March meeting

Many of the joys at Chadkirk come with watching the seasons unfold.
And many of the rewards of being a Friend of Chadkirk are in knowing you’ve done something to allow people to enjoy so much more here, throughout the year.

For gardening volunteers, there’s the joy of the gardening and then the satisfaction of contributing to this unique location’s special attractions. But also there’s the awareness that the garden brings joy to so many of the visitors. For others, they make an invaluable contribution when it comes to organising and taking part in the events we plan. The calendar of events at Chadkirk, in their way, celebrate the passing seasons too.

Our March meeting is the AGM. While it is a business like meeting, it is also cheery (this time there was chocolate cake too!) and it gives us a chance to see all that there is to celebrate at Chadkirk.

We started by thanking all those who had enjoyed some shelter from the weather a week ago. On the first day of spring (meteorologically speaking!), our St Chad’s Day celebration involved sharing cream scones in the chapel. Delicious and convivial. And another £50 raised towards the upkeep of Chadkirk. These funds will contribute to maintaining our gardens and enhancing the environment, as well as offering social events for visitors and the local community.

On Saturday 7th March, an improvement in the weather and a chance for our team of gardening volunteers to continue preparing the Walled Garden for a spring and summer of growth. The third Thursday of the month – on 19th March- volunteers will be continuing this work.

Other activities were discussed at the AGM as we considered the organisation of our Easter Egg Hunt and thought ahead to Well Dressing for the festival.

Friends of Chadkirk also have the opportunity to get involved in active conservation work. In May and July, there’s the possibility for Friends to learn more about our meadowlands here at Chadkirk. As part of the Coronation Meadows project, volunteers will be learning to identify plant species so that they can collect seeds and grow new plants. This will enable the benefits of the rich biodiversity of Chadkirk’s Coronation Meadow to be shared with other sites in the area.

Being able to make a difference at a local level, and knowing that others get pleasure from what you do, is deeply satisfying. It might not be the reason I signed up and joined the Friends group, yet it is a very real – if unforeseen- benefit.

Friends of Chadkirk

The Friends of Chadkirk are volunteers who freely give their time, energy and skills to maintain and protect Chadkirk Country Park and Estate. While recognising this valuable and unique environment, we look to do what we can, where we can, to allow this vibrant, yet tranquil, haven to flourish. Throughout the year, Friends will be involved in a range of activities supporting and enabling others to visit and enjoy this special place.

Each year, thousands of visitors come to Chadkirk for a solitary stroll, to walk their dogs, to gather with friends and family in the walled garden and to linger for a coffee or ice cream in Chadkirk Chapel. While all of the visitors appreciate the beauty of the landscape and buildings here, many are unaware that much of the work is done by this small group of volunteers.It is this group that works in the Walled Garden, organises and supports many of the events and raises money to nourish, nurture and enhance the assets of Chadkirk.

This year, as in previous years there are things to enjoy throughout the year. Events organised and supported by the Friends of Chadkirk are listed below.

Chadkirk: The Walled Garden in February

Chadkirk: The Walled Garden in February

On Saturday 7th February, a hardy group of Friends will be along at the Walled Garden. These volunteers will be tidying up some of last year’s growth and preparing the garden for the year ahead.The delights of this garden are, in no small measure, a result of the cheerful contribution they make on the team gardening days. Gardening volunteers will be in the garden between 2 and 4pm. Chadkirk Chapel will be open during this time and refreshments are available for visitors in the Chapel.

2015

The Friends of Chadkirk are volunteers who freely give their time, energy and skills to maintain and protect Chadkirk Country Park and Estate. While recognising this valuable and unique environment, we look to do what we can, where we can, to allow this vibrant, yet tranquil, haven to flourish. Throughout the year, Friends will be involved in a range of activities supporting and enabling others to visit and enjoy this special place.

Each year, thousands of visitors come to Chadkirk for a solitary stroll, to walk their dogs, to gather with friends and family in the walled garden and to linger for a coffee or ice cream in Chadkirk Chapel. While all of the visitors appreciate the beauty of the landscape and buildings here, many are unaware that much of the work is done by this small group of volunteers.It is this group that works in the Walled Garden, organises and supports many of the events and raises money to nourish, nurture and enhance the assets of Chadkirk.

This year, as in previous years there are things to enjoy throughout the year. Events organised and supported by the Friends of Chadkirk are listed below.

2015 Calendar of events

Team Gardening in the Walled Garden takes place on the first Saturday and third Thursday of each month.

The Friends meet each month on the first Thursday of the month.

Gardening Time for volunteers:
First Saturday (2-4pm) and third Thursday (10.30am-12.30) of every month.

Meetings:
Friends of Chadkirk meet every month on 1st Thursday of the month.
Business meetings alternate with a varied mix of social meetings.

Sunday 1st March St Chad’s Day Service in the Chapel

Sunday 5th April Easter Sunday Service in Chadkirk Chapel 3pm

Monday 6th April Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday 13th or 20th June Plant Sale in the gardens 2.30-4pm TBC

Tuesday 21st July Team begin Well Dressing for Festival TBC

Sunday 26th July Chadkirk Festival

Saturday 12 or 19 September Bat and Bird Box Building in Chapel

Friday 23 October Harvest Supper in Chapel TBC

Sunday 25 October Harvest Service in Chadkirk Chapel

Sunday 6 December Carol Services at 3pm and 4-30pm in Chadkirk Chapel

Mapping the new…

Let’s celebrate the start of 2015 with a map.
A new map. A map available to all (all on-line anyway).
A map of Stockport which begins where you are.
You might try this link: http://maps.stockport.gov.uk/myhouse.aspx

You can key in a postcode, your home or a Chadkirk postcode,
or somewhere like Healdwood in Romiley, another little jewel enjoyed by local folk.

Then click on my maps

On the left is an alphabetical list of things which can be added to the map. Scroll down for transport (it’s 15th on list) and check the box. This will then add information to your map. Rights of way are shown…these are shown with a red broken line.

I have found that the map seems most useful when the scale marker has the bar in the middle of the scale.

It is unclear whether these lines are footpaths/bridleways. Or if these lines refer to current/pending/aspirations.

To know that, you need to go to Fred Perry House to view the Definitive Map.

Happy New Year

2015 and a chance to celebrate and look forward to all that this year might bring.

Friends of Chadkirk start the year with the first meeting on Thursday 8th January at 7-30 pm in the Chapel.

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