Chadkirk Festival 2012

Rarely has the prospect of a move in the Jet Stream been so widely reported or so eagerly anticipated. After the wettest June on record, July has continued the trend. Now, they say, that is about to change. The Jet Stream is shifting, warmer and drier weather is on the way. Headline news: it might feel like summer.

Throughout the country hopes are raised that outdoor festivities can be enjoyed in the sun. Frankly, while we’d all like some blue skies, most of us would be relieved if it just stopped raining. For the Chadkirk Festival, there’s the hope that the better weather will help to dry out the field ready for visitor parking. And on the day, weather like last year would see us all smiling in the sunshine.

This year it’s a one day celebration. On Sunday between 12.00 and 5pm there will be many of the activities that have drawn people back year after year. However, in addition to The Blessing of St Chad’s Well (12 midday) and activities such as Willow Weaving Workshops (in the walled garden throughout the day), for this year the Olympic theme means that there will be Fencing Demonstrations and and a Martial Arts Display. Lovers of wildlife will be able to enjoy the return of the Birds of Prey and animals from the Donkey Sanctuary.

Music will be provided by Stockport Silver Band. In contrast, there will be a continental flavour when Opanka entertain visitors in traditional Romanian costumes and perform Romanian folk dances. Both the Stockport Silver Band and Opanka will perform two or three sets throughout the afternoon. Not to be missed!

Puppet show and face painting, handbell ringing, a plant sale and a deli…there’s something for everyone.

And for people looking to learn more about what’s going on locally, look out for information about Stockport’s lottery bid, Mellor Trust and Connect2. Which reminds me…that bridge we’ve all been watching …the opening ceremony will take place on festival day. Rumour has it the ceremony will be at 2pm. For confirmation…watch this space.

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