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It was a lovely summer evening and Jerusalem floated out and could be heard by the bowlers on the green close by which must have sounded lovely.

For the Christmas boxes next time coloured pencils, ordinary pencils, rubbers and pencil sharpeners are needed. The boxes are being sent off in September.

Our guests for the evening were Nick Bianchi and his father Paul Bianchi from Arighi Bianchi & Co. Ltd. Macclesfields wonderful furnishing store who are celebrating 160 years as a family run business. Antonio Arighi came to Macclesfield in the 1850s selling clocks and barometers, the latest must haves.
He came from a small community nr. Lake Como who were silk weavers so Macclesfield was not such a strange choice. The business developed into furniture and began to grow. Antonio Bianchi who had married Antonio Arighi's niece came here in 1868 and from there the business grew with some ups and downs into the thriving company it is today. It is still family run with a lot of their staff having been there for forty years or more. Nick and Paul were really interesting and good speakers and brought photos of the company through the years. We all had a goodie bag to take home too.

The competition of 'Macclesfield' was won by Ann Hitchen and the raffle by Irene Willis. A really nice spread of cakes and savouries was enjoyed after the talk.

Our next meeting is for members only and is to be held at Tabley House where we will have a guided tour.

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