Cool Classics – Concert at St Michael and All Saints – October 21

Cool Classics with the Maia Singers and the KEMS Macclesfield Concert Band

The concert will take place at St Michael and All Angels Church on Saturday October 21 at 7.30pm.  It will feature the Maia Singers and the KEMS Macclesfield Concert Band. The theme of the evening is  “Cool Classics” and will include music by Gershwin, Offenbach and Handel as well as light choral classics by the Maia Singers.

Pat Holmes, Rotary President, says “This mixture of Choral classics, the concert band and free ice cream is just perfect”

The concert is in support of Just Ice – Poynton


Just Ice Poynton is a charity operating a not for profit cafe in Park Lane and selling wonderful ice cream there. The proceeds and operation of the cafe support victims of modern slavery who have been freed, but need to learn to operate in their new world.  See for more information.

Tickets are available from Greetings Card Shop  in the Village Square and cost £12  (just £3 for children under 14) and will also be available at the door on the night.

Keep someone warm this winter

We are collecting warm winter coats, which are in good condition, to deliver to those in need. 

Chairman of Community service, David Rose: “This is an easy way you can make a real difference in your local area. Just imagine having to be outside in the freezing cold without a warm coat. Please donate a coat at Waitrose, Cheadle Hulme between 6 and 20 October”

The collected coats are distributed via local homeless shelters, refugee centres, organisations supporting the elderly, women’s refuges, children’s centres and other charities helping people in crisis. 

‘Good enough to wear’ coats can be dropped off in the collection boxes in Waitrose on Station Road, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 5AE  from 6 to 20 October.

More details about the project can be found at:

Table Top Sale – October 28 – Bramhall Village Square

We will be holding a table top sale for good quality items looking for new homes. The sale will be in the “old” Sainsbury’s premises. Keep an eye here for more details and how to book a table.

Fashion Show – November 7 – in Crown & Conspirator 1830 for 1900

Catwalk Shows will showcase the Autumn/ Winter Collections from Modiste and What Lyes Beneath.

£23.50 includes a welcome drink of Prosecco and a 2 course meal.


Traditional Roast Beef Dinner

Melanzana Parmigiana


Sticky toffee pudding

Neapolitan Ice Cream

Before booking make sure you know the menu choice of each person! For each of the 4 possible menu options that you want click on the ticket and use + or – to get the number before adding to cart. Click on “products” to make your next choice. When ready click on “buy now” and pay using a credit or debit card.

Get your tickets here

Bookings will be available at Modiste, What Lyes Beneath, the above paragraph and

What’s been happening at your Rotary club?

Just look at our programme and if you like the look of something then contact us to arrange a visit (Do check meeting location as we are a bit nomadic right now!) – no need to join or make any commitment. You will be welcomed and if you like it then come again!

Wed 20th September – Neil Lomas – Rowing the Atlantic

Neil told us about his epic row across the Atlantic on a 12 person boat to raise money for Alzheimer’s. He is really close to raising his target of £25k.

Wed 13th September – An evening of crown green bowling followed by a nice meal at Cheadle Bowling Club

Wed 6th September – Committees. Wrap up Warm, Fashion Show, Xmas!

Sat 2nd September – Scarecrow festival

Wed 30th August – A fifth Wednesday so no official meeting. Nonetheless a dozen or so did a scarecrow trail followed by a meal in Duttons with a quiz! Some dressed as scarecrows!

Wed 23rd August – Rebecca Harris-Duggan from SignPost for Carers gave us an update.

Mon 21st August – Chelwood food bank was running really low, so off we went and bought lots of needed high priority items.

Wed 16th August – Trip on the canal!

Sun 13th August – The Circus!

Wed 9th August – no meeting so lots of us went for a meal at the Crown & Conspirator!

Wed 2nd August – Committees.

In celebration of Peter’s 90th!

Sun 30th July – President Pat’s BBQ took place at The Hills. We were joined by Victor, a Ukrainian blind Paralympian competing in Manchester. Victor is also the President of his local Rotary club in Ukraine.

Wed 26th July – Helen from Just-Ice Poynton gave an insightful and somewhat scary talk on modern slavery

Sun 16th July – An intrepid group of 13 went to Gawsworth Hall to enjoy a picnic and a Dire Straits tribute band. Despite some atrocious weather they enjoyed themselves

Wed 12th July – Mike Goddard gave a very entertaining review of his life, much of which was spent as a comedian on cruise ships

Wed 5th July – With the new Rotary year staring on 1st July this was our handover meeting where people formally took on their new roles and presented plans, hopes, aspirations and themes for the coming year.

Wed 28th June – Dale, one of our members, gave a talk about his life in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Absolutely fascinating.

Wed 21st June – Shirley Hamlett – Health Watch Stockport. Shirley, assisted by Claire explained the role and activities of Healthwatch.

Wed 14th June – With no official meeting 10 of us went for a meal out at The Plough and Flail

Wed 7th June – Committees. With the Duck Race over we can look at scarecrow festival, possible Fiesta, the Christmas float and more!

Sat 3rd June – Cheese and wine party

Wed 31st May – Duck Race debrief

Sun 21st May – Duck Race and Family Fun Day at Bramhall Park. Fantastic!

Wed 17th May – Duck Race briefing. Our first meeting at the Deanwater, our new venue. Lots to learn about who does what, where and when on Sunday. A massive piece of organisation.

Tues 2nd May – Committees (duck race and venue!)

Mon 24th April – Peter Drake – travellers tales

Wed 19th April – Royal Exchange – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Wed 12th April – meal at Trunk

Mon 3rd April – Committees

Mon 27th March – Family histories. Several members recounted interesting episodes from their family histories – including being caught up in the 2004 tsunami and a major earthquake in Mexico!

Mon 20th March – Geoffrey Scargill spoke on the subject of The People’s Parks

Fri 17th March – President’s Night at The Pinewood.

Mon 6th March – Committees – fashion show, Duck Race, Presidents Night etc

Mon 27th February – Lesley gave her “this is me” talk – a tradition for new members

Wed 22nd February – A pleasant meal at Rainbow 88.

Sun 19th February – President Pat celebrated her year with a drinks party. Lovely atmosphere.

Mon 13th February – Mark Hunter entertained us with tales from his ten years as an MP

Mon 6th February – Our first meeting at the Crown & Conspirator. Committees discussing future plans.

Fri 27th January – CHADS theatre night. Another annual event.

The audience arriving

Wed 18th January – Our annual “float quiz” made its full post Covid return. The various collecting teams who went out with the Xmas float joined us for a fun, mostly musical, quiz and buffet.

Wed 11th January – Sue Few and her daughter Kelsey told us about their fundraising methods to enable Kelsey to attend the world scout jamboree, about their love for the great outdoors and much more.

Wed 4th January 2023 – Committees and EGM. We elected our President for 2023/4 and also Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Lots of discussion about future events and activities.

Fri 16th December – Our annual Xmas Party at Bramall Park Golf Club.

Santa’s Float went out 3rd to 19th December

Santa would like to say ‘Thank You’ to all the wonderful businesses that have enabled him to bring big, big smiles to lots of children’s faces with goody bags.

Wed 7th December – 20 of us enjoyed a fabulous meal at the Honeypot Caffe, the new Polish restaurant in Bramhall.

Wed 30th November – Jackie’s Xmas dinner followed by a fun seasonal quiz run by Sue.

Wed 23rd November – Joanne Watson updated us on Beacon Counselling

Wed 16th November – Our member, Dev, gave an illuminating and insightful update on the global Covid situation.

Wed 16th November – Worsley Rotary club organised a visit to Gita Bhavan Hindu Temple. About 80 Rotarians from 11 clubs (including 7 of us!) attended and learnt a little about Hinduism and enjoyed a tasty lunch.

Wed 9th November – Committees. Xmas is coming!

Wed 2nd November – Fashion show at Trunk Lounge. A great time was had by all, eating good food, seeing fashions by Modiste and What Lyes Beneath and enjoying Laura’s singing.

Members of the Rotary Club (one honorary) were models for the evening

Wed 26th October – Kate Leadbeater & Jessica Dhaliwal spoke about how our donation from the circus would be used on the Treetops Children’s Ward.

Wed 19th October – Charter Night at the Crown & Conspirator. We celebrated our 36th birthday with an evening of good food, wine and company! Even had a quiz based on whisky, gin and general booze.

Wed 12th October – Loise Carpenter told us of her work with Afghan refugees living in Manchester hotels.

Wed 5th October – Committees Christmas is coming!

Wed 28th September – Marilyn Shalks – Manchester theatre history

Wed 21st September – Tina Whitfield gave an informative talk about a Ukrainian family

Wed 14th September – RHS Bridgewater visit and pub lunch

and in the evening another group went to Trunks restaurant. Yummy!

Wed 7th September – Committees

Sun 4th September – Foundation BBQ
Ari and Joan once again hosted this annual fundraiser for The Rotary Foundation.

Wed 31st August – Fiesta in the Village Square

Wed 24th August – The Vasa. A very impressive and detailed presentation by Michelle Rosen of the history of the Swedish ship VASA, beautifully supported by actual pictures she and her husband took when they visited the VASA Museum in Stockholm on a number of occasions

Sun 21st August – The circus!

Wed 17th August – Lunch at Clink restaurant, Styal. 24 in our group. Superb.

Wed 10th August – Sarah Mollitt spoke about Walthew House. She covered its history, its current work and gave some insights into the practical problems of sensory loss.

Wed 3rd August – Committees – circus, fiesta etc

Wed 27th July – Keith Warrander, author, spoke about weird and wonderful things in his talk “Manchester Oddities”.

Wed 20th July – Another Bramhall restaurant , this time Otto’s Vegan Empire. 23 people enjoyed truly flavoursome food. Most were not Vegans but all enjoyed great food.

Wed 13th July – Tony Redmond, founder of UK Med, gave an extraordinary and inspirational talk about medical aid in disasters and his role in its evolution.

Wed 6th July – Handover meeting. New President Pat took over the reins from outgoing President Sue.

Sat 25th June – Successful virtual climb of Kilimanjaro

Wed 22nd June – Brian White gave the first half of his photographic wildlife talk “In the footsteps of Dr Livingstone” Fabulous images! We also presented MNDA Manchester with a cheque for £13,000

Wed 15th June – no real meeting – just a brief zoom chat

Sat 11th June – Sue and Bob’s garden party enjoyed good weather, great food and live music!

Wed 8th June – Richard and Sinead described the needs of two African schools

Wed 1st June – Committees. Having had a Spring scarecrow festival we decided not to have an Autumn one but wait until next Spring. August brings the circus!

Wed 25th May – We enjoyed a splendid Thali meal at Bombay to Mumbai on Fir Rd. Great food and super hosting by Sandeep and Donya.

Wed 18th May – Duck Race debrief. Discussion on how to make it even better!

Sun 15th May – Duck Race and family fun day. Back again after missing 2020 and 2021

Wed 11th May – Lots of planning/brieifng for Sunday’s Duck Race day

Mon 2nd May – our stall at Paws & Play 2022

Wed 27th April – Howard Green – Staircase House

Wed 20th April – Malcolm McFarlane – Sounds of the Sixties

Wed 13th April – Committees

Tues 5th April – Scarecrow festival well under way and many enjoyed a special tapas meal at the Trunk Lounge before attending the International concert at the Methodist Church

Wed 23rd March – Our Vice President, Pat, took charge of her first meeting and handled it well. Unfortunately the speaker did not make it!

Fri 18th March – “3 Presidents” Night at the Pinewood Hotel. Another step towards normality. A black tie event, with an after dinner speaker! Peter Turner gave a talk/demo about the art of magic. Very entertaining.

Wed 16th March – Bowling at Parts Wood – wearing sim specs to simulate various blindness conditions

Wed 9th March – Steven Shakeshaft, a Chester tour guide, took us through a beautifully illustrated (with real 35mm slides!) tour of Chester. His in depth knowledge shone through.

Wed 2nd March – Committees. Scarecrow Festival. Duck Race. International concert. Ukraine.

Fri 25th February – Another “stuffing” session at Walthew House

Wed 23rd February – Thelma Ridgeway updated us on her progress over the last 2 years. A very informative and emotive talk , but with great positivity. Again we zoomed the talk out for members who could not attend. Screenshot from Seattle below.

Wed 16th February – Back to Ladybridge again! A really interesting talk about the eye and ageing by Deepak Oberai. We zoomed the talk out for members who could not attend. Screenshot below.

Wed 9th February – 21 of us enjoyed a meal at The Church Inn. Cold but fun!

Wed 2nd February – Committees. Scarecrow festival, Presidents’ night and more.

Wed 26th January – Almost nostalgic! A very good zoom quiz. Good fun.

Fri 21st January – We returned to CHADS for our theatre evening. Reduced audience numbers, everyone double jabbed and covid tested. No mix and mingle buffet with the cast afterwards. Despite these covid precautions a very pleasant evening for an Alan Ayckbourn play.

Wed 12th January – a sociable Zoom chat.

Wed 5th January 2022 – Back to zoom for the first committee meeting of the new year. COVID safe theatre evening, scarecrow festival, international concert etc.

For older activities see here