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A Cracker of a Christmas got underway at the Garden House recently with a two day event opened by Stockport's Mayor and Consort, Councillor Linda and Mr Ken Holt.

An overnight dusting of early snow lent a suitably festive air to the Lakes Road community farm's annual Christmas fair. Though it didn't stick around for long, the rain that followed it didn't manage to put a dampener on events as Santa Claus arrived on his sleigh, along with a troop of elves to join in the fun.

As usual, The Garden House pulled out all the stops for the weekend. Numerous stalls offered a wide array of Christmas gifts and decorations, as well as produce from local suppliers. Pupils from nearby Brabyns Preparatory School formed a choir and sang carols during Saturday afternoon. Santa's Grotto proved highly popular, with children waiting patiently in line to receive a gift and have their photo taken with Father Christmas. For anyone who might have missed him, he is taking time out from his busy schedule and will be returning from the North Pole every day (except Mondays) throughout December, at 11am and 1pm, catch him while you can. While the youngsters were at the grotto, mums and dads took advantage of warming festive fayre in the cafe.

The Garden House is supporting Key 103's Mission Christmas charity appeal, which will provide under-privileged children across Greater Manchester with a present. As an official drop point, toys can be donated at the cafe.

For anyone looking for an unusual Christmas present, the farm has an 'adopt an alpaca' scheme in place. Sponsors receive a photo of their alpaca, a monthly newsletter, a personalised certificate and the chance to meet the animal.

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The Garden House never stands still. This Saturday, the 2nd December, the new riverside walkway will be officially opened by the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Kui Man Gerry Yeung OBE DL. The path runs alongside the Goyt from the farm to the Midland pub car park, following the historic route along which Samuel Oldknow's mill workers used to walk to church.

Though 2017 has been a difficult year for the Garden House, staff there are hopeful that ongoing planning issues can be swiftly resolved in the New Year. The Marple Review will report further details as soon as they are available. Keep checking our website and Facebook pages for updates.