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Jewish care village residents prepare for New Year

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Residents at Manchester’s only Jewish care village have been preparing for the Jewish New Year by making gifts and traditional treats ahead of the festivities. The community at Belong Morris Feinmann came together to create floral arrangements, which are traditionally given as gifts at Jewish New Year. They also took part in a baking session where they made a traditional …

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Win 4 tickets to see Manchester City take on Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday 26th September

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After an opening 4-0 win against Feyenoord, next up in the Champions League for Manchester City are Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk. Be there to watch all the action live from 7.45pm, on Tuesday 26th September.    To enter, answer the following question: Which month is this match being held? A) September          B) October         …

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Celebrities take to Manchester waterways in ‘oar-some’ Stand Up To Cancer challenge

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Celebrities are swapping dry land for the waterways around Greater Manchester as they support an epic canoe challenge to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer. Judge Rinder, Michelle Heaton, Hollyoaks’ Anna Passey and Rory Douglas Speed, One Show presenter Michelle Ackerley and Key 103’s Mike Toolan are among celebrities taking part in the charity fundraising event which sees celebrities …

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Bowdon Club ‘boasts’ new state of the art facilities

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Bowdon Club, South Downs Road, Bowdon, unveiled its new state-of-the art squash facility, supported by Sport England, on Friday 15 September with a guest appearance by Nick Matthews OBE, the most decorated British squash player of all time. Nick, whose achievements include a number 1 world ranking; three world titles; three times British Open Champion; and a double Commonwealth Games gold …

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JJ Adams returns to Hotel Gotham to host exclusive ‘In Key’ exhibition

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  Renowned British mixed media artist JJ Adams will return to his roots later this month as he brings his latest exhibition “In Key” to Manchester, including five never-before-seen pieces. The famously iconoclastic Adams will display a collection of both traditional and digital artworks throughout Club Brass, the rooftop member’s area at the summit of Hotel Gotham, with several pieces …

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Manchester property developer sends his daughter off in style

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High profile figures from across the political and business world gathered to celebrate the wedding of Bowdon-based property developer and investor, Aneel Mussarat’s, daughter last weekend in Manchester. Guests including Imran Khan, Cherie Blair and Sadiq Khan watched as Manchester-born Anooshe Mussarat and her property developer beau, Edmund Kissner, said their vows under a crowd of peonies at London’s Dorchester …

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Young reporter, interviews Sale Sharks rugby star

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Rugby star Josh Charnley faced a pitch-side grilling from an eight-year-old boy after the young reporter won a competition to interview the Premiership player. Henry Hatfield, a pupil at Navigation Road Primary School in Altrincham, was the winner of the #touchlinereporter competition run by specialist lender Together, one of the rugby club’s corporate sponsors.  The Cheadle-based finance company offered its …

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Salford gets sporty as BBC One’s Sport Relief comes to MediaCityUK

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Sport Relief 2018 will be broadcast live on BBC One from Salford. Taking place on March 23, the star-studded night of TV will take place in front of a live studio audience as well as millions watching on BBC One from Dock 10 studios at MediaCityUK. The Sport Relief Night of TV sees some of the BBC’s best-loved programmes and nation’s …

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Kids Collective @ APS receives outstanding with Ofsted

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Kids Collective @ APS, an out-of-school Club for children aged 3-11 located in Altrincham Preparatory School for boys, Bowdon, has achieved the highest Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’ Kids Collective Clubs operate at 8 local primary schools: Altrincham Preparatory, Bollin, Bowdon C of E, Cloverlea, Heyes Lane, Navigation, Well Green & Worthington, and is part of the local Elmscot Group of …

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AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN – THE MUSICAL

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Jamie Wilson and Curve are delighted to announce the World Premiere of “AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN – THE MUSICAL” which will open at Curve on 6 April 2018 before playing at theatres across the UK and in Ireland including Manchester Opera House in August 2018.    This brand-new musical is based on the 1982 Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere which tells the story of Zack …

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Hidden Altrincham 2017

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Businesses in Altrincham are really getting behind Hidden Altrincham 2017 which starts on Thursday, 14th September. The Con Club will be one of the restaurants getting involved. The Greenwood street venue will be hosting an exhibition by internationally renowned artist Paola Bazz. Paola Bazz , who lives in Altrincham, originally trained as an architect and practised in Venice. She has …

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Reds far too strong for Blues

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The annual Man  United v Man City match at Didsbury Golf Club saw the Reds in a buoyant mood after retaining the coveted trophy with a resounding win over their bitter Blue rivals. In the absence of regular City stalwarts, Colin Hartley, Fred Finley and Roy Cheetham (trying to avoid more yellow cards) the Blues, with loans and late transfers …

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Cheshire Nine-Hole Championship

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Alderley Edge Golf Club were proud to be the hosts as they staged the first-ever County Nine-Hole Championship in England. They were delighted to be asked by Cheshire to host their inaugural Nine-Hole Championship and provided great hospitality and a very challenging course for a field including men, ladies and juniors from across the county. Setting the pace were first …

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Robins set to reconnect with booming town centre through new BID promotional partnership

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A strategic alliance between Altrincham FC and Altrincham Unlimited is set to bring the club and its fans closer to the local business community, residents and visitors. Altrincham Unlimited, the town’s Business Improvement District (BID), has announced a new partnership with Altrincham Football Club as part of its wider Experience Altrincham Campaign.  The initiative, which officially commenced last Saturday to coincide with …

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The UK’s biggest digital light festival returns to MediaCityUK and Salford Quays

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This winter, Quays Culture will host the UK’s biggest digital light festival, at Salford Quays: Home of MediaCityUK. The annual festival, Lightwaves 2017 will showcase an eclectic programme of digital light art, taking over public spaces for an unforgettable 10 days, from Friday 8 December until Sunday 17 December. #Lightwaves2017 Featuring new and exclusively commissioned digital art displays alongside emerging …

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Manchester video company supports crowdfunding campaigns

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Two Manchester companies are set to collaborate in a bid to support crowdfunding ventures. Video production business JukeMedia.com, based in Accelerate Places, a new co-working space on Princess Street, have joined forces with neighbouring Nuuk Digital – a digital marketing agency for tech start-ups. Juke Media, who aim to engage audiences by creating story-driven, visually inventive video productions and aerial videography …

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Bloomin’ Marvellous

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Community-conscious teenagers raised more than £300 and spent four days clearing, weeding, painting and planting to revitalise the gardens surrounding The Counselling & Family Centre in Altrincham. The 13-strong team said they wanted to ‘make a difference to a charity that makes a difference to so many local people’ and chose to support the Centre in Mayor’s Road as part …

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TV stars urge Manchester to stand up to cancer

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Mancunians are being urged to unite with some of the brightest stars from TV, film and radio and Stand Up To Cancer this autumn. Celebrities including Davina McCall, Alan Carr, Bill Bailey, Edith Bowman and Kirstie Allsopp are backing Stand Up to Cancer, a joint fundraisingcampaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4. Stand Up To Cancer aims to speed up the …

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Fresh Starts / New Routines

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In last month’s column, I wrote about how we, as parents, might learn to thrive throughout the summer holidays. I admit, I experienced a couple of melt-downs over the six weeks. On reflection, this isn’t too bad considering my children have driven me crazy at times, with their separate agendas and our home weirdly resembling a teen hotel on many …

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How to help your child start back at school worry-free

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It’s that time of the year again. All the shops have signs saying ‘Back to School’ and nothing is sadder for a child than knowing their summer holiday is nearly over. However, for some children, the thought of returning to school can be terrifying, especially when the end of the summer holidays comes with major changes such as transferring to a …

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Outdoor PT anyone?

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One HUGE PLUS from being in the great outdoors, (aside from the love of my job), is the FREE VITAMIN D with every session for me and my clients. It’s a win-win. Did you know that recent studies have suggested that up to 50% of adults and children worldwide are vitamin D deficient!? One of the biggest causes of our growing …

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Take the ultimate journey into gin discovery with Bombay Sapphire at Science & Industry

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Working with ten bars across Europe, renowned for their cocktail creativity, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® is launching ‘A Gin of Ten Journeys’– a series of cocktail and immersive drinking experiences which each celebrate one of the ten exquisite botanicals found within its perfectly balanced gin. This summer, take the ultimate journey into gin discovery at one of these ten bars at Manchester’s …

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Manchester business heads for record £15M turnover and transforms student living

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Manchester design and fit-out business are transforming university living across the UK and creating boutique accommodation for a new generation of students – which includes everything from bowling alleys, to dens and games rooms. Preferred Spaces, based in Sale and established in 1996, started out life transforming commercial offices, but when the recession hit in 2008, the business diversified into …

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Music matters at Selfridges: Dutch Uncles & Jesca Hoop to perform live in-store

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As part of its new Music Matters season, Selfridges Trafford will transform its menswear department into a bespoke pop-up gig venue for two exclusive live shows from doyens of Manchester’s alternative music scene – Dutch Uncles and Jesca Hoop. On Thursday 7 September the Breakout Bandstand will host art rock darlings Dutch Uncles. Following critical acclaim for their fifth studio …

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Restaurants needed to serve up charity Meal-for-Meal Deal

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A social enterprise is calling on Greater Manchester eateries to donate a plate. Foodinate, which aims to create a sustainable impact on food poverty, is asking restaurant owners to offer a meal-for-a-meal deal to help the homeless. When a customer chooses a meal marked with the Foodinate logo from a participating restaurant’s menu, a plate of hot food is served up …

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Local nursery receives Millie’s Mark – a new quality mark

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Alderley Edge School for Girls Nursery announced that it has received national recognition for going above and beyond the minimum requirements in paediatric first aid. Alderley Edge School for Girls is the only school in the local area which has achieved this award. With its’ robust processes and documentation, the nursery staff strive to keep children safe by minimising risks …

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Get back to school ready with McArthurGlen Cheshire Oaks

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After a relaxing summer break, back to school preparations can result in a stressful end to the holidays for some families, but with discounts of up to 60% off RRP on over 145 premium, high street and designer brands, McArthurGlen Cheshire Oaks is the one-stop-shop to get children ready for their new school year. Have the kids’ shoes fitted this …

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Giving back to The Christie with Total Warrior

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“On 18th July 2017, my world changed forever.  I lost the only man I have ever loved, my father, Douglas Sparrow.  He fought his disease for five long years, endured four major operations and three years of chemotherapy.  The doctors, nurses, volunteers and all other staff at The Christie made his last years that little bit more tolerable.  He was …

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Francis able to share his ace joy

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  Most holes-in-one have a relatively small audience to witness the joy and delight of the player securing an ace as they often done on remote parts of the golf course. But, 21-handicapper and Whalley Range cricket legend Francis Collins could not have had a better stage for his second career ace as he teed off on the 172-yard par …

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Tunshill ladies set new record

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Ringway Golf Club were great hosts for the Finals Day for the Manchester and District Past Lady Captains providing a superb course, a fantastic buffet and excellent weather to make this a memorable day for the finalists and the Past Lady Captain’s Captain Glenys Ball at her home club. The two qualifying competitions at Dukinfield and Worsley Golf Clubs saw …

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Iconic Tiki bar and lounge Mahiki will open its doors in Manchester this September

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This September, Manchester will add a jewel to its entertainment crown with the arrival of pioneering party haunt Mahiki. Known for exceptional award-winning cocktails, cheeky Tiki vibes and unparalleled fun, Mahiki will also bring the Aloha spirit to its new home at One Central Street. Aloha is a core Mahiki value embodying inclusivity and generosity. Split into two rooms to …

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Bubbles and Berries

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This autumn, float up to the clouds and tantalise your senses with Cloud 23’s new offering – Bubbles and Berries.  Hilton Manchester Deansgate’s luxury taste experience features bespoke Bubbles & Berries themed cocktails, an indulgent afternoon tea and a phenomenal 5-course cocktail progression with a tapas style menu. The progression menu starts with a fruity cocktail of Perrier Jouet Brut, …

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Live music and free festival fun in Altrincham this bank holiday weekend!

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Altrincham’s hugely popular Goose Green Summer Festival, now in its third year, will be back this August bank holiday weekend with a fantastic line-up of bands and singers from all over the north west heading to the town centre for a jam-packed weekend of live music and entertainment. After the success of last year’s festival, which attracted over 4000 people, …

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Alderley girls celebrate A Level success

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Alderley Edge School for Girls is delighted to report another year of excellent A level results. With an overall pass rate of 100%, a third of all grades being an A or an A* and 96% of girls meeting their university offers, the girls have given themselves every opportunity to continue to flourish as they progress to university or to …

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Withington Head Girls notch up top results

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Withington Girls’ School Head Girls Team are set to take up their first-choice university places having notched up an impressive clean sweep of top grades, securing 10 A* and A grades between them.  Head Girl Emily Herbert, from Styal, is going to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford after achieving 2A*s in Mathematics and History and …

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UK’s leading etiquette expert offers homeowners tips to avoid upsetting neighbours

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With summer and school holidays in full swing, making the most of the sun is on everyone’s agenda. William Hanson, regarded as the UK’s most trusted authority on etiquette, has teamed up with the UK’s leading housebuilder, Barratt Homes, to help homeowners master good manners in the garden with the Barratt Homes’ Guide to Garden Etiquette. Offering advice on all …

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Tony Warren celebrated in new exhibition depicting his journey to Coronation Street

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  The early life and career of Tony Warren, creator of Coronation Street, the world’s longest-running continuing drama, will be remembered in an exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, which is operated by Salford Community Leisure. Four Miles from Manchester; Tony Warren’s Coronation Street runs from Saturday 21 October 2017 to Tuesday 3 July 2018. The exhibition will showcase aspects of …

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Celebrate national rum day in style

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Celebrate National Rum Day on 16th August with an exotic taste of the strong stuff. Here’s three of Corn Exchange’s top picks…   Cabana Daiquiri The Brasilians are famed for their unbeatable cocktails, so Cabana knows a thing or two about making an epic beverage. The Cabana Daiquiri is a traditional mix of rum, citrus, sugar – if you want a fruity kick, add …

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Another huge success for Norton Barrie Day

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Northenden Golf Club has hosted the Norton Barrie Charity Golf Day for the past nine years to raise funds for The Christie Cancer Charity and it continues to grow with great success. It is organised by Northenden member Blake Norton in memory of his father Barrie Norton. Blake said: “This year we raised a fabulous £12,000 and it takes the total …

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Anxiety & Illness

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  We all know how debilitating anxiety can be. When sombody suffers from intense anxiety it can cause breathing to become difficult, your heart races and your body starts to shake. Anxiety can hold us back and stop us living the life we want. Worse still, if you live your life in a state of constant anxiety, over time this …

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Growing your glutes

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Why growing your ass is progress. My ass has grown and I’m really happy – and no it’s not as I’ve been tucking into boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts! So why is having a BIGGER BOTTOM such a good thing? The ‘bottom’ in the gym world is mostly referred to as the GLUTES. Your glutes are the biggest and (could …

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Coping with kids

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In last month’s column I wrote about the health benefits of holidays. August is traditionally the month most families take their summer break, it’s also when parents are confronted with the big question – ‘how on earth am I going to cope over the next five or six weeks?’ While school offers a safe, structured routine and regular childcare, a …

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Clubhouse extension a great addition at Hale

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Hale Golf Club officials and members are delighted with the extension to their already excellent clubhouse which was completed in just 17 weeks. Hale professional Richard Booth has benefitted with a new professional’s shop which is now in full working order. Richard said: “As well as the new pro shop there are other add-ons that include a bigger bar area …

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Neil Barrett puts Hale Carnival goers in the picture – for free!

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Multi-award winning Neil Barrett Portrait Photography recently presented visitors to its Hale Barns Carnival display stand with some luxury prize winning opportunities.  The Timperley based studio ran a Carnival-themed competition offering an exclusive first prize of a Neil Barrett Family Portrait Experience worth £500. Several runner-up prizes each worth £120 were also up for grabs. The first correct competition entry …

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Tatton Park welcomes birth of rare Shire Horse

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A very unique arrival was born at Tatton Park on 16 July. Named Secret Sensation (after her great-great grandmother, Arclid Sensation), the rare female Shire horse was eight days overdue and had been excitedly anticipated by all at Tatton.  Visitors to the Farm leading up to her birth were treated with a sneak peak vet scan of her mother, Tabitha’s, …

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Longest continuous inflatable obstacle course bounces into the North West

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The longest, continuous, inflatable obstacle course in the world is bouncing into the North West this weekend. Tickets are selling fast for the chance to experience the 1,000ft long Labyrinth Challenge which takes place at Haydock Park Racecourse on July 29 and 30. The thrilling course begins with participants jumping off a 20ft platform into a crash bag and concludes with …

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Basil & Bea brings curated luxury to Greater Manchester with exclusive launch event

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Contemporary women’s clothing and lifestyle store, Basil & Bea, has launched in Hale with a collection of clothing, accessories and homewares, each with an individual story to tell. Marking the opening with an exclusive launch event, attendees indulged in vegan canapes and cocktails from The Garden, Hale, while enjoying live music from a contemporary saxophonist. The first independent endeavour from …

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LEGOLAND®Discovery Centre Manchester LIVE at intu Trafford Centre!

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On Thursday 27 July, LEGOLAND®Discovery Centre Manchester is bringing the magic of LEGO® and its attraction live to the stage at intu Trafford Centre, in what promises to be an unforgettable family day out! Kicking off a summer of fun at LEGOLAND®Discovery Centre Manchester,the all-day LEGO® Ninjago™ themed extravaganza will feature live appearances from the centre’s Master Model Builder Alex – a LEGO® extraordinaire who can create ANYTHING from the …

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Disney on Ice comes to Manchester

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Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they take audiences on a fun-filled tour in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure. Journey to the most memorable Disney destinations with all of your favorite characters and get swept away by classic tales that have captivated the world. You and your family will explore the African Pride Lands with Simba, Timon …

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Celebrate the new graduate in your family with discounts at Corn Exchange

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Looking for somewhere to reward the brains of the family? Take the family to Corn Exchange and celebrate graduation in style, with exclusive offers at Banyan, Cosy Club and Mowgli. BANYAN Champagne is in order after picking up your certificate, so Banyan is offering £10 off bottles of bubbly when you pre-book a table between 10th – 28th July. Banyan is famous for its enviable …

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A taste of Italy in the clouds

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Cloud 23 is introducing its first Apertivo menu inspired by the Italian tradition of relaxing with friends over luxurious classic cocktails accompanied by delicious mini treats. Enjoy a piece of the Mediterranean every day between 5pm and 8pm and take in the sunny views of the city’s skyline from Hilton Manchester Deansgate’s 23rd floor. Indulge in a range of Sky Bites, …

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Alderley Edge Hotel welcomes new General Manager and announces refurbishment

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Alderley Edge Hotel, part of the JW Lees family, are happy to announce the appointment of John Scott as their new General Manager. John joins the Hotel from Best Western Plus Pinewood on Wilmslow Hotel, after a successful six years. John managed the extensive refurbishments at The Pinewood Hotel and is the perfect person to see Alderley Edge Hotel through …

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Hair-raising science show for Broad Oak Primary pupils

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Pupils at Broad Oak Primary School in East Didsbury enjoyed a hair-raising visit from a bunch of mad scientists during a special class on electricity recently. National Grid is currently working on refurbishing the overhead power line which runs between substations at Bredbury and Sale and so organised the show to teach children about some interesting aspects of the science …

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Sharks first team stars announced as disability ambassadors

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Sale Sharks’ first team stars Halani Aulika and George Nott have been confirmed as disability ambassadors for this season for the club’s inclusive ‘In the Pack’ community programme. Tonga prop Aulika will join the programme, which promotes rugby as a fully inclusive sport for all, as a player ambassador, whilst lock forward Nott has supported the Sale Sharks Community Trust’s …

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Summer brings adventure at Stockport Grammar

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From exploring Borneo to ghyll scrambling in Grasmere, Stockport Grammar pupils will return to school refreshed in September following an action packed summer trips programme. Second Year pupils spent four days in the Lake District embarking on a host of exciting activities such as canyoning, canoeing, raft building and ghyll scrambling. Sixth Formers spent three weeks in Borneo volunteering and …

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CareerScape – an inspirational exhibition of creative work by Trafford primary school children about the world of work

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Children from Trafford Primary Schools will be exhibiting posters that they have created about the world of work and their future career aspirations at an innovative exhibition in Sale Library this summer. The CareerScape Exhibition will start on Monday the 17th July and is the culmination of a careers education programme that the children have been working on with local …

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Altrincham app goes live for town centre workers

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With an estimated 10,000 people working in Altrincham town centre, Altrincham Unlimited has launched a brand new money-saving app for town centre workers. Named ‘LoyALTY’, the app is available to anyone working in Altrincham town centre and will give users exclusive access to offers, discounts and loyalty schemes from shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, health & beauty businesses and professional …

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Cameron wins gold at World Transplant Games

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Grange Sixth Form student, Cameron McGregor-Ogden, won Gold in badminton at the World Transplant Games, held in Malaga at the end of June into early July. Cameron’s victory makes him the world champion in the 15-17 age group. The World Transplant Games saw 2,500 transplant athletes from 52 countries, competing in 17 sports. After being selected for a spot on …

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The Ride and The Serpentine launched at exclusive Alderley Park

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One of Cheshire’s most prestigious developments for years – Alderley Park, is beginning to take shape with the launch of two new additions: The Ride and The Serpentine. Created by renowned luxury specialist PH Homes, this eagerly-anticipated residential enclave near to fashionable Alderley Edge promises to ‘redefine Alderley living’ and these two new stages will add a wide variety of …

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House of Evelyn opens with A lister Sadie Frost

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Spring Gardens, one of Manchester’s most prestigious thoroughfare and is part of the Upper King Street conservation area is set to become home to what will be the most luxurious unisex hair and beauty salon in the city. House Of Evelyn – brainchild of 28 year old Manchester University International Fashion Retail Graduate Evelyn Cong  – threw open it’s doors …

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Manchester pupils go bananas for energy during E.ON’s Creative Conductors workshop

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Pupils at nine schools across Manchester have made sweet music during an interactive workshop which saw them use anything from bananas to plasticine and high-fives to make circuits that enabled them to create instruments and play music via their computers. E.ON’s innovative ‘Creative Conductors’ workshop is designed to help pupils’ understanding of electricity, conduction and circuits, and concluded with primary …

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Busy days for Manchester Captains

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A good field of 68 players took part in the traditional opening day of the Manchester Captains season at Reddish Vale Golf Golf Club as they played for the Founders Trophy. Vale were great hosts providing a fine course with dry and sunny weather backed by a cool breeze. Making the most of the conditions were winning pair Fred Finley (Didsbury) …

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Jimmy completes 125 at Marple

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Marple Golf Club professional Jimmy Lister, who began his golf as junior at Denton and completed his PGA course there then enjoying being the professional at Oldham GC before moving to his present post at Marple. Along with the members Jimmy has enjoyed taking a full part in the club’s 125th year anniversary celebrations. Jimmy decided to celebrate the anniversary …

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Hepplestone Gallery show rare Harold Riley painting

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Hepplestone Fine Art Gallery in Heskin, Lancashire, have received an original oil painting by Salfordian artist, Harold Riley. The Retail Art Gallery of the Year 2016 took delivery of the rare work titled ‘Figure Study’ this week and will be displaying the painting by the end of July priced at £7,950. Originating from Salford and returning to live there in …

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Forever Unique hosts Celebrity Danceathon in aid of the We Love MCR Charity Emergency Fund

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Forever Unique have hosted a charity DANCETHON in light of the tragic Manchester attacks to raise money for the We Love ManchesterEmergency fund. The event took place on 5 July inside the Sports Hall at Parrs Wood High School, East Didsbury.                        Forever Unique is owned by Seema Malhotra, star of the Real Housewives of Cheshire, who invited a whole host of her celebrity friends to ‘join …

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First glimpse of Manchester’s largest micro-apartment scheme

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Micro-apartment specialist Inspired Homes has unveiled what is believed to be Greater Manchester’s largest micro-apartment development. Fabrick in Cheadle Hulme, SK8 is a groundbreaking new development of 184 studio, one and two bedroom micro-apartments offering high quality, low cost accommodation to Manchester’s young professionals. The apartments will include wood flooring, designer kitchens with stone worktops, designer bathrooms and 1GB Hyperoptic …

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Diane Berry Kitchens joins the ranks of the BKU Awards winners

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Diane Berry Kitchens won Kitchen Showroom of the Year 2017 at the BKU Awards and was highly commended for Independent Kitchen Retailer of the Year. A BKU Award is a prestigious stamp of endorsement acknowledging outstanding service and hard work as voted for by the industry. The BKU Awards 2017 took place last night at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in …

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Cheshire Oaks pulls out all the stops to offer ultimate summer holiday day out

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The centre has been transformed into a destination of family fun, where visitors can enjoy an open-air summer plaza area with a pop up bar, BBQ grill shack and giant games for kids including: Connect 4, Snakes & Ladders, Dominoes, Jenga, Quoits and Noughts & Crosses. The Summer Social will officially launch on Monday 24th July and will run until …

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Tram Tracks

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  Transport for Greater Manchester and The Bridgewater Hall are joining forces to deliver an exciting project, Tram Tracks, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Metrolink and The Bridgewater Hall’s 21st Birthday. Tram Tracks is a large-scale creative music project which aims to truly reflect the diverse communities across Greater Manchester and how those communities’ lives have been changed by the …

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First Hosts sign up to support Altrincham

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Altrincham Hosts’ Launch Evening took place on Friday 23 June at Altrincham Town Hall, giving local people the opportunity to find out about a variety of ways in which they can make a difference by volunteering at events and activities in Altrincham. Modelled on the successful Knutsford Hosts scheme, which has been running for three years and now has over 85 …

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People’s History Museum shortlisted for Family Friendly Museum Award 2017

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The national museum of democracy, the People’s History Museum (PHM) in Manchester, has been shortlisted for the Family Friendly Museum Award 2017; not only the biggest museum award in Britain, but also the only one where children and families pick the winners. Liz Thorpe, Learning Officer for the People’s History Museum said: “We are thrilled to be shortlisted for the prestigious Family Friendly Museum Award; our work with families and …

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Tennis legends serve up three-day tournament at The Mere

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The region’s glitterati gathered to sip Taittinger and Pimms in the sun, shop around at the luxury boutiques and watch former Wimbledon champions return to the court during the stunning three-day Boodles Tennis tournament. Business leaders mingled with guests and tennis stars including Goran Ivanisevic and Kim Clijsters during the renowned glitzy stylish three-day garden party. Now in its sixth …

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The most furry frequent flyer

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British Airways has welcomed one of its most frequent flyers on board a flight from Heathrow to Manchester – EJ the Golden Labrador. The fully trained assistance dog, who travelled with his owner, Hounds for Heroes charity founder Allen Parton, notched up his 262nd flight when he flew north. But he wasn’t the only canine customer on board the flight, next …

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Ed Sheeran gives exclusive interview to Manchester Music College to celebrate its 25th birthday

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Award-winning Musician and Access to Music patron, Ed Sheeran MBE, gave the college’s Manchester-based marketing team a backstage exclusive interview recently, where he talked Glastonbury, Game of Thrones and how the college helped him get where he is today. Access to Music is celebrating its 25th anniversary and has its flagship centre in Manchester at the former legendary Jilly’s Rockworld …

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The Raj

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There are wonderful Indian restaurants popping up all over the UK, especially in thriving capitals like Edinburgh, but how do you know which ones are worth a visit? Well, quality is certainly a key factor, but what many of us are really looking for is authenticity. The Raj has one of the most authentically Indian menus I have ever seen, …

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Ramsay Garden Apartments

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The Ramsay Garden Apartments are set in close proximity to Edinburgh castle, with stunning views, easy access and every luxury on offer. There are several apartments on offer for rental, each with a unique charm that will ensure you have the best stay possible in Edinburgh. Each is exquisitely decorated and provides you with all the practicalities you need for …

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Element Review

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Edinburgh is a busy city; filled with wonderful nooks and crannies to be explored and much to enjoy. Sometimes what you really need though is a quiet spot to relax, soak up the Scottish atmosphere and grab a bight to eat. Element is the perfect place for you to do so. Set along the cobbled and picturesque Rose Street, just …

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Reduce your fear of flying fast

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In this month’s article, I’m going to talk about fear of flying. This makes up about 80% of my work with my clients, thanks mainly to my interventions that you can see on the BBC and YouTube. It’s said that one in four people have a fear of flying, however, a fear of flying can mean different things to different …

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Life on a tomato based diet

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Life on a tomato based diet…Well actually I only lasted 2 days so I cant really say ‘life’ – what I can say is, it sucks. Don’t try it. You will become hungry. And when you do you will probably eat the contents of a whole supermarket isle when you finally give in. Which you will. I remember the day well …

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Benefits of a summer holiday

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In honour of his birthday, the Roman Senate in 44BC named the month of July after their powerful leader and statesman, Julius Caesar. Prior to that it had been known as Quintilis (meaning fifth) being the fifth month of the old calendar year.   July is on average the warmest month of the year here in the UK and one …

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Ice Cream aficionados with Home Chef from Nisbets

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Ice cream is one of the best frozen desserts in the world. It’s so easy to make at home and can taste better than many shop-bought equivalents. But the best thing about homemade ice cream is that you can put exactly what you want into the recipe making it easy to create something you’ll love. The Buffalo Ice Cream Maker …

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Rutland Apartments

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The Rutland Apartments are a series of luxury apartments built right along the street from the famous Rutland Hotel in Edinburgh. Set in a truly fabulous location, these comfortable and stylish apartments are perfect for a weekend of pampering, or a longer stay to really settle in. You can enjoy all the benefits of The Rutland Hotel, including breakfast in …

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Badger & Co.

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If you’re looking for a hearty, wholesome meal in Edinburgh then look no further than Badger & Co. This extraordinary restaurant is placed in the centre of Edinburgh, in the former home of Kenneth Grahame, the author of Wind in the Willows. That alone would be enough to attract many guests, but with a delicious menu on offer and an …

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Cheshire Oaks kicks off 2017 with 12 new store openings

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McArthurGlen Designer Outlets Cheshire Oaks has had a fantastic first six months of 2017 with 12 new store launches or expansions coming to the centre creating 75 new jobs for the community. Always seeking to provide their consumers with the best possible experience and ensuring an ever evolving retail offering to excite their customers, kicking off 2017 with such a strong curation of …

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Funny Girl returns to Manchester Palace Theatre

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Funny Girl, which enjoyed critically acclaimed and record-breaking sold-out runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Savoy Theatre, returns to Manchester Palace Theatre in August to complete its national tour. Playing opposite Sheridan Smith is Darius Campbell as Nick Arnstein.  They are joined by Nigel Barber (Florenz Ziegfeld), Zoë Ann Bown (Mrs. Meeker), Martin Callaghan (Mr. Keeney), Jennifer Harding(Emma), Rachel Izen (Mrs Brice), Joshua Lay (Eddie) and Myra Sands (Mrs. Strakosh); with Rhianne Alleyne, Kit Benjamin, Lloyd Davies, Flora Dawson, Joseph Dockree, Abigayle Honeywill, Brontë Lavine, David …

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Experimental drug trial at The Christie provides lifeline for cancer patient

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A patient with a fast‑growing lymphatic cancer (non-Hodgkin lymphoma) who had failed to adequately respond to previous cancer treatments, has had a dramatic response to a brand new drug known as ADCT-402 which he is receiving as part of a clinical trial at the Christie in Manchester.    Husband, father and grandfather Michael Prestidge, 59, from Wilmslow, was diagnosed with stage 4 …

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Manchester tech giant partners with Manchester High School for Girls

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UKFast, the country’s largest privately-owned hosting provider, and Manchester High School for Girls, one of the city’s top performing schools, have joined forces in a bid to tackle the widening gender gap across the tech industries. The official educational partnership will see UKFast deliver curricular support, technical workshops, work experience and advice on career pathways to the school’s 938 pupils, …

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Tesco Stores in Altrincham encourage children to stay fit and healthy

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Young children from across Altrincham are being encouraged to stay fit and active thanks to a scheme supported by the town’s Tesco stores. Working in partnership with Tesco, the Trafford School Sports Partnership wants to encourage as many young people as possible to Move More and Sit Less. As part of the STEPs Challenge, primary school pupils across the area …

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Mother-daughter duo steal show at Bursary Ball

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Saturday 10th June saw Manchester High School for Girls host its eighth Bursary Ball at the Hilton Hotel on Deansgate. Over £22,500 was raised, with all funds going directly to the school’s Pankhurst Bursary Fund.  Despite the event being compared by well-known Key 103 presenter, Darren Proctor, and television personality, Jenny Powell, it was mother and daughter duo, Jennifer and Nicola …

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Manchester based Kevin Glancy & Jonathan Fawcett task IF to launch its luxury showroom

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Altrincham based IF agency, is continuing to oversee branding and strategy for Kevin Glancy and Jonathan Fawcett Limited, an internationally renowned business which supply exclusive products to the world’s most luxurious superyachts, residences and private aircraft. The IF agency recently worked with Kevin and Jonathan on the design for ‘Immerse 17’ – a private invite only event, to launch their …

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Local specialist urges: “Recognise big role of small business”

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The new government must recognise the big role of small business in the future of our economy, according to a local small business accountancy specialist. Phil Cornish who runs TaxAssist Accountants in Altrincham said:   “Whatever the make-up of the new government, it must recognise the vital role played by local small business owners, who are part of a national legion of …

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Festival without the fuss with The Vicarage

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The Vicarage Hotel in Cheshire is offering a package that’s out of this world for guests wanting to combine a trip to Jodrell Bank’s award-winning Bluedot Festival with the comfort and luxury of an overnight stay. Set against the stunning backdrop of Jodrell Bank’s iconic Lovell Telescope, Bluedot Festival takes place from 7-9th July and combines a star-studded line-up of …

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New Monitor for NWTS

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Children’s charity MedEquip4Kids has provided an Intellivue MP5 Monitor for the North West and North Wales Paediatric Transport Service (NWTS), thanks to a generous donation by Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation. The Manchester based office of the nationwide law firm spent the last year raising a record-breaking £16,000 for the charity. NWTS provide 24/7 stabilisation and transfer of critically ill children …

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Nearly 5,000 women take on Race for Life at Tatton Park

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Almost 5,000 women braved the drizzle to join the fight against cancer at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at Tatton Park. Runners, joggers and walkers, including cancer survivors and people taking part in memory or celebration of a loved one, took on the Pretty Muddy obstacle course on Saturday 24 or chose a 5k or 10k event on Sunday 25 …

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Fire Tech: Teaching 21st Century Tech Skills to 9-17 Year Olds in Manchester

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Fire Tech, a provider of hands-on, innovative education technology courses for 9-17 year olds, will be launching its summer tech camps in Manchester from 24th July – 11th August at The University of Manchester. Fire Tech offers a range of courses in coding, creating and making, such as video game design, app design, robotics and digital music production which are …

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Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff to make stage debut in Fat Friends – the Musical

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Former England cricket captain and star of SKY’s League of Their Own, Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff will swap the cricket pitch to tread the boards as he joins an all- star cast for the world premiere of Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends – the Musical which comes to Manchester Opera House from Mon 19 – Sat 24 March 2018. Freddie will play Kevin Chadwick opposite the previously announced, Jodie Prenger as his …

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Blackstone continues to expand & nurture young talent

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Blackstone Solicitors have announced further expansion as two new employees join the team in the Hale office and one internal promotion is made. Set up in 2010 by Emma Nawaz with a focus on Commercial Litigation, the firm was quickly recognised achieving a string of award accolades and establishing a portfolio of clients locally, nationally, and internationally. Earlier this year …

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LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester searches for young LEGO® Masters

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LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre, at intu Trafford Centre Manchester, is offering the dream job for budding LEGO builders – to be part of its official Creative Crew in 2017. A much sought after position; being part of this year’s Creative Crew includes unlimited entry in to UK’s only LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre for you and your family for a year and creative build sessions with …

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BID Awards celebrate unlimited success in Altrincham!

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Altrincham town centre businesses turned out in force this week to recognise the achievements of businesses from a range of sectors at the first Altrincham Unlimited BID Awards. Hosted by BBC North West presenter Beccy Barr, the awards took place at the Cresta Court Hotel in Altrincham on Tuesday 20thJune. Winners and runners up in nine categories were selected based …

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Sandbach great grandfather launches business to prevent Alzheimer’s

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A great grandfather from Cheshire has launched a business that has the potential to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, thanks to a loan and support from Business Finance Solutions (BFS) the North West delivery partner of the government’s national £310m Start Up Loans programme and a lending partner of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Proving that it’s never too late …

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Manchester’s digital and technology professionals reveal the city’s pull

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Professionals in Manchester’s booming digital sector have revealed their reasons for living and working in the city as part of a relocation campaign spearheaded by Manchester Digital, which aims to encourage more digital and tech professionals to move to the region.   In the research of 300 digital professionals residing in Manchester, over half of respondents said it is the cost of …

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Cloud 23 launches the ultimate music and taste experience

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Welcome to Manchester’s first music venue in the clouds. Hilton Manchester Deansgate is set to launch an all-new ‘Summer of Music’ at Cloud 23. Every month, watch the panoramic, sky bar transform into the ultimate music and party venue, featuring live music from some of Manchester’s finest artists, DJs and bands. A variety of musical acts will take to the stage, …

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IWM North to present largest UK retrospective of Wyndham Lewis, coinciding with its 15th anniversary year

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From 23 June 2017 until 1 January 2018, IWM North will present Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War, the largest UK retrospective of the artist and writer’s work to date. The exhibition will be exclusive to IWM North and coincides with the 15th anniversary of the multi award winning museum that brings the national collection to northern audiences. A radical force in …

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Gaming icons, YouTube stars and Minecraft wizards at Digital Kids Show

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Manchester has been chosen as the place to host an amazing line-up of famous YouTubers in November, as part of the all-inclusive family day out Digital Kids Show. World renowned gaming legend, Ali-A, who has over 13,500,000 subscribers across his two channels and more than three billion video views, has been confirmed to appear at the 2017 event, which returns to EVENTCITY in Manchester from Saturday …

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Local entrepreneur fires up the catering industry

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Knutsford, Cheshire: The Flaming Gourmand is a new gourmet barbecue business set up by local entrepreneur Chris Martin catering for weddings, parties and corporate events. Chris Martin was a regular 9-5 employee in the events industry until a sudden life-change meant he had to switch careers. He’d been in love with barbecuing since he was a young boy so here …

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ARC Design Services pick up a prestigious award

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Cheshire based architectural and design company ARC Design Services, have been announced the winners at the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2017 North West in the Best Individual New Home category. ARC Designed Services are delighted to receive an award from LABC, who prioritise their awards based upon excellence demonstrated in construction and technical building control. The well deserved acclaim has …

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Hyde youngster and Royal Navy veteran shortlisted for national rugby awards

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Leo Gradwell Spencer, 11, has made final shortlist for prestigious Premiership Rugby award after attending Sale Sharks rugby camps. Winnington Park Rugby Club volunteer Paula Bradbury, Royal Navy veteran Ian Rudge and Sharks coach Vicky Irwin also nominated for awards at July ceremony An 11-year-old from Hyde who tackled his autism by playing rugby with Sale Sharks and a Royal Navy …

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Didsbury Arts Festival 2017 24 June – 2 July

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DAF is back! With 100 amazing events packed into nine days, this year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever!  With live music, visual arts, film, drama, comedy, family fun and much, much more, there’s certainly something for everyone … Join in the opening celebrations at Fletcher Moss Park on Saturday 24 June (from 11 am) with live music …

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Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage Visits Manchester Palace Theatre

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Producers Karl Sydow and Paul Elliott are delighted to announce that the new UK production of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, is mamboing back onto the road after a sensational Christmas season in the West End followed by international dates in Bremen and Cannes. The show tours the UK and Ireland until the autumn of 2017, which includes Manchester …

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Techies gear up for charity bike ride

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A group of digital whizzes are set to take to their bikes in a gruelling cycling challenge to help raise funds for charity Prevent Breast Cancer. Five employees from Altrincham-based digital signage agency Pixel Inspiration will be taking part in the London to Paris Cycle Challenge, which will see them, along with five other supporters, travel a mammoth 320 miles …

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Discounts and deals just for Dad

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Still thinking of ways to treat your old man this Father’s Day? Corn Exchange has got it covered with special offers ranging from a freee round of drinks, to complimentary slippers and even a decadent roast dinner. COSY CLUB On Sunday 18th June, Cosy Club will be offering your pops a free pair of slippers when he orders a main meal from the menu, …

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Wildcards confirmed and fans get ready for Wimbledon with free tennis in Didsbury

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British players Harriet Dart, Katie Dunn, Katie Swann and Gabriella Taylor have been awarded Main Draw Wildcards for the Aegon Manchester Trophy which runs from Sunday 11 – Sunday 18 June at The Northern Lawn Tennis Club in Didsbury.  The Brits will join local star Naomi Broady in the Main Draw which starts on Tuesday 13 June. Broady, who lives in …

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SEA LIFE Manchester welcomes a baby Blue Spotted Ribbontail Stingray

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SEA LIFE Manchester welcomes a baby Blue Spotted Ribbontail Stingray to its family, naming him Zabaleta, in honour of Manchester City legend Pablo Zabaleta. The baby ray has taken to it’s new home, well like a fish takes to water, since it’s birth at the centre, in May. Somewhat a rarity, the beautiful blue spotted creature was born an only child …

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Forever Unique partners with Transgender model Talulah-Eve for High Summer campaign

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Luxury fashion brand Forever Unique is excited to announce its exclusive brand partnership with transgender model Talulah-Eve. The partnership marks a milestone in the UK fashion industry, with Forever Unique standing as the only British fashion e-tailer to cast a British transgender model in its latest campaign. Talulah-Eve will headline Forever Unique’s High Summer campaign, which comprises of a 15- …

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Fierce Fit

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Fierce Fit has launched the only female health club in the heart of Manchester. It is more than just a gym – it’s a movement encouraging women to feel more comfortable and confident. Whether you’re a gym novice or gym buff Fierce Fit offers a flexible service which fits around you and your abilities. They offer female lead private sessions, …

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Brooks Macdonald Manchester employee’s Jersey challenge – ‘One Island – 300 Miles’

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Claire Bennison, Head of Services & Product Development at Manchester-based investment management firm Brooks Macdonald, is completing a major challenge in Jersey on 5 -10 June in aid of The Christie charity in Manchester. The challenge involves a 100km (62 mile) run and walk, followed by a 200 mile cycle ride (322km) and a 66km swim (41 nautical mile and …

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Another great day for City Old Boys

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  Manchester City Old Boys have enjoyed their annual Golf Day at Didsbury Golf Club for well over ten years and they had another great day of excellent fellowship and competition. The event was organised by Didsbury’s City legend Roy Cheetham and supported by John Williamson and Fred Eyre. Among the City legends on the course were Joe Corrigan, Tommy …

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Bel sets new mark at Sandiway

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Sandiway Golf Club members and staff provided a memorable day for the players, officials and supporters of the Cheshire Girls Championships. Their magnificent course was enjoyed by all players and inspired some great golf. Prestbury Golf Club’s England Girls star Bel Wardle has won the trophy for the past three years and in her final year as a junior set …

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Dr John Fox

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A Consultant Clinical Psychologist across both independent and NHS services since 2002, Dr John Fox is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and has been an active researcher in eating disorders and mental health, with over 60 research papers and one edited book. WHAT ARE EATING DISORDERS? Eating disorders are a rare but serious mental health conditions. …

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Le Cirque rolls into town for Prevent Breast Cancer

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Manchester charity Prevent Breast Cancer raised an impressive £79,000 at its annual ball. The charity transformed The Point at Emirates at Old Trafford into an extravagant vintage circus, complete with acrobats, jugglers and a bearded lady, with guests being treated to show-stopping performances as they dined. Coronation Street star Sally Dynevor, who plays Sally Metcalfe in the soap, was in …

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Rachel Darwick: inspiring events for over 15 years

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Rachel Darwick and her husband Bryan own Eventures, a venue dressing and event planning company in Manchester. Here, Rachel chats to Emily Fitzgibbons about high-profile clients, her love of lavish weddings, and why there’s never a dull moment in the events industry. What gave you the idea to start Eventures? Bryan and I got married in 1997, in a marquee …

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Survey reveals Manchester people attach importance to compassionate values

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Mancunians are more likely to think it is important to be honest, kind and care about social issues than the average UK citizen, yet falsely believe their neighbours prioritise wealth and social status, according to new research published today. Commissioned before the terrorist attack on Manchester last week, the research offers further insight into the outpouring of compassion by the …

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THE ULTRAS 2017 – Celebrating the very best in luxury travel

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The readers of The Telegraph’s luxury travel magazine, Ultratravel, are invited to vote for their preferred holiday providers and destinations. The winners and runners up are announced each year at The ULTRAS – Ultimate Luxury Travel Related Awards. On 22 May 2017, the results for the 2017 ULTRAS were revealed at a reception and ceremony hosted at the iconic London …

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Judy Murray backs Naomi Broady for Aegon Manchester Trophy

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The Northern Lawn Tennis Club in Didsbury received a special visitor yesterday as Judy Murray stopped by ahead of the start of the Aegon Manchester Trophy.  The women’s Wimbledon warm up tournament will run from Sunday 11 – Sunday 18 June and feature international and British tennis stars, including Stockport’s Naomi Broady. Following a visit to the West Didsbury Metrolink …

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How my first book helped me to think about food prep…

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Benjamin Franklin must have known a thing or two about food prep when he uttered the frequently quoted genius words ‘fail to prepare – prepare to fail.’ One of the easiest ways to throw diet and nutrition targets out of the window is often a lot simpler than the amount of gluten, wheat, dairy, carbs, fat or sugar you eat. …

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How to stop ‘bug phobia’ spoiling your summer

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With summer coming, we can expect some nice weather – although often that nice weather is short lived and, when we try to make the most of it, we may find the normal buzzing insects ruining our picnics and those larger-than-normal spiders you seem to see in summer running across your path. It’s bad enough for most of us but …

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Summer Blues

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Named after Juno, the goddess of marriage, June is the month where we can enjoy aperitifs in the garden, fire up the barbeque and turn our attention to everything and anything outdoorsy. June is the sixth month of the year and has the longest number of daylight hours – a whopping sixteen compared with around eight for those dark winter …

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SHOW Dry launches first salon in Manchester

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Tamara Ecclestone, Founder & Creative Director, launches SHOW Dry’s first fully functioning hair salon in Harvey Nichols, Manchester. Just in time for the summer, SHOW Dry launches exclusively at Harvey Nichols, Manchester. With 13 stations and services for both adults and children, customers are treated to a consultation from their stylist followed by their desired treatment. A full repertoire of …

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Peter Kay helps to launch Manchester’s new treetop adventure

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One of Britain’s best-loved comedians, Peter Kay, has cut the ribbon on Manchester’s most exciting new attraction – Treetop Nets. The Bolton born star opened up the brand new Heaton Park treetop adventure park on 26th May, signalling its official opening to the public. The park, which has been in development for over four months and features sky-high giant bouncy …

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Mercury marks 70 years of rock legend

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Join thousands of fans around the UK in 2017 to celebrate 70 years of Freddie Mercury, one of the greatest recording artists of the twentieth century. The Queen frontman would have turned 70 last September and to mark 7 decades of the iconic lead singer of the rock group, Mercury bring their stellar show to Manchester Palace Theatre on Wednesday 7 June. Just over 40 …

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Friendship Force conference comes to Manchester

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Over three hundred delegates from 30 countries are expected to land at Manchester Airport for the 40th anniversary World Conference of Friendship Force International (FFI) at the Midland Hotel from August 24 – 28. Since it began in 1977, FFI has promoted international friendship by setting up home stays around the world to experience how people in other countries live. …

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Knutsford August opening for award-winning Spanish restaurant

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The owners of the North West’s leading Spanish restaurant have confirmed that their third branch will open in Knutsford at the end of August. Evuna, which is also a tapas bar and fine wine merchant already has branches in Manchester on Deansgate and in the city’s Northern Quarter. The award-winning restaurant group is opening Evuna Knutsford in the heart of the …

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Karuna: meditation, mindfulness and mentoring

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Karuna is an internationally experienced meditation teacher, a corporate mindfulness consultant and a personal mentor for those interested in the process of transformation. Karuna’s clients include global financial consultants, Los Angeles-based retail branding specialists, a world-renowned architectural firm, award-winning authors and journalists, small business owners and highly trained athletes. For more than 25 years, Karuna has gained experience throughout the …

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Simply brilliant for Grange textiles students

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Exhibiting alongside professional artists from across Cheshire at the Simply Cheshire event, which took place at Arley Hall, The Grange School’s A-Level Textiles students were awarded the best-in-show runners-up prize. Simply Cheshire is a food, home and gift fair which provides a showcase for Cheshire’s makers and producers. The event took place on Saturday 20 May and Sunday 21 May at the …

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Danny Fox: Hunting for more

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Since starting in the hospitality industry in 1989, at what’s now the Marriott Hotel in Hale Barns, Danny Fox’s career has taken him all the way to… another place in, err, Hale Barns. As the crow flies, that’s less than half a mile. But the vertical trajectory of his career path has been a vastly different story; from trainee bartender …

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Stockport Grammar School celebrates musical successes

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Senior and Junior pupils at Stockport Grammar School won a trio of top prizes at the Alderley Edge Music Festival. The Junior School’s Choir performed ‘The Lord Bless You and Keep You’ by John Rutter and ‘Sing a Jubilant Song’ by Dave and Jean Perry to win the section on their first ever visit to the festival. There was also …

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Call out for community volunteers to join the Altrincham Hosts

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Altrincham Hosts, a new community volunteering initiative for Altrincham town centre, will launch next month. Altrincham Hosts has been modelled on the highly successful Knutsford Hosts initiative, which has been running for three years and is a town-wide family of 85 community volunteers who promote Knutsford and support its many events, local organisations and charities. The founders credit the of success …

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Take That & Party: Fans plan 25 year celebration in city

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A group of Take That fans are preparing to host an epic party to celebrate 25 years since the release of the one-time quintet’s debut album Take That & Party. The Mad Thatters Festival, which is being held on Friday 18 August at Manchester’s Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel, is a charity event in support of Dementia UK. It was …

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Crowd Funding page raises over £1,000 for Manchester Royal staff

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Many acts of kindness showing the true spirit of British people have come out in the last few days. One of many, in support of the staff at Manchester Royal Infirmary, has been organised by a businessman from London because “people working shifts after a bombing shouldn’t buy their own drinks.” Ed Hall, also a volunteer for a lifeboat crew …

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Manchester’s leading Muslim charity start donation for victims of Manchester Arena attacks

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Human Appeal, a Muslim-faith based humanitarian aid charity based in Greater Manchester, have started a page called “Muslims for Manchester” in the hope of raising funds for the victims of Monday night’s attacks. All funds will go supporting the victims and their families of this attack. The chief executive of Human Appeal, Othman Moqbel has released the following statement: “As …

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Sale Ladies retain the Mersey Shield

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The Mersey Ladies Shield had a great field of well over 100 golfers from the five Mersey clubs on a day blessed by superb weather and excellently hosted by defending champions Sale. Sale again set the pace with a string of solid scores but Didsbury kept in touch leaving it until the final match with Val O’Brien and Bev Hopcutt …

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Geoff ready to lead Manchester Captains into another great year

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Geoff Sable has been involved with golf for 27 years and he is looking forward with great anticipation to the coming year as Captain of the Manchester and District Golf Captains with plenty of exciting events to look forward to in a busy year. Geoff said: “My golfing career began in 1990 when I joined Whitefield GC having completed the …

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Local Gospel Choir goes from strength to strength

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Since its formation seven years ago, local choir G:Force has gone from strength to strength with over 100 members. Their next stop is The UK Choir Festival in Manchester. Led by Steve Cook, Formby High School’s Senior Assistant Headteacher, G:Force Gospel Choir is a truly unique, inter-generational choir that provides inspiration, enjoyment and friendship to its members. In recent years, …

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Aspiring Author wins writing competition

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A very young published author, five-year-old Zainah from Ashton-under-Lyne, has been chosen as the best writer in the Young Writers’ regional creative writing competition, ‘My First Story.’ The competition received over 9,000 entries from school children nationwide, and a selection of the best entries is now featured in the regional ‘My First Story 2017’ books. Zainah started studying in the …

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21 – 23 July set to be special for members of Altrincham Court Leet

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Altrincham Court Leet will be celebrating 727 years since the granting of Altrincham’s charter and the reformation of a Guild of Freemen of Altrincham from which future Provosts (Mayors) and the Court Leet will be chosen. A Service of Inauguration of the Guild of the Freemen of Altrincham will take place at St Margaret’s church, Altrincham at 3 pm on …

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Support needed to launch vital critical thinking book for children

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An academic has launched a crowdfunding campaign in order to publish a book on critical thinking, which she says is vital to put an end to what other experts have called ‘teaching children to be stupid.’ Tutor, Eliza Abioye (PhD.) has written the critical thinking workbook, which is aimed at children who are six years and older, as she believes youngsters …

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Kym Marsh sees double

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Kym Marsh met her match at Madame Tussauds Blackpool, where the Coronation Street star unveiled her brand-new wax figure. She could barely believe her eyes when the curtain dropped to reveal her Coronation Street counterpart, Michelle Connor, not only looking back at her but talking too, quoting some of the Corrie character’s most famous one-liners.  Kym excitedly posed side-by-side with her …

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Lucy Spraggan to entertain crowds at Manchester Midnight Walk

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Singer/songwriter Lucy Spraggan will be entertaining the crowds at a special event in Manchester City Centre this June. The X Factor star, from Buxton, will be performing on the main event stage at this year’s Manchester Midnight Walk, in aid of St Ann’s Hospice. Lucy will play to the expected 1,500 walkers before they set off on the 10km sponsored …

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Alex Mattison is enjoying his new role

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Alex Mattison, the Academy manager at the Midgelow School of Golf at the Moorend Golf facility at Woodford, has brought a great wealth of experience in golf to his new role for which he has great ambitions. After enjoying his golf as a junior star at Northenden GC Alex pursued his golfing aims by getting degrees in Sports Technology at …

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Mersey Captains show their class

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Knutsford Golf Club were again superb hosts for the Society of Manchester and District Captains’ Annual Introductory Meeting for new Captains. There were 25 new Captains along with 12 members of the Executive of The Association were treated to nine holes of golf in the delightful setting of Knutsford Golf Club in Tatton Park. The Competition was a Team Stableford …

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Magical Manchester Day returns

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Manchester Day returns on Sunday 18 June, but the magnitude of the day requires thousands of people hours in the weeks running up to the event. This year the city’s annual celebration has been inspired by the everyday Magic of Manchester and the theme: ABRCADABRA! Now in its eighth outing, Manchester Day has become a must see event with tens of …

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New bar and restaurant to open at Corn Exchange Manchester

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Great food deserves the grandest of settings. The award winning Alston Bar & Beef restaurant will be opening its second site in Manchester’s Corn Exchange later this year.  Home to an eclectic mix of some of the very best restaurants in Manchester city centre, diners will be further spoilt for choice in the historic Corn Exchange with Alston Bar & …

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Manchester crowned naked sleeping capital of the UK

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New research has revealed where in the UK people are most likely to sleep in the nude, with Manchester crowned the ‘Naked Sleeping Capital’ of the UK. Leeds, Cardiff, Glasgow and London also made it into the top five places where Britons are most likely to sleep in the buff. According to the study, people who sleep without wearing anything …

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Harvey Nichols unveils the ‘Winfrey’ shoe from Malone Soulless as the global exclusive stockist

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The Malone Souliers limited-edition Winfrey will be available exclusively at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge and Manchester from July 2017. Price £495. Luxury retailer Harvey Nichols will launch the limited edition Winfrey shoe from Malone Souliers’ AW17 collection as the exclusive global stockist in July 2017. With only 16 pieces available, the Winfrey will be sold within the Designer Shoes destination at …

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Withington Girls’ School film premiere

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Withington Girls’ School has unveiled a Heritage Lottery funded film depicting life at the school over the last 75 years, as seen through the eyes of former pupils. The hour-long oral histories documentary ‘Now and Then’ which has just enjoyed its inaugural screening, was the culmination of a year-long project managed by School Archivist Hannah Brown, with contributions by more than 100 WGS girls, staff and alumnae …

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Manchester based squash pro Adam Murrills Top 100 in the world

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Triumphing at the 2017 BCS Russian Open in April, part of the Professional World Tour, the 27-year-old from Bowdon has now won three out of four tournament titles in the last six month. His rich vein of form has seen him leap 63 places in the world rankings, moving from 148 to 85. The rankings were announced in May 2017. Having …

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Celeb chef opens hospice kitchen

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A kitchen installed 25 years ago at Francis House, has undergone a major makeover. After a quarter of a century of producing more than 300,000 meals for the families of children with life-limiting conditions, the kitchen was in desperate need of a refurb. Cramped cupboards and a small serving hatch, have been swapped for modern sleek units and a large island …

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Meet & Greet with Ariana Grande

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This May, multi-platinum selling and Grammy Award-nominated artist, Ariana Grande, will be in Corn Exchange for one night and one night only… all the way from Madame Tussauds Blackpool. Roll out the red carpet and prepare to meet Princess of Pop, Ariana Grande. The singing sensation’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ Tour comes to Manchester on  22 May and Corn Exchange is ready to celebrate …

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Charity football match at The Manchester Grammar School

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Macmillan Cancer Support was the winner when Whitefield-based Graeme Warner organised a charity football match at The Manchester Grammar School (MGS) Held in the grounds of MGS on 28 April 2017, the match was in memory of Stuart Dale, a former porter at MGS who passed away after a battle with cancer in 2005. An All-Star XI made up of …

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Beijing Biddies bring their Tuk Tuk challenge to Manchester

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Four women who are raising funds to help fight children’s cancers by driving two Tuks Tuks round Britain visited Manchester on 12 May.  The Beijing Biddies Tuk Tuk Challenge team stopped off at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre Building, in Wilmslow Road – part of The University of Manchester, to find out about some of the research being carried out …

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When Gary met Raj

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Gary Usher, Chef and Patron of acclaimed restaurants Sticky Walnut in Hoole and Burnt Truffle in Heswall, had just given a talk at the north’s biggest hospitality exhibition about crowdfunding for his latest project. Afterwards, one of his audience at the Northern Restaurant and Bar show, Raju W. Haider, introduced himself to Gary. Raju is the owner of the growing …

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Thomas Cook Airlines’ inaugural Manchester to San Francisco flight takes off

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Thomas Cook Airlines’ inaugural San Francisco flight has taken off, confirming its position as the biggest carrier to the USA from Manchester. Customers were treated to a celebration of USA entertainment and refreshments at the departure gate, with a spectacular Golden Gate Bridge cake marking the start of this fantastic new route for the airline. And two lucky winners from …

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Pub guide votes Roebuck Inn as favourite newcomer

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The Roebuck Inn in Mobberley has been chosen by Alistair Sawday as his ‘Favourite Newcomer’ for 2017 within his prestigious Sawday’s Pubs & Inns Guide of England & Wales just as the Roebuck Inn celebrates being open a year. The Roebuck Inn, located in the picturesque village of Mobberley, re-opened in May last year after a period of significant restoration …

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Talented pianists win at Alderley Edge Festival

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Four talented King’s piano players hit the perfect notes when they won a number of categories at the Alderley Edge Music Festival. The youngest to tickle the ivories was Harriet Bright aged just six from Prestbury who produced a bold and nerveless performance in the Prep Test category, brilliantly performing the joyful ‘Train Ride’ by Sarah Watts. Practise makes perfect for Harriet …

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CBeebies’ Octonauts Land at SEA LIFE

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SEA LIFE Manchester: the final frontier, has joined forces with Captain Barnacles Bear and the Octonauts crew to bring an unforgettable underwater adventure to its centre. From 20 May – 4 June, wannabe Sea Scientists will have the chance to become Octonaut Octo-Glow Explorers, on the voyage of a lifetime. From the rainforests of the Amazon to the deepest depths of the Midnight …

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Manchester Fashion Week: 22-23 May

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Manchester Fashion Week returns in style with 18 shows across two days in May, with designers from Peru, USA and Jamaica choosing Manchester over London to launch their collections. This endorses the message that #northwestisbest. The event, in its third year, directed by Amanda Moss, is a springboard for new designers to showcase their collections in front of an audience …

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Be outstanding in your food festival field

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If fine food and drink float your boat far more than music, then the summer festival season just got very tasty indeed. Food and drink festivals are everywhere this summer – from the touring Great British Food Festival to former Blur bassist Alex James’ Big Feastival. Sharing that passion under the festival banner is a great recipe for success, but who …

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Call for Manchester to Walk All Over Cancer

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People across Greater Manchester are being invited to take on Cancer Research UK’s latest fundraising challenge, Walk All Over Cancer, to help beat cancer sooner. The charity is calling on men and women to sign up now to walk 10,000 steps every day throughout the month of June and raise money through sponsorship. Based on the average person’s strides, 10,000 steps …

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Double title win in ISFA Leagues for Cheadle Hulme School

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Cheadle Hulme School’s first and second football teams are celebrating as champions of the 1st and 2nd ISFA Greater Manchester Leagues. Taking both titles in the independent schools competition, CHS’s 1st XI and 2nd XI footballers fought off strong competition at Bury School from teams across the area including Manchester Grammar and Stockport Grammar schools. CHS’s 1st XI were crowned champions of their …

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Charity calls for walk to school to be made safer in Greater Manchester

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This Walk to School Week (15-19 May), charity Living Streets is calling for the new Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham to prioritise making the Walk to School safer to help tackle a host of problems including child obesity, congestion and air pollution. New research  has found that over a quarter of parents in Manchester (29%) think their city is unsafe …

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CAU Restaurants launch new daily brunch menu

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Buenos Aires inspired steakhouse restaurant CAU Didsbury, is bringing back brunch, with a twist on this all time favourite offering available every day of the week. Overseen by Executive Chef, Jamie Robertson, the menu has been created in response to an ever-growing demand for every day brunching, with an opportunity to showcase the exotic influences of Buenos Aires for which …

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Manchester networking organisation extended

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Paul and Nicola Kilroe of Alderley Edge have extended the services of their Manchester networking organisation, The Boardroom, to include a unique Concierge Service for restaurant & hotel bookings. Due to the couple’s work with the EatDrinkSleep Awards , which celebrates Manchester’s hospitality industry, members of The Boardroom would often ask them at short notice if they could help secure …

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Student from Alderley Edge School for Girls wins runner up in Lego Batman Competition

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A Year 7 student from Alderley Edge School for Girls has won runner up in the national LEGO Batman Builders Competition. Jumanah submitted her application along with many others and has recently been told of her success in the competition. To celebrate the release of The LEGO® Batman Movie earlier this year, there was a competition for young people to …

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The Stanneylands re-opens following £1.7m renovation by The Mere Collection

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The Stanneylands, Wilmslow, Cheshire, re-opened on the 18th April following a £1.7m refurbishment which has transformed the venue into a new food and drink destination for the local community and county. In Dec 2015, the property was purchased for £4.15m and following a closure of four months from January 2017. Co -owners Mark Boler and Gary Corbett’s vision of restoring …

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Altrincham gets first microbrewery

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A brand new microbrewery is opening in Altrincham and it’s called Federation. The brewery shares its home with new bar and restaurant, The Con Club, in the former Working Men’s Conservative Club on Greenwood Street. It will be the town centre’s first microbrewery.  The brewery has been named Federation after the brewery that used to provide beers for the country’s Working …

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Manchester Opera House announces purrfect pantomime cast for Dick Whittington this Christmas

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Manchester Opera House has announced casting for this year’s must-see pantomime adventure, Dick Whittington.  John Barrowman and The Krankies will lead the cast in the magical production which runs from Saturday 9 December to Sunday 7 January 2018 and tickets are already on sale. John Barrowman stars in the title role of the hero Dick Whittington. The hugely popular showman has enjoyed an acclaimed and hugely varied career including …

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All aspects of financial advice

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Jamie Parker Dip PFS, Independent Financial Planner, Kellands (Hale) Ltd, Chartered Financial Planning. Providing all aspects of financial advice: pensions, investments and protection. Here, he looks at some questions they regularly get asked….  What is Inheritance Tax (IHT)? IHT is a tax on the estate of someone who has passed away.  IHT is normally payable if the value of your estate is above £325,000 …

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Graduate Fashion Week welcomes the next British talent

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Now in its 26th year, Graduate Fashion Week helps bridge the gap between graduates and employment. With 22 catwalk shows over four days, it provides the world’s largest platform from which aspiring designers can launch their career. 2017’s Graduate Fashion Week is taking place at the Truman Brewery, 4th-7th June 2017. Graduate Fashion Week is a charity that benefits enormously …

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A blooming marvellous refresh for Home Community Café

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Bright, beautiful blooms will soon festoon Home Community Cafe in Didsbury, marking the transition to summer and its new phase under the steerage of Tom Swingler, Café Manager and Home’s Trustees. Tom has been managing the Café since Christmas and the team has been busily building links with the local community. The first event that will mark this new beginning …

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Enjoy an extraordinary taste of the French Riviera this summer with Grey Goose® Vodka

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Grey Goose – the world’s best tasting vodka, has unveiled a limited edition version of its iconic bottle in time for summer, exclusively in partnership with Harvey Nichols. The Grey Goose Limited Edition Rivieria bottle celebrates the brand’s French heritage and has been designed to transport your senses to the sparkling blue waters and sunny climes of the French Côte …

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Manchester’s most anticipated attraction to open in perfect time for half term

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Manchester’s highly anticipated treetop adventure attraction Treetop Nets has now announced its official launch date. The unique woodland attraction, which will be located at the heart of Manchester’s Heaton Park, will open its gates to the public on Saturday the 27th of May – perfectly timed for half term and May bank holiday family fun in the great outdoors. Treetop Nets, …

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King’s School U11 rugby squad unbeaten all season

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The King’s Junior Department U11 rugby team has recorded an unbeaten season, winning all 15 of their fixtures. In what is being regarded by the King’s rugby staff as one of the best pools of all-round young talent in recent years, King’s dismantled their closest rivals with 50 points winning margins against Manchester Grammar, Stockport Grammar and Cheadle Hulme. Captain and …

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Speed Skater wins European title

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Speed skater Oliver Gotts has won the Gold Medal at the European Inline Speed Skating Cup Championships, one of Europe’s blue ribbon international championships, and has smashed British records that have stood for 35 years. The King’s Year 4 pupil who lives in Macclesfield and trains with the Ashbourne Speed Skating club, only took up the sport 18 months ago …

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A taste of the sweet life at Corn Exchange Manchester

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Corn Exchange Manchester hosts its first ever Pudding Party to celebrate desserts galore ahead of this years Eat What You Like Day 2017. Who doesn’t love a pudding? Ahead of National Eat What you Like Day on the 11th May 2017, a day which champions the fact that a little of what you fancy can do you good, and in celebration …

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Sale’s new manager has his sights set high

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Sale Golf Club’s new manager John Jackson has considerable experience of golf and he has now achieved a long-standing ambition in taking on his new role. John began playing golf with his dad at Eccleston Park GC and then Grange Park GC, his local club in St Helens. By the time he was 17 he was playing off two handicap and …

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‘Tatton’s Secret Wildlife’ Tweets

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As part of this year’s ‘Secret Stories’ campaign, the rangers at Tatton Park will be tweeting weekly photos of the parkland’s ‘secret wildlife.’ Visitors to the 1,000 acre parkland are aware of the more visible residents such as the red and fallow deer, rabbits, and varied birdlife, but less aware of the nocturnal ones such as foxes, badgers, bats and small …

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Haçienda Classical sets homecoming concert at 02 Apollo Manchester

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Having just announced that it will open this year’s Glastonbury Festival main stage, Hacienda Classical will be back in Manchester at the end of November for its homecoming end of year concert at the city’s legendary O2 Apollo on 25th November 2017. With the fully sold out returns to the Royal Albert Hall and Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl taking place over …

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National Engineering Success at Alderley Edge School for Girls

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The Lower Sixth Engineering team at Alderley Edge School for Girls visited the University of Liverpool for the Engineering Education Scheme Celebration and Assessment Day. This was the final stage of the six month project they have been working on. The girls have been working on a playground clock and traffic light system that will be installed in one of …

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Eat & Drink Festival heads to EventCity to revel in Manchester’s thriving food scene

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Brand new for 2017, the Eat & Drink Festival will open in the heart of the Northern food revolution at Manchester’s EventCity from 8-11 June. Experience a pioneering live spectacle, showcasing the best the country and region has to offer in the world of food & drink alongside the award-winning Ideal Home Show. Following the success of its first launch in London, the …

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A year of beautiful eating with Madeleine Shaw

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To celebrate the launch of Madeleine Shaw’s third book ‘A Year of Beautiful Eating’ Harvey Nichols Manchester are hosting an exclusive supper club with the bestselling author and nutritional health coach on Thursday 25 May. Enjoy a delicious sugar-free cocktail and three courses of nutritious deliciousness, learning all about the importance of eating in tune with nature and how to …

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Oman Air’s Manchester to Muscat service takes off

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Oman Air is delighted to announce that its new daily flight from Manchester to Muscat is now in service, signalling the latest move in the airline’s ambitious and dynamic programme of fleet and network expansion.  With prices starting at just £350 for a return flight to Muscat and with 27 long haul destinations within three hours’ connectivity time, the new …

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Care team nurse to retire after 25 years at Francis House

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People who come to Francis House are often struck by the homely and relaxed atmosphere, where chats on the comfortable sofas in the lounge or around the large circular dining table are common place. For members of the care team, being able to spend quality time with the children and young people who are reaching the end of their lives, …

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Manchester exhibition for Cheshire artist

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  Bowdon based artist Colin Taylor, is set for further success as Contemporary Six Art Gallery in Manchester launch his latest solo exhibition ‘New lines in Space.’ The exhibition will include paintings and drawings developed as part of the commission of twelve paintings for the atrium of No.1 Spinningfields, a new landmark development that sits in the heart of the …

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Autism friendly screenings are coming to Manchester

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Two major cinema chains are excited to be hosting dedicated autism friendly cinema screenings this month in Manchester. These screenings are part of a long-standing partnership with Dimensions UK, a not-for-profit social care provider for people with learning disabilities and autism. ODEON cinemas at Manchester Printworks and the Trafford Centre show their autism friendly screening on a different Sunday each …

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AESG choir girls visit Realschule Eberbach, as part of ‘European Classroom.’

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Alderley Edge School for Girls in Cheshire made the visit to Germany after being successful in gaining Erasmus+ funding for a 3 year project. This visit to Realschule Eberbach was the culmination of a collaboration between the two schools’ music departments which also saw the German school’s choir visit AESG in 2016. During this time teachers have shared their different …

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Father and son win Runway Race in style

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Father and son Olly and Zac Gaillemin ran their first race together, crossed the finish line in first and second place and booked their place at the Boston Marathon! Thirteen-year-old Zac was first across the line at the British Airways and Manchester Airport ‘Run the Runway’ race at the weekend in an impressive time of 22 minutes and three seconds, …

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Cheadle Hulme School pupils praised in ‘exceptional’ inspection

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Cheadle Hulme School has been rated ‘excellent’ following its inspection carried out by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate in April, with Reception pupils praised for their ‘exceptional achievement.’ The inspection’s Key Findings, published this week following a three-day visit by the ISI at the end of March, note that both the quality of pupils’ academic, and other achievements, and the quality …

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How weight GAINZ can sometimes be your friend

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Being female in a world of provocative and, let’s face it, filtered social media selfies, is tough, and the diet world is stronger than most women will ever allow themselves to be, physically. No matter what, a gain in weight for most females is uncomfortable and in my experience, this is why many choose not to pick up heavy weights …

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May – the optimistic month

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At last, May is here and so too is the prospect of warmer weather, lighter nights and alfresco dining. Or as my friend would have it, more time to spend in his local beer garden! Named after Maia the Greek goddess of fertility, May is an optimistic month where nature blooms into colour and the sights; smells and sounds that …

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The Key to Summer Confidence

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Feeling confident is an issue for many people and with summer just around the corner, it can often feel even harder.Issues can come from lack of body confidence, dressing for the beach and self-image. This month, I’m going to teach you some quick ways to get more confident for the summer – fast! Getting Healthy Obviously, one key to feeling …

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Thoroughly Modern Millie

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Strictly Come Dancing’s Joanne Clifton is heading to the Palace Theatre, Manchester, in four weeks when she stars in the lead role in hit musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. Thoroughly Modern Millie runs at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, from Tuesday 23 May to Saturday 27 May 2017. World champion ballroom dancer Joanne Clifton took the top honours when she danced off with the 2016 Strictly Come Dancing glitterball …

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Jason Manford ‘Muddle Class’ UK Tour 2018

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Extra shows have been added due to an overwhelming popular demand. New dates go on sale on Friday 28 April at 10am. Due to popular demand, Jason Manford is delighted to announce an additional 15 shows for his ‘Muddle Class’ UK tour.  The shows in Halifax, Warrington, Watford, Reading, Northampton, Hull, Blackburn, Manchester, Preston, Nottingham, Isle of Man, London, Birmingham and Sunderland go …

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The Adanola Story

In Fashion, People by Emily Fitzgibbons0 Comments

The story began with two brothers… Hyrum and Josh had an early introduction to fashion and trade, spending many long nights with their grandparents cutting and sewing beautiful bridesmaid dresses before waking early to make gruelling 6am market sales trips around the North West. It was here that they discovered their love of the trade and together decided they would …

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Long running vegan campaign goes large in Manchester

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300 buses took hard-hitting Go Vegan World – the world’s largest and longest running vegan campaign – onto the streets of Greater Manchester ahead of Vegan Education Day. Through striking digital video and stills, a variety of the campaign’s striking adverts targeted shoppers, commuters, tourists and city traffic across Manchester. There were large format digital screens at Printworks and the Arndale, …

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The Quays is set for a sensational summer

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The Quays will play host to a number of fantastic events and attractions this summer, including a new commission from Quays Culture, which will see four gigantic endangered species sculptures migrate to the metropolis of MediaCityUK. There will also be acclaimed theatre productions, monthly artisan food and craft markets and annual sporting events. The Quays is Greater Manchester’s stunning waterfront destination and home to some of …

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Quays Culture commissions endangered species sculptures

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This season, endangered species from land and sea migrate to the metropolis of MediaCityUK, in the form of four gigantic sculptures for Quays Culture’s Unnatural Borders exhibition, which will run from Saturday 20th May until Monday 29th May.  Unnatural Borders is a Quays Culture exclusive commission by Sober Industries (Netherlands), and explores the interaction and impact between human civilization and the animal kingdom environment. Four large sculptures represent …

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Foodies Festival Tatton Park 2017

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Candice Brown Winner of Great British Bake Off, Jane Devonshire MasterChef Winner 2016 and Top TV Chef Rosemary Shrager will be at Foodies Festival Tatton Park 2017 14-16th July.  Cakes & Desserts Theatre From Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown to baking extraordinaire Charlotte White and Crème de la Crème Winner Mark Tilling, master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti and top local cake-makers and patisserie chefs, …

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A great deal for Didsbury and Disley

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Several golf clubs in the region already have reciprocal agreements with other clubs enabling their members to play each other’s courses at reduced rates of green fee. Now, Didsbury and Disley Golf Clubs have gone a step further by striking a great link between their clubs, allowing members in certain categories to enjoy playing privileges at the other club, subject …

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Ronan Keating helps to launch Cancer Awareness Roadshow in Manchester

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Ronan Keating is urging people in Greater Manchester to visit the Cancer Research UK Cancer Awareness Roadshow and make a pledge to help stack their odds against cancer. The roadshow, which has just begun its 2017 season, tours towns in Greater Manchester and across the North West between April and November and will be in Albion Street, Oldham, between 10am …

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Manchester City Women scarf the city

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Manchester City Women scarf the city to spread excitement ahead of their unmissable Champions’ League semi-final. More than 300 Manchester City Women scarves have been draped, hung and hidden throughout the city, as the date of  their highly anticipated UEFA Women’s Champions League clash against Olympique Lyonnais this coming Saturday draws near. An array of Manchester City Women v Lyon …

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The UK Choir Festival brings unique singing experience to the North West

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Founded in 2016, The UK Choir Festival aims to support, train and bring choirs together, allowing them to learn, develop and thrive in a truly unique way. The festival is produced by highly experienced and passionate musical director Russell Scott, who started his musical career in the London Philharmonic Choir over 20 years ago. The UK Choir Festival is designed …

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Further dates announced for Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical MISS SAIGON

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  Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to announce principal casting and further dates for the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of his acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical MISS SAIGON, the show will land at Manchester Palace Theatre from 21 March – 12 May 2018. The new production of MISS SAIGON opened on Broadway to nightly standing ovations following …

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Eamonn Holmes to ‘Run the Runway’

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Television presenter Eamonn Holmes is teaming up with British Airways and Manchester Airport for the annual charity Run the Runway Race over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Eamonn will officially start the race on Sunday April 30, as people get the chance to get their running shoes on for a third year for the 6km run around the runways. The …

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Musician has the yum factor

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Classical saxophonist, Gillian Blair, is serving up a sweet, musical treat to concert goers at Didsbury Arts Festival 2017. The award-winning performer has come up with an unusual idea to showcase her twin talents – music and baking – at this year’s festival.  Audiences attending her recital, Toot Sweet, are in for a surprise, because Gillian will be handing round …

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Didsbury Business Games Launched

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  Didsbury based businesses with a competitive spirit are being invited to sign up for the first ever Didsbury Business Games The Didsbury Business Games is an annual eight-week programme of fun events aimed at bringing the business community together to raise funds for The Christie Charity. The Games has been established by five Didsbury based businesses; The Waterside Hotel …

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Matilda the musical embarks on UK and Ireland tour

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The Royal Shakespeare Company announces that its multi award-winning production of Matilda The Musical will embark on a UK and Ireland tour in 2018-2019. Winner of 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, the RSC’s touring production of Matilda The Musical will open at Leicester Curve, playing from 5 – 24 March 2018, followed by Dublin Bord Gais Energy …

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Human Appeal charity chief executive talks

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Human Appeal, a humanitarian aid agency based in Greater Manchester, have announced that whilst they welcome the $6billion pledged to help Syrians in the conference held in Brussels this week, the events happening on the ground show that a lot more needs to be done. • A more principled approach is taken when monitoring war crimes • More investment is …

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Laura Ashley boss pays ex wife £64m in divorce

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Pauline Chai had claimed that the former couple’s assets were worth as much as £205 million and argued that she should be awarded half after their 42-year marriage came to an end. It is not clear if the Court agreed with her estimate as certain aspects of this ruling have been kept confidential. Meanwhile Dr Khoo insisted that his ex-wife …

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Pudding Passport comes to Corn Exchange

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Love puddings? Corn Exchange Manchester has launched the first ever Pudding Passport as your gateway to a whole host of sweet Easter prizes. Who doesn’t love a pudding? In celebration of Easter and the delicious variety of international desserts on offer at The Corn Exchange, Manchester, say hello! Ciao! Hola! to the first ever Pudding Passport. There will also be …

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An interview with owner of black white denim

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Within seven years of opening, Jo Davies’ stand-alone Black White Denim (BWD) boutique in Wilmslow has become the northern fashion destination for contemporary designer ladies’ wear. That’s no mean feat. After all, the industry favours London and the South, and business graduate Jo, despite 16 years in national sales and marketing, had no retail experience – apart from shopping for …

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An interview with Boyzlife

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Boyzlife the duo, created by Keith Duffy from Boyzone and Brian McFadden from Westlife, flew up to Manchester with some very lucky British Airways competition winners last month for an exclusive up close and personal concert at the BA offices in Didsbury. TRENDING POSTS

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Cathay Pacific will offer daily service to Hong Kong

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Cathay Pacific has announced that it will be bolstering its frequency in the North West by offering daily flights between Manchester and Hong Kong as of 1st December 2017. The extra services will operate on Sundays and Wednesdays. Having announced at the end of last year that it would be increasing its current four-times-weekly schedule to five-times-weekly as of 2nd …

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Hotel Gotham to showcase Tom Fraud new exhibition

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Five-star hotel will host photographer Tom Fraud’s homecoming to the city with an exclusive launch. Hotel Gotham is set to host internationally renowned photographer Tom Fraud’s Manchester homecoming, with an art exhibition launch. The King Street-based hotel will hold the invite-only event at its rooftop bar, Club Brass, on Thursday 13 April, giving attendees a chance to preview the provocative …

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Gloria Spinello wins Tesco competition

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A pupil from Didsbury CofE Primary School won a food workshop for her class after entering a healthy eating drawing competition organised by the Tesco store in East Didsbury. The store on Parrs Wood Lane invited primary school pupils from the local area to design a poster with the theme of healthy eating. This was to tie in with Tesco’s …

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Francis House charity receive knitted chicks

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A children’s hospice has been inundated with over forty thousand woolly chicks handcrafted by generous knitters in response to the charity’s annual Easter ‘chick knit’ fundraising appeal. Francis House Children’s Hospice based in Didsbury, Greater Manchester, has been receiving the fluffy donations from hundreds of local supporters from across the region and nationwide for months, but in the run up …

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Manchester City run Easter egg hunt

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This Easter, Manchester City launches its first city wide Easter Egg hunt designed to give visitors a fun and engaging football based activity to keep the kids entertained over the half-term holiday. Three giant eggs, branded in City blue and featuring the Club crest, will be hidden in various locations in and around Manchester. Fans will be given clues as …

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Easter events at the Museum of Science and Industry

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Whether it’s the power of water, steam or electricity, experience the sights, thundering sounds and astonishing power of the museum’s machines, muscles and contraptions as they burst into life through a series of hands-on demonstrations, workshops and shows for everyone. Visitors will have the chance to try their hand at crane construction. Can you work under pressure? Build a simple …

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Adrian and Neela Tratalos Together by design

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As an eighteen-year-old student, Neela Shan used to pull pints for Adrian Tratalos in the Griffin in Bowdon. Little did she know how significant a part they would eventually come to play in each other’s lives. Adrian reckons Neela was way out of his league in those days, but he somehow managed to improve his powers of persuasion over time. …

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Plastic surgeon Gary Ross tells all

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If he’d had his way as a teenager, Gary Ross MBChB, MD, FRCS, (Plast) would be playing Premier League football or competing at Wimbledon for a living. Instead, at 44, he has earned the position of a ‘premier league’ plast