Some dates for 2018

St. Chad’s Day 4th March
Easter Sunday Service 1st April
Easter Monday Egg Hunt 2nd April
Plant Sale 2nd or 9th June
Well Dressing starts 24th July
Well Dressing Event 28th July

Please note: Friends of Chadkirk meeting in January on second Thursday of month between 1 and 3pm in Chadkirk Chapel.


2018 begins…

Our first meeting of 2018 will be in the Chapel at Chadkirk at 1pm on Thursday 11th September. All welcome.

Second Thursday of the month at 1pm

Meetings of the Friends of Chadkirk

We have decided to meet in the afternoon on the second Thursday of the month.
If this is a better time for Friends, then this would become the new normal. There will be a discussion of this at the AGM.

Our usual pattern has been to alternate business meetings with social meetings.

In December we meet for the Carol Services.

Our first meeting in 2018 will be at 1pm on Thursday 11th January.
Social meeting in February.

AGM on Thursday 8th March at 1pm

Meetings will take place in the Chapel at Chadkirk.
New members are very welcome. Please join us.

Looking ahead…

Looking ahead at Chadkirk:

Carol Services in December – all tickets are now taken.

Diary date for January: Our next monthly meeting will take place on
Thursday 11th January 2018 at 1pm.

We are looking at finding an alternative time for meetings. In the past, the group have met in the evening. We hope that more ‘Friends’ will be able to come along to the meetings in the afternoon. However we will be discussing future meetings times at the March AGM, so please come along and have your say.

The January meeting of the Friends of Chadkirk will take place in Chadkirk Chapel.

The AGM will be on Thursday 8th March at 1pm

Harvest time

Nights are drawing in and it’s time to celebrate the changing of the seasons.
Down at Chadkirk we do that by opening the Chapel on a Friday evening and inviting folk to come along and join us for food and fun.

The food is our traditional offer of HotPot Supper.
Delicious HotPot and freshly baked Apple Pie.

The fun is provided by your companions and their/yours/our quick wit/surreal statements/daft ideas in responding to some silly questions about random aspects of life. Sit round a table, eat, drink and enjoy. All in a historical building that is part of our heritage from centuries past. Enjoying the here and now.
Food and fun. Community and conviviality. Ancient and modern. Laughter and Apple Pie.

Harvest Supper and Quiz
Friday 20th October
Tickets are £6
starts at 7.30pm. 

Tea and coffee available
and/or bring a bottle (no corkage fee!)

Harvest Supper on Friday 20th October

on Sunday another possibility:
Harvest Festival on Sunday 22nd October
Sing, pray, give thanks.

A note from Howard:

Tickets for the Harvest Supper (price £6) are available from the Tourist Information Centre, 30-31, The Market Place, Stockport,  SK1 1ES, 0161-474 4444.

Tickets for the Carol Services are to be had of Eventbrite

Tickets for the Carol Services are free of charge.
If, though, anyone wishing to attend one of the services would struggle to book on line, our colleagues at the Tourist Information Centre would be happy to assist in person.

What’s happening at Chadkirk this weekend?

Bird and Bat Box Making

Saturday 9th September
1-30 pm until 4pm
Price: £6 per box

All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Please bring your own hammer.
Other materials provided by members of the team.
It’s a drop in activity, so no booking required.

B+B at Chadkirk 9th September

That’s B+B for bats and birds.
Here’s your chance to build new homes for wildlife. This weekend. On 9th September

Stage 1: Pick up the flatpack

Stage2: The finished product

Friends will be there to help as you build your own box (or boxes).
The design for bat boxes is slightly different from those for birds. Often visitors like to make one for bats and one for birds.

A bird box is completed by a proud young craftsman:

This visitor is keen to add a home for bats and birds, making two boxes during the afternoon, ably assisted by the Senior Warden.

A bat box made by a father and daughter team out in the sunshine by the Chapel:

The bird boxes have small round entrance holes and the most likely occupants will be blue tits. During the winter family groups, perhaps with as many as 20 birds, gather together in the boxes to keep warm. This will help more of them survive the cold. In the spring most of these survivors will find a new place to nest. But if the owners of the new bird boxes are lucky, a pair will breed and bring up their brood in the box.

In comparison, bat boxes are of slightly different design. The bats land on the underside and then walk into the box through a gap. Bats make use of the box at different times of the year. Although any bats looking for a roost in the autumn may use the box now, it is more likely that they will wait until the spring. During the winter bats need more shelter and would look for some where offering more protection from the lowest temperatures – perhaps in a barn or a cave.

For visitors building a brand new bat box, it might be the spring time before bats move in. Then female bats will be looking for a roost to give birth to their young, usually one offspring to each female. All bats are protected species, so once there is evidence that a bat is using the box, it cannot be opened and the bats cannot be disturbed. This may help offset all the roosts that have been lost as people reduce habitats and roosts.

We look forward to hearing about any future inhabitants of the new boxes. Even better, perhaps, photos to share on the blog.