Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Gorton Monastery

Fifteen Trust members turned up today, for a guided tour of Gorton Monastery, and what a place it is.

Built in the 1860's as a statement to the people of Manchester, that the Catholic Church was back in this country, after hundreds of years of oppression and persecution.

It's Architect, Edward Pugin, used the sun's rays in an amazing way to pick out features of the church at different times of the day and year.

Not all the architectural features are yet back in place as many were sold or destroyed during years of decay, but what has been done to restore and reuse the building is just miraculous.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

1940's Market - 70 years on.

It is 70 years since the 'Outbreak of War' and the opening of Stockport's Air Raid Shelters.

Saturday 24th October was the day chosen to commemorate this event with activities down the Air Raid Shelters as well as in the Market Place.

Many people turned out to join in the day and the Trust's stall full of 1940's items, brought back memories for many as well as giving others the chance to try army dress and old fashions.

The G.I presence gave the whole event atmosphere and their expertise with the 'Jitterbug' got everyone's feet tapping.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Conservation & Design Awards

Last week a member of the Trust, Tony Marsh, was one of eight judges for Stockport's Conservation and Design Awards. They viewed fifteen entries, which varied from the refurbished Red Bull on Hillgate, to a Yoga studio in Heaton Moor, from an Iron Bridge in Marple to a new Academy in Cheadle Heath.

After discussing each building's merits at length their comments were passed to the Council's representatives and the results and award presentation will be held in November for the successful buildings.