Sunday, 30 January 2011


The Crown Inn



hosted by

John Lindley

'Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year 2010'

and former 'Cheshire Poet Laureate'

A chance to read your own poems

or your favourites

or just come to listen

(and drink, of course)

Wednesday 2nd February

8 PM

Held upstairs. £2.50 on the door

Friday, 28 January 2011

Treacle Time


No doubt like us you have spent January in a state of frugal denial (ahem!) with a spartan diet, to make up for the excesses of Christmas. Well Sunday is the day to throw your mung beans in the air and head to the Market Place and Chestergate for a bumper Food and Drink Market. Prepare to gorge yourself on local honey, rustic breads, crafted pies, exquisite cup cakes, local ales, mouthwatering sausages and even vegan and gluten free delicicies.There will be live music  from Phil Maddox to serenade you as you fill your basket. Make sure its a big one.

Treacle Market  

Sunday 30Jan 10am-3pm Marketplace &Chestergate

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Stop Press

Do you know any young people aged 16-19 who have left school or college and are sitting at home looking for jobs. If so over the next two weeks they could join a one day course which will give them information on producing a CV, apprenticeships and how to apply to the apprenticeship vacancy line.

Courses are running every day this week and next 10am till 4pm

They will receive £50 in cash, lunch and travel expenses (receipt/ticket needs to be provided for travel expenses)

To book they can just turn up if they know where we are or call the following Total People sites to register

Macclesfield 01625 618136

Alternativey they can register through the Total People Website:

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Casablance film day

This day school examines the historical context and making of perhaps the most famous classic Hollywood film. Tutors Creina Mansfield and Alan Sennett will discuss the artistic and political significance of the film, made soon after the United States entered the Second World War.

The day will include a screening of Casablanca plus a surprise example of a spin-off.

Saturday, January 29 10 am – 4 pm

£20 (Bring lunch, hot drinks supplied)

Bollington Arts Centre

Booking required: 01625 573413

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Burns night on tap

It's Macc's 750 Charter year so in the spirit of all things historic...well Bonnie Prince Charlie had a sleep over here so why not celebrate Burns night in Macclesfield?
Tuesday 25th January from 7pm
£10 bookings (or pay on the night if there are tables available) includes Veggie Haggis, Neeps & Tatties and a Scotch Whisky of your choice!
The Treacle Tap, 43 Sunderland Street, Macc, SK11 6JL
01625 615 938

image courtesy

Wednesday, 19 January 2011


Haven't heard a bad word about the King's Speech.

If you've seen it tell us what you think?

Weds 19: The King''s Speech (12A) 1.30

Thurs 20: The King''s Speech (12A) 5.15, 8.00

Fri 21: The King''s Speech (12A) 5.15, 8.00

Sat 22: cinema closed
Sun 23: Animals United (U) 3.00
Sun 23: The King''s Speech (12A) 5.15, 8.00

Mon 24: The King''s Speech (12A) 5.15, 8.00

Tues 25: The King''s Speech (12A) 5.15, 8.00
Weds 26: The King''s Speech (12A) 5.15, 8.00

Thurs 27: The King''s Speech (12A) 5.15, 8.00

Heritage Centre

Roe Street Macclesfield
SK11 6UT

Recorded Information: 01625 423535

Enquiries: 07871 422937

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Funked Up

SINNERBOY The UK's finest interpreters of the music of the late RORY GALLAGHER.
07818 884324
for tickets or mailing list-

Down to the woods at Sevens

Monday, 17 January 2011

The loop is a contrary bird. Ostensibly focusing on the Arts it occasionally strays when something catches its beady magpie's eye. So here we go: recycling, green energy and a something for young people to get their teeth into. Spread the word!

The Weston Bike Project.

The aim is to have a Bike Shop on the Weston estate that children can get involved with in a beneficial way not only for themselves but for the whole of the Weston estate.

A shop that kids can bring their bikes to for repair and pay for the repair by cleaning other bikes that have been donated to us by Cheshire Police, British Rail or striping damaged bike for spares and if they haven't a bike but would like one they can volunteer to work in the shop until they have earned one.

This shop will give the children somewhere to go in the evenings instead of hanging round the streets getting up to no good, its all about the children.

This project is supported by Cheshire East Performance & Partnership, Cheshire Peaks & Plains Housing Trust, Cheshire Police, The Calvary Church and Halfords.

And if all goes well they may open a Cafe next door again for the children.....

Halfords are going to lend a qualified mechanic paid for by them until they have qualified volunteers.

but they are short of adult volunteers so......

The opening hours will probably be something like 16:30pm to 18:30pm

If you would like to get involved in this really worthwhile project contact Ken Hayter

Tel: 01625 261174
Mobile: 07748321283

image courtesy the brilliant TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee")

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Get your feet moving

There is no excuse for couch potatoing in 2011 with a range of affordable weekly dance classes for all ages run by Cheshire Dance and Cheshire East Council

Fusion Dance
a lively mix of street and contemporary dance for ages 8-12 years
Mondays (school term time only- contact for dates)
5.30- 6.30pm
£3.00 per session
Senior Citizens Hall, Macclesfield, SK11 6UR

Neat Feet Dance Group
Creative Dance for ages 7-11 years
Wednesdays (school term times only- please contact for dates)
5.15- 6.15pm
£3.00 per session
Lostock Hall Primary School, Mallard Crescent, SK12 1XG

Plastic Mac Dance Contemporary Dance Co.
contemporary performance group for ages 11-18 years
Wednesdays (school term times only- contact for dates)
£3.00 per session
Poynton High School, Yew Treet Lane, SK12 1PU

Adult Ballet
Ballet class for ages 18+ years- all abilities welcome
Mondays (school term time only- please contact for dates)
7.30- 8.30pm
£3.50 per session
Senior Citizens Hall, Macclesfield, SK11 6UR

Adult Contemporary Dance Class
Contemporary Dance for ages 18+ years- all abilities welcome
Mondays (school term time only- contact for dates)
6.30- 7.30pm
£3.50 per session
Senior Citizens Hall, Macclesfield, SK11 6UR

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

w/e 22 Jan

If you caught the wonderful Marionette Theatre Co at the library over Barnaby weekend last June you now have another chance to enjoy them in Poynton at 2pm today with their performance 'Stringovations' at the Poynton Covic Centre. See full details on blog post from 4 Jan
.The NCO play the Heritage Centre on Saturday night with Elizabeth Wattssopranosoloist.HOFFMAN,“A lyric soprano as ravishing as one could possibly want.” International Record Review.
There is a concert in Bollington tonight at the methiodist Church for Bollington Community Centre, jointly with St Gregory’s School Choir.
On Sunday new band in residence Rough Twist play Ronnies. Or get down to the popular Blues Jam at the Jolly Sailor on Sunderland St.

N C O Sat 22 Jan 7.30pm 16 / £13/£7 students, under 18s free Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macc 0161 247 2220
Concert for Bollington Community Centre 22 Jan7:30pm £8 Bollington Methodist Church01625 575557
Jolly Sailor, Sunderland st


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

Weds 12: The King''s Speech (12A) 5.15, 8.00
Thurs 13: The King''s Speech (12A) 5.15, 8.00
Fri 14: The King''s Speech (12A) 5.15, 8.00
Sat 15: film to be confirmed 3.00
Sat 15: The King''s Speech (12A) 5.15, 8.00
Sun 16: film to be confirmed 3.00
Sun 16: The King''s Speech (12A) 5.15, 8.00
Mon 17: The King''s Speech (12A) 5.15, 8.00
Tues 18: The King''s Speech (12A) 5.15, 8.00
Weds 19: The King''s Speech (12A) 1.30
Thurs 20: The King''s Speech (12A) 5.15, 8.00

A walk with the rangers

Wednesday Walk
with Ranger Dan Coates
Please wear suitable boots/clothing, Easy walking grade
Wednesday, January 12 An 8 km (5 mile) walk around the fields and farmland of Gawsworth. 10am -1pm Meeting point: Harrington Arms, Church Lane, off Congleton Road, Gawsworth, Macclesfield (SJ887694) 01625 374804

Monday, 10 January 2011

Jobs Alert

Artistic Director, Chester Mystery Plays

The Board of Chester Mystery Plays is seeking to appoint the Artistic Director for the 2013 cycle (to be performed in June/July 2013 in Chester Cathedral) on a freelance contract. S/he will develop his/her own vision for the production, working with a professional production team and a community company of up to 300 people (including children and young people).

The Artistic Director will work with the Board to appoint a writer to create a new script, working with him/her in its development.

£10k-15k pro rata Part time

For further details including information on how to apply, please email

Closing date for applications: 28 January 2011

Interviews: w/c 14 February 2011

Poems & Pints

Beartown Tap, Congleton. 8.00 pm (but arrive early for a seat) Thursday 13 January. £2 on the door. All proceeds tonight to Visyon, a terrific organisation who promote wellbeing and offer emotional support to children and young people up to the age of 25. See their website at

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Something to beat the New Year blues!

Joy Winkler
(ex Cheshire poet laureate and loop favourite) will be reading poems on a 'circus' theme at Macclesfield Library on Thursday 13 January at 2pm, on the mosaic floor.
This will be followed by an open mike session; bring along some of your own poems to share, or just come and listen.

Free admission, no need to book.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Save Our Waterstone's

Choosing a book can be a blissful thing, a tactile (even sensual) experience... holding it in your hand, stroking the pages, browsing the first paragraph and sneakily sniffing it. So how alarming to realise that Waterstone's Macclesfield is under threat of closure, in the course of this year. (for Jane Birch more than most - she works there and loves her job).

It may be too late all ready but as nothing has been announced yet... theloop recommends buying your books locally and supporting the store. You may save a few £s buying on line (or from Tesco) but the price of cheap books is NO book shop on the high street and that's too high a price to pay.

Please feel free to comment and offer your support here, Or, let the staff know how you feel, a comment book will be provided in store. Updates will be posted as received and if necessary petitions raised and read-ins organised.

Together we can make a difference to Macclesfield and save our Waterstone's.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Perhaps you saw them at last years Barnaby Festival? Another chance to enjoy the Marionette Theatre Company.

Monday, 3 January 2011

Jobs Alert!

Artist / Creative Interpreter, Cheshire East Council

Cheshire East Council and Congleton Town Council require an artist or creative interpreter to tell the story of Congleton Town Hall.

Artist / Creative Interpreter’s Role

  • Produce creative interpretation to ‘tell the story’ of Congleton’s Town Hall
  • Involve members of the community, particularly young people and elders in consultation and development of the interpretation
  • Liaise with Museum staff and the Cheshire Archives and Record service to gain insights into the history and heritage of the building to incorporate into the interpretation.
  • Produce interpretation which is in keeping with the historic nature of the building by using materials which are sympathetic.

A total fee of £8,000 is available, to include fees, travel and materials.

Deadline for receipt of proposals is 28th January 2011.

Interviews and public exhibition will take place week commencing 21st February.

For a copy of the full brief, please contact:

Helen Paton - Arts, Heritage and Museums Manager on 01270 686089 email or Jocelyn McMillan - Senior Arts Officer, on 01270 686090 email