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VILLAGE DIARY
 The recent warm days have brought out the flowers on the camellias and magnolias and the blossoms on the fruit trees.  Sadly, last night’s frost has caused the blossom on the damson trees to fall and blighted the prospect of fruit for this year; ‘the cruellest month’ indeed.  The cold nights have      affected the insects; earlier in the week we saw some bumblebees and a queen wasp but there is little evidence of insect life today.  The wood pecker has been cheering us with the sound of his tapping in the wood nearby and Lesley Smetham has had two red-legged partridges visiting her garden.  John Lea comments on the nesting practices of magpies who take many weeks to weave, from small twigs, a tight, fully enclosed nest      leaving just a small entrance so that carrion crows and buzzards cannot steal their eggs.  John tells us that the cool, mid-April weather has brought the growth of grass almost to a stop, much to the dismay of farmers.
Bishop William is having a hectic time on his visit to the Solomon Islands;  such long services for the children and hard work for our Rector.  We hope he is finding some time to relax and enjoy the recollections of his life there.
This next week we shall be celebrating St George’s Day, the birth and death of Shakespeare and the Queen’s official birthday.  Quite a week in our national consciousness.

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GAWSWORTH W.I. MEETING – TUESDAY 5th APRIL 2016
At our meeting on Tuesday 5th April we had an extremely interesting talk about the History of Soap by Matthew Lepp of Tiger Muffin Soaps from Formby.  Matthew’s talk gave us information about the beginnings of soap with the  Egyptians who first made it in 2800BC and on to the Phoenicians whose        concoction in 1000BC was made from goat fat and beech wood ash and was too strong to be used on the skin, but apparently it was very good for washing clothes. Then fast forward to 950 years ago and 1066 when there was a change in soap making in the Spanish area of Castille, when olive oil was used to make the soap making it much kinder to the skin.  Matthew went on to give us a    demonstration on how he makes his soaps and shower gels and regaled us with some funny stories and anecdotes. 
Many of our members are looking forward to our next trip which is 26th April to The World of Glass at St Helens; then on the 4th May there is the Cloud Group Spring Meeting at the New Life Church in Congleton when the speaker will be Lilian King who is the retired Chief Superintendent from Greater Manchester Police. 15 of our members have already bought tickets and on the June 22 there is a trip to Roberts’ Bakery at Northwich.
Some of our members are entering the Cheshire Show this year in the hope that we will win the Sybil Norcott Trophy again, which is presented to the member who wins the novice class and who has not entered the Cheshire Show before.
Our coffee morning on the 24the April raised £212.12 for our funds which will enable us to book speakers for next year. 
The next meeting is Tuesday 3rd May at 7 pm when we shall be having a       motivational talk by Lily Graham. Our meeting in June starts at the usual time of 7.30 and our speaker will be Patrick Brunt from Delamere Dairies and our July meeting is members’ night which will be arranged by the members themselves.  Please feel free to come along to any of our meetings, which are held on the first Tuesday of the month in Parish Hall Gawsworth and start at 7.30 when you will be made to feel very welcome.
Jayne Leyland

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In aid of Francis House Children’s Hospice
Saturday 9th July 2016
Gawsworth Hall, Macclesfield SK11 9RN
A fantastic two-hour roller-coaster ride through the biggest
hits of the 1960s from music’s most memorable decade
The show is a knockout with over 35 great 60s hits from the Beatles to the Beach Boys, from Cilla Black to Aretha Franklin, from the Supremes to the Swinging Blue Jeans.
With fantastic costumes, great harmonies and brilliant
authentic musical arrangements.
Whatever your taste in 60's pop music
you will have a wonderful evening
BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT - HOSPITALITY AVAILABLE
01260 223320 Mon - Friday 9.30-5.00.
 Email Judy Bailey: judy@francishouse.org.uk

£1.50 booking fee per booking - Group bookings of 20 or more adults qualify for a 10% discount
Not suitable for children under 6 years of age I Disabled facilities - The auditorium has covered space for 3 wheelchairs

 

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