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Local Issues / Re: Horse Muck
« Last post by amazon on March 31, 2015, 05:29:24 PM »
www.fairfieldcompost.co.uk will deliver, I have had many tons of their compost and it is always good.

"Fairfield is a social enterprise bringing real environmental benefits to Greater Manchester. Since 2003, Fairfield has been producing quality compost and handling green waste material through a system that avoids environmental degradation.

Fairfield has established the UK’s first sustainable waste management system to operate on a wholesale market. Based on the New Smithfield market site in East Manchester, Fairfield has diverted 6,500 tonnes of organic market waste material away from landfill. "

FAIRFIELD website tells me website not available .
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Local Issues / Re: Sale of the Marple CO-OP to ASDA
« Last post by amazon on March 31, 2015, 05:06:00 PM »
The new manager at ASDA Marple is still Peter .
If you go to Asda marple you can nominate a cause for them to suport I've just done it for the skate
Park . Come on get voting .fill the box in .....
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Local Issues / Re: Sale of the Marple CO-OP to ASDA
« Last post by amazon on March 31, 2015, 04:56:56 PM »
Quite right admin but be careful that you don't object to much because I think in time ASDA will support Marple memorial park they do a lot of local charity suport .even Compstall cricket clubs had suport from them.

The new manager at ASDA Marple is still Peter .
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Local Issues / Re: Dog poo fouled footpaths
« Last post by admin on March 31, 2015, 02:37:14 PM »
I applaud your efforts, but I suspect nothing will change in (Memorial Park/Middlewood Way/pavements in general) until a few people get prosecuted. Most dog owners make the effort, but others will simply not bother. Having the council clean up for them will re-enforce their attitude that it's not their responsibility to keep paths and parks clean.

The objective is to get some people prosecuted. Join us, report the poo in Marple!
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Local Issues / Re: Dog poo fouled footpaths
« Last post by marveld on March 31, 2015, 02:20:33 PM »
Very pleased to see that the poo I reported yesterday on the way to school has gone. Could possibly be the heavy rain has washed it away but let's hope it's that the street cleaning team are on the ball, and if so, well done!

Came back from the school run this morning via the Middlewood Way, which is what we usually do with the 3 grandchildren and friends at home time. Here are some delightful images captured between Rose Hill and the turn-off for Woodville Drive, which I shall now report. I reckon I captured about 50% of what's there.

Case Reference is 101861637

I applaud your efforts, but I suspect nothing will change in (Memorial Park/Middlewood Way/pavements in general) until a few people get prosecuted. Most dog owners make the effort, but others will simply not bother. Having the council clean up for them will re-enforce their attitude that it's not their responsibility to keep paths and parks clean.
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Hazel Grove Elections May 2015 / Re: Who are the candidates and who's got your vote?
« Last post by Dave on March 31, 2015, 01:35:32 PM »
Sorry wheels, but only Coral are suggesting that.  See http://www.oddschecker.com/politics/british-politics/next-uk-general-election/next-government

The vast majority of the bookies, as that link shows, are expecting a Labour minority government.
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Miscellaneous / Re: vandalism
« Last post by JMC on March 31, 2015, 12:58:01 PM »
I reported one youth to his parents a I saw him throwing stones at a bus. Parents response was to do nothing at all about it and he was out roaming as usual the next day (and was from a very young age). If that was my child he would be grounded for a very long time. Same child was throwing stones at a shop whilst his own mother was in there buying clothes (he didn't know). The mother carried on as if she didn't know him!! Parents get an easy life when he is out on the streets rather than in their hair. Same kids cause havoc at MHS and I believe Dominos Pizza is a target.
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Hazel Grove Elections May 2015 / Re: Who are the candidates and who's got your vote?
« Last post by wheels on March 31, 2015, 12:32:56 PM »
I know your keen on quoting bookies odds Dave. I see now the bookies are saying that the Lib Dems will be part of the next government. Interesting development from the suggested whip out.
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Manchester Coach Rambles Group trip to Ambleside. 29.03.2015

Daffodils and Palms

Manchester Coach Rambles Group trip to Ambleside on Palm Sunday was to be this year’s first taste of Spring in the Lakes. Our walk from Staveley to Ambleside via Kentmere, the Garburn Pass and Town End was preceded by torrential rain in the morning but was a reminder that you should never turn over in bed because the rain is bashing the window. Squally as it was, even after visiting for many years the Lake District never disappoints. My initial plan had been to walk to Kentmere via the lane and paths above the eastern side of the valley over Staveley Head but what my party didn’t realise was that I saw a filthy storm approaching and I chickened out in favour of the low level path along Kentmere Tarn but my apprehension was to be short-lived – the heavy shower passed, the sky brightened and I recognised an old favourite route taking me onto the mountain to the west via Whiteside End and added an extra mile and few hundred feet above the valley before dropping to Kentmere: a totally different route to that initially planned but one which was engineered to fit in with the weather conditions and a perfect example of important rule of leadership: never tell the group your exact intentions – you can adapt your planned walk to fit in with weather conditions and no-one will be any the wiser!

The rain began to fall heavily as we descended to Kentmere Church and it was there that we were to take lunch. The empty St Cuthbert’s chapel may be sacrosanct but there were no worshipers and I have always viewed the porch as being an appropriate shelter for lunch for a respectful but wet and weary traveller and the Palm fronds reminded that this was the beginning of Holy Week.

The climb over the Garburn Pass, an old route to the slate quarries is a favourite route for the geologist examining the lava flows and mineralisation but no-one else was to be seen until our unintentional pilgrimage dropped to Trout Beck Church. The daffodils were just coming out: give it a week and there will be a huge yellow carpet covering swathes of the Lake District.

It was appropriate Robin Lane was to take us back above the valley as robins were to be seen at a few points along this lane, fiercely singing, not for our entertainment but to ward off potential competitors for territories and to attract mates.
A handful of visitors were to be seen at Jenkin Crag, one of the best known viewpoints of Lake Windermere, which was passed on our way down to Waterhead, two of whom, a couple of Japanese ladies clad in trainers, light jackets and cameras and were still at the viewpoint when we departed yet somehow managed to beat us back to the car park though quite how they managed it I haven’t a clue.

Back safe, sound and dry we drifted off to the café at Waterhead and then got an absolute drenching as we ran the hundred yards from the café back to the coach. C’est la vie!

Lots more information and photos at Facebook address ‘mcr coach ramblers’

If you fancy one of our three walks at Church Stretton on Sunday 12th April 2015 with Manchester Coach Rambles Group go to www.manchestercoachrambles.co.uk  or www.manchester-ramblers.org.uk and click ‘Coach Rambles Group’ for details.

Next Ramblers Public Transport Walk Sunday April 5th Chinley to Edale. Catch 0943 train from Marple and book Edale return (don't worry if you are the only rucksack on Marple platform, most of the party get on at Piccadilly)
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Hazel Grove Elections May 2015 / Re: Who are the candidates and who's got your vote?
« Last post by Dave on March 31, 2015, 12:01:10 PM »
Indeed. And the strategy of vilifying Miliband is revealing, isn't it. It tells us that the Tories are rattled. They think they should be ahead in the opinion polls by now, but they aren't.

A smarter strategy, IMHO, might have been to ignore Miliband, and to just be statesmanlike and visionary, implying that Labour are insignificant and irrelevant. Instead, the Tories are showing that they are scared.
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