February 2018 in Disley WI

Our February Meeting

At this months meeting we welcomed Lisa Ashton from the Winnie Mabaso Foundation. She gave a fascinating talk about the work that the charity does supporting vulnerable and orphaned children in South Africa, and woking in the wider community.




Our annual coffee morning was held on Saturday 24 February …

We raised over £300 which will be split evenly between the 2 charities we are supporting

2018 Charities of the Year

Drawing Workshop 

There was a thoroughly enjoyable craft workshop courtesy of Yvonne N – ‘Drawing Plants and Tools in the style of Jim Dine’

Poppy Project         

We have made 655 leaves so far – we need at least 820 (1 per poppy). Felt and embroidery thread are available, or if you’d rather knit/crochet, green yarn is also available

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Library News …

An update from Cheshire East re. the proposal to close Disley library:

Most of the Budget feedback received was about the libraries.  In light of this response, the proposal to close Alderley Edge, Disley and Prestbury libraries was reviewed. A revised proposal was included in the Budget that was approved at the Council meeting on 22 February.

Under the revised proposal, the three libraries will remain open. In Alderley Edge and Disley the libraries will achieve some budget savings from revised opening hours and staffing. In Prestbury a small budget saving will be achieved from increased financial support from the community. Usage at libraries will continue to be monitored and closure may be reconsidered if usage declines significantly.

Disley Parish Council are still awaiting details of the ‘revised opening hours and staffing’

Save Disley Library from Closure


Gothic for Girls

Several members went to the History Wardrobes ‘Gothic for Girls’  – the wonderful world of classic supernatural stories showcasing sinister women and the enduring lure of black in fashion.  historywardrobe.com/gothic


Raucous Women

Another trip in February was ‘Raucous Women & Afternoon Tea’.

This was afternoon tea with a twist – Edwardian character Mrs Parr entertained everyone with stories of Manchester women during afternoon tea at Browns Restaurant





Library Closure to be discussed at next Parish Council Meeting – 13 Dec

The proposed library closure is on the next Council meeting agenda and anyone is very welcome to attend. Please see further down for the format of the meeting.

7.30pm Wednesday 13th December at the Community Centre.

One of the first items on the agenda is the Public Forum which allows 15 minutes for residents to address the Council with any issues they would like to raise. 

However, the Council is not obliged to answer or respond to residents’ queries at that time, as further investigation into the points raised may be required before the Council can provide an informed response.

 The proposed library closure will appear as a separate agenda item for Councillors to discuss but it should be pointed out that, although residents are more than welcome to observe this discussion, they are not participants it.

 The meeting is a Council meeting where the public are very welcome to attend, but it is not an open public meeting.


Christmas Carols at The White Lion 15th December

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Disley’s Community Together event 2018

Would you like to be involved in Disley’s Community Together event in 2018?

[Possibly another Great Get Together event    click here to go the Great Get Together website]

If so, please come along to a meeting at the Quaker Meeting House (top of Ring’o’Bells Lane) at 11am on Sat Jan 6th

Any questions or comments – please send an email to 



Save Disley Library from Closure

The recently published ‘Cheshire East Council Pre-Budget Consultation 2018/21’ document includes the plan to permanently close Disley Library

Cheshire East Council is planning to close Disley Library because it is one of three smallest libraries in the county, not because it is underused. The closure of our library will save Cheshire East £50,000 per year.

(Cheshire East are planning to spend £4 million on Macclesfield Leisure Centre to refurbish reception, extend gym, upgrade all changing facilities, improve accessibility and café offer)

If Disley library closes, residents would have to travel the 6 miles to Poynton to access Cheshire East Library services. It is not easy or quick to get to Poynton from Disley – it means a minimum 15 minute drive or taking two different buses.

We only have until 12th January 2018 to make our views known


1) complete the online survey

click here to go to the webpage with the link to the online survey

or straight to the survey here.

2) Sign one of the paper petitions going round the village

4) contact our local CE Councillor, Harold Davenport

Address: 7 Countinghouse Road, Disley, SK12 2DB

Phone:  01663 763986

Email:  harold.davenport@cheshireeast.gov.uk

5) contact our MP David Rutley

Send letters to House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

or click here to send an email to David Rutley

6) Tweet @SaveDisleyLib

7) Sign the e-petition at Save Disley Library e-Petition

The library is an important resource for our community and we will feel its loss if it closes.

It is important to many different groups of people in the village:

– children who are just learning to read and to love books. Not all parents can afford to buy enough books to keep up with voracious young readers.

– older people who may need help using online resources or find it difficult to travel to the next nearest library.

– anyone  who doesn’t have a computer and whose only access to the internet is in the library.

– everyone who loves books and reading

Click here to open the Pre-Budget Consultation Document

See page 89 in the document or just search for ‘Disley’

Here is the relevant excerpt library closure

[N.B. The librarians in Disley library are prohibited by the council from campaigning themselves, and because libraries are council property, they are also not allowed to house a petition about council-related issues.]


September Meeting

At September’s monthly meeting, we celebrated our 7th Birthday with the Poynton Jemmers Women’s Morris. They did several dances for us – accompanied by great musicians; and in between dances, Alice (the foreman) talked about the history of morris dancing and the history of the Poynton Jemmers  It was great fun to watch and even more fun to join in!

Just as the Jemmers had finished all the lights went out! (A power cut throughout the whole village) But we persevered and ate our birthday cake in the near dark!

Our first Summer Fair was a roaring success. We had an amazing turnout and everyone really enjoyed the diverse activities provided including tea duelling; blind date with a book; henna painting; dressing up and eating cake. A great evening was had by all. Many thanks to everyone whose hard work made it such a success. A special vote of thanks should go to Jenny H. who put in so much time and energy organising this event.

Bike Fest A few stalwart members successfully provided and served refreshments and cakes at the Disley Bike Fest on Sunday 16th September. £137 was raised and will go towards our community project, a baby changing table in the Community Centre.