Looking for a different kind of treat?
This Sunday, for one day only?
In Chadkirk Chapel?
Between 2 and 4 pm
Chadkirk Chapel will be open.
There’ll be a Friends of Chadkirk stall offering a variety of comestibles.
Tea, coffee, hot Vimto.
Traybake treats: flapjacks, lemon drizzle cake, caramel and chocolate slices for £1
In addition there’ll be the chance to watch a short ‘film’ about St. Chad, the Chapel’s saint. A short stroll, an interesting building full of curiosities, an opportunity to see something of the lives of people in the past. And cake. Something a little different for Sunday.
Sunday 6th March St. Chad’s Day in Chadkirk Chapel 2-4pm
Please note that the council run kiosk will not be open (no staff available).
The autumn equinox takes place on 23rd September. Exactly 12 hours from sunrise to sunset. Day perfectly balanced by night. A few days later on 28th September a full moon, the Hunter’s Moon.
As the days slip and the light changes, autumnal hues are starting to flush the trees in the woods. Birds which are summer migrants have moved on and native birds feed on berries and hips, making the most of this time of plenty.
At Chadkirk, as elsewhere, these glimpses of the connections between all things can bring a deep sense of pleasure and these delights are enjoyed by visitors, many of them strolling round Chadkirk daily, others visiting at weekends, some more occasional visitors, coming to the Chapel, Walled Garden, woodland walks and country park for some of the organised events.
Our calendar of events follows the rhythm of the seasons and reflects the community and the environment.
On Saturday 12th September we had our annual bird and bat box making event. This year drenching drizzle drove us inside. Snug in Chadkirk Chapel, visitors were ably assisted by John, who helped them to construct winter homes for bats. The nesting boxes for the birds will be ready when for small birds when spring arrives. This is an ideal opportunity for people young and old to learn about the life cycles of these animals from some-one who knows. Fascinating and fun.
Please be aware that this is our only bird and bat box day this year.
October always provides an opportunity to celebrate.
There’s our annual Harvest Supper on Friday 23rd October and the Harvest Festival on Sunday 25th October.
Tickets for the Harvest Supper are available from Staircase House. The evening in the chapel includes a quiz and hotpot, with home made apple pie for pudding.
For the Harvest Festival no ticket is required.
Unveiling the well dressing is the ceremony which kicks off the Chadkirk Festival each year. This week, in the days preceding the festival, there is work to be done…
A small team of volunteers, some old hands, some newbies, some who planned to be there, some who just wandered into the Chapel and wanted to get involved, get their hands dirty.
Preparing the clay blocks
Drawing the design on the clay block
Although plenty of planning has gone into this process, no-one can be exactly sure how the design will look when the well is unveiled.
Today the clay is prepared before ‘planting’. This lays the foundation. Next the clothes for the well dressing are created from other adornments. Perhaps a chance to join in, so that when the well is visible to all, there can be an extra sense of satisfaction and pleasure, knowing that you have played a part in adding interest and beauty to this much loved place.
There are 7 days to go before this year’s Chadkirk Festival.
At 12-00 midday on Sunday 26th July the festival will be opened with the unveiling of the well dressing. This week the team will be putting together the materials for our 2015 design and members of the public are invited to come along to Chadkirk Chapel and join in.
Each year, a different design, reflects the life and community of Chadkirk and links to the wider world. Past themes include the 1914 commemoration, St. Chad and the installation of the East Window in Chadkirk Chapel, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. What will this year’s theme be?
The Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport for 2015/16 are Councillor Andrew Verdeille and Mrs Cleo Cundall.They will be unveiling the Well Dressing as the Festival is opened. After midday, they (and we) will be able to enjoy all the fun of the festival.
Preparations for this summer’s Chadkirk Festival are well in hand. There are opportunities for people to get involved…
Each year the Festival begins with a ceremonial unveiling of St Chad’s Well. Our well is dressed each year by a team of enthusiasts. Members of the team include those with years of experience, real skill and artistic flair. They develop a unique design, reflecting current themes and then explore ways of realising the image.
In addition to the more experienced members of the team, there is always an opportunity for others to take part in the process of creation.
On Wednesday 1st July at 7pm there will be a chance to gather in Chadkirk Chapel and learn more about this year’s design and be part of it’s assembly.
Then later in the month in the days before the festival, you are welcome to join us to complete the process.
On Wednesday 22 July and Thursday 23 Chadkirk Chapel will be open between 10 am and 4pm. Join us for an hour or for a morning or afternoon. Or spend a day or two. Then enjoy seeing the fruits of your labours ceremonially unveiled on Sunday 26th July at the start of Chadkirk Festival 2015.
The design for the well dressing for 2013 was based on the newly installed East window
The team of craftsmen towards the end of a long day’s work.
This weekend there’s the traditional Carol Service in the Chapel.
On Saturday some of the team will be in the Chapel at Chadkirk adding a festive touch to the interior with some decorative adornments.
On Sunday 7th December there are two services.
At 3pm Will Hunter of Woodley Methodist Church will lead the singing.
At 4-30 pm Andy Bull of St Mark’s Church, Bredbury will take the celebrants through the service.
It’s a beautiful setting for the service. A chance to feel some awe and wonder. Or some joy and gratitude. Though please wrap up. The heating system in the Chapel might also feel historic, so if you’d like that feeling of joy to reach fingers and toes, then gloves and thick socks will help!
Please note: As space is limited, entrance is by ticket only.
Tickets are issued via Staircase House, on a first come first served basis.
For this Sunday’s services, these tickets have all been allocated.
For 2015 watch this space for notification when tickets are available for the next opportunity to join the Carol Service at Chadkirk Chapel.
Each year has it’s own rhythm, unfolding with the seasons, something of the expected, some times new or different. 2013 had the seasons alright, though as Eric might say… not necessarily in the right order. Snow and sharp frosts in April. Wild garlic carpeted the woods in June. Leaves on the trees in November. Amongst the variety of our British weather and climate, most of us will remember 2013 as the year we had a summer. The best since 2006.
Marigolds in summer sun.
August in The Walled Garden.
At Chadkirk this meant that the Walled Garden was lush with blooms and the new window was installed in days of glorious sunshine, ready for it’s timely unveiling at Chadkirk Festival 2013. True it rained on the big day. For some of the time. And while this meant that there were fewer visitors overall than for last year’s festival, many danced their way through the sunshine and shower mix.
For those who managed to squeeze into the Chapel for the unveiling, a special moment was shared. Mary unveiled the window with her great grand-daughter. After spending her early years living at Chadkirk in the farm house next to Chadkirk Chapel, Mary has been one of the most active of Friends, giving time and energy with enthusiasm and generosity. To see a family spanning four generations, linking from the first decades of the twentieth century to the second decade of the twenty-first century, heart-warming and encouraging. In caring for Chadkirk and it’s Chapel, a unique and extraordinary place is here for us all to share and enjoy.
Although I arrived at the event after the official ceremony, I was able to catch Mary afterwards.Here she is (with civic dignitary).
The new East Window was celebrated in the 2013 well dressing design.