Yes. Despite the wintry weather, our spring programme of activities at Chadkirk has begun.
While the blizzards fresh from the Baltic kept some people at home, as soon as the weather eased just enough for local folk to get out and about, a walk to Chadkirk Chapel allowed people to experience just the right balance of bracing and comfort.
Strolling through sub-zero temperatures took care of the bracing part. In Chadkirk Chapel, Friends of Chadkirk took care of the comfort. Hot drinks were available, but it was the extra treat of tray bakes that seemed to nourish and keep the chill at bay. As people enjoyed the cakes, they were entertained by our annual showing of the story of St. Chad. Over the hours when the chapel was open, there were 3 showings of the film and our cakes were sold out by the end of the afternoon.
Cakes sales raised £120. And just in case you need to feel that the cakes were more than a foodie treat, by eating the cakes you were supporting the upkeep of Chadkirk. The money raised goes into the funds which the Friends of Chadkirk use to maintain and enhance Chadkirk Chapel, the Walled Garden and the footpaths (among other things). A bracing walk, a comforting cake and supporting a much loved part of our local landscape. An afternoon well spent.
Future opportunities to take part in events at Chadkirk this spring are planned for the Easter weekend.
1st April Easter Service
Easter Monday: Easter Egg Hunt (open to under 10 yrs)
The next Friends of Chadkirk meeting is Thursday 10th May at 1pm in Chadkirk Chapel.
Looking to get out and about now that the weather has eased and the roads are clear? A stroll around Chadkirk and a visit to the Chapel might be just the thing. A short walk in the bracing Baltic conditions and then a hot drink and a slice of cake in the shelter of Chadkirk Chapel. Just the right balance of fresh air and convivial comforts.
We are hosting our annual St Chad’s Day event. There’s a presentation DVD on the life of St Chad.
The presentation starts at 2pm. Tray bakes for sale. Drinks from the kiosk.
Vale Road has been cleared of snow. From the car park, it’s a short walk to the Walled Garden and Chadkirk Chapel.
Stockport Council would like to make more of the beautiful chapel and surroundings by using it as a venue for civil wedding ceremonies.
Their events team held a meeting with the Friends of Chadkirk to discuss their plans. We were advised that there might be up to 12 weddings a year. On those days the chapel would be closed to the general public. For the rest of the year it would be business as usual, with members of public able to enjoy the gardens and with Chadkirk Chapel open to visitors at weekends on days when there are no weddings booked.
Weddings are usually planned months in advance so there will be plenty of notice of any closure.
Regular events at Chadkirk, especially the well dressing, will not be affected and will take place as usual.
The Friends of Chadkirk and representatives from the events team were present at the Werneth Area Committee meeting on Monday 29th January and spoke in favour of the proposal.
The Chadkirk wedding brochure can be accessed via this link: http://www.stockportevents.co.uk/weddings-at-chadkirk-chapel/
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.
Our first meeting of 2018 will be in the Chapel at Chadkirk at 1pm on Thursday 11th September. All welcome.
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 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