Spring fair in aid of chapel
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.