To All Our Readers…

The team behind ‘Your Brinnington’ would like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous New Year.

See you all in 2016!

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Brinnington Christmas Market.

It was held on the 10th December between First House and the shops.

We would like to thank the volunteers and members of the many various groups and the locals for being there to support what is a truly local event.

 

Cllr. Maureen Rowles Opens BAF2015

Despite the threatening weather, Brinnington showed its support for the Art Festival by attending the opening ceremony. The Brinnington Arts Festival 2015 was opened by Cllr. Maureen Rowles who spoke out about the talent in our village, she had praise and respect for all artists.

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Cllr. Maureen Rowles cutting the ribbon that marks the opening of the Brinnington Arts Festival 2015

Get your Festival Special!

specialarrivesThe brand new Brinnington Arts Festival Special Edition is here – fresh off the press.  It contains articles on the groups who are taking part in BAF2015 and a timetable of events.  Watch out for copies in First House, Brinnnington Surgery and around the village.

Excitement is building…

With the Brinnington Arts festival just around the corner, Brinnington Media Group is gearing up for our busiest week ever: Covering every event and activity, spreading the word on the talented residents of Brinnington on social media, through this blog and our Twitter stream.

And our individual members are getting involved too – our Chairman Mark Mitchell has volunteered to build the Jabberwock creature that will lead Friday’s Day Parade.  We managed to steal a few minutes from his schedule to discuss the project.

Ojabberwockur first question, naturally was “What’s a Jabberwock?”

MM: “Lewis Carroll was fairly vague in his description of the beast – jaws that bite, claws that catch and eyes of flame – but there have been many attempts to render the creature visually and I quite like the stretched dragon-style beast that seems to have inspired the Tim Burton version, so that’s been the inspiration for this build.  The challenge was actually to find a design that would translate into something that could be carried in the day parade – and I think the idea I’ve come up with is going to be something that hasn’t been seen before.”

We asked “So what are you going to be building the creature from?”

MM: “The framework needs to be lightweight enough that someone can carry it around the parade route, flexible enough to fit through a doorway and strong enough to bear it’s own weight. Fortunately, the Lantern Team were kind enough to let us use their surplus willow, which is the perfect material for2015_03_21_19_50_29 this work – once it’s been thoroughly soaked you can work willow branches into all sorts of intricate shapes, but it also retains it’s strength and form when it dries out.  And since the Jabberwock needs to have a living, organic look to it I don’t need to work too hard on symmetry and perfect curves or straight lines.

Once the frame is finished, I’ll be creating the body of the beast from chicken wire and over that there will be a solid outer skin that will allow myself and the volunteers from the art groups to paint the beast and bring it to life.”

YB: “It certainly sounds like a lot of work!”

MM: “Not at all!  The real challenge is to create a shape that requires the least effort to 2015_03_23_21_03_242015_03_23_21_07_48
assemble and build.  The time-waster is preparing the material: soaking the willow in the shower; bundling, wrapping and sealing the individual branches to create structural members and then bending those struts into shape without snapping them.   It isn’t easy and there have been accidents, but nothing that couldn’t be repaired with a little tape and patience. Every build teaches you new principles or requires you to stretch your skills in a different way – this time last year I was learning how to light paper lanterns without heat and the best way to balance and support a massive and fragile model to give it structural integrity – so it’s more of a learning experience.”

YB: “How far are you along in the build?”

DSC_0184MM: “Well, I’ve completed the actual frame and I’m in the process of overlaying the chicken DSC_0183wire, which is a slow and occasionally painful one.  Once again, I find myself depending on the greatest accessory a modeler at this scale can have: cable ties!  I really cannot over stress the usefulness of the humble cable tie – they give support while assembling, can be used for tensioning and shaping and come in a range of sizes that will support anything from a sheet of chicken wire to a willow strut as thick as your thumb!

I’d guess that I’m now about a third of the way through the build – once the chicken wire frame is complete I can really have fun with modroc and papier mache.  That will be the messy part, but it will also be the stage where the creature starts to take shape.  Once it’s dried and set, the final look can be added in the painting stage along with the neck and head assembly and wings.”

YB:”Seems like you still have much to do -how confident are you that you’ll be finished in time?”

MM: “You know my motto: “If it’s not on fire and nobody is screaming for it, it’s not worth doing!”  I’m confident that she’ll make her appointment in the park, just wait and see.”

YB: “Thank you for you Time, Mark – I can see you’re eager to get back to work.”

MM: “My pleasure, just watch out for flying willow!”

Christmas in Brinnington.

Bins.

There will be no green bin collections between December 25 to January 1.

Most other collections will remain unaffected unless they fall on a bank holiday.

The council advise residents to check their collection dates on their website.

Trees and turkeys

Christmas trees can be chopped up and put in the green bin for recycling.

Those without a green bin can put their tree out alongside the food waste caddy for collection and recycling.

Food waste such as turkey carcasses and plate scrapings can also go in the green bin.
Recycling Centres

Bredbury Parkway, Bredbury: Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Open 8am to 6pm on Boxing Day.

Pharmacies open at Christmas and New Year:

ASDA pharmacy, Warren Street, town Centre: closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day 9am to 6pm, New Year’s Day 10am to 4pm.

Boots Pharmacy, Merseyway, town centre: closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day 8.30am to 6pm, New Year’s Day 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Brinnington Pharmacy, Brinnington Road, Brinnington: Christmas Day 9am to 6.30pm, Boxing Day 9am to 6.30pm, New Year’s Day 9am to 6.30pm.

Lloyds Pharmacy, 236 Wellington Road South, central Stockport: Christmas Day 10am to 10pm, Boxing Day 10am to 10pm, New Year’s Day 10am to 10pm.

GPs

GP practices in Stockport will be closed on Christmas Day, Thursday December 25, Boxing Day, Friday December 26 and New Year’s Day, Thursday January 1 2015.

Residents are advised to make sure they are well stocked up on their prescriptions whilst their GP surgery is closed during the Christmas and New Year Holidays.

The GP Out of Hours service is for conditions of an urgent nature that cannot wait until a GP is open and they can only prescribe a limited amount of a prescription, if urgent, to cover the days your GP is closed.

To contact the Out of Hours service, residents should phone their GP surgery and follow the instructions.