Monthly Archives: February 2013

Proud of Stockport

Proud of Stockport

The 2013 Awards have been announced and celebrated.

Two of the awards went to people or organisations with close local links.

Remember the opening of Chadkirk Bridge?
Stockport’s first Olympic medallist, Alan Newton, was a special guest.
Here’s a link to a short video about his achievements:

Congratulations also go to The Life Centre, Romiley.

Looking forward

At the end of March the post of Senior Ranger disappears. This week the interviews take place for two new posts. The two Senior Rangers at Etherow and the resident Senior Ranger at Chadkirk will be interviewed. By the end of the week we will know a little more about how the future might unfold at Chadkirk.

If the current Resident Senior Ranger is appointed to one of the posts then he will be able to continue to live in his current home. In that circumstance, under the current proposals he would have some responsibility for managing Chadkirk in one of those posts and not in the other. I’ll post an update as soon as I receive information about the appointment process.

2012 saw some uncertainty about the future of the Chadkirk Festival. The Friends of Chadkirk waited until May for confirmation that it would go ahead, albeit in a reduced form. There was uncertainty too about how much the reduction from a full weekend to a one day event might affect visitor attractions. And yet…in the event it was a grand day out.

Now we are looking forward to a similar success this summer. Pat has received confirmation that Chadkirk Festival 2013 had been given the green light. It will take place on the last Sunday of July.

For those who don’t want to wait for 5 months, there’s the chance to take part in the celebrations of St. Chad’s Day on Sunday 3rd March in Chadkirk Chapel. At 2pm there’ll be an audio-visual presentation – a dramatic re-enactment of key parts of his life. For those who prefer more worldly pleasures, there’ll be jam and cream scones. The presentation is free, the jam and cream scones are £1. Plus there’ll be the usual offer of tea and coffee at the kiosk in Chadkirk Chapel.

Whatever the weather, there are treats to be enjoyed.

Despite the snow…

despite the gently falling snow…

and the grey skies,
there’s a quiet pleasure in the walled garden at times like these.

Chadkirk Walled Garden 13 February 2013     Photo: Artemisia

Chadkirk: The walled garden in winter            Photo: Artemosia

In the walled garden: radiant colours on a grey day.

In the walled garden: radiant colours on a grey day.

Chadkirk Walled Garden - Narcissus in bloom February 2013

Chadkirk Walled Garden – Narcissus in bloom February 2013

Chadkirk: Chapel and Walled Garden in winter       Photo: Artemisia