Philosophy group

Note: the Philosophy group will not meet on Feb 22nd. Normal service will be resumed on Thursday March 1st.


January Meeting 30th

The January meeting is at 1.30pm 30 January 2018 at the usual place,Butt Lane Community Centre. Kath Reynolds will be telling us about “Goose Grease and Brown Paper” – traditional remedies. PLEASE NOTE – The talk will start promptly at 1.30pm – Refreshments will be available AFTER the talk.


Christmas Party Dec 12th

Don’t forget there is no monthly meeting at the end of December but instead we have the Christmas party on Tuesday Dec 12th with food, drink, music and games. Usual place and time but the activities should be starting promptly at 1.30 so if you’re late you might miss some of the best bits.

Walk on October 24th

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The weather forecast for Tuesday, 24 October 2017 was ominous, this is somewhere between bad and not very good, however four stalwarts set off for Greenway Bank Country Park for a walk around Knypersley Pool.  We settled ourselves on the car park and set off down the hill, through the Arboretum, to the top of the Serpentine. Following the path round to the Warders Tower we paused to see what was on the other side of the bridge, and yes it was more water.

We have followed the path along to Gawton’s Stone and branching off to look at the waterfall which despite the weather looked rather pretty, completed the circuit bringing us back out at the stone where we turned to the right and up the hill where it began to rain, but not for long.  After following the path along the edge of the wood towards Rock End we did a U-turn and picked up the Staffordshire Moorland Walk taking us across two very boggy fields to emerge back by the Warders Tower

From here we followed the path around the pool emerging by Pool End Cottage to follow the road over the dam head and back to the car park.

A quick change of footwear and a short drive to Hilltop and the pub, formerly known as the Rose and Crown, but now known as the Top Pub for a very substantial lunch at a very unsubstantial price. And jolly nice it was too.  This is now on the list of pubs to visit again.

– Ian

Chester Christmas Market Trip

There are still a few seats available for the Chester Christmas Market trip on Monday December 4th. See Helen at the next meeting (Oct 31st) to book your place. Those of you who have already booked will need to let Helen have your fare of £10 per person at the same meeting. Thanks.

September 26th walk

On this clear, bright, sunny morning six intrepids parked their cars at The Rising Sun in Scholar Green, ready for adventure.

Leaving the car park behind we walked along Station Road to the A34 which we crossed into a road called ‘Claphatches’ (CLAP-HATCH, a small gate so hung that it will close itself.).

Onward, we crossed Church Lane, followed a track (Lunt’s Moss) then climbed over a stile into fields – wet grass again! Several fields and guidance errors (oops) later we arrived back at the A34 beside The Bleeding Wolf. Being somewhat early it seemed prudent to extend the walk so, instead of taking to the canal towpath, we crossed the main road and headed off along Moss Lane towards Mount Pleasant. We didn’t reach Mount Pleasant but took another path across a churned up field with no identifiable route but once again GPS came to the rescue.

The path eventually took us for a pleasant walk through woodland, with dappled sunshine coming through the leaves, ending up at the Macclesfield canal. A short walk from here and we arrived back at The Rising Sun ready for lunch. We were still early and had to wait for it to open!

A really nice lunch was enjoyed by all before returning in time for the monthly meeting.



Theatre group report

In recent months members of the theatre group have enjoyed a number of productions, which include the opera ‘Tosca’ at the Regent Theatre, and ‘Anna of the Five Towns’ and ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ at the New Vic. We have also seen ‘Wonderland’ – a musical based on Alice in Wonderland – and ‘A Judgement in Stone’ – adapted from the novel of the same name by Ruth Rendell – both at the Regent.

Our trip to Buxton Opera House this year (on a very wet July day!) was to see ‘HMS Pinafore’ which we all thoroughly enjoyed.

What’s next in September? ‘Di and Viv and Rose’ and ‘Pitmen Painters’ at the New Vic.

Walk on Sept 5th

It was raining quite heavily when Sue and I arrived at the car park in Kidsgrove to find  Helen and Hilary sheltering from the rain. Oddly enough they decided to continue with the walk after I asked if we should all go home! So off we went to the White Lion at Barthomley.

Still raining and donning our waterproofs, we walked along the driveway to the church then carried on along a path past a pond, then over a stile into a field of very long, very wet, grass.

So it continued, long wet grass, electric fences and slippery stiles, dozens of them! Oh, and cows and horses.

We headed off towards Balterley Green across the fields, coming across a large herd cows who followed us and electric fences which we ducked under, until gaining a proper road. Not for long though. Aiming for Englesea-Brook there were more wet fields and then a field of maize, seven feet high and the path overgrown with five foot high thistles which we had to battle through.

Arriving at Englesea-Brook we took to the road for a while until striking out across another field of corn, then following the path of Dean Brook, we headed for Mill Dale but then struck out across more fields back to Bathomley. Again the grass was very long and very wet, making walking quite hard going so when we eventually got back (the rain had stopped by now, of course)  and emptied our boots, we were really ready for a grateful sit down, a drink and some food.

After all that we did enjoy the walk, even in the rain.

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Walk 15th August

I don’t know about the rest of you intrepids but I ache today! It must have been all those hills and steps.

From Kidsgrove we drove to Macclesfield forest and parked at The Leather’s Smithy inn overlooking Ridgegate reservoir. From here we followed a path along the south side of the reservoir. The path then turned further south and into the start of the forest but then travelling east and north we came to Trentbank reservoir. Turning southish again we entered the forest properly with dense woods on either side, mostly of very tall pine trees. The path rose up steeply and for a long way as we climbed the side of Nessit Hill. After what seemed like climbing to the clouds the path eventually eased but the views were stupendous over the treetops and across Cheshire.

Having climbed a very long way we eventually started down to everyone’s relief! The path led us down to Standing Stone Road along which we returned to Ridgegate reservoir, deviating occasionally onto forest paths running, more or less, parallel with the road. Continuing along the road we walked on the north edge of the reservoir back to the inn.

The choice of food here was amazing and we all agreed that our meals were delicious. This is a place which is definitely worth re-visiting.


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Cream tea trip – August 13th

On a lovely summers day for once 14 of us boarded the steam pulled train from Froghall station for our cream tea. The tables were laid with white table cloths with not 1 but 2 homemade scones, cream, strawberry jam and butter portions. Hot tea was served and replenished as we enjoyed our cream tea enjoying also the rolling countryside through the Churnet Valley up to Cheddleton station and back. The journey lasts 1 hour. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their cream tea and the relaxed atmosphere. At Froghall station there is a tea room and souvenir shop where you can also visit. A successful day out and next year a possible SUPPER TRAIN or MURDER MYSTERY THEMED trip. Look out for details later next year.

Regards Helen