Wednesday, 30 March 2011

From a different angle

The MACC / LEEDS Trans-Pennine Art Expedition 
aims to test and celebrate the collective co-operation and creative dexterity of selected artists originating/operating from Macclesfield.
Interesting work, in a great space, the Grade I listed building site TempleWorks.
 From 1 April Marshall St, Holbeck, Leeds 
Check out the facebook group or twitter for links to artists
@rasharples @templeworks #transpennineexpedition
Turn that pencil to pen & get along if you can make it ....
If not, in the spirit of co-operation, pass on to someone who might!
 Image Ralph McGaul

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Cinema :Cinemac

In the 'town with no cinema', now showing at Cinemac...

Tues 29: The Eagle (12A) 5.15, 8.00
Weds 30: Black Swan (15) 1.30, 8.00
Weds 30: The Eagle (12A) 5.15
Thurs 31: The Eagle (12A) 5.15, 8.00
Fri 1: Hop (U) 5.30, 8.00
Sat 2: cinema closed
Sun 3: Hop (U) 3.00, 5.30, 8.00
Mon 4: Hop (U) 5.30, 8.00
Tues 5: Hop (U) 5.30, 8.00

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

Monday, 28 March 2011

Wicked, Wild and Wordy

Come and join the Janes for a long overdue Loop Social...

Thursday 31 March, 9pm
Baths Hotel, Green Street

Jo Bell, John Lindley and Jane Birch dazzle you with wordiness and Helen Walford sings with Sam's Kitchen, all with that Loop extra social something.
You can't book, so first in best sofa, last in, out in the street...


The team behind The Vagina Monologues Macclesfield invite you to a relaxed evening celebrating femininit:y:Tales of bold acts by brave women are the order of the night - A variety of readings and stories about famous women, not-so-famous women, women from your own lives - Plus live music to boot!

Go along and share your own stories of courageous women you know or just enjoy the evenings entertainment with some friends.
7pm Tuesday 29 March  Townhouse  King Edward Street.
Entry is £4, which will go to the Cheshire and Merseyside Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Something for the weekend?

It can't just be  us that finds the warm sun on our skin and the brighter light so seductive? It just makes you want to get out there and play! Good job  there is loads to do this weekend...
Roll your sleeves up on Saturday morning with Seed planting for beginners organised by Food4Macc at  10.30 Capesthorne Hall.
Then head to The whitegallery in Bollington to see their new show  of work by Emily Mugridge (see interview loop 19 and above).There is jazz from  Gentleman Jim McIntosh & the Jazzaholics at Bollington Art centre on Saturday night or if you prefer Macc Music Society present the Songmen (in the style of the Kings singers) at the Heritage Centre.
For Sundays Musical fix their is the popular Macc Sabbath at Ronnies Bar. Oh yes and fill your basket at Treacle Market on Sunday too.

Macc Music Soc. The Songmen.Sat 26 March 7.30pm £12 ( fulltime students free) Heritage Centre
Seed planting Sat 26 March
Emily Mugridge: Thewhitegallery 13 Wellington rd, Bollington
01625 260016
Ronnies bar
Bollington Art Centre see link.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Treacle time

 Its the wonderful bustling Treacle Market in Macclesfield this weekend, and fingers crossed for sunshine!.Catch live music from 11am with  Trad jazz from Annies Saints and Sinners. Phil Maddocks from 12.30 and Irish acoustic with flute,  bouzouki and a bodhran at 2.30pm. All the usual gorgeous food and drink and Vintage, books and excellent interesting crafts too on the cobbles in the Market Place and Chestergate.

Go along and say hello to the Barnaby Festival team and find out how you can get involved.

Also Jean Westbrook ( who may not be wearing the giant cardigan) will be up to arty things that you can join in.

Treacle Market Sun 27 March 10am-3.30pm Market Place, Macc
Check out Find it on facebook or calll 07981128454 for enquiries.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Up in Arms

 Rosie Doonan is appearing tonight with her new trio (Gary Stewart-guitar, vocals and Sam Lawrence-guitar, vocals, mandolin and accordion) . Ever present is her beautiful voice and a clutch of catchy tunes from her third cd 'Pot of Gold'. An extended support slot comes from ex-Snapdragon Katriona Gilmore and Kerfuffle's Jamie Roberts fresh from a 30-odd date tour supporting Fairport Convention. Kat and Jamie are themselves promoting their new cd 'Up From The Deep'

Wed 23 March The Biddulph Arms 8pm £12

The Show Of Hands gig is now sold out so please check for returns with the Clonter Box Office on 01260-224514.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011


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

All tickets on Sundays & Mondays: 3.20

Weds 23 Mar: The Girl who Kicked the Hornet''s Nest (15) ( above) 1.30, 7.30
Weds 23 Mar: West is West (15) 5.00
Thurs 24 Mar: West is West (15) 5.30, 8.00
Fri 25 Mar: The Eagle (12A) 5.15, 8.00
Sat 26: cinema closed
Sun 27: Yogi Bear (U) 3.00
Sun 27: The Eagle (12A) 5.15, 8.00
Mon 28: The Eagle (12A) 5.15, 8.00
Tues 29: The Eagle (12A) 5.15, 8.00
Weds 30: Black Swan (15) 1.30, 8.00
Weds 30: The Eagle (12A) 5.15
Thurs 31: The Eagle (12A) 5.15, 8.00

Coming Soon:  Hop  .  Rio  .  Arthur

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Samba anyone?

A brilliant way to show off and flag up your workplace or community group whilst swaying to the sounds of samba or brass band!

But make the decision quick, to join in the BARNABY PARADE 18th June 2011 - If you think that your group will be taking part and you haven't let them know, please send Louise a very brief email or quick text with Group Name, approx numbers and era ( if you have decided). That will be enough for now! 

For cheap costume ideas, come to John's "How To' evening this Thursday 17th, King Edward St Chapel, 7.45pm. 
Louise Lewis
07503 184953

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Biddulph Up in Arms:

Returns to action this Wednesday night (Mar 16) when Gren Bartley makes his first visit to Biddulph. Described as a ''phenomenal guitarist and singer'' Gren's music mixes folk, blues, country....pretty much anything that comes under the folk umbrella. Hence his playing is often compared to Nic Jones, Kelly Joe Phelps and particularly Richard Thompson with whom her shares a stylistic similarity. He appeared at last year's Shrewsbury Folk festival..

 Support comes from Canadian Chuck Micallef .

 Weds Mar 16 @ The Biddulph Arms  8pm  Admission £10  Tel 01782-514896
the loop is not a particularly sporty creature, but is always keen to prod you off the sofa, away from cash heavy tv sport and get you to engage with the  'theatre of the pitch' and support local clubs.So...
Macclesfield Get Set to Give Jets the Blues

 Macclesfield Rugby Club is giving fans the chance to experience Premiership level rugby at Division 1 prices when The Blues take on local rivals Sale Jets in the Cheshire Cup semi final on Friday 18th March at Priory Park, Macclesfield.

Kicking off at 7:30pm, tickets for the game will cost just £5 for adults and concessions, with children under 18 entering free of charge. Fans attending the game will be given the chance to enjoy the club's famous Pre-match Curry Banquet which, at just £10 per head, offers beef madras, chicken tikka masala, bombay potatoes, pilau rice, naan bread and onion bhajis – available from 6pm until kick off.

Prior to the game and during halftime, the crowd will be entertained by the Cosmic Allstars Cheer Team, while Macclesfield's Silk 106.9 FM will broadcast live from the game across the region.

Cheshire Cup Semi Final - Macclesfield Blues V Sale Jets - Fri18 March  7:30pm, Priory Park, Macclesfield
Adults and concessions £5, children under 18 free
Pre-match curry banquet - £10 per head
Macclesfield RUFC  01625 827899 or email

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Something for the weekend?

No time for a weekend round up. Too busy manically finishing loop issue 19 so we can send it to you , If we can get the hang of that bulk mail sending thingy. With our techno skills, not all rosy at loop Towers. Hopefully be in your in box soon.....

But in the meantime you might like to get along to this:

The Creative Space Studio - Launch Day
Silk FM provide a live link at studio's opening day. Courses booked on the day 25% discount & chance to win 2 free places on course of choice (via Silk FM). Also, contribute to 2'x4' mosaic to be donated to a local charity.
Sat 12 Mar 1-4pm Free
Third Floor, Adelphi Mill, Grimshaw Lane, Bollington
01625 261273 or 07774 920292
0800 6349812

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

A word or two from Poet John Lindley

'The next Poems & Pints at the Beartown Tap in Congleton is Thursday 10th March . It would be great to see you there.
The attendance has gone through the roof (well, out of the door and on to the landing) for these nights recently so please try to get there in good time, if you can, to ensure that you get a seat (and, if it's anything like last time, that you get in!).
All the best

Monday, 7 March 2011

Friends of Macc Silk Heritage

Curiosities of Greater Manchester
Timperley photographer Keith Warrender unlocks secrets of region’s gems and customs
Wed 9 Mar
7.30pm £4/£3
Heritage Centre, Roe St
01625 613210 

Saturday, 5 March 2011

And more for the weekend....

There is more music at the Swan with two necks on Chestergate on Saturday night with the Ignored, Leagues Apart and The Shuffle.

Also on Saturday night the Town House on King Edward Street are hosting Dave Greenald - Talented singer/writer/performer - ( for a preview.

And on Sunday,  The Treacle Tap will be home to Glasgow band 'French Wives' at 7pm, and . The French Wives are a Glasgow based band that make colourful, interesting indie‐pop.   The band toured extensively around the UK last year, taking in raucous festival appearances that included a headline set on the acclaimed T Break Stage at T in the Park.  Check out their myspace.....

Friday, 4 March 2011

Something for the Weekend?

Charles Eades 16 year old son of Macclesfield and Tytherington High School pupil, will be signing his magical, debut novel Son of the Lamp at Waterstone's Macc on Saturday 5 March between 10am and 2pm.
For further details call: 0843 290 8475

While we're talking books, The Treacle Tap celebrates World Book Night on Sat evening with local bookworms giving away free books, and on Sunday Glasgow band French Wives will be playing live!

Alternatively on Sat do your bit to tidy up the town and help litter pick to Make Macc Magnificent... for details contact Julia on 01625 616007

Or, head to the Bollington Arts Centre to see and hear The Expatrio Trio (flute, cello and piano) play works of Mendelssohn and Francaix from 9pm. 01625 560355 or 575287


Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Spiralling Into Mystery and History

Special Loop Social Event following (Nov & Feb) sold out shows...
Historian talk by Matthew Hyde and haunted short story reading of Ghost, by Jane Birch; both set in the atmospheric Savage Chapel. Followed by a tour of the Savage Tower by candlelight (for those brave enough to turn the spiral) and a glass of wine (Free event but donantions to East Cheshire Hospice)

Tuesday 8 March at 7.30pm in the Savage Chapel, St Michaels Church, Market Place, Macc.
Places are limited so booking essential and soon: 01625 421984

World Book Day

There's big book fun to be had at Waterstone's, tomorrow too. Dr Seuss will be on the loose! Come in and join our 'One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish' hunt. There will be prizes for all who take part. Thursday 3 March from 10am - 4pm. You can also exchange your £1 World Book Voucher for one of the special World Book Day titles. Macclesfield branch, 47 Mill Street.

World Book Day

 Pop into  Macc library and help them to celebrate books and reading. They  will be reading aloud some of the winning entries in the Flashback Fiction writing competition. The competition was organised as part of the Pages Ago promotion in libraries across the North West. Our regional winner, Sally Lowden, will be here to read her winning entry, 'Silktown Story'
This is a free drop in event, so no need to book - just go, listen and enjoy!

World Book Day, Thursday 3rd March at 2pm
Macclesfield Library, Jordangate 

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Jobs Alert

Public Artist 

Cheshire East Council’s Arts, Heritage and Museums department in partnership with Brereton Parish Community Interest Group seek to commission a public artist with a specialism in wood to create a high quality permanent piece of art as a gateway to the Brereton Community Space development.

The concept of a ‘Totem Pole’ has been agreed, the purpose of which is to provide a unique piece of art bespoke to the local community, the service users of the Community Space and the heritage of the surrounding area.
The successful commissioned artist will work with the local community including schools and identified community groups in a series of workshops to create the designs for the ‘Totem Pole’ which will then be interpreted by the artist. The project will run between April - September 2011.  For a full brief please contact

Closes Friday 11 March