Music group seeks more players
Care home garden a winner
A GROUP of recorder players that meets at Prestbury Methodist Church is looking for new members.
The Society of Recorder Players Macclesfield Branch is a charity which promotes making music using the instruments.
The 21 member group was founded in 2013 by musical director and piano and flute teacher Jane Duff, who taught recorder for many years at Prestbury CE Primary School.
It meets once a month with members playing on four different size recorders – descant, treble, tenor and bass.
There is also a Foundation Group that meets monthly for those who haven’t played for a while or even since school, and a concert group.
The players staged their second concert, ‘An English Serenade on Recorders’, at St Peter’s Church on July 26 as part of the Prestbury Summer Music concerts.
It featured English music through the A PRESTBURY care home has scooped first place in a regional gardening competition.
Residents and staff at Prestbury Beaumont were delighted when judges announced their garden as the north west winner of the Most Innovative Garden category in the regional heats of the Barchester in Bloom competition.
The contest was organised by national care provider Barchester Healthcare and is now in its 10th year.
It aims to promote the imaginative planting of flowers and shrubs in the gardens of its homes in more than 200 locations centuries from Thomas Morley to George Frideric Handel and William Boyce to Peter Warlock.
The group has also applied for estate agent Gascoigne Halman’s Community Challenge to fund a 10-week course for rusty adult players.
The challenge is offering £25,000 to be shared between worthy community projects.
The course, led by Jane Duff, would be free and include loan of instruments, music stands and music to play if needed.
If the group’s application is successful the course will begin in January.
Siggi Trier, a member of the group who has been playing the instrument for 46 years, said: “With adults no-one is bothering to offer anything musical.
“There are so many adults who played at school but have not played since.
“The course would be a great way for them to start playing again and it gets people together from all across the UK.
As a regional winner the garden has automatically qualified for the Barchester in Bloom 2015 national finals.
The home will find out whether or not its garden is the most innovative in the UK at an awards ceremony in September.
Prestbury Beaumont’s gardener, Edwin Clarke, said: “It’s great to hear that we are regional winners and that we have made the national finals.
“We have put in so much work to get our garden to look its best, adding more than 35 hanging baskets and finishing our new sensory garden in time for the walks of life.”
She added: “We are an open and friendly bunch and would very much welcome new players, whatever their ability.”
To join the group contact Jane Duff on 01625 263074. competition.
“We love it and are thrilled that the judges agree that it is a very special space.”
The sensory garden includes different types of plants with various textures and smells.
Alex Romei, independent living property advisor for the home, said: “It is a great meeting place for all the residents from the independent living bungalows.”
The categories for this year’s competition are Most Innovative Garden, Most Improved Garden, Community Garden and Garden of the Year 2015.
●● Head gardener Edwin Clarke, general manager Beverley Davies and garden assistant Jake Gregory at Prestbury Beaumont care home
●● Macclesfield’s Society of Recorder Players in concert at St Peter’s Church