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26th August 2017

The Gardeners Assosiation is celebrating its 75th Annual Open Show at the end of the month. Taking place at Kingsley Village Hall on Saturday the 26th August, there are plenty of classes on offer. For those who are serious growers and showers, those who bake or make, for photographers and not forgetting the children, everybody is welcome to join in on the fun. There will be a raffle with lots of exciting prizes and after the judging, a chance to buy a prize winning entry, be it vegetables, flowers or plants. Entries can be registered between 10am and 2pm on the day after which there is the judging and then at 5pm doors reopen for the results and the auction.

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28th August 2017

Leigh Produce Show

Leigh are hosting their annual produce show in the Village Hall in Church Leigh on Monday 28th August. The show can trace its origins back 130 years to 1877 when, for the first time, villagers exhibited their locally grown produce and local crafts. Nowadays villagers show off their garden produce as well as their baking and creative skills. There are also lots of classes for children. Entry to classes is for Leigh Parish residents only, but all are welcome to visit the show from 2.30pm until 4pm. There will be cake, craft and plant stalls and teas served throughout the afternoon. Entry is 40p for adults, children free.

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27th August 2017

Hollington Church Fayre

The annual Hollington Fayre returns to land opposite The Raddle Inn on Sunday 27th August. Organisers are hoping the sun will shine on the day which promises a host of activities and events throughout the afternoon, including a grand auction with some fantastic lots, a vintage tractor display and a road run which will enthrall vehicle enthusiasts and provide an air of nostalgia to the event, the thrills and skills of a dog show to provide some cute and cuddly entertainment. Tickets to the event cost £1, with under 14’s entering for free. Each ticket bought enters the owner to a prize draw of a £30 win. There are a host of attractions to keep the children entertained, including a face painting stall, a bouncy castle and a number of the old favourites including a tug of war, skittles, splat the rat and the old classic, coconut shy. Guests will be wowed by the bird of prey flying presentation, scheduled to perform throughout the day. One of the highlights of the event, as always, will be the Craft and Produce Show, courtesy of Pete Wilkinson, schedules and forms will be available from The Raddle Inn. There will also be a display of Morris dancing, always a firm favourite every year. For guests who start feeling peckish throughout the event, organisers have put together two tents dedicated to refreshments, including burgers and cakes. The fayre will open it’s gates from 12.30pm to all and everybody is welcome to join in on the fun. For more information, contact 01889 507220/01889 507287.

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19th August 2017 to 26th August 2017

Boundary Chapel 190th Anniversary Photo Exhibition

After a pleasant afternoon, enjoyed by all who attended, the exhibition is extending to the next two Saturdays. A display of memories and recollections are on offer from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 19th and 26th August. Taking place at Boundary Chapel, everyone is warmly invited to come along.

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20th August 2017

Soapbox Challenge

After months of blood, sweat and tears, the Soapbox Challenge is finally taking place this weekend. Taking place on Glebe Road in Cheadle, the road will be blocked off just below the entrance to Coleridge Drive. Crowds are expected to flock to the site at around 12pm on Sunday 20th August for a day of thrills, spills and plenty of action. The first races kicks off at 1pm, with two individual runs. First, there will be the timed run, where individual teams will be racing for the quickest time down the track. After that - the jumps - with obstacles, ramps and bumps to make things that bit more exciting, proper soapbox derby style! Crowds will be perched on the large grass area running alongside Glebe Road from the Coleridge Drive entrance down to Brookhouse Way/The Green. The day is expected to go on until around 4pm to 5pm, with a number of attractions running alongside the races throughout. There is a bouncy castle, a fully licenced bar and food provided with a number of food outlets. A host of music will be played through the PA system, contributing to the already buzzing atmosphere. So far, the organisers have received applications from 21 teams, and have said that they will give late-comers until Friday if they wish to join the fun. Prices of entry have been announced as £20 for an adult team and £15 for juniors. The site will be open to the public from 12pm, so get there early to find a good spot. For more information, contact Tim Cliffe at 07812 356934.

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25th August 2017 to 27th August 2017

Huntsman Cider Festival

Those with a taste for cider will be in their element as The Huntsman pub is set to host its annual Cider Festival. Taking place over the bank holiday weekend, the summer festival promises a weekend of tasty cider, good music and fantastic food. And this year, they are focusing on mixing things up. Usually offering around 11 or 12 traditional scrumpies and perries, for 2017, the festival will retain a few of the old favourites and introduce some new ones, including fruity ciders and less-traditional brews, in addition to the usual speciality ales served. Ranging from four per cent to seven per cent, the range of ciders on offer will tickle anybody’s fancy. As for the live music, headlining on the Friday will be Moorlands band, South Bound. Saturday’s live music comes from Bullet, while on the Sunday, festival goers will be entertained by Cherry Groove. The Cider Festival will be taking place at The Huntsman, The Green, Cheadle from 25th to 27th August.

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1st August 2017 to 29th August 2017

RSPB Coombes Valley Wild Tuesdays

Staff and volunteers at RSPB Coombes Valley Nature Reserve, near Leek, are inviting families to join them every Tuesday in August. Each week’s event will have a different theme so families can participate in new activities each time they visit. These drop-in events kick off on Tuesday 1st August with an amphibian theme, followed by bugs, birds, and then wildflowers and trees, on subsequent weeks. As the autumn term looms, the final Wild Tuesday on 29th August will celebrate all things nature and will be a free event, forming part of the Play Wild Partnership project, sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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20th August 2017

Soapbox Challenge

The Cheadle Carnival Committee will be hosting a spectacular Soapbox Derby in the town on Sunday 20th August. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed adults and juniors. Entry forms are available from Airfawn Garage, Wrights Pies, The Cheadle and Tean Times and The Huntsman. Teams must enter by 14th August.

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