Remembrance Sunday


Questions have been asked about the practical reasons why the Remembrance Service at the War memorial is always at 12.00. There have always been several remembrance services in Heald Green at 11am, these being in the various churches to which all are invited. The uniformed children’s groups take part in these at 11am and also many of the elderly who cannot manage an outdoor service. At 12.00 there is the Community Remembrance Service at the War Memorial, at which children from all our primary schools, the scout and guide groups, representatives from the Army and Air Cadets, the Police, the Royal British Legion, the CMA, the Churches and other community groups can all come together and take part. The Police and some of the other representatives also attend other memorial services on that day and can only attend at Heald Green because it is at 12.00. The same applies to our bugler and piper, who play at other services but can only attend Heald Green because it is at 12.00.

Services across Stockport have taken place at different times of the day for many years. Each community has its own time and place to reflect and remember. Heald Green’s community gathering has been at 12.00 for many years and everyone who regularly attends is used to arriving at this time. Of course there are other residents who like to pay their respects quietly at 11am at the Memorial and this has always been the case but the organised community event is at 12.00.

Again, this year, there will be a short parade of the children to the War Memorial, led by a piper.

As last year, the Ratepayers have arranged for large poppies to be displayed on lamp posts on Wilmslow Rd and Finney Lane, in the run up to Remembrance Sunday.  We also have additional large poppies for people to buy to display. All money will go to the Royal British Legion to support our disabled ex-servicemen. We ran a stall at the Heald Green Festival and sold 60 large poppies at £3 each.  More were ordered and are available now. If you wish to buy one, contact any of the Ratepayers’ Committee or email us

We hope the shops will display a poppy, too.

Festival 2019

Heald Green Village Festival  took place on the hottest day of the year, so far, at the end of 30 June and people came out in their thousands to enjoy a real Village Event, which started with a Fancy Dress parade  for the children around the local streets. This was led by the Phoenix Pipe Band and was enjoyed by everyone.

With over 50 community and charity stalls to wander round as well as other attractions, from the funfair, donkeys, model train, body zorbing and  entertainment, there was plenty for all the family to enjoy.  The varied entertainment in the hall was accompanied by lovely refreshments from the team from St Catherine’s, whilst outside the food from Cheadle Muslim Association and from Nixon’s BBQ was much appreciated as usual.  Heald Green Ratepayers’ Tombola stall raised over £360 which goes towards funding the Festival next year. The small Rainbow Train, which Nixon’s Farm generously loaned to us, was a real treat for little ones to ride around the huge field.

The Festival Junior Football Tournament was won by Cheadle Catholic Junior School with Etchells Primary as runners-up, with all winners and runners-up receiving medals. The Mayor of Stockport presented the new Ged McAndry Trophy to the winners. The winners of the Grand Draw were also announced at 4pm and winning numbers displayed at Cafe Unity later. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to the donors of the great prizes.

The annual Festival is a great way to bring the community together and it would be a pity if it couldn’t continue because of lack of helpers. The Committee are desperate to recruit more people to help. Please give it a go! Margaret, 437 7197, will give you further information.

Usage of Runway 2 at Night

The Airport normally use only Runway 1 at night but Runway 2 is used at night when maintenance work is being carried out on Runway 1.  This is programmed in advance.  For the rest of 2019, the programmed dates are as follows:

October 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th
November 5th, 6th & 7th
December 3rd, 4th & 5th
January (2020) 14th, 15th & 16th

It may be that unexpected maintenance work needs to be carried on dates other than those above.

Runway 2 is parallel to Runway 1 and about 500 yards South of it but is about a mile further away from Heald Green, so the aircraft will be higher than normal but 500 yards further South.  The night period for this purpose is from 10pm until 6am, the following morning.  Whether aircraft will be landing or taking off over Heald Green is determined by the wind at the time.  Settled warm weather generally means easterly winds, which means that take-offs will be over Heald Green, just when you want to leave your windows open!

Seashell Trust

You are probably ware that the Seashell Trust’s planning application to rebuild their facility and fund it by selling 30 acres of Green Belt for the construction of up to 325 houses was refused by the Council.  Seashell appealed against the Council’s refusal of planning permission and the appeal was heard by a Planning Inspector at a Public Inquiry in May.  Ratepayers formed a Joint Group with the Action Group and registered as a formal party to the hearing.  The Inquiry was spread over 7 weeks and the Joint Group attended every day to give evidence and cross-examine witnesses.  We now await the Inspector’s report and the decision of the Secretary of State, which is not expected until the end of the year.

For further information about the original planning application please click here