Cheshire Independent Issue 144

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This is an extremely enjoyable way to develop your creative side, and really enjoy the next few months. Strictly Limited Places To maintain a high standard of tuition, our classes are kept small, available places are strictly limited! Please Call Now for more details and A friendly chat. 01625 466 133 The Bridge Hotel, Prestbury SA0753 Macclesfield Prestbury 160x258 spring.indd 1 29/01/2020 3:21 pm A PRIDE of lions will adorn the newKing’s School thanks to the young willow sculp- tors of its Junior Division. The willow woven sculptures were part of King’s Infant and Junior Division Well Being Week, which aimed to reach the part of a child’s psyche normal classes cannot access. Among many topics, the inno- vative enrichment exercise saw experts give master classes on first aid, laughing yoga, healthy diet, the mental approach to happiness and willow weaving courtesy of former pupil and renowned northern sculptor Juliette Hamilton. Juliette, who sources her willow from the Somerset lev- els, built a frame for the main male lion taken from the King’s School’s 500-year-old badge, and then supervised as pupils wove round the structure to build their own lion sculpture. She said: “It’s an incredibly therapeutic exercise in which the children relax, focus and concen- trate and have the satisfaction of creating something tangible and lasting.” As well as the male lion, Juli- ette will build a female partner and two cubs to make a pride of lions that will sit near the new junior department on theAlder- ley Road campus when it opens in September. THE King’s School’s work to move into its £60million devel- opment in Prestbury later this year has impressed Macclesfield MP David Rutley. Joined by headmaster Dr Simon Hyde, the MP donned wellies and a hard hat as he toured the ongoing development, which is scheduled to open on time in the summer. Dr Hyde explained that the cam- pus will provide a main academic building, housing all year groups, both boys and girls, from infants through to sixth form. It will also include a separate sports centre and 80-acres of sport- ing and outdoor facilities. Dr Hyde explained that it was important for King’s long-term sustainability for all parts of the school to be brought together at a single location. As well as congratulating the school on the progress being made with the new campus, Mr Rutley also took the opportunity on his visit to discuss with Dr Hyde potential concerns about increased traffic on nearby roads that might follow as a result of the development. Dr Hyde told him the school would maintain its existing network of coach routes, with additional plans to put on two shuttle minibus links with Macclesfield and Prestbury train stations, which will help to ease congestion on local roads. Dr Hyde will be stepping down as head at the end of this school year, to take up a new position as secretary of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC). Speaking after his tour Mr Rut- ley said: “Students and staff at the King’s School can be very proud of the progress that is being made to deliver the new campus by the sum- mer, in time for next school year. “It was positive to see the impres- sive site and the ongoing work for myself. I wish all at the school every success with the move to the new campus. I also extend my very best wishes to Dr Hyde as he moves on to the exciting new opportunities in his next position.” THE annual Christmas tree collection for Cheshire East Hospice raised more than £140,000 for the charity this year. The cash supports the organisation’s work in the community. SANDBACH has been named the best kept rail station in Cheshire East. Marple won the overall title in the 17th annual Cheshire Best Kept Stations Awards evening. There were also awards for Handforth with Alderley Edge getting a spe- cial commendation. DRAFT plans for a park and ride facility in Handforth have been revealed by Cheshire East Council. The site next to Handforth Youth Centre would have space for more than 100 vehicles. MACCLESFIELD’S VE Day Celebrations will include a music concert at South Park Bandstand on Friday May 9 from noon until 4pm. There will also be stalls and face- painting. CHESHIRE Fire and Rescue Service has been ranked the third most inclusive employer in Britain for the second year running by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall in its Top 100 Employers list for 2020. NEWS IN BRIEF MP impressed by King’s progress A sense of pride