Sunday, August 28, 2011

Heritage Open Days at the Trust

Heritage open day are nearly upon us. This year's free talk at St. Peter's Church, will be Stockport Castle by Kevin Dranfield. It is free and there is an accompanying book for only £2 if you wish to know more.

Come on Thursday 8th Sep. at 2pm and hear about the history of Stockport Castle from pre-historic times to the present day.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Demolition-St. George's Rectory

St. George's wish to demolish the old rectory. The Trust is official against this as it is a grade II listed building and was listed as part of a site with three buildings including the church and school.

Planning Application to demolish a Listed Building

The planning application consultation period for the demolition of St. George’s former Vicarage, Heaviley a Grade II listed building, will end on 15th August. The application number 047344 and accompanying documents/surveys etc can be viewed at:

Comments for or against can be left.

Comments can also be sent to the case officer Mark Jordan at:

Mark Jordan, Planning Services, Stockport MBC, Place Directorate, Stopford House, Piccadilly, Stockport SK1 3XE

The Vicarage has been subject to fire and vandalism and the interior is severely damaged, but the ACIES Structural Condition Report in the Heritage Report Document states that ‘Although there is extensive fire damage to timber elements, the masonry in the building seems to be unaffected.’ Stockport has some good examples of sympathetic re-use of heritage buildings, and it would be sad to see this precedent replaced by approval of the demolition of a listed building.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Supermarket for Marple

Cheadle & Marple 6th Form College are planning to sell off thier Hibbert Lane Campus to one of the large supermarket chains.

There is a campaign to stop this happening.

If you wish to be a part of this, you can sign an on line petition by going to this web address -

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Alan Burgess

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our great friend and colleague Alan Burgess.

Alan was one of the Trust's first volunteers to come down to the Heritage Centre and stay.

He found secondhand furniture to fit out the rooms and put on displays around the walls. He often volunteered to sit in the stocks and have wet sponges thrown at him, and would dress in costume and walk around the market are handing out fliers.

Alan was a big asset to the Trust and will be missed.

Chadkirk Festival 2011

What a weekend !! Who could have guessed after six weeks of bad and mixed weather, we could be so lucky as to get two glorious days for the Chadkirk Festival.

There was more than ever for families to see and do, with street entertainers, basket weaving, exotic dancers, worm charming as well as all the usual stalls and bands.

The Trust was there as usual in all it's glory. We had two stalls, a bran tub and Norman the Knight, who the mayor could not resist shooting an arrow at.

The costumes were varied too, with Georgian, Medieval, Victorian, Puritan and of course the Town Crier.

Thanks to the Friends of Chadkirk and Stockport Council for running this popular event.