This weekend …

Spring has sprung and the Friends have been at work in the Walled Garden. Come rain or shine there’s work to be done. Although this afternoon there were grey skies and some occasional drizzle, a small group of gardeners cleared weeds, lifted plants and prepared flower beds for the spring and summer of growth ahead.

With a spring in their step,  Friends of Chadkirk tidy up the garden and prepare the Walled Garden for future growth.

With a spring in their step, Friends of Chadkirk tidy up the garden and prepare the Walled Garden for future growth.

Volunteer weeding one of the beds in the Walled Garden.

Volunteer weeding one of the beds in the Walled Garden.

This bed has been cleared and dug over. Poppy seeds will be planted to flower during the summer.

This bed has been cleared and dug over. Poppy seeds will be planted to flower during the summer.

The Chapel was open for visitors to enjoy refreshments.
And Mary was offering chicks for sale to raise money.
Funds raised support this delightful local space.

Chicks in the Chapel (knitted ones - for sale)

Chicks in the Chapel
(knitted ones – for sale)

Sorry! I think my snapping nearly put this visitor to Chadkirk Chapel off his flapjack!

Sorry! I think my snapping nearly put this visitor to Chadkirk Chapel off his flapjack!

Commemorating the fallen.

At the 2014 Chadkirk Festival there will be a stall and the unveiling of a walk around Chadkirk, Romiley and Bredbury which commemorates the fallen of World War I.

If you have a relative who died in WWI we’d like to hear from you.
Is their name on the War Memorial in Romiley or Bredbury?
Would you like to be involved in Romiley Remembers ?

A local history group is currently researching the people of Romiley who were affected during WWI and planning a walk around the area which passes the homes and places of significance in the lives of the fallen and their friends and families. Romiley Remembers.

Fruit Tree SOS

Save our fruit trees…

It’s been a few years since our fruit trees were pruned. They are not getting any younger and if we want to keep them healthy and keep them cropping, they need someone with experience and skill who can do this job.

While the Friends of Chadkirk do other gardening jobs, this is one for the experts. However, money raised by the Friends of Chadkirk means that we can pay a professional.

Do you know any one who has expertise in this area?
Would you recommend them to us?
Could you let us have their name and contact details?

Please get in touch through the blog or phone 07552 460 016.
Thank you.

Spring and Summer at Chadkirk: some dates for your diary

At last night’s AGM more details unfolded about the months ahead and some of the activities planned for spring and summer.

In March there’s a chance for gardeners to come along and do a little in the Walled Garden and around the Chapel. At this time of year a small amount of work makes a big difference to the way the garden looks. It sets the scene for the garden to flourish as the seasons progress. There are a range of jobs suitable for a range of fitness levels. A pleasant way to spend a few hours in the open air, in a beautiful space. Interested? Join us on Thursday 20th March 10-12 in the Walled Garden.

Monday morning Tai Chi in the Chapel will continue throughout March.

In April, there will be another opportunity to garden in the Walled Garden on Saturday 5th April 2-4pm and Thursday morning 24th April.

Easter Sunday falls on 20th April and you are invited to join us for an Easter Service in Chadkirk Chapel led by Andy Bull of St. Mark’s.

On Easter Monday there will be outdoor fun and games for the family. Youngsters and their carers can enjoy a game of Scrambled Eggs in and around the Chapel and Walled Gardens. While entry is 50p, there’s an easter treat for all at the end.

20th and 21st April all welcome. No booking required.

The pattern of garden days continues throughout the spring and summer – the afternoon of the first Saturday of the month and the morning of the third Thursday in each month. Volunteers who garden here make a real difference. It is a delight to see the beauty of the garden unfold, to get the satisfaction of doing a little something to enable this to happen and to see the pleasure that visitors get from this unique space.

volunteers clear the way for future growth Photo: Artemisia

volunteers clear the way for future growth
Photo: Artemisia

For those who like to plan ahead:

Saturday 21st June Plant Sale and Seedling Swop
Sunday 27th July Chadkirk Festival

Thursday 6th March AGM

Friends meet this week, on Thursday in the Chapel at Chadkirk for the AGM. The meeting starts at 7.30pm.
All welcome.

February meeting for Friends of Chadkirk

In January we had the first business meeting of 2014.
Each agenda item ticked off. Perhaps of most interest, we were all pleased to learn that Stockport MBC had made a decision to run the Chadkirk Festival in it’s usual slot…the last Sunday in July. Other diary dates are to be firmed up and published here shortly.

On Thursday 6th February it is the first social meeting of the year. There will be a pot-luck supper in Chadkirk Chapel.
A chance to meet and chat.
New members welcome.
The meeting starts as 7.30pm.

In March at the AGM we will discuss new roles.
The role of Chair has expanded and we are looking to share out some of the activities. There’ll be a discussion about the options here at the February meeting.

2013 in review

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