Wienholts Bakery

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We are delighted to have now completed the fourth poster to make up our Alderley Edge Collection: Wienholts Bakery. Its shop, which was built in 1900, stands on the corner of London Road and Clifton Street  – just two minutes walk from Alderley Edge station.

This family-run bakery can trace its history back to the 1860s, when a young confectioner called Ferdinand Wienholdt came to Britain from Lubeck in Germany and settled in Manchester. Five generations later the Wienholt family still runs the business and has been in its present premises for over 50 years.

The bakery shop only opens on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. But, as the Wienholt family and staff will be quick to point out, that’s not because they take Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays off. That’s just when they do their baking.

On their opening days it is not unusual to find queues of loyal customers waiting to buy Wienholts’ fine patisserie and traditional pies. If you should happen to come along at a busy time make sure you grab a numbered ticket. Otherwise you may never get to the front of the line. And of course make sure you admire our Great Brunel Railway poster on the wall facing the counter!

£10 from each poster will be donated to the two local good causes we are supporting in the village of Alderley Edge:

  • St Philip & St James Church Restoration Appeal, and
  • RVS Luncheon Club, which provides lunches twice a week for older people in Alderley Edge and its surrounding areas.

This poster is available in a limited edition of 150 giclée prints on 310gsm artist’s paper, individually numbered, embossed and signed by the artist.

They are available framed or unframed. Framed posters are professionally made with a 30mm wood surround – available in either matt black, matt white, or natural oak. All feature a pale cream mount. Overall size when framed is 75cm x 62cm (29.5ins x 24.5ins).

St Philip & St James Church, Alderley Edge

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The much loved Parish Church of Alderley Edge was built in 1853, with the spire and south aisle added few years later. It has been awarded Grade 2* status and is a prominent landmark in the village.

Every five years the church is inspected and the last time this was done it was found that the Victorian ironwork in the spire had rusted, causing cracking to the stone work. The affected metal and damaged stone urgently need to be replaced. This is a complex process, requiring careful structural planning.

The revised cost to carry out these works and  re-organise inside the back of the Church is £415,000. A daunting amount of money. But once the work is done the church will not only have a fully restored spire. It will also have a new disabled loo, a refreshment station and a permanent historical display.

The church has already raised £83,000 through various fund raising events. Just before Christmas they heard that they had also been awarded Heritage Lottery Funding. But that still leaves them £44,000 short of the total money they need.

If we can sell all of the four Limited Edition Great Brunel Railway Company posters then we will be able to contribute £3,000 to that £44,000 shortfall.

So that’s our target. Please help us achieve it – by buying one of our four Limited Edition posters of Alderley Edge. Each one purchased will allow us to contribute £10 to the church’s restoration fund…..

Spring on the Edge

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The depths of winter may seem a strange time to publish a new poster showing Alderley Edge bathed in Spring sunshine. But perhaps this is the time when we most need reminding that Spring is just round the corner.

There may be no leaves on the trees right now and the weather may be damp and cold. But it won’t be long till the days draw out, till we’re putting the clocks forward and new-born lambs are once again out in the fields below the Edge.

This new poster is inspired by the iPad ‘paintings’ of David Hockney. It was created freehand on an iPad at the location which is shown in the picture. It’s one of our favourite spots – the view as you approach the Edge from the footpath off the Mottram Road, near its junction with Hough Lane.

It’s not a well-known part of the Edge, but very beautiful, especially during lambing season.

Catching the moment

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Festival-HallSometimes a poster can catch the mood of a place at a point of transition, for example when a popular and long-standing building is about to be demolished.

The Festival Hall in Alderley Edge, Cheshire is  a case in point. Built to provide a venue for the village’s annual Music Festival, its striking Art Deco facade has graced the area for almost 100 years. Still heavily used but now a little run-down, the front of the building is about to be knocked down to make way for a state-of-the-art new Medical Centre, which the community desperately needs.

The building’s future has been secured and it will continue to provide a home for local organisations from bowling clubs through dog training classes to brass band concerts. But there will be many who will regret the passing of the old building’s facade.

This poster – which uses the colour theme of Obama’s HOPE campaign poster created by Sheppard Fairey – represents the passing of the old and the welcoming in of the new. A touch of nostalgia perhaps but one which catches the moment.

New Poster: Alderley Edge

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Contemporary travel posters can be created in any medium from coloured crayons through acrylics to digital media. This one was initially created on an iPad.

Founded in 1947, Granthams of Alderley Edge stands proudly on a corner off Heyes Lane, a mile from the centre of the village. Still family-run by Mike and Gill Grantham, the shop is famous for its delicatessen foods, as well as its wide selection of artisan cheeses – over 150 of them. The shop runs regular tasting days, often themed on a particular country, where not just cheeses, but wines, sauces and other deli food can be sampled Granthams

Geoff Hall has focused on  Grantham’s beautifully painted hand cart, which sits proudly outside the shop displaying a wide selection of locally grown organic fruit and veg.

New Poster: Warsaw

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PrintKamila Kasperowicz is a Polish artist and graphic designer now living and working in the UK. A graduate of the University of Silesia, she is currently studying for her PhD in Graphic Design and it’s understandable that she should think of travel destinations in her home country for  her first travel posters.

Warsaw needs no introduction, of course: it’s the capital of Poland and its largest city. Now a major tourist destination, it is hard to believe that it suffered so much damage during the Second World War that fewer than a quarter of its buildings were left standing in 1945.

In fact Warsaw has survived so many wars throughout its history that it is sometimes called the “Phoenix” city, constantly re-emerging from its own ashes. Kamila Kasperowicz has captured something of the city’s fragmented history in this poster, and she also celebrates the city’s landmarks and palaces near its centre.

The poster is now available as a Limited edition of 250, individually numbered and signed by the artist.