Macclesfield Express - - WHAT’S ON -

BARN­ABY blasted off on Fri­day, June 17 and launched an ex­plo­sion of ac­tiv­ity and tal­ent across the town cen­tre. And it’s not over yet! Here are some of the high­lights: The Yar­dens project (a cross be­tween a yard and a gar­den) has seen vol­un­teers, ex­perts and staff and res­i­dents of Reach Out and Re­cover (ROAR) work­ing to­gether to trans­form their shared yard into a beau­ti­ful gar­den. Over two months, Barn­aby has run ses­sions to cre­ate a small sanc­tu­ary at the ROAR premises in the town cen­tre.

Lo­cal busi­nesses, so­cial en­ter­prises and Barn­aby vol­un­teers have worked with a dozen res­i­dents and staff, led by plant ex­pert James Wood.

The yard is reg­u­larly used by res­i­dents and the idea was to cre­ate a peace­ful space that would help their re­cov­ery from ad­dic­tion.

By up­cy­cling ma­te­ri­als, the gen­er­ous do­na­tions of Mac­cles­field folk and en­ter­prises such as Mac­cles­field Com­mu­nity Gar­den Cen­tre costs have been kept down.

Res­i­dents from Lime Walk, an NHS ser­vice for peo­ple re­cov­er­ing from men­tal health is­sues have also been in­volved build­ing colour­ful, por­ta­ble wooden planters, benches and arm­chairs.

Al­though small, this has been an am­bi­tious project – en­cour­ag­ing cre­ativ­ity, pro­mot­ing so­cial in­ter­ac­tion, bring­ing peo­ple to­gether and shar­ing skills.

The Yar­den, at 3a Church­side, opens to the public on Satur­day 25 and Sun­day, June 26 from 11am-4pm with re­fresh­ments and a chance to meet those in­volved.


Next Satur­day there’s great fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment with eggs drop­ping from a great height in Spacepod Chal­lenge in the Mar­ket Place and Macc-POW! a comic con­ven­tion in the Old Sun­day School.

The La Lune ad­ven­ture cul­mi­nates with the spec­tac­u­lar fi­nale as the Moon Rises! Stay up af­ter bed­time to see whether The As­tronomer can save the town from peril and send the moon back to the heav­ens. Bring your friends and your stars to Christ Church lawns at 8.45pm, Satur­day, June 25.

Breath­tak­ing things hap­pen as the mid­sum­mer sun sets.

Then a fi­nal day of fes­tiv­i­ties with Trea­cle Mar­ket and a bo­nanza of brass bands.

And tell us what you think by fill­ing in an or­ange feed­back form or go­ing to barn­abyfes­ti­val.

●● Vol­un­teer Maria Hyde, for­ag­ing ex­pert James Wood, Julie Gre­gory and Matthew John­ston

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