Macclesfield S & B (2016)

Macclesfield Sloggers & Betters
Friday 18th / Saturday 19th March 2016

A message from Dean Mayer (Anax/Loroso/Elkamere):

“Why this didn’t occur to me before I have no idea, but Macclesfield has a perfect S&B venue in the Snow Goose.  It’s a cosy alpine themed café bar on 3 levels.  On Friday evening there will be musical entertainment in the form of LeLounge, a chilled out duo featuring Looby & Dave, friends from the covers band I used to be in.

“Macclesfield Station (which is on the main Euston/Piccadilly line), a Travelodge and the Snow Goose are all on Sunderland Street.  The venue has an upstairs room* which we can hire f.o.c.

“Food-wise, the Snow Goose offers a legendary hog roast – which will be for Saturday – and home-cooked food during the day.  They also do a superb breakfast, all local produce.  Across the road is a decent Thai restaurant for those wanting an evening meal; there are alternatives within easy walking distance.  Also opposite is a kebab/chicken/pizza take-away for those foolhardy enough.

“It’s been a while since we bothered with name badges and for that reason alone I think it might be a good idea.  In the last couple of years many new solvers/setters have joined us.  I’ll try to get hold of the hardware – if you’re attending and would like a badge, please let me know how you’d like to be known; online name, pseudonym, real name etc, either here or via email – anaxcrosswords at yahoo dot co dot uk. There will of course be blank badges available if you want to decide on the day(s).”

* The stairs are narrow and steep. The male WC is upstairs, so please keep that in mind.




  1. gnomethang
    Posted January 8, 2016 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm! Reckon I might .

  2. Hoskins
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Tickets booked and will be there for the weekend. Very much looking forward to catching up with those I know and saying hello to those I don’t.

  3. pommette
    Posted February 18, 2016 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    OH NO – what a bummer.
    I will be in spitting distance of Macclesfield at the end of February. I would have loved to have come and say hello to you all again!

    Have a good day

  4. pommette
    Posted February 18, 2016 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    PS I’ve also just seen that the May event is just days after I return home to Spain when I next visit mum.

  5. stanXYZ
    Posted March 4, 2016 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Where’s Macclesfield?


    • Hanni
      Posted March 4, 2016 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

      53.2581° N, 2.1274° W :yes:

      • stanXYZ
        Posted March 4, 2016 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

        Too far North for me … unfortunately!

    • dutch
      Posted March 6, 2016 at 11:08 am | Permalink

      it’s where I live (~20 miles south of manchester)

  6. Cephas
    Posted March 6, 2016 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Jeannie and I plan to be there on the Saturday.

    • Bufo
      Posted March 7, 2016 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

      I’ll be there on the Saturday all being well

  7. Deep Threat
    Posted March 7, 2016 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Sadly, I have to be in London that weekend, so won’t be able to make it.

  8. Kitty
    Posted March 10, 2016 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    I’m really torn. It’d be really nice to go but I’m having trouble justifying the expense. My umming and erring has of course only made the situation worse :( .

    • anax
      Posted March 17, 2016 at 11:53 am | Permalink

      Kitty, it’ll be an opportunity to meet BD. How can you place a monetary value on that?

      • Kitty
        Posted March 17, 2016 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

        How can I argue with that logic? See you all there :) .

  9. denis donohue
    Posted March 15, 2016 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    I hope to make it


    • Gazza
      Posted March 15, 2016 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

      You’ve expanded your alias since your last comment so your comment needed moderation.

      • Denis Donohue
        Posted March 20, 2016 at 10:02 am | Permalink

        unaware but it’s miname.

        Regards D. D.

  10. Shropshirelad
    Posted March 15, 2016 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Sorry guys – can’t make it on either day. Hopefully be able to attend the next bash – wherever that may be :) . To those going – have a good time.

    • Hanni
      Posted March 17, 2016 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

      Nor me. I think there should be a York one soon? Just saying.

      • Shropshirelad
        Posted March 18, 2016 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

        I was thinking more along the lines of Ironbridge, home of the most prolific crossword setter – ever. Only because I live in the area has nothing whatsoever to do with my preference :) . I do know lots of real ale pubs, one of which allows you to bring your own food – and – they’ve got a cinema upstairs.

  11. Christine and Ian Greatorex
    Posted March 19, 2016 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    It’s 8.15pm on Saturday evening. We’re at the Snow Goose. Where’s the party?

    • Posted March 20, 2016 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

      Sorry but the 10 of us left standing moved across the road to the Maliwan Thai Restaurant at 7:30.

  12. Denis Donohue
    Posted March 20, 2016 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    A most excellent thrash at the Macc S & M.
    My thanks to Anax & Big Dave.
    Thanks also to Dutch & Egbert for the themed puzzles.
    I casually asked the bloke next t me (Adrian) where he had come from and he casually replied………”Gibraltar”


    D. D.

  13. Kitty
    Posted March 20, 2016 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to everyone who made this event what it was. Which was really something special.

  14. Hoskins
    Posted March 20, 2016 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    Really great do – many thanks to Anax for arranging it all and to the people, music, food and booze that made it such a blast. Looking forward to next year already.

  15. snape
    Posted March 20, 2016 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Well that was fun!
    Cheers to Anax for organising, great to see everyone. I hope Christine and Ian managed to find everybody – I presume a few were in the restaurant over the road by that time.

    • Christine Greatorex
      Posted March 22, 2016 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

      No, we never did. Problem was, we couldn’t find a time anywhere for the do – so just guessed.
      Would have loved to have met some kindred locals.
      Oh well. Maybe next time.

  16. Starhorse (from Pulham)
    Posted March 21, 2016 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Delighted to meet Big Dave and many others on Friday night, wish I’d been able to get along on Saturday too. I’ve amended my name again following conversations with Kitty and Snape!

    Looking forward to having a go at Dutch’s puzzle in a while.