Community spirit in Cheadle and Cheadle Hulme

PUBLISHED: 10:43 29 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:43 29 July 2016

Cheadle Hulme

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Janet Reeder heads to Cheadle and Cheadle Hulme and discovers plenty of community spirit

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With new developments in the pipeline and house prices on the increase, Cheadle and Cheadle Hulme are neighbouring areas on an upward trajectory.

One thing that hasn’t changed here is the sense of community and from the local library to the newest bar there is plenty to make people feel part of the neighbourhood. We went along to find out just how coming together makes Cheadle and Cheadle Hulme such a hotspot to live and work in.

Carolyn Williams and Alexander Mitchell are business partners at Mitchell Williams Estate Agents on High Grove Road in Cheadle.

They both agree that Cheadle is an affluent area that’s growing in popularity as each year goes by. ‘There are a lot more restaurants being introduced, the schools are good so that’s bringing more families into the area and we are getting a lot of overspill from Didsbury because the prices there are higher, although we are catching up here. House prices have gone up quite fast this year by about 6 and half per cent and we are getting the situation of multiple offers on properties.’

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Alex has worked in the Cheadle area for some time and Carolyn grew up in Cheadle Hulme. They both explain how the village has changed.

He said: ‘A few years ago quite a number of units were left empty and there aren’t any now so a lot of people have invested in the area and it’s nice to see that. That’s why we’ve come here to Cheadle. We saw these premises and thought they were fantastic. It’s a lovely area it really is.

‘You’ve got such a lot of things to do here and we’ve got Abney Hall Country Park and Bruntwood Park on the doorstep which adds to the family appeal.

‘It’s very community spirited. There’s a lot goes on the Makers’ Market on the first Saturday of every month and all sorts of things on the village green. They also have fetes on the village green at Cheadle Hulme outside Waitrose.’

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Cheadle Hulme Library

Community spirit thrives at Cheadle Hulme Library which becomes a focal point for children and families throughout the summer holidays.

Librarian Jackie (she wouldn’t give her second name) says: ‘Every summer we have a reading challenge for children. They have to read six books over the holidays from mid-July to Sept and during that time they bob into the library and get little prizes. At the end, if they read all the books they get a certificate presented at school.

‘Every library tries to do an event linked to the particular theme of the reading challenge too - because it’s themed every year. This year the theme is Roald Dahl to celebrate the writer’s centenary.

The library’s role continues throughout the year and staff will go into their allotted schools and invite them to come into the library to show them how to search for books and all the other facilities that are available there.

‘We have an older readership too and we’re always promoting authors, always promoting certain books. We have a book of the month and we are trying to encourage teenagers to come in,’ says Jackie.

‘We get very busy at the summer holidays. The aim is to get younger ones in and get them reading into the future. We’ve got free access to computers, audio visual, talking nooks DVDs and access for all policy so we’re not just books.’

Bob Ellis of the Chiverton Tap Micropub

Bob swapped a job in the legal profession for a life behind bars after developing a passion for beer. Not just any ale but the craft beers from the microbreweries that are springing up all over the UK.

‘We opened on 16th May last year,’ explains Bob.

‘We are a micro pub so we stock beers from microbrewers. Artisan beers have mushroomed enormously over the last five or ten years, so my idea was to try and showcase local breweries and the different styles of beer that are available and bring that to the Cheadle Hulme public.

‘I was in the legal profession for 30 years and I’ve always been passionate about beer so thought I would make a business out of my passion.’

After persuading the owner of the former draper’s shop that the idea would work Bob launched the Chiverton Tap.

‘Initially when we opened we stated with local beers but as we developed we went further afield, so it’s not just about showcasing beer itself but we want it to be a good quality product and for people to recognise us for good quality.

‘What made me make the leap was a visit to a beer festival in Manchester. It was packed out by all sorts of people it wasn’t just men drinking beer. There were young and old people from all walks of life. Everyone seemed to be into the trend. I thought it would be interested to make something of it.’

The pub has been a great success - so much so that Bob is opening another in Bramhall, but he says people aren’t only here for the beer.

‘We don’t just want to be a place for people to come to drink we want it to be somewhere for the local Cheadle Hulme community to come,’ he says.

‘So we have a variety of clubs here. We thought knit and natter was appropriate as this had been a draper’s shop. Book clubs are always popular and we’ve got two of those as well as a games night. We started those off pretty much soon after we opened the place and they’re well-attended.’

Di Lawson is a member of Chads Theatre in Cheadle Hulme

Chads (it means Cheadle Hulme Amateur Dramatic Society) had its official opening in the Mellor Road Theatre in 1959 but the society itself was founded in 1921, when it was based on the same street in an old army hut.

Says Di: ‘We are now past our 400th production and have just finished a run of The Ladykillers. We are totally run by volunteers and are funded by ticket sales and by our very loyal audiences.

‘The theatre is a very important part of the community here and we are very lucky to have it. Not only do we stage plays here but the venue is also used for other things. It’s a nice place to meet - we have an open day, coffee mornings and the wardrobe department opens every Sunday morning to hire out the 4,000 costumes we store here.

‘August will be the closed season and we will open again in September with Private Fears in Public Places by Alan Ayckbourn; meanwhile we will be holding our annual Inter Theatre Cricket and Croquet Weekend at Woodford and at Bramall Hall on July 8th-9th when we take on the Stockport Garrick Theatre. My husband Hamish and I started these inter theatre games in our garden in the 1980s and they’ve gone on from there. ‘

Miranda Thewlis is an accountant at Cheadle Hulme-based Abacus Accounting (NW) Limited.

She won the AAT CPD Award for 2015. It is given to the person showing commitment and innovation in their professional development.

As well as her accountancy work Miranda is working on community projects with the Royal Bank of Scotland

‘Because the RBS are rebranding they are becoming more community focused and branches will have a more visible presence on the high street as a result,’ she says.

‘What I am helping to set up is a free networking group for local businesses. The idea is to give a free platform for businesses to engage with one another and to share our expertise. So I will be talking about tax, someone else will be talking about branding, someone else about the legal stuff. It’s all very positive.’

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