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Five 'high-fliers' back new bursary campaign

Five of Manchester High’s super successful alumnae recently returned to the school to launch the latest phase of fundraising for the Pankhurst Bursary Appeal. The ‘Never Over100ked’ campaign aims to bring the 100th Pankhurst bursary pupil to Manchester High School for Girls. Vicky Kloss, chief communications officer for Manchester City Football Group, Laura Earnshaw, former head of global talent at AstraZeneca, and ...

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Summer is here so join us as we …..Wallow in Tents & Tubs

Manicured lawns and well-stocked flower beds are no longer top of everyone’s wish list for our gardens. Conventional features have fallen out of favour. What pleased our parents is not what 21st century man, nor his wife, have in mind for that valuable piece of real estate surrounding our houses. Adrian Lee says that these days, more people are staying put ...

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Pictured with the new planters (right to left): Nick White, City Centre Manager at CH1ChesterBID, Jake Potter, chef/owner of Atina Kitchen, Samantha Taylor, Manager of Lee Louise and Cllr Brian Clarke, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure at Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Chester street is “blooming” marvellous

Foregate Street in Chester city centre has come alive with colour after the installation of a series of new floral displays. Following discussions with retailers and shop owners, CH1ChesterBID has worked with Chester West and Chester Council (CWaC) to install a range of new planters and baskets on the thriving city centre street, a key gateway to the city. Six new multi-tiered planters, ...

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Ridley Partridge with dad, Adam

Why didn't I think of that?

An inventive 11-year-old auctioneer has called time on a problem that has dogged the antiques industry since the turn of the millennium. Ridley Partridge, eldest son of TV antiques expert Adam Partridge, has developed an auctioneer's block that finally synchronises the online and auction room bidding process. The concept has been developed by ATG Media, and will now be used in hundreds ...

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Urban Sketching Comes to Macclesfield

The Art of Urban Sketching has been described as both a comprehensive guide and a showcase of location drawings by artists around the world who draw the towns and cities where they live. It is primarily about drawing on location, whether inside or outside, writes David Steeden. Urban sketching has been increasing in popularity at an extraordinary rate since the formation, ...

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Louise RichardsonLady in Law

“We are all rescuers,” says Wilmslow solicitor, Louise Richardson. She’s talking about herself and other family lawyers to Barry Hook On the day I met Wilmslow solicitor, Louise Richardson, in the back of my mind was the plight of Helen the 36-year old daughter of Pat and Tony Archer. For those of you not addicted […]

Rostrum duties go better with a smile.An eye for the finer things

Living with precious, delicate and expensive works of art could be a precarious business for Barry Hook. Not so for this fine art expert from Cheshire Meeting Rachel Houston-Holland in her office in Wright Marshall is a test. It is the type of location where you could imagine the hapless Frank Spencer causing absolute mayhem. […]

victoria thomas - 73Two Stage Rokit Launches Young Stars

The owner of one of Cheshire’s top performing arts’ academies is now utilising her own experience and skills to help those of her students who want to launch professional careers in films; on stage and on TV, writes Matthew Robinson. A little more than four and a half years ago, professional actor and dancer, Victoria […]

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Chris Stott (right) receives the awardGoogle recognition for Pareto Marketing

Knutsford-based Pareto Marketing has become a certified Google Partner company. Google Partnerships are granted to marketing agencies that meet Google’s strict criteria and have demonstrated expertise with the Google’s paid advertising platform Google AdWords. Whilst anyone can setup and manage a Google advertising campaign, only official Google Partner companies that have met the strict criteria […]

Gail CarberryChafes appoints new Partners

Chafes Solicitors LLP continues to show its commitment to employee career progression and growth. Following the retirement of Mike Travis in April this year and after a review of the firms structure, Cheshire & High Peak based solicitors Chafes Solicitors LLP, have announced that they are about to promote three of their current solicitors to […]

SimonEd 2015v2 (002)Manchester & North Cheshire FSB chair responds to Brexit vote

FSB regional chair for Manchester & North Cheshire, Simon Edmondson, has responded to today’s Brexit vote.   “The FSB is calling on the Government for clarity on what Thursday’s vote will mean for all businesses, including how they will have access to the single market, and around the free movement of people and trade. Businesses in […]


Next maxi (1)Wedding guest: shine without outshining the bride!

Q. Can I wear silver to a wedding? A. The bride and groom should be the focus of attention on their big day. That’s not to say you shouldn’t dress up for the occasion but perhaps avoid turning up in anything loud and garish, especially if it risks a reflection worthy of ‘tanning foils’ in […]

sj_Sunuva_2016_04833 (1)Stay safe in the sun kids

Q. My children really like to swim. What should they wear when they’re on the beach that also gives them maximum protection from the sun A. A healthy dose of Vitamin D is essential for building strong bones but babies and children need protection from the sun at all times. Failing to take the necessary […]

izzyWondering how to wear a hat?

Designing, creating and making hats is without doubt Rosie’s passion (see our March Fashion article, Easter Bonnets), so who better to provide the answer to this month’s style question. Q. I’m lucky to have a number of special occasion events to attend this year including Ladies Day at Ascot. I’ve never worn a hat before but […]