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MP Visits Pantomime Preparations

A Brinnington craft group recently had a visit from Stockport MP Ann Coffey, during a costume-making session for this year’s performance of ‘Mother Goose’.

The Sewing Bees group meet every Wednesday to socialise and sew, between 10am and 12pm at First House in Brinnington. Every summer they work closely with the P4P amateur dramatics society, also known as Players 4 People, who involve residents of all ages and abilities in an annual pantomime. Those not involved on stage can instead support with set design, costumes, lighting and sound.

Ann Coffey said:

“The Sewing Bees meet all year round when not preparing for the performances, and it’s good to see the skills they learn coming in handy for a great community pantomime that is enjoyed by everyone. The annual performances are a valuable asset to the Brinnington community and I’d encourage everyone to support them.”

Pru Slater from P4P added:

“The pantomime really does bring our community together, involving everyone from babies and toddlers to residents in their 70s and 80s. Over the summer we had Rose and Winnie, two of our youngest performers, join our craft group because they wanted to make their own costumes. They thoroughly enjoyed it and we can’t wait to see them perform in the outfits later this month.”

The pantomime will be performed between 23rd and 27th October at St Mark’s Parish Church, Redhouse Lane, Bredbury, SK6 1BX. Reduced price tickets are available for community groups and charitable organisations. For more information please contact Pru Slater on 07969 777835 or at

Community Project Supported By MP

Stockport MP Ann Coffey recently visited The Olive Branch in Edgeley, to meet with volunteers and customers and to see an exhibition put together by the centre’s ‘Crafternoon’ group.

The Olive Branch gives support to vulnerable people who are often isolated and lonely. Alongside activity sessions, the centre provides an advice drop-in for people in need, a ‘Foodbank Plus’ and access to computers and the Internet. Volunteers also maintain the planters along Castle Street in Edgeley.

Ann Coffey said:

“I enjoyed meeting both local residents and volunteers at The Olive Branch. Some of them are already starting to make their Christmas cards, and we talked about the support the centre gives to local families with the foodbank. The centre provides both a lifeline and a place to meet and make friends.”

Christine Cheetham, Project Manager at The Olive Branch, added:

“It was a pleasure to have Ann visit our exhibition and meet members of our team, at a time when we are facing an increasing demand for our services. The Olive Branch receives a lot of support from both the community and local businesses, so we can’t thank everyone enough.”

The Olive Branch can be found at 2C Castle Street, Edgeley, SK3 9AB. For more information please contact them on 0161 425 0707 or at

MP Visits Community Art Exhibition

Stockport MP Ann Coffey visited the annual Turners and Loxley Exhibition earlier this month, to see some of the artwork submitted by local residents.

People of all ages in Stockport were encouraged to submit a piece of art for the exhibition, as part of a ‘challenge’ run by Turners Art Materials on Wellington Road South.

More than 250 people attended the exhibition opening on 16th September, and many of this year’s entries are tactile to reflect Turners’ ongoing support of local sensory loss charity Walthew House.

Ann Coffey said:

I was delighted to visit the exhibition and to see so many pieces of art, which were submitted by residents young and old alike. The Turners challenge allows everyone to feel that sense of pride in having their work displayed in a gallery, and I’d encourage everyone to visit the exhibition.”

Patricia Rainey-Edwards from Turners Art Materials said:

It’s always brilliant to open the exhibition to the public, and to see all of the different designs and patterns that people have created. We’ve had an amazing response so far, with some very unique pieces submitted and plenty of people visiting the exhibition. Whether you’re a keen artist or not you’re likely to find a piece that grabs your interest, including a Las Vegas-style Prince Charles, a beautiful countryside scene and a collection of origami birds.

The exhibition will be available to visit until Sunday 14th October, at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery. For more information please contact Patricia Rainey-Edwards at