Vol­un­teer team get fes­ti­val into line

Macclesfield Express - - BARNABY BITES - BY LYNNE JONES

LOOK out for the Barn­aby brochure out this week! The ‘Space’ theme is ex­plored in through­out the ten days from Fri­day 17 to Sun­day 26 June in all shapes and sizes. ●● WASH­ING LINES

The Barn­aby wash­ing lines, last seen strung high across the pedes­tri­anised streets in 2014, will be back again this year in­di­cat­ing that the fes­tiv­i­ties are about to start!

The lines were the brain­child of tai­lor, tex­tile en­gi­neer and vol­un­teer Brita Hirsch and re­fer to Mac­cles­field’s tex­tile her­itage and it’s sense of com­mu­nity.

The beau­ti­fully crafted, over­sized laun­dry makes us smile - and con­fuses vis­i­tors! This year a new team of vol­un­teers has taken over, with Irene Dear­na­ley, Kathryn Will­cox, Susie Williamson, Vic­to­ria Sc­holes and Fiona Wil­liams cur­rently work­ing hard on the textiles.

Work­ing out of at Mac­cles­field Com­mu­nity ArtS­pace, they are spruc­ing up some of the 200 gar­ments and cre­at­ing a few new ones.

So look out for a sprin­kling of space­dust above our heads! ●● THE MACCLES-FIELD CALL OUT

Mar­ket Place will host a new pop-up space for Barn­aby which we’re call­ing The Maccles-field.

This 5m x 4m patch of green will first ap­pear on Sun­day 19 June com­plete with ar­ti­fi­cial grass, a white picket fence and a sign say­ing ‘Please keep ON the grass’!

The idea is that the Field will host all man­ner of things - tea par­ties, danc­ing, quizzes, work­shops, pitch and putt - any­thing to en­tice and in­volve fes­ti­val go­ers and passers-by.

If you or your com­mu­nity group wants to get in­volved, con­tact mail@ barn­abyfes­ti­val.org.uk for more de­tails and an ap­pli­ca­tion form!

Thanks to the lo­cal busi­ness who are do­nat­ing all the ma­te­ri­als as well as our course team. ●● SPACEPOD CHAL­LENGE

To cel­e­brate Mac­cles­field’s long as­so­ci­a­tion with as­tron­omy and aero­space engi­neer­ing, we’ve been work­ing with Mac­cles­field Col­lege on a com­pe­ti­tion which in­vites teams to find so­lu­tions to a real ‘space’ prob­lem - how to pro­tect a pod full of del­i­cate sci­en­tific equip­ment as it falls to the sur­face of a far away planet.

Ex­cept in this case it’s a fresh egg be­ing dropped from a great height onto the Mar­ket Place cob­bles!

The teams will demon­strate their in­ven­tions in front of a live au­di­ence on Satur­day 25 June.

Get your think­ing caps on - de­tails of how to en­ter avail­able soon at www. barn­abyfes­ti­val.org.uk. ●● BARN­ABY WIN­DOWS

The Shop Win­dow Com­pe­ti­tion is now open for busi­ness with the first re­tail­ers al­ready reg­is­tered.There are cash prizes to be won for ‘space’ themed dis­plays or just join in by fill­ing your win­dow with stars! spon­sors and of the vol­un­teer

Fiona Wil­liams (left) and Susie Williamson with some of the out­side gar­ments used in the fes­ti­val


●● Vol­un­teers Irene Dear­na­ley, Kathryn Will­cox, Susie Williamson and Fiona Wil­liams get to work on the Barn­aby wash­ing lines

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