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Monday 6th August 2018 - Canal Boat Trip
Details for both trips are the same. Please arrive at Lord Vernon Wharf, Lyme Road, Higher Poynton, SK12 1TH by 10.30 am. The Mary Sunley 2 boat will leave at 11.00 am and return at 3.00 pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided and you can either take a packed lunch or buy fish and chips on the way. Note: please confirm with Monica that you are attending.
Sunday 19th August 2018 - Treasure Hunt
A treasure hunt and BBQ will be held on the above date in memory of John Evans the founder of MADYSS. It is organised by John's daughter, Stephanie, and the hunt will start and end at Naychurch Farm (ST13 8UE) near Leek from 11.45 am. Members should take their own meat or vegetarian option for the BBQ after the treasure hunt. Kay Evans noted from past experience that four people in a car works out best: one to drive, one to navigate and two to look for the clues. The cost will be £4 per adult and £2 per child (aged 12 and under). All proceeds will go to MADYSS.
Thursday 30th August 2018 - Canal Boat Trip
Reports on Past Events
Tittesworth Resevoir - 19 July - Report by Kay Evans
Ten members of MADYSS met at Tittesworth Water, Meerbrook where we were able to enjoy refreshments before a wander around the wellstocked
Visitor Centre. Some of us then followed this with a gentle stroll in glorious sunshine.
It was my first trip to Tittesworth and I cannot fathom why! It’s well planned with very pleasant, modern facilities, bright and airy, very accessible and has lovely grounds. It has good parking, a children’s play area and a reasonably priced and interesting menu, which we had to forego as we were moving on for lunch.
This being a Water Sports Centre it was lovely to see and hear trainee canoeists having instructive fun. Although water levels were low there was a huge amount of space both for the canoes and for the water fowl.
The interesting sculpture (see photograph below) created by Jason Thomson in 2003 is called ‘Earth Man’ and is meant to represent the close connection between humans and nature. Although a strange sight on first encountering, when studied the meaning becomes clear.
Concert by Bollington Festival Players - 23rd June
It wass the 10th anniversary of Kay Evans' husband John's death. A concert with Bollington Festival Players was held at Bollington Arts Centre.
Kay's daughter Stephanie organised the event and the proceeds from the concert was donated to MADYSS.
Coach trip to Crosby Beach & Southport Pier - 25th June
A perfect, warm sunny day ensured that those attending were suitably dressed for the occasion, sporting sun dresses, shorts and sleeveless tops. Once wheelchairs, scooters and other mobility aids were safely stowed away by our driver, 31 members and friends embarked on the coach trip from the Flower Pot.
We first stopped at Crosby Beach to see just a few of Anthony Gormley's 100 Iron Men. The tide had already receded so some of us ventured out to the nearest man and others stretched their legs on the promenade above. As the sand was firm the writer rode her scooter out to the nearest man. Having paused near him for several minutes, she quickly regretted her decision to stop when the scooter's weight with her aboard prompted it to start sinking into the sand. Luckily after much pushing and heaving, we managed to extricate the vehicle and return swiftly to the safety of the car park. Won't be trying that again!
Forty minutes later the coach dropped us off near the entrance to Southport Pier. Most of the coach trippers headed straight for a late lunch at the various eateries nearby. A gentle breeze from the Atlantic kept the temperature bearable, unlike in Macclesfield where it was still 28C at 6.15 pm on our return.
Members all did their own thing, but sometimes saw each other while wandering down the Pier, through the extensive gardens, or sitting watching the swans and Canada geese on the lake. Many of us were impressed by the very smart public toilets in Southport and the 40p charge for use was reasonable, given the quality of the conveniences. An amusing anecdote I have been asked to include in this report concerns one user who shall remain nameless, but whose initials are KK, who managed to leave her handbag in the loo and had to pay another 40p to retrieve it!
Lord Street proved an irresistible draw for some who indulged in a spot of retail therapy. On the day, a much-needed wide-brimmed straw hat, shoes and a handbag were among the purchases exhibited on the coach ride back to Macclesfield. Other buys were no doubt stored on the luggage shelf above the seats. Thank you to Monica and her able assistant, Kay, for organising the day out – and for arranging such super weather.
Annual General Meeting - 14th May
Members will have received the official Minutes of the AGM held at Macclesfield Tennis Club last month so this report will not cover the business matters of the meeting.
Following the business section, Ike introduced Nick Barnes who proved to be an excellent entertainer. Nick is a magician who also engaged us with his very amusing banter while carrying out a range of magic tricks. I think it is fair to say that he was a very good choice for the group, and he certainly seemed to be a skilful performer, showing great dexterity. Our special thanks go to Ike for arranging Nick to come.
The AGM was very well attended with 43 people present. All items were approved unanimously from the business side of the meeting which went very smoothly. An increased Committee was voted in and we are now fortunate to have a full and active Committee. Please see the yellow box at the bottom of the page for the Committee members and their titles.
Kay Evans once again organised a wonderful sandwich lunch followed by delicious fruit and cakes. Tea and coffee were served and a good bar service was offered by Jim. Thank you Jim. Warm and sincere thanks also to John and Judy Nixon of the Macclesfield Tennis Club who offered their very kind help and worked tirelessly to ensure that everything ran smoothly.
Josiah Wedgwood Coach Trip - 10th April
A group of 22 MADYSS members and friends gathered at the Flower Pot for our coach trip to the World of Wedgwood in The Potteries. We were waved off by our Social Secretary, Monica Meah who had organised the outing, but unfortunately personal circumstances prevented her joining us.
The journey was trouble-free but not so our arrival on site, which involved a 20-minute detour through somewhat narrow country roads. The Wedgwood estate unhelpfully provided no directional signs to our coach driver when a height barrier meant only low vehicles could access from the direction we were approaching! He expertly manoeuvred the coach around, both at this entrance and when searching for an alternative coach-friendly route into the estate.
Rejuvenated after a welcoming tea or coffee we split up, with some embarking on the self-guided factory tour and others heading for the museum. On the factory tour we had a chance to look down from the first floor level to the ground floor below and watch the workers engaged in the different processes involved to produce ceramics. We also learned that a large spray dryer on display (no longer is use) would have contained enough water to make two million cups of tea or supply a family of four's needs for two years! And did you know that Charles Darwin (The Origin of Species) was the grandson of Josiah Wedgwood? Proceeding down to ground level, we walked by some of the artists who paint intricate and delicate designs on the china ornaments and dinner ware.
Those who hadn't already toured the museum took the opportunity to have lunch before tackling this next part of the estate. It was chronologically arranged with areas devoted to the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Each of these showed a vast range of china, experimentation in colouring processes, and decorative designs. The museum provided a fascinating insight into how pottery has evolved over the past 250 years.
Of course the Wedgwood Tea Room which served drinks in Wedgwood bone china was a popular refreshment venue before the journey home. Our thanks go to Monica for arranging an enjoyable and educational day out.
Quiz and Fish and Chip Night, 17th March
Despite the inclement weather we had a good turnout with 32 people attending and their brains to try and solve the wide-ranging general knowledge questions. Unfortunately, the snowy weather prevented the quiz master, Kay Evans, from attending. That's what happens when you live on a steep hill in Bollington, Kay!
We were split into six teams, using a numbering system to promote a more varied interaction and enable socialising with those we may not have well known well beforehand. Chris ably filled in for Kay as quiz master and, sensibly having prepared for any eventuality, Kay had given Monica a copy of the questions ahead of time.
The Roll a Coin (£1) competition for the bottle of whiskey provided contestants with some light relief half way through the quiz. It was Kath Wilkinson who managed to get closest and although not a whiskey drinker herself, no doubt Jim will enjoy imbibing her prize! A raffle was also held, which raised £84 fro MADYSS.
The quiz winners were The Onesies (a little bird tells me that one of their members is an avid quizzer!) and they each took home an Easter egg as their prize. Ike then thanked all those who had contributed to an enjoyable evening: the bartender Jim Borggren; Kay Evans who was the organiser; Thelma Farrell, responsible for doing the raffle and providing the raffle prizes; Monica Meah for setting the questions and organisation on the night; Roger Snelling and Dave Barry who collected the delicious fish and chips; and last but not least, Chris WIllett, who was once again 'persuaded' to be quiz master (or should we say quiz mistress?).
Chilli Banana, 18th February
Thirty-five members gathered for lunch at the Macclesfield branch of the Thai restaurant chain on 18 February. We tackled the buffet with relish. Fortunately for us, it was constantly replenished by the efficient staff as we certainly made plenty of dents in it!
Most attendees also finished their meal off with something from the refreshing selection of sorbets and ice creams. The well-attended event was another enjoyable opportunity to chat with each other and pass a pleasant couple of hours.
Bowling at Superbowl, 18th January - Report by Richard Challis
Well done to all those intrepid enough to brave the wind, golf ball-sized hail, sleet and snow to make it over to Superbowl UK! Approximately attended a ten-pin bowling session on Thursday 18 January, and we split into four teams across as many lanes to show our competitive sides.
There were many varied techniques involved in getting ball to pins – some were concerned about the curve in the floor, and others showed how the effect of spin made the ball swerve sometimes things didn’t go to plan! At least the scores were tallied automatically as we went so honours went to:
Best Individual Score: Yvonne Smith with 104
We then adjourned to the Flower Pot for a meal and chat, and the service was second to none. and chat, and the service was second to none. All in all a very enjoyable afternoon and evening.
Christmas Lunch, 15 December
Thirty-nine members gathered on 15 December at this new location for our annual Christmas meal, and what a good meal and venue it was. We had a private room and sat at various tables which each seated a maximum of 8 people. The service and presentation of the food could not be faulted and most importantly, the food itself was delicious!
Pulling crackers to start with helped us get in the festive mood and telling the usual awful cracker jokes added to the Christmas spirit. While the diners at the writer's table mostly had the traditional turkey, fish and beef Bourguignon were among other mains chosen.
Lady Luck was smiling on Liz Leech whose raffle number meant she won the well-stocked hamper; she will pass it on to charity. Thelma Farrell clearly had been amassing its contents for some time and her efforts are appreciated. Special thanks must go to Monica Meah for her excellent work in arranging the event. It all went very smoothly and was certainly a job well done! Thank you Monica.
Bents Garden Centre, 23 November
Our trip to Bents near Warrington on Thursday, 23 November was "interesting", which is another way of saying difficult at times and our English late autumn weather added to our woes; it was bitterly cold, windy and wet. We had problems before we set off as the lift for wheelchairs onto the coach had an intermittent fault, which was corrected when the driver moved the coach to a more level spot and we all breathed a sigh of relief when we were finally underway. Fortunately, the journey was fault free and only took about an hour until we faced the icy blast transferring from the coach inside Bents.
Those of us who expected a garden centre to have a variety of plants may have been a little disappointed by their absence as pretty much the whole store was devoted to Christmas, with synthetic Christmas trees, decorations, cuddly santas, dwarves and snowmen; but having said that, Val managed to find some very pretty red cyclamen.
Besides a big cafeteria, there was a tapas bar that served indifferent tapas but nice wine. Then it was time to brave the weather and set off with our purchases to a replacement coach, only to find the wheelchair lift on that one didn't work either! The driver phoned through to the depot to have another coach sent out for us. Most of us went back inside to keep warm.
When the new coach arrived we all quickly climbed aboard amidst cheers, applause and much relieved laughter. So we set off and reached the Flower Pot at about 6.30 pm. Overall, despite the mechanical mishaps and dreadful weather it had been a good day because of the good company. Hopefully we can do something similar again with a company that keeps its coaches better maintained. Ike will take the matter up with Bostocks Coaches.
Gawsworth Fundraiser, 26th October
At the end of October, MADYSS once again held a Coffee Morning at the Gawsworth Methodist Church Hall. The group made a profit of £569 but disappointingly only 22 members attended, and most of these were either helpers or stall holders.
The bottle tombola was a big hit but we ran out of bottles very quickly so could have done with more. A huge thanks must go to Thelma and her team for creating so many beautiful Christmas items. Your hard work and efforts are much appreciated.
Sangam Restaurant, 22nd October
Twenty-one of us, including members of Yvonne Smith's family who were visiting from Italy, had an Indian meal at the Sangam restaurant on Sunday 22 October. It made a change from the Sunday roast dinner that many no doubt usually tuck into.
With a wide range of starters and main courses from which to choose, attendees certainly kept the patient staff members on their toes as we made our selections. The meal proved excellent value at £10.00 each, which MADYSS had kindly subsidised. The wet and windy weather that had marred our journeys there fortunately disappeared by the time we left after a pleasant lunch.
Dunham Massey, 19th September
Nine MADYSS members travelled to the National Trust’s property Dunham Massey on a wonderful sunny day to visit the beautiful Georgian house, gardens and deer park. We met at noon in the café situated at the Visitor Centre before starting our tour. All areas of the Visitor Centre are accessible to everyone so it was a perfect venue. After a cup of coffee we went off in small groups. Some visited both the house and gardens whilst Afterwards we went to the Stables Restaurant for a late lunch before making our way back to the Visitor Centre to spend some time browsing around the well stocked gift and plant shops. Thank you Monica for arranging another very successful day.
Lunch at The Rudyard Hotel, 22nd August
A group of 20 members visited Rudyard Lake for a carvery lunch at the Rudyard Hotel. We had one area of the hotel dining room designated for ourselves where we congregated at tables seating four. The carvery lunch was good value at £6.50 each and several members also chose desserts to complete their meals.
Quiz Night at The Poachers, 13th August
Ike thanked those members who went along to the Quiz Night at The Poachers, Bollington on the second Sunday in August. The evening raised £202.06 for MADYSS. This is likely to become an annual event with the 2018 date already booked! Next year it will take place on 18 September.