Spring fair in aid of chapel

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

A SPRING fair will raise money for an at­trac­tive ru­ral chapel.

The fair at the Wild­boar­clough Cen­tre will fea­ture items in­clud­ing lo­cally made art, hand­made cards and jew­ellery.

It is in aid of St Stephen’s in Mac­cles­field For­est, known as For­est Chapel, on the hill­side be­hind Wild­boar­clough.

It at­tracts thou­sands of vis­i­tors each year.

Sarah McNaught, from the chapel, said: “It is an an­nual fair and the art ex­hi­bi­tion is by lo­cal am­a­teurs, of­ten with oils and wa­ter­colours of lo­cal scenes.

“It helps main­tain the church, which is very pop­u­lar with walk­ers, cy­clists and fam­i­lies.

“Each year there are ded­i­cated ser­vices such as a fam­ily pic­nic and Easter egg hunt, a songs of praise, a ded­i­cated ser­vice to cy­clists and hik­ers, plus the an­nual an­cient tra­di­tion of a rush­bear­ing cer­e­mony each Au­gust.

“The num­ber at­tend­ing ser­vices has dra­mat­i­cally in­creased over the last few years and at­tracts thou­sands of over­seas vis­i­tors.

“Wed­dings are held fre­quently as the scenery is awe­some and the church is a very ro­man­tic and time­less, up­lift­ing place, full of warm ma­hogany and nat­u­ral sun­light fil­ter­ing through the win­dows.

“It’s an event to up­keep such a jewel of an his­tor­i­cal place for gen­er­a­tions in years to come.”

The spring fair is on Satur­day, March 19, from 1.30pm to 4pm at the cen­tre on Hall Lane.

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