Sunday, October 09, 2005

Member's News Bulletin Sep 2005-Feb 2006

The events listing has already been posted. Here are the four news items that went with it. (Trust members should have recieved this by mail.)

At last, our efforts over many years have resulted in the final and long awaited opening of a restored Staircase House as a first class interactive museum experience for all the family. Not only can people discover the amazing extent of the warren of buildings for the entrance fee of £2.50, they can sit on, lie down in, and handle furniture, artefacts, and even clothing. Some of our longstanding members got preview tours, but there is still so much to see and hear with the aid of the hand held audio guide. Don’t take my word for it – go and find out! The house is open on the Marketplace, seven days a week from 1pm to 5pm and the staff are really helpful.

book launch at Staircase House
A new history and guide to Stockport has just been published by Tempus, written by Trust founder member Steve Cliffe. It sells for £14. 99 and copies are on sale in St. Mary’s Heritage Centre and book shops, or direct from Steve at the address in the Heritage Magazine. He will even sign them for you! The summer Heritage Magazine is also now in the shops.

This involves making bed hangings and other work for Staircase House and the trust members did a display on the launch day in 17thC. costume. Volunteers should contact Sarah Cotton for details on 0161 477 3701.

If you haven’t seen Angela’s wedding dress exhibition in St. Mary’s Heritage Centre yet go and see it. There is a picture exhibition in the other room which has been in preparation for months – ask the volunteers about it. [There is also Lan's startling red and gold, traditional Vietnamese wedding dress, from our wedding at Bredbury Hall. - Bill]
Coral and Angela are involved in other displays at Merseyway, the Market Place and Broadstone Mill Reddish. We have all been busy over the summer at Chadkirk Festival, Torkington Fun Day, Marple Locks Festival and other events. If you missed these you should get out more! Or at least visit Stockport as there is so much to see! We had a double stall at Chadkirk and our own trumpeter in Napoleonic costume, Anthony Boardman, who also played his trumpet at the opening of Staircase House.