Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Egg Festival 2014

Easter Egg Festival 2014

Something HUGE is happening at St. Thomas this April!

From 25th to 27th April, St. Thomas Church, off Hillgate, is playing host to a giant Easter Egg Festival! Much like a Christmas Tree festival, we are hoping that local businesses, charities, schools and churches will construct and decorate giant Easter eggs and display them at the church- and we are looking for about 50 in total. In addition to the eggs, there will be a chocolate tombola, treasure hunt, and lots more things to do for people of all ages!

The festival is (we think) the first of its kind in the Chester diocese, possibly in northern England, and we are really hoping that it will put St. Thomas on the map as a great heritage attraction, as well as helping people to understand a bit more about the amazing Easter Story!

Thanks very much- hope to see you there!

Festival Opening Times

Friday 25th April: 10am - 4pm
Saturday 26th April: 10am - 4pm
Sunday 27th April: 12 noon - 4pm

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Making Headway

Showing at the Hat Works, from 24 May 2014 - 24 May 2015

This exhibition brings together the work of 13 up and coming milliners selected to participate in this Arts Council funded initiative through open competition.
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Following a series of masterclasses designed to further develop the trade skills of the milliners, they have created two fabulous collections of hats inspired by Stockport’s museum collections.
For the very first time at Hat Works, you will be able to buy the hats on show in the exhibition, providing a wonderful opportunity to buy a unique handcrafted hat by an emerging millinery talent.
Making Headway will be launched with a spectacular cat walk fashion show against the beautiful back drop of St.Mary's Church in Stockport Market Place.  Join us on the 17th May for this spectacular show at 1.30pm & 2.30pm
FREE - ALL WELCOME!Contact: 0161 474 2399

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Issue Heritage Magazine

The Spring issue of the Stockport Heritage Magazine is out now !!

Packed full of interesting articles and news about Stockport's Heritage - 
Uncertain future for our pubs.
Bramall Hall.
The name's the same.
Trams and Tripe.
Songs and games of a bygone era.
Woodbank Hall survey
Potatoes will grow in anything.
A companion for Cobden?
King Cotton is dead.
Romiley Primary School's first 100 years.
Walks from Cheadle Hulme.
Iron furnaces and forges.

Also letters, updates about our buildings at risk and news from the Stockport Heritage Trust.
The cover price of the magazine has gone up to £2.80,after 7 years of being the same price, but there are less adverts and more colour pages.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Stockport First World War exhibits

Stockport Heritage Centre in St. Mary's Church now has items from the First World War on display - focusing on local people. We're also keen to collect your family history accounts of First World War experiences for our archive. Free entry - all welcome! Open Tuesday, Friday & Saturday 10.30-3.30 and Thursdays 10-2pm.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Romiley, The Great War Remembered

"A group known as ROMILEY REMEMBERS would love to hear from anyone who had  family living in the Romiley, Bredbury or Woodley area during the First World War. We would like them to share memories of these people with the group, so that we can commemorate the areas life in the 1914 -1918 War.

We plan to publish a book, with a trail, remembering all the local Soldiers, Navy and Airmen, who died fighting for their country in the conflict.

Please Contact Angie Clark at clark.theateam69@btinternet.com.

Thank you.

Monday, December 23, 2013


Stockport Heritage Trust and all the volunteers at the St. Mary's Heritage Centre, would like to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Presents

The Heritage Centre shop in St. Mary's Church has the widest selection of local history books in Stockport.

They range from our £2 series of which there are now 38 titles, to Peter Arrowsmith's ultimate history of Stockport for only £10, and many in between, all wonderful gifts.

We are open Tue, Thur, Fri & Sat 10.30 - 3.30pm right up to Christmas Eve.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Another One Bites the Dust

Another of Stockport's old buildings is no more.

As I understand the situation, this was a very unusual shop front as it had a first floor display window and this is why it has never been re-developed. I am only aware of one other in Stockport now.

I ask myself, "is it sometimes better to compromise on heritage rather than loose it all together".

Monday, October 28, 2013

St. Wilfrid's Day Fair

The weather may have put off the early risers but they made up for it in the afternoon.

With entertainments, story time, raffles and lots to see and do the St. Wilfrid's Day Fair got off to a good start in 2013 and we hope to make it grow each year.

The gurning competition in Stockport's dungeon was organised by Stockport Heritage Trust.

In spite of the quality of the entrants, Sean Downs had no trouble deciding who the two winner's should be.

Tony Marsh won the adult prize, a meal for two in the Arden Arms and Kayley Ebbrell won the children's, a £10 voucher for the Candy Shack sweet stall in the market.

Well done to Jo Lovell and her team for organising this great event.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Foodie Friday

Its a great way to kick off your Friday night before heading on to your favourite hostelry or just going for a bite to eat and a sneaky beer after a hard day at 'the office'. Foodie Friday will continue to be a regular event on the last Friday of every month and the beers and food will change accordingly over the seasons

Monday, September 16, 2013

Heritage Open Days 2013

This year's Heritage Open Day saw the centre of Stockport as one large venue, with 10 heritage sites and eleven retailers all taking part and offering something new, free or different, to the many, many visitors that came.

 Around 500 people came to see Stockport's Dungeon, there was also a guided tours under the Produce Hall, viewing of the old and unusual clock mechanism at Winter's.

Raffles at Mr. Simms and Celebration Cakes were  on offer, as well as free samples of beer at Robinson's and Victorian cordials in the Market Hall.

Our Fred Dibnah look-alike (Mike Kearon) gave the history of the Market Hall and the NatWest bank opened it's doors to a positive flood of visitor wishing to see two unique and amazing fireplaces.

 Our own Tony Marsh gave tours of St. Mary's Church and graveyard.

Ladies enjoyed Edwardian style sherry and cake at the Three Shires and everyone seemed to have a great time.

Heaton Moor Historical Society

Dear HMHS Supporters,                                 
                            The next Heaton Moor Historical Society meeting will be a short heritage walk  this week, on Thursday 19th September 2013, meeting outside Heaton Chapel station.starting at 6.30 p.m.  sharp.
                 This will be a mile long walk following the new  Heaton Moor Trail which I'll be pilotting and it will finish at the Council Offices in Moor Top near to the bus stop probably around 8 pm at a guess.       
                     All are welcome.                                     

Thursday, August 22, 2013

2014 - Stockport Colour Calendar

 Its that time of year again.

Look out for our 2014 Stockport Calendar
you can only get it from the St. Mary's Heritage Centre at present.

Still £6.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Rotary Lamplighters [Heatons] 1919-1939 Fashion Show at Heaton Moor Golf Club 11th July 2013