18 July 2010

Artist wanted

Artist in residence

Cheshire East Arts, Heritage & Museums service is looking to appoint two visual artists for this year’s Big Draw initiative. Each successful applicant will deliver a community arts event at a sports venue across the borough on Saturday, 9 October 2010, helping to promote health and wellbeing to the wider community through participation in the arts. Cheshire Dance will also be delivering a Big Draw event at a third venue on this date.

The appointed artists will create a piece of art working with members of the public to convey the rhythm and movement of physical activity. Each artist will be working at a leisure centre, and the intention is make a connection between the benefits of participation in both the arts and in sport throughout life. They are looking for a creative approach from versatile and flexible artists, able and willing to work in a challenging venue.

The successful applicants will have experience in a similar role and of working with a wide cross section of age groups and communities. The artists will also have experience of producing high quality work, and may be required to work in an outdoor environment.

They invite your proposals setting out how you would create a piece of visual art that celebrates The Big Draw and is inspired by the physical activity taking place in their leisure centres. If you are interested in applying please forward a proposal to include the following:

  • A brief statement explaining why you are interested in this commission and your approach to the work (one side of A4).
  • Examples of previous, relevant work
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact details of two referees
  • A SAE if you require any documents returned

£20k-25k pro rata. Part time Contact: Anne Sherman closing date for submission is 31 July. Interviews will be held in mid August, date to be confirmed.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Tongue in Chic's All-Star Showcase

It'll be well worth making your way to Buxton on Sunday night for a showcase of sparkling spoken word - laugh, cry and feel slightly unusual as poets including, fabulous Loop friend, Jo Bell, Danni Antagonist, Fay Roberts and the Antipoet bring you a range of comic and thought-provoking words. Nat's Kitchen, Market Street Buxton 7.30-8.30pm and we'll see you there.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Something for the weekend

Great music, theatre, fine ale and blueberries are all on offer this weekend... On Friday night catch the Colliders, The Tensions and Mars Black at Toast, Dukes Court. It starts at 9pm, is a fund raiser for Windyways and theLoop aims to be there. (pic Mars Black's fabulous, Helen Walford).
A little earlier in the evening and a little further afield you can hear Congleton 1972, an illustrated talk on the town's Charter year celebrations. 7.30pm and £2 to get in at the Congleton Museum

On Saturday morning you can prime your fingers for the Teggs Nose Pick... yuck you think... but the pick is of blueberries - so make it yum. 10am to 2pm leaving from the Visitors Centre. 01625 504518. Find refreshment at the 2nd Micro Beer Festival in Alderley Edge, local ale, music and BBQ from noon til late on Stephen St, behind Barclays...

...and later The Gawsworth Open Air Theatre Season presents The Black Dyke Band, brass band conducted by Nicholas Childs and heroic. £23.50/£20. Details follow their Sunday presentation of Mozart by Candlelight, a musical tribute with resplendent costume. £19.50. 01260 223456

Also on Sunday Let's Get Creative in Dukes Court, with live performers, a charity shop fashion show, music and more, all in aid of Uganda School appeal. From 1pm onward £2/£1. 07765574657
Where ever you go please tell them you read about it in theLoop and have fun!


CHUMBAWAMBA are at Biddulph Town Hall tonight.
Best known for chart-topping hit 'Tubthumping' and provocative acts at the Brit Awards they have actually developed a rather lovely, folky sound. Whilst retaining their lyrical bite, harmonies abound with guitar, accordion and trumpet to the fore. Their set at The Big Session festival a fortnight ago was packed with humour and visual surprises, earning them a standing ovation. Support comes from local band The Nanateas and the start time is 8pm. Tickets are £15 and obtainable on 01782-514896. Take along your own food and drink for another party atmosphere.

Saturday, 10 July 2010


Its so damn good to see Macc getting positive attantion nationally and for the Visual Arts in particular. Nine exhibitions listed in the Guardian Guide for the Barnaby weekend and a review of the Save Us Show at Culture 24. Read it here...... Sorry can't seem to create a live link.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Something For The Weekend

You'd want to be there already... as Eats & Beats at St Pete's started with a BBQ at 6pm but there may still be music from Totally Random Band (does what it says on the tin), The Black Road Bodgers, Macc Music Centre Senior Choire and more... Tickets £4/£2 and a family value £10. St Peter's Church, Windmill St.

With a little more notice you can spend tomorrow in the park for the 17th Biddulph Folk Festival. Five and a half hours of music and a picnic with The Barflys, Banda Bacana and Cajuns Denbo. Tickets £11/£12 on the night. 01782 514896

Or, be in tribute heaven, at Gawsworth Hall, with the Magic of Motown, singing and dancing along to the Supremes, the Four Tops, the Temptations, the Jackson Five and Marvin Gay. 7.30pm. Tickets £25. 01260 223456.

Alternatively, if you want music to life the spirit and carry the soul find Catherine Taylor-Dawson at the Baths Hotel on Green Street. 01625 262884.

Before putting the perfect finish to your Sunday night with a jam session at the Jolly Sailor on Sunderland Street.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Old Yellow

In advance of something for the weekend, but we promised to pass this on... Old Yellow (well three-quarters of them) will be playing acoustic renditions of their songs, including Lifetime Blues for Oxfam and are not to be missed. You will find them outside the store, weather permitting, or live in the shop window (like a trio of mannequins) Sat 10 July 1 til 2pm. Oxfam, Mill Street, Macclesfield

Push the Button

summer issue is out tomorrow: Friday but we can't wait to tell you about the BUTTON. We've added a button so as you read, the most voluptuous loop ever, you can listen to the song that has most inspired us - and most appropriate it is too. You'll have to wait though!

In the mean time keep your eye on this space, follow us on FaceBook and hear us Tweet.

Photo of the Big Cardigan Courtesy teneight photography

Italian bees and song

Fallibroome High School
are presenting an evening of amazing of song and dance straight from the West End and Broadway.
A Night at the Musicals.
Thurs 8 July 7.30pm £4/ £2

La Stanza del Figlio (The Son’s Room)

8th July 19.00 – 21.30

Improve your Italian in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere or just enjoy a good film by joining The Mill for their Italian film evening showing:

La Stanza del Figlio (The Son’s Room): starring and directed by Nanni Moretti. Giovanni is a successful psychoanalyst who has to put up with the seemingly endless string of trivial details his patients ramble on about. Yet his family provides a loving and steadfast foundation for his life that can even survive a problem like their son, Andrea, being accused of stealing a rare fossil in school. That foundation is profoundly rocked when Andrea dies in a scuba diving accident. Although the usual arrangements run smoothly, the emotional harm is profound. Giovanni begins to obsessively dwell on the missed chances he had with his son that might have saved his life, even blaming his patients. In addition , his wife is inconsolable and his daughter is becoming anti social in their loss. In the midst of this turmoil, a secret of their son's life is revealed that provides healing in a way they never anticipated....

With Subtitles

To complement the evening you will have time to enjoy a selection of wine, charcuterie and cheese for only £10.

Due to film licence restrictions they do not charge for the film however tickets for the wine, charcuterie and cheese is £10.

Food4 Macc Have a talk on beekeeping tonight
7.30 at All Hallows Catholic College.
Brookfirld Lane Carpark.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

And the winners are..

to the Barnaby Art Start Childrens Quiz that is.
Bethany Hughes (Age 7) who has won a family ticket to Cinemac. (courtesy Cinemac) Frankie Bareham ( age 4) who has won an All singing and dancing Craft kit from The Art Store.

Both of them visited atleast 6 Barnaby Art exhibitions over Barnaby weekend and answered correctly the quiz questions and their names were pulled out of a hat. A stetson to be precise. Well done!

A reminder that we are selling the final raffle tickets in aid of Barnaby. They are only 50p a ticket with tremendous prizes including having a chef in your own home for an evening to cook for a dinner party! Marvellous!

Please contact Anne Mathews re tickets: if you would like to buy some or could maybe sell a book for us.
If we want some more of that Barnaby fun....

Thanks to Cinemac & The Art Store ( park Lane) for their support.

Picture of Sunderland St Studios courtesy teneight photography

A poem and a pint with John

Poems & Pints

Read your own poem or a favourite or just come to listen (and drink).
8th July
8 pm: £2 on the door
Beartown Tap,
Willow Street, Congleton

Saturday, 3 July 2010

What A Summer!

The Loop loves Windystock and will not only be dancing in the fields, with the stunning views of Teggs Nose Country Park, but will also be camping out (£2 per tent). All the better to enjoy that Festival feeling and celebrate the 19 bands packed into 12 hours of fabulous live music.
Tickets, priced at just £15, are now on sale from Margin Music, Magpie Music, Windyway Trust Shop and Windyways itself and please bear in mind that tickets sold out last year within a week. To avoid disappointment get yours soon!

Talking tickets, you won't want to miss Waterstone's very own Crime spree. When authors Kate Ellis and Chris Simms come to Macclesfield, Thursday 15 July at 7pm to talk about and sign copies of their latest books. £3 but redeemable against book purchase on the night.

And... if you only do one thing with the children this summer. Take them on a journey of the imagination, to an enchanted forest. Take them to the Just So Festival. There to play with Maisy Mouse and Spy Dog, attend a Moomin Party, go Pollocks (and get very messy), play on the beach (yes there's a real beach) and more than I can mention here. For more information and tickets (selling at super hero speed) visit

We think we are very smart and have already got tickets for them all!

Friday, 2 July 2010

Something for the Weekend

A little late I'm afraid if, like us, you believe the weekend begins shortly after Wednesday but the Loop e-guide is on deadline and stealing our attention... Important to mention though the current array of visual delights. You'll find fine art at Open Art House in Wilmslow, Sat and Sun, 2-4pm featuring Jo Deas, Amanda Wigglesworth, Jenny Hirst, Sabine Kussmaul and Fiona Charis Carswell. There is also Art to please the eye over coffee and fine food at Al Panino, both weekend days; Claire de Ruiter runs a Summer Landscape Workshop (on Sat; and due to popular demand Moving Clay extends its exhibition in the gallery, upstairs at Duke's Court. It's a fabulous space and if you wish to see it more widely used please show your support and pay a visit.

The 1st Sunday of the month means the Hollins is hosting its regular Farmers' Market (with more stalls than ever) and Waterstone's Sunday Story Club provides entertainment for young lovers of the picture book, with storytelling, colouring, stickers and balloons.

Open Art House, Lindow House, Lindow Lane, Wilmslow.
Al Panino, Chestergate, Macc.
Claire de Ruiter
Hollins, Black Road, Macc
Waterstones, 47 Mill Street, Macc. 01625 424212

Image: painting by Jo Deas courtesy the whitegallery Bollington.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Worth the Hike?

Silk Brass & Audley Male Voice Choir

Fund-raising event for Snelson Methodist Church

Sun 4 July 7 pm £10

The Beeches, Merryman’s Lane, Great Warford, Cheshire

Tickets from Donald Read 01782 720568

On your marks....

A word from Jo Bell

'Hello all -

Don't forget that today is Bugged day - the day for eavesdropping across the UK and then starting to write something. We want the very best writing we can get so please join in and spread the word to your own networks if you can. We look forward to reading the submissions!

All best

Jo Bell
Director, National Poetry Day - October 7th, 2010. Our theme is HOME.