....................................Its on again next year. Gawsworth 10k and Funrun,...........See funrun page link above for more details and entry forms.........................................................Can You Help Gawsworth Parish Council ..........See Below for more information....................................................................................... Finally Marple locks open day........See below for timings and information.......................................

Welcome to Gawsworth Village.
November 2014

new hall link




All Images above © Alan Bardsley



The unseasonably warm temperatures, 10° above average for the time of year, have kept the colour going in our gardens.  The leaves are turning yellow and gold while the fuchsias, geraniums, dahlias, even the roses, are blooming on to keep us     cheerful as the days shorten.  However, another hurricane tail is coming our way and the forecasters say that the weather will soon become really autumnal.
John Lea comments that nature, however long it is studies, can still surprise.  The strangely warm year has kept enough moisture throughout to give terrific growth in grass, shrubs and trees.  On the wild bushes such as holly, alder, blackthorn and spindle there is an abundance of berries for winter bird food.  In comparison there is the poorest crop of acorns he can remember. It was always thought that a rich crop of berries predicted a hard winter and a poor crop of acorns a mild one.  John has decided to stick to the weather forecast.
Perhaps there was a time when weather patterns were more predictable although I must admit it always seemed to me that an abundance of berries was more likely to be an indicator of past seasonal patterns than future ones.  The weather does appear to be more variable than it was, which was thought likely as a halcyon period came to an end.
Barbara Wilson


Dont forget this Years Christmas Tree Festival at St James Church

between 5th and the 13th of December



Are you free with nothing to do on the 30th of November?
Do you interested in our canal heritage?
If so read below.

Marple Aqueduct, which is over 200 years old, needs some structural repairs. This winter our specialist restoration team will be abseiling down the side of the canal to fix up the gaps and you’re welcome to come along and meet them.

While we’re working on this project, the vegetation on the canal bank will be cut back and a new permanent viewing platform installed. We want you to be able to see the striking aqueduct in all its glory whenever you pass by.

We’re also going to replace the lock gates at the nearby locks. As we’re going to have to drain the canal, we’re going to install some steps and to let you walk down into the bottom of the lock chamber and have a good look around.

You’ll be able to take pictures, ask questions of our staff and find out what it takes to keep a 200-year-old aqueduct standing. This is a rare chance to get a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of a canal. Don’t miss out!


Very limited in the area. Some pay & display parking in the area. We’re currently trying to secure some event parking so please check back to this page for further details which we’ll publish as soon as we know.


30 Nov 2014
09:30 - 15:30


Lock 2, Marple Locks, Station rd, Marple, Stockport, Cheshire, SK6 5LB


Gawsworth is Delighted to Welcome Back
Gonzo Moose Theatre Company Presenting

What the Dickens?

 Young Charles Dickens is a rookie reporter on The Morning Chronicle.   Whilst investigating the foggy slums of Ye Olde London Towne, he accidently stumbles on a story that could make his reputation.  Follow our hero on the adventure of a lifetime! Expect a world of pockmarked pickpockets, cobwebby convicts, teeming slums, empty marshes, dark secrets, convoluted plots and lots and lots of fog. This inventive and gripping comedy features just three actors playing over 20 roles in 90 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action. Brimming with unfeasibly quick costume changes, stupidly surreal      characters and wonderfully daft jokes, What The Dickens? has something to entertain the whole family.

“An absolute winner…  A hoot from start to finish”   The Stage

7.30 pm, Saturday, 8th November 2014 – Gawsworth Village Hall
Tickets on sale in our Community Shop from 25th October

Sponsored by Cheshire Rural Touring Arts

Professional touring artists on your doorstep
Contact Andrew Bennett for more information on
 01625 619449 or andrew-bennett@sky.com



 It will soon be time for this year’s Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Appeal.  We are again asking you and your children to take part by filling a shoe box, or even two, with presents for some of the world’s poorest children:  Simply find an old shoe box and wrap it in Christmas paper (the lid separate from the box as they need to be inspected before shipping).  Then choose some gifts for either a girl or a boy, and for the age group you prefer, then fill your box.  Put in a card with a message and     complete the form/leaflet along with a £3 donation towards delivery.

 This is such a powerful demonstration of your Love and Support for those children in third world countries who have hardly any toys or little food.

 This year seems particularly bad with all the unrest that we are hearing about through the news programmes.

 Leaflets are now available in:  The Village shop/ Methodist chapel/ St James the Great church/ Gawsworth Primary School

Bring your box along to any of the above places when they are complete.
(The main collection point however is St James’s Church)

 LAST Deadline for handing in shoe boxes
Sunday 9th November.

Contact:  Carole Townshend on 01260 224451/ 077532 71294


Two-day Tasting Experience
Friday 14th & Saturday 15th November
Please come along on either or both of these days, 11.30 am – 4 pm Friday and 10 am – 12.30 pm Saturday and sample a selection of the delicious   produce we have available at your  local community shop.  We welcome existing and new customers and, if you are unable to visit personally, please tell your friends and neighbours.
It’s an ideal time to look for potential Christmas gifts in the run-up to the festive season.  There will be a gazebo on the forecourt, music, balloons and much, much more.  Come and join us.
For further information please contact Carole Townshend or James Rouse.
Carole and James




Members were delighted to welcome back Hilda Bowler who is now recovered from her broken arm.   The magnificent efforts of our fun-run cake bakers raised £82.50 and as a  result funds are replenished and the December coffee morning is cancelled.  Many thanks were offered to Roz Price for organising the trip to Dunham Massey World War I Exhibition.  On a gorgeous day we enjoyed the thought-provoking display and very authentic professional actors who conducted lively     discussions from their iron hospital beds.  After a delicious lunch in the restaurant, we explored the gardens full of unusual trees, plants and vegetables.

A day trip is proposed to Bakewell, Pollyanna Pickering's gallery and Rowsley Hall on    Monday 17 November, leaving at around 9 am, returning 4.30 pm, for only £10.
Also our annual lunch at the college will be on 19 January 2015, £13.  Thank you so much to Janet Lawton for her sterling efforts in arranging this once again.

Whoever thought that floristry was such strenuous work? Sarah Lawton, who has a shop at Glebe Farm, Astbury, treated us to an energetic and inspiring floral demonstration, tying    hand-held bouquets so huge that they weighed ten to twelve pounds when finished.  Her imaginative arrangements were generously donated as raffle prizes, which provoked a last minute dash to buy tickets.

Don’t forget our offshoot activities; film club, book club, ladies-who-lunch and craft days, all are welcome.
Subs due £36.00.
Next meeting, 7 November at 7pm will be quiz night; competition, a decorative pen or pencil. Then 2 December 7.30 pm, Christmas crafts; competition will be a handicraft made on the night.
Lorinda Sutton
Press Secretary



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