Monthly Archives: July 2012

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.

Chi flows through Chadkirk

Earlier today in warm sunshine…the baton, the chi and the cheerful folk of Chadkirk flowed through lane and lawn, garden and woods

Then the equestrians carried the baton onwards….

The baton moves on…and after the fun…tea and cakes back at the chapel…

Thanks to Colin for these photographs.

Bombus who?

Curious to learn more about the bumble bees sighted in the walled garden,
I emailed Dawn Ewing at the BBCT. I wanted an expert opinion about the identity of the bees in the photos. And to see if I could join volunteers to learn more about Bumble Bees on a one day workshop. Below the photo is her reply (included here with her permission).

Thank you for your email and for posting about bumblebees on your blog. I would agree with Barbara that it was most likely the Red-tailed bumblebee that you spotted. If you want to check any future images then please try uploading your bumblebee photos to our BeeWatch survey –

Your community sounds like it is doing some great things for wildlife and I hope that we can furnish you with the skills and enthusiasm to further promote the humble bumblebee at our training day in Liverpool.

I look forward to meeting you then.

The Bumble Bee Conservation Trust is holding a series of day events.
I’ve already booked my place but there are places left.
It isn’t too late to apply.

Training dates and locations:

21 July RSPB Headquarters, Sandy, Befordshire
22 July RSPB Newport Wetlands reserve, Newport
28 July National Wildflower Centre, Liverpool
29 July Wolseley Centre, Stafford
5 August University of Stirling, Stirling
11 August WWT Washington, Newcastle upon Tyne

If you would like to join us at one of the workshops, please email and include the date and location of your preferred event in the subject line of the email,
e.g. “Training day registration – Newport – 22 July”.


If you are unable to join in an event there, then it’s worth a look at their website.
The photos of the bees are stunning.

Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Chadkirk Festival 2012 Sunday 29 July

On Thursday 5th July between 7-9pm there will be a meeting for people interested in the 2012 Chadkirk Festival. All are welcome.

With a month to go, planning is in full swing.
Stall holders and other participants have made their applications.
Representatives of Stockport MBC are sorting out parking, access and many of the practical issues that allow the Chadkirk Festival to be such a relaxing event.
At the meeting on 5 July other aspects of the days celebrations will be discussed.

Scones are a high priority. There’s baking to be done to ensure a supply of freshly baked scones to enjoy with jam and cream. The Friends of Chadkirk keep this flow going. It’s great fun on the day to be doling out delight on a plate. Extra hands are welcome.

The Friends of Chadkirk team also have a plant stall at the Festival.
Money raised from the sale goes to help maintain the gardens.

On Thursday the day’s festivities will be discussed; jobs big and small will be divided up and shared out.

2012 Chadkirk Olympic Baton Pass

Missed out on the torch relay passing through Stockport?
No tickets for Olympic events?
Want to feel part of what’s going on?

Why not join in the baton pass?
Something for everyone.
A bit of fun.
Anyone with a half hour to spare can take part.
No expensive tickets. No years of arduous training.
No worries about winning or losing.
Just be there. Just join in. Just enjoy.
Carry a small memory of 2012 with you.
2012 Chadkirk Olypmic Baton Pass.

To take part, stroll along to Chadkirk and join in.
Be at the Farmhouse at 1.15 pm.
Saturday 7th July

There will be a rolling line of local folk as the baton moves from the farm house down the lane, through the garden, to the woodland. Once through the woodland, the baton will be passed on to a group of equestrians at the (old) footbridge over the Goyt, down Mill Lane.

The line up will be led by the members of the Chadkirk T’ai Chi group. Balancing their Yin-yang and allowing their Chi to flow. Passing the baton. And laughing. (That’s just a guess..but I’ve seen the T’ai Chi group; they laugh a lot)

Friends of Stockport Green Space Forum are linking up all parts of Stockport on Saturday 7 July.

Stockport Greenspace Forum – Stockports Parks and Green Spaces.

Due to the baton passing, the gardening team will not be in the walled garden on Saturday 7th. However they will meet as usual on Thursday 19th between 10 pm and midday.