From Newsletter August 2010
Sorry it's been so long since the last newsletter. Your editor has had lots of things going on!
Our new year starts on 1st September, so it's time to renew your subscription. (Renewal form enclosed). You can send your subs to the Treasurer or pay at our stall at Timperley Country Fair (preferably by cheque.) The Fair is on Saturday 11th September, do call in and have a chat, we will have the Walks leaflets for sale as well as our greetings cards. There are no new Christmas cards this year. We still have stocks of last year's cards - Larkhill Centre in the snow, (to show what last winter was like!) and coloured notelets of the Three Bears!2010 is the centenary of the Village Club (Parish Rooms) on Stockport Road. The society put together a display which you can see at the Fair, (and a booklet for sale - funds going to Timperley Parish).
The Society's AGM will be on Tuesday 12th Oct, our first meeting of the year, with Mary Eastwood as speaker, when you can catch up on society news. (See overleaf for details.)
Altrincham in Bloom - We're awaiting the results of this year's competition, which included for the first time Moss Park Gardens at the corner of Moss Lane and Park Road, looking good following the hard work of John Lougheed and the Friends.
Work to develop allotments by Pickering Lodge was delayed when a well was found (from the days of the farm there). I think there's a waiting list.
Timperley Band - Sadly the Timperley Band has folded after several successful years. For the story of the band see their website www.timperleyband.org. We will miss them at the Christmas Concerts at Larkhill - this year we will have Glossop Old Band.
Also sadly we have lost Frank Sidebottom (Chris Sievey) the comedian who made Timperley more famous. You may have seen his Timperley Tour bus, or heard his nasal songs. There is talk of having a statue of 'Frank' (with his papier-mache head) erected somewhere in Timperley.
Timperley on the web. Have you seen the Messenger 's 'Timperley District' page on its website? Mark is in charge of adding stories regularly. You can add comments, so have a look and have your say: http://www.messengnewspapers.co.uk/news/timperleydistrict/
Number 11 Bus -We recently received a reply to our letters to GMPTE regarding the lack of a direct bus route from Timperley Village to Wythenshawe Hospital, and between local communities and the Village shops and services. Revised routes are being brought in - more details to follow.
Annual General Meeting Tuesday 12th October 7.30pm at Larkhill Centre, Thorley Lane Followed by a talk by Mary Eastwood
The Car Park on Thorley Lane has been resurfaced at last, with a new boundary wall, and revised parking layout. Since then, of course, the wall has now been damaged twice by some sort of large vehicle! We have a new Pedestrian crossing on Stockport Road - making a second lot of Belisha Beacon crossings in Timperley (do you know where the other set is?). Unfortunately a traffic accident there on August 2nd caused Stockport Road to be closed with a diversion via Bedford Drive and Aimson Road..
Recent (and not so recent) meetings and events
Last year's Xmas talk 'In the Bleak Midwinter' was an excellent intro to the festive season. Followed by a look forward to warmer times with 'Beekeeping' - an interesting and entertaining evening. Unfortunately the talk on Stained Glass had to be cancelled as the speaker was now not available on Tuesdays. Mart Rodgers entertained us with his 'Life in Jazz', an excellent evening. The talk on the Crown Prosecution Service was another good evening which involved the audience in deciding who to prosecute! Our May evening visit to the site of Timperley Old Hall attracted about 20 people to hear Derek Pierce from STAG explaining the archaeology of the moated site. If you haven't yet been there, try on a Sunday or Tuesday, but be quick, the dig will be finishing soon and be filled in.
Have you got any ideas for topics or speakers for future Open Meetings? Let us know if you think the selection of topics is OK.
Planning Applications - It's been fairly quiet for planning applications the last few months - we have checked quite a few but only commented on one or two applications.
Extra Care Home - The site at Newbury Court - 'Newhaven' is due to open in January 2011. There will be 38 homes of one or two bedrooms. Some facilities there will be open to locals, e.g. cafe, hairdressers.
Timperley Walk no.4: "Brooks, Woods and Secret Agents" is nearly ready, Hazel and Naomi have still not done their trial run! And thinking of footpaths, a walk in aid of Altrincham Hospital asked the police about getting access to use The Boggart footpath off Heyes Lane, which was made a 'gated' path a couple of years ago. But no joy - the reply was 'Access denied'. So much for it being a right of way!
More Timperley news is available from Broomwood Community Association website, which has details of activities and news. See - www.broomwoodvoice.com Don't forget Timperley Trekkers walk out on Wednesdays, starting from the Broomwood - check posters for dates.
FUTURE EVENTS - Please watch out for the location of events
Sat llth Sept; Timperley Country Fair and Horticultural Society Show at Larkhill,
Thorley Lane. Opens at 10am until 3.30pm
25th Sept; Apple Day at Timperley Community Orchard off Langham Grove - see and
sample different varieties, well worth a visit for the apple cake alone. (Mmm)
Tues 12th Oct; Annual General Meeting 7.30pm at Larkhill Centre, Thorley Lane. Followed by a
talk by Mary Eastwood about Timperley Community Orchard
Tues 14th Dec; Christmas meeting 7.30 at the Village Club, Stockport Road - for Festive punch
and mince pies and a mystery speaker.Tues 4th Jan 2011 A talk on 'Great Comedians*