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.
SPACEPOD, MACCPOW AND THE MOON RISING
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.
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●● Volunteer Maria Hyde, foraging expert James Wood, Julie Gregory and Matthew Johnston