Monthly Archives: August 2017

Homes for wildlife

Make something new.
Provide a home for wildlife.
Have fun!

Bats and birds need places to nest and roost.
And you can do a little something to provide them.

Here’s the link to previous posts about this annual event at Chadkirk.
In the Chapel (if weather wet) or outside in the sunshine and fresh air.
People of all ages welcome. Making: by young ‘uns. With assistance from adults and Friends.

Bird and Bat Box making by the Chapel, Chadkirk.
Photo: Artemisia

One of each – bat box and bird box. Each with a different entrance.
Photo: Artemisia

New Bat Box.
Proud owner/maker.
Photo: Artemisia

Saturday 9th September
1.30pm until 4pm.
Price: £6 per box.

All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Please bring your own hammer. Other materials provided by our team.
No need to book, just drop in.

B+B at Chadkirk

Saturday 9th September : Bird and Bat Box Making

The Bird and Bat Box making, where children can assemble the boxes, is
held in the Chapel (or outside if fine) on Saturday 9th September from
1.30pm until 4pm. The cost is £6. No need to book, just drop in.

All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. All the
necessary materials are provided but please bring a hammer if you have

Our activities are listed in the Stockport
Museums Exhibitions and Events Guide – available at all their Museums
including Chadkirk Chapel and, of course, Staicase House.

Chadkirk Chapel…before it had Friends

Our Friend from South Africa has recently shared her stories of the renovation of the gardens. I wonder if there are people out there, reading this, who have been involved in the renovation of the Chapel at Chadkirk? This black and white photograph reminds us that Chadkirk Chapel was in a sorry state. If you have stories to tell of how the semi-derelict building was transformed into the building we enjoy today, we’d love to hear from you. Did you take part in the restoration? Or create any of the art works that are displayed there today? With your experiences, memories and photographs we can tell the tale of Chadkirk.

Well Dressing at Chadkirk – a history in pictures

For those interested in the history of Well Dressing at Chadkirk, this link might be of interest. There you will see photos of St Chad’s Well and the Well Dressings over the years.

Back in the year 2000…

I lived and worked in Greater Manchester 20 years ago. During that time, the peace and spiritual essence in Chadkirk estate, together with the company of the garden team, really helped me through difficult times.

I worked hard with Pat and Mary and remember John for his enthusiasm, knowledge of the natural history, birds etc. and his wonderful estate work.

We were a small group: myself, Pat, Mary, Sheila and her husband Peter, and John plus another couple. Pat and I went on an apple tree / orchard course over two weekends and I remember the seeds she and Mary grew.

Awaiting funding for the restoration of the walled garden, we had numerous meetings at Pat’s home during which we studied maps and plans. Renovators of the chapel in previous years had discarded material into the walled garden seemingly using it as a junk heap. So then there were weeks of weeding out bricks, stones and glass from the garden beds which had been constructed by Stockport council, following Pat’s design. Eventually we started the planting. I remember the joy of watching plants growing, and the satisfaction working on maintenance in the garden we had helped to create.

I had five happy years working at Chadkirk and seeing the walled garden transformed for all to enjoy.

Thank you for a most informative and fun blog.

Warm regards

5th August 2017: Let’s garden…

After last weekend’s successful Well Dressing at Chadkirk, the team will be back again this coming Saturday. The first Saturday of every month is a Gardening Day in the gardens at Chadkirk. During the afternoon we meet by the Chapel and in The Walled Garden. Each person does a little bit of the work maintaining and improving the gardens. Sharing the activities means that we each do a little and we all gain a lot.

So if you enjoyed your visit last weekend, or if you visit Chadkirk regularly, you can add to your enjoyment by joining the folk who garden.

Gentle activity, beautiful location, sheltered garden, sharing the delights of being out in the open air, breathing in the scents of the garden. Birds. Bees. Woodland. And a cuppa and chat. Saturday 5th August 2-4pm Chadkirk.

Dressing up…

Well dressing : the work of the design team

St Chad’s Well is still looking good down at Chadkirk.

2017 Well Dressing:
St Chad’s Well

Map of Chadkirk

Local landscape (in petals and bark). A map of Chadkirk Country Park and Estate.

Chadkirk mapped.

And for Well Dressings in previous years see