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The Queen’s Jubilee celebrations packs

Special Jubilee packs have been produced by East Cheshire Hospice to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

Organisers of several street parties have already requested the limited-edition packs which contain Union Jack flags and bunting.

The Hospice has more free packs to give away to help celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in style over the extended four-day Bank Holiday at the start of June.

Staff at East Cheshire Hospice get in the mood for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The packs also have Jubilee-themed fundraising ideas for a variety of events to mark the occasion.

Claire Gorton, community fundraising assistant at the Hospice, said: “If you’re thinking of organising an activity with friends, family and community then why not support a great local cause while you celebrate this momentous occasion?

“Whether you’d like to host a street party, get sponsored to spend the day in fancy dress, or sell handmade crafts, we’d love to hear from you.

“There’s lots of ways people can join in the fun. It could be a red, white and blue day, quiz night, street party, craft activities, BBQ, tombola, bake sale, afternoon tea or even a 1950s themed party.

“In honour of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, why not challenge yourself to do 70 press-ups or squats every day in June, or run 70 miles over the month?

“It could be a competition to make the best crown-shaped biscuit, or a traditional British desert.”

Contact the community team via email or call 01625 789103.

Jubilee packs are available from

Open your garden to support East Cheshire Hospice

Would you like to show off your garden to support East Cheshire Hospice?

Green-fingered gurus are invited to share their passion for gardening with visitors.

The Hospice will provide a fundraising pack to help home owners who join its Opens Gardens scheme.

Last summer Bill and Julie North entertained visitors at their beautiful garden on Kennedy Avenue and the couple are planning to do the same again this year.

Bill and Julie North who are opening up their garden again for East Cheshire Hospice.

Claire Gorton, community fundraising assistant at the Hospice, said: “Many wonderful gardens are hidden away and Open Gardens is the perfect opportunity to share them with others.

“We’re here to help anyone who wants to take part and our fundraising pack includes a guide, collection boxes, collection buckets, balloons, banners and posters.

“We’ll also send a digital resources pack which includes directions and safety signage, an event checklist and fundraising ideas.

“Those who want to get involved need to choose a date and time and an entry fee. We recommend between £3 and £5.

“People can decide if they want to set a fundraising target, if they have a goal, and if they want to provide teas and coffees, a cake stall, plant sale or raffle.

“Other things to think of are promoting it through friends and our website/social media and checking your garden is safe which might be whether there’s wobbly steps or a pond.”

* For details visit

Pool challenge for East Cheshire Hospice

Friendly banter between pub regulars ended in a challenge match at pool with East Cheshire Hospice emerging the overall winners.

Decorator Tim Lyne and window cleaner Tim Larson were having a joke over a pint at the Brewers Arms, Macclesfield, about their abilities at the pool table.

There was only one way of finding out who had the best cueing skills so two teams were set up, each with eight players.

From left, landlord Dave Wrench and captains Tim Lyne and Tim Larson.

The team led by window cleaner Tim came out on top, with pub landlord Dave Wrench acting as referee.

Regulars sponsored the teams and donated raffle prizes, resulting in a £659 donation to the Hospice. The pub was already a supporter of the charity through its weekly prize draw.

Regulars Hannah Hewitt and Tim Lyne.

Regular Hannah Hewitt, nee Friel, whose husband Simon is a barman at the pub, said: “The two Tims were having a joke with a bit of winding up going on.

“It was Tim Larson’s idea to raise money for charity from the challenge. Everyone was up for doing it, especially as a lot of people at the pub have had family and friends treated by the Hospice over the years.

“The game should have taken place a couple of years ago, but because of Covid was delayed for a long time.”



Art Fair returns for 2022

Art Fair Cheshire returns soon, encouraging emerging artists and paying tribute to the rich textile heritage of Macclesfield and beyond.

Familiar artistic favourites will also be showcasing their work at the biennial event which runs from Thursday, May 26, until Sunday, June 5, in the grand surroundings of Macclesfield Town Hall.

Browsing exhibits at the 2019 Art Fair Cheshire.

As ever, exhibiting artists will kindly donate 40 per cent of their profits to East Cheshire Hospice with proceeds dedicated to its art therapy unit.

More than 80 artists will exhibit work in three galleries every day between 10.30 am and 5 pm.

Browsing exhibits at the 2019 Art Fair Cheshire.

Art Fair Co-Chair Georgie Johnson said: “For the first time there’ll be a gallery of Emerging Contemporary Artists who’ve been specially selected to take part in the event.

“By giving a platform to emerging artists, the event hopes to ignite curiosity, spark conversation and introduce unique investment opportunities for both first-time buyers and the more experienced collectors who come along.

“Art Fair Cheshire felt that this was the year to introduce a dedicated gallery space of emerging artists in order to play a part in nurturing the amazing artistic talent that Cheshire and the surrounding area has to offer.”

The three galleries are –

  • Assembly, featuring original art and sculptures from more than 40 artists.
  • Capesthorne, with jewellery, photography, glassware, ceramics, millinery, willow weaving, plus paintings and prints.
  • Emerging Gallery, featuring 11 new and emerging artists. From textiles and mixed media to ceramics and photography, it presents new and stimulating work from upcoming talent.

Emerging Artist Curator Amy Stevenson said: “The new exhibition will be held in the ground floor Silk Room and will pay homage to the rich textile heritage of Macclesfield and the surrounding Cheshire district.

The last Art Fair Cheshire took place in 2019.

“It’ll explore the work of 11 artists whose practice is rooted in textiles, or connects to the subject of textiles through themes and processes such as pattern, layering, collage, etching and impasto.

“It’ll showcase an outstanding group of emerging artists from the North West and include a wide range of contemporary practices visitors may not have come across before.

“Our two other galleries will feature artists both familiar and new and we’re sure there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy and buy.”

Art Fair Cheshire is brought to you in partnership with Little Greene Paint and Paper and AstraZeneca. For information visit

Music legend Noel Gallagher hit the right note for East Cheshire Hospice

Music legend Noel Gallagher hit the right notes for East Cheshire Hospice by donating one of his treasured possessions.

His platinum disc for the iconic Oasis album Definitely Maybe was sold at auction for £3,750, with proceeds going to the charity.

Oasis fan Neil Bromley, from Prestbury, generously bought the collectors’ item at a party night held by Team Rainbow which raised a record £11,200.

The fundraising group – also known as Sarah’s Army – is a legacy to Carl’s Lamptey’s late wife Sarah who died in the Hospice in 2014.

From left, Joe Corrigan, Neil Bromley with the platinum disc and Carl Lamptey.

She was 36 and had breast cancer and more than £65,000 has been raised in her memory.

Noel is friends with ex-Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Corrigan, a keen Hospice supporter, and donated the disc when he heard about the charity’s financial plight during Covid-19.

Carl, from Macclesfield, said: “Joe has been an amazing supporter and helped us get the disc. We’d also like to thank Noel for being so humble and kind and taking it off his wall at his studio in London when he heard about the charity’s situation.

“The party night in December almost didn’t go ahead because of Covid, yet we raised more than ever.  A special thanks also to Linda Longdon at Broken Cross Club for her amazing support.”

Carl is now planning an 80s night there in May as part of the group’s fundraising campaign.

Definitely Maybe, released in 1994, was the group’s debut studio album and received wide critical acclaim.

Mark Leah’s moustache journey

Growing a moustache is always a hairy experience for pilates teacher Mark Leah.

That is because he usually gets a look of horror from family and friends when he unveils his latest design.

They will be relieved Mark is staying clean shaven until he launches his next Movember charity challenge.

It will be his 10th successive year during which time he has raised more than £10,000 for East Cheshire Hospice.

A few of  Mark Leah’s many appearances.  

Mark, from Macclesfield, said: “It’s good fun for little work for a local charity and people are so generous. At the end of the day it’s only a moustache and it’s not as though I’m doing anything too strenuous.

“The moustache is a nuisance to be honest and it’s great to be able to shave it off afterwards. My wife Margaret is much happier once it’s gone.”

Mark often keeps his black moustache well into December for effect at Christmas parties, a move that invariably tops up his fundraising.

He has just presented a cheque to the Hospice for £830 from his latest effort.

The most he raised was £1,369 in 2019 before lockdowns and face masks which hide his moustache from pilates students at Trinity House physiotherapy practice where he is based.

Mark said: “People forgot I was growing a moustache, so it was a bit of nightmare. I then found a really good mask with a Mexican moustache, but unfortunately it scared too many people who said it was putting them off.

“I change my moustache every week if possible. It’s been bright red but the dye wouldn’t wash out of the bed sheets for weeks. I’ve also had it in stripes, with chunks cut out and even got a hairdresser to turn it into a bat shape once.

“I judge it on the reaction of my daughter Gemma and son Jamie. If they say ‘dad you can’t go out like that’ I know it’s daft enough and I’ve got an effect.”

Mark took part in memory walks with his late father Frank while father-in-law George Calnun died in the Hospice in 2009. He said: “The Hospice were fantastic and we’ll always be grateful.”

Mark’s most bizarre fundraiser was a walk backwards from Arighi Bianchi to the Cat and Fiddle pub.

* To sponsor him visit

Silktown Stitchers

Art work by the Silktown Stitchers has pride of place at East Cheshire Hospice. The group dedicated the colourful hanging to the memory of Jill Rowbotham, a much-loved member who died of cancer in March 2020.

David Rowbotham and Alison Bettles with the art work by the Silktown Stitchers.

Her husband David was present at the hand over, along with Alison Bettles, chair of the Silktown Stitchers. The 30-strong group meet on the second Thursday of each month at the youth centre in Prestbury.

The theme for the creation was ‘haven’ to show the link between the security homes provided during lockdown and isolation and the support the Hospice offers families during their most difficult times.

Alison said: “The hanging was created when members couldn’t meet due to Covid restrictions. We chose haven as a theme, but decided not to put a name to it so members could interpret it as they wished.

“Our group has a particular interest in embroidery, but encompasses all aspects of textile art. Visitors are welcome and our meetings comprise a mixture of speakers, stitch and chat afternoons and social events.”

The hanging was the first major project for the Stitchers since it became an independent stitch group following the withdrawal of branch support by the Embroiderers Guild.

* For more information email Alison at

The display is located in a popular meeting room at the Hospice.

Christmas Tree Collection 2022 success!

Volunteers were out in force as the Christmas tree collection in aid of East Cheshire Hospice returned in style.

Organisers had to scale back last year’s delayed scheme because of lockdown and Covid safety concerns were again the main focus this time.

Early arrivals at the Hospice preparing for the Christmas tree collection.

However, the country’s most successful tree collection was able to go ahead on schedule in its 22nd year, with more than £155,000 raised for the Hospice.

Some 150 volunteers took part last weekend, with a fleet of vans shuttling between homes and the Ansa recycling plant at West Park, Macclesfield.

Ansa depot recyclers (from left) Dave Heeks, Steve Greenaway, Steve Worthington and Mark Birtles.

Almost 7,000 trees were collected and will be turned into compost for parks, gardens and Cheshire farmland.

Until two years ago the depot also housed the so-called Mulchers Arms, a makeshift canteen for refreshments.

This time refreshments were provided at the Hospice for volunteers whose shift times were staggered to prevent a large gathering.

Catering volunteers Kath Jones (left) and Lilly Tester.

The traditional post-event drink at the Cock and Pheasant pub in Bollington was also cancelled this year as a safety measure.

More donors contributed online this year when using the Hospice web page to register for the collection, which had AstraZeneca as main sponsors.

Richard Raymond, co-founder of the scheme, said:  “We’d like to thank everyone who played their part in making the collection happen again this year.

“It hasn’t been an easy time because of Covid, but the dedication, loyalty and generosity of donors, volunteers and sponsors has meant we’ve enjoyed another hugely successful year.

“The Hospice depends on contributions from our community to continue its vital role caring and supporting those in need.”

The latest collection brings the total raised by the scheme to more than £1.5m.

Long-standing supporters include Bosley-based King Feeders, which loaned a mulching machine,  and Cheshire Vehicle Rental.

The first collection team of the day. From left, Steve Bower, Gary Richards and son Criss.

Tree collectors in Broken Cross. James Chapman (left) brother Chris and Caitlin Howarth.

Nick Jenkins Christmas Tree Collection Volunteer

Bell ringer Nick Jenkins has been tuning up for the next Christmas tree collection in aid of East Cheshire Hospice.

Weeks ago he was out and about in Bollington where he lives putting up banners and distributing leaflets.

Nick is an area organiser for the hugely successful collection scheme, now into its 22nd year.

From left, tree collectors Clive Whittaker, Nick Jenkins and Richard Affleck

Like other volunteers, he will be riding round in a van picking up trees for recycling on the weekend of January 15/16.

Younger sister Suzanne will do the same, while their dad Graham is part of a fleet of drivers.

The family has been helping out with the tree collection for many years and they are also long-serving bell ringers at St Peter’s Church in Prestbury.

Bell ringers involved in the 2019 tree collection. From left, Richard Raymond, Becky Morgan, Andrew Robertson, Anna Howard, Nick Jenkins, John Wilson, Suzanne Jenkins, Peter Robinson and Graham Jenkins.  

Nick said: “My dad’s been doing the collection since 2007 and I started a few years later when I was 16.

“I tend to target tree sellers with leaflets from the end of November. It’s the best place really to have a presence for when people are buying a tree, encouraging them to register for our collection.

“Everyone’s very appreciative of the work the Hospice does and some people save all their yearly donations to the charity for this one event.

“We also get people coming out to tell us about family members who’ve spent their last days in the Hospice and how grateful they were treated with such dignity and care.

“There’s a great camaraderie among volunteers and afterwards we end up sharing experiences with different crews over a pint at the Cock and Pheasant pub in Bollington.”

Nick, whose late grandfather Denis Grundy spent his final days at the Hospice, combines his job as a ramp agent with Jet2 at Manchester Airport with weekly bell-ringing duties.

“Some people come to bell ringing from a musical interest and others from a mathematical  background because it’s about permutations and combining  different numbers. There’s also a lot of physical effort involved.”

Volunteers will be collecting trees over post codes CW12, SK9, SK10, SK11, SK12 and WA16.

The event is sponsored by local businesses, including main sponsors AstraZeneca, so all donations go straight to the Hospice. To register trees visit

Macc Parish Memorial Match

The memory of Macclesfield Parish FC stalwart Col Smith lives on through an annual football match. Two teams he managed and played for – Parish FC and St Peter’s which are part of the same club – met in a friendly match at the Moss Rose. Parish FC came out on top 3-2, with a £320 donation made to East Cheshire Hospice from a collection.

Col, of Higher Hurdsfield, died of cancer in March last year, aged 52.

Col Smith, who was a patient at East Cheshire Hospice.

He fought illness for 10 years but still remained involved in the club, part of the South Manchester and Cheshire Christian Football League. Col was a team leader at McDonald’s and a member of Bollington Life Church.

Parish FC manager David Mayers said: “We want to contribute towards society and not just play football. “The Hospice is a wonderful charity and they did a great job of looking after Col who was a real Christian man and passionate about his football.

“He inspired so many through his friendship, love for the game and deep Christian faith and is missed terribly.”

David Mayers (left) and Ryan Cawley from Macclesfield Parish FC with Hospice Community Fundraiser Carley Macey.