See April - June overleaf Snow, kind deeds and a bishop makes history
A blanket of snow settled on Macclesfield after a warning was issued for severe winter weather.
Schools were closed, cars had to be abandoned in the middle of the road, and hundreds of children had a brilliant time playing in the thick snow.
YOUNG Ellie Thorley was all smiles when she sat at the dinner table with her family for the very first time.
Ellie has cerebral palsy, which meant she struggled to sit up at the dining table, but a fundraiser raised enough money so Ellie could have a specialised seat.
THE Church of England’s first female bishop Libby Lane was consecrated in a historic service. Rev Lane, who also covers Macclesfield, was ordained as the eighth Bishop of Stockport during a service at York Minster.
CAMPAIGNERS were in shock after bosses announced they were to push ahead with plans to close Macclesfield’s Crown post office. The dedicated branch on Castle Street was to shut in March with services moved to new counters at WHSmith on Mill Street, despite fierce opposition from campaigners.
HUNDREDS of residents came together to help launch new the new sports facilities at Jasmine Park.
The two all-weather football pitches and Broken Cross Pavilion at Jasmine Park, near Whirley, had been closed off to the public for almost 18 months.
A philanthropic punter spent nine months recreating his favourite boozer out of matchsticks as a gift for its landlords.
Stephen Hughes, 52, spent more than 500 hours and used around 2,500 matches on his scale model of The Weaver pub, which is on Thornton Square in Macclesfield.
A team of scientists were crowned this year’s pancake race winners. The boffins from Phenomenex, based on Queen’s Avenue, beat 10 other teams from the town to help raise more than £300 for Macclesfield Hospital’s charity ECHO.
THE KING’S School revealed the 70-acre site in the green belt where it hopes to build a new school after keeping residents guessing.
The Express revealed the school has signed an agreement to buy farming land next to its Derby Playing Fields on Alderley Road, Prestbury, to build the £50million pound school.
CHILDREN at Marlborough Primary School created their own version of London’s Armistice Day tribute to the First World War by planting a field of ‘poppies’.
UNSUNG heroes from the town were honoured at the first Mayor of Macclesfield Community Awards. The event recognised and celebrated people who volunteer their time and energy to help others.
●● Rev Libby Lane was consecrated as Bishop of Stockport – which covers Macclesfield – at a service at York Minster in January
●● Fundraisers enabled young Ellie Rowley, who has severe cerebral palsy to sit at the dining table with her family in January thanks to a special chair. She is pictured here with mum Charlotte
●● Award recipients Richard Cooke, Lynne Jones, Jerry Bates, Jane Munro, Adele Woods, Samantha Lea, and Andrew Melville with Mayor Janet Jackson at the Mayor’s Community Awards
●● Stephen Hughes made a matchstick model of his regular, The Weaver pub, in February
●● A new pavilion and all-weather football pitches were unveiled at Jasmine Park in February
●● Tallulah Morgan, five, with some of the poppies created at Marlborough Primary School in March
●● Sudden heavy snowfall created traffic chaos in Macclesfield in January
● The annual pancake race at Macclesfield Town Hall was held in February