Mu­sic group seeks more play­ers

Care home gar­den a win­ner

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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

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