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Macclesfield Express - - REVIEW OF THE YEAR -


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.

Anna Gowthorpe

●● 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

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