Author: Daniel Brownhill

Night run at Lyme Park

Join us for our night run this January in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor. This event is about having fun at your own pace, meeting new people, exploring Lyme after dark and raising funds for our ongoing conservation work.

Whether you’re new to running, a seasoned trail runner or a family looking for an adventure you’ll find going on a night run fun and exciting. It’s a great way to meet new people and socialise with friends.

Choose from the 3km explorer or the 7km adventurer routes and have fun at your own pace on our traffic free trails. Don’t forget your head torch.

Free hot drink/soup included in ticket.

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Burns Night and Chinese New Year Weekend 24th 25th Jan

Friday is Burns night and we will have a Scottish bag piper coming along playing the pipes and blessing the Haggis. We will be dishing out free Haggis and Tatties on the night starting at 6-30pm at The Northumberland Arms Community Pub, 64 Compstall Road, Marple Bridge, SK6 5HD Stockport, Stockport, United Kingdom

On the Saturday we will be joined by Som Tam Thai who will be serving their fantastic Asian Thai street food from 3pm until 8pm with the pub decorated to celebrate the Chinese New Year we will also hopefully have some Chinese beers on sale.

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STOCKPORT TRAIL HALF MARATHON. Sunday 16 February 2020 Marple, Stockport.

A Half Marathon trail race, along the picturesque Middlewood Way and Macclesfield Canal. Perfect as a challenge in it’s own right or as part of marathon training

Race starts at 9:30am

Registration is at Marple Sixth Form College, Buxton Ln, Marple, Stockport SK6 7QY

The start/finish is on the Middlewood Way at Wood Lane, Marple, Stockport, Cheshire, SK6 7RE. The race HQ will be nearby where there will be toilets, refreshments and parking.

Medal and food/drink to all finishers.

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Property market predictions for 2020

Now that 2019 is over, it is time to look to the year ahead and what is expected to be a strong year for property. Now that there is a majority government and uncertainty around Brexit seems to be assuaged, the outlook for 2020 is strong – read on to see what’s in store.

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Design trends to look out for in 2020

We’re moving into a new decade, and so the last thing that you want is for your home to look dated. Throughout 2019 we have seen some extreme trends in interior design; from the embracing of industrial elements to the resurgence of entirely neutral spaces. We have taken a look at what to expect this year and how to get ahead with your design aesthetic, whatever your budget.

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Young people and shared ownership

With the wealth of options out there to help people onto the property market, it is no surprise that the number of first-time buyers has steadily been increasing, with numbers currently at an 11-year high. However, outside of the government’s Help to Buy scheme, it seems that young people do not understand their other purchasing options – chiefly that of shared ownership.

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Silver Stack Ring Workshop

Sat Jan 11 2020 at 11:00 amThe Spring Gardens Beer Emporium & Eatery, 89 Compstall Road, SK6 5HE Stockport, Stockport, United Kingdom

This session covers basic silversmith skills and jewellery making techniques including hammering, texturing, shaping, soldering and finishing. We spend the first part of the session working with copper to allow you to become confident with the tools and allow you to hone your new skills, before moving onto silver to create a ring for you to take away. Choose between making 2 silver stack rings or one more substantial ring.

Copper for the creation of 2 ring and silver for 2 stack rings / one wider band ring are included in the price. Additional silver is available for purchase on the day if required.

Classes are limited to a maximum of 6 to ensure everyone gets the support they need.

Unlimited cups of tea and biscuits will be available throughout the session.

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New Years Party 2019

Let’s Ring in the New Year with Style . This years theme: ‘The Great Gatsby and the Roaring Twenties’
Join us for a roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve Party
Music, Supper, Bubbles, Raffle. Doors open 7:30pm till late Tickets £10

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Festive Charity Walk

Festive Charity Walk, The Railway Marple, 223 Stockport Road, Stockport, United Kingdom. Fri Dec 27 2019 at 10:00 am, Charity walk in aid of Cystic Fibrosis

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House Prices Increase by 1.3%

Data released by The Office for National Statistics states that house prices in the UK have, on average, increased by 1.3%; a strong position considering the political uncertainty sweeping the UK in 2019. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland saw an average of 3% with England averaging at 1%, with a quick comparison to last year showing an average price rise of £3,000.

Region, Region, Region
Regionally, the strongest locations continue to be across North of England with a predicted rise amongst the South of the country over the next few years. London is still slightly behind in terms of price growth but is predicted to catch up over the coming years.

The effects of Brexit
As the year ends, it is fair to conclude that Brexit has influenced the growth of house prices, even with this noted increase. August and September saw the same growth figures reducing further, but October saw those figures start to creep up slightly again with a 0.3% rise. This positive result and the outlook for the future of UK property seems to have been supported by current levels of employment and low borrowing costs for buyers. This appears to have offset the reduced confidence in the property market and should reinforce trust for the New Year.

New Homes surge
New build houses are rising at an accelerating rate compared to the existing housing stock. This can be down to them having better features and more amenities. The current property shortfall also contributes to this with newly built homes being in high demand resulting in a higher asking price. This trend currently leaves the average price of a new build property at £316,789, with existing homes currently sitting at £245,173 according to data provided by Zoopla.

Interestingly, homes located in leave voting areas have seen an average of 9.97% overall growth since 2016, with remain voting areas growing on average of 8.13%. However, this should be viewed as a coincidence instead of a direct correlation as many other local factors contribute to this. The position of both leave and remain areas shows another positive result for price growth over these last few uncertain years.

Election season

Even with the General Election, the market’s continued success is some good news to hold onto over the festive season. Christmas time is usually associated with a slight slowdown in the buying and selling process, but this year sees the market slowly aligning to others as a busy period. More valuations and home improvements from sellers shows that people are choosing to use their time at Christmas to take hold of a great opportunity and get their house on the market. It’s a solid place on the Good List this Christmas for the property sector this year!

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