Ronnie’s Blog World Cup, Barnaby and much more.

Posted on June 5, 2010 in Ronnie's News

World Cup @ Ronnie’s, drinks offers, more Free Room Hire, the Big Screen with Big Sound outdoors, Moving Clay, Barnaby, Incubation….

The next few weeks of course will be dominated by the World Cup. And Ronnie’s will be doing our best to create the best place to watch all the games by putting a big screen in the courtyard and linking it to our superb sound system. It will create a huge atmosphere and will be a fantastic place to watch football. All the games will be shown here and the big screen will be rolled out for the big games. Its first airing will be for the England opener against the USA next Saturday (12th June). Kick off will be at 7.30pm but I would suggest getting here early to get into the mood. We have also developed a few bulk drink order ideas with the cocktail pitchers, jugs of beer, buckets of bottled beers and ciders and of course our usual table service.

We are also offering a VIP area to watch the games if you’d prefer a bit more exclusivity. The USA game is reserved for the winner of the recent Macc Express competition, but anyone interested in reserving Ronnie’s Lounge for up to 20 guests to watch any other World Cup games needs to simply reserve it. We are not charging for the privilege of having the VIP room as we always offer free room hire, but as always it is on a first come first served basis and has to be booked in advance. Contact me on 01625 665050 or by email to reserve the room.

Full details on all the World Cup games we are showing can be found at and for all free room hire stuff you can get details at

Whilst the World Cup is dominating the nation there is also a fair bit of other stuff of real interest going on in Macc in June and July.

Of particular interest to me is in Dukes Court Studios from the 12th June when Moving Clay, a group of North West artists working in ceramics, painting, printmaking, jewellery, wood, glass and sculpture, will be moving in for a 4 week residency. The request for the residency was because the space is brilliant for them (they had an exhibition here last year around the same time) and also because they wanted somewhere to showcase their talent as part of the Barnaby Festival ( which runs from 18-20 June.

There has been a Barnaby fair in Macc since the 13th century, and whilst it has all but died out recently, a group of dedicated, motivated and passionate Maxonians have reinvented Barnaby as a festival of arts, culture and fun showcasing Macclesfield’s diverse creative talent in a series of inspiring events.

Macclesfield is a hotbed of artistic talent so I really hope the whole festival is supported in droves by the people of Macclesfield and draws in people from far and wide to see the fantastic array of talent on show.

Moving further forward I hope that Barnaby happens every year as part of a wider movement from the town to promote it as an arts and culture gem. There is more to Macclesfield than silk. I am not disparaging its rich silk heritage by the way I am just pointing out that there is more to this town than silk and that the vast array of talent in and around this place needs showcasing regularly and prominently. And once we let the wider world know this it will attract more people into the town centre which in turn will boost the local economy. So with this in mind I have collaborated with some of the Moving Clay folk, some of the Barnaby folk, some prominent people in the town and East Cheshire Council, to turn Dukes Court Studios from an occasional art studio to a permanent arts centre and community space for arts based projects and organisations. Immediately following the Moving Clay Show there will be an exhibition of the best art put forward by the town’s secondary schools and we hope to announce a series of events in the very near future.

This arts based social enterprise will be known as Incubation. When looking for a suitable name for this venture we wanted a name that encompassed what it was about and also paid tribute to Macclesfield’s rich artistic heritage. Incubation does this because it is not just an incubator for all the local talent from established and emerging artists but also because it is the title of a Joy Division track, and I believe it is time Macclesfield started to build on the musical and artistic foundations left to us by the late great genius Ian Curtis and the rest of Joy Division. In my view Incubation will not just acknowledge the recent past talent but demonstrate to the present that this town is a cultural hotbed and provide an artistic outlet for the people of this wonderful town.

Incubation though will need financial support. We are seeking grants and any potential funding routes we can find including sponsorship and donations. So if you are interested in sponsoring, fund raising or simply wish to get involved then please contact me on .

I will of course keep you posted on how Incubation develops, but for now enjoy the Moving Clay show, the whole of Barnaby and of course the football in Dukes Court. Come on England!!!

See you soon.


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