Celebrating twenty years of Living Edge magazine

Living Edge magazine - October 2018

Living Edge magazine - October 2018 - Credit: Archant

Over the last two decades Living Edge has changed quite a lot, but one thing has held true, we’ve always had a lot of fun doing what we love best in the place we love to live.

Gold at RHS Tatton

Gold at RHS Tatton - Credit: Archant

RHS Triumphs

In 1999 the team at Living Edge joined forces with Knutsford garden designers Liz Roberts and Mary McGregor, along with Mobberley-based landscaper James Hathcock to build our own back-to-back garden at RHS Tatton Flower Show. The team were quite thrilled when garden, named The Silk Garden and designed to reflect East Cheshire’s silk heritage, won a Bronze Medal.

We topped that in 2001 though, with a Gold! And for a full size Show Garden too! On this occasion it was a joint effort with John Lewis Cheadle, working with designers Paul Butler and John Roberts, of Butler Landscapes. Designed to reflect a Moroccan-style garden, one of the central design elements was an Islamic minaret based on the King Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.

Hot and spicy floral borders ran alongside terracotta-shade adobe walls, a cool, elongated pond sat between blue tiled edges and two seating areas, furnished by John Lewis, of course, offered a welcome respite from North African heat.

Geoffrey Key, in his studio
Credit: Glynn Ward

Geoffrey Key, in his studio Credit: Glynn Ward - Credit: Archant

Living Edge Schools Art Competition

Launched in March 2000, the Living Edge Schools Art competition is still one of our most favourite things. Each year, we invite schools from across Cheshire and beyond to submit works by their pupils, in three categories: Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18. Each year we are totally blown away by the talent that is given inspiration and support by their teachers and parents.

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Have we spotted any future YBAs? Possibly! Some of the work has been breathtaking, that’s for sure. This however, is not the point. Art is, for many school pupils, an escape into a world where the rules that govern teenage lives are temporarily lifted. It’s not easy being at school, where expectations of academic success are so high and the (often self-applied) pressure is ever-mounting. Raw talent can be nurtured and training given in techniques and differing media, but at the heart of all art lies self-expression and those talented teens who are brave enough to put their work out there to be judged are taking advantage of a rare opportunity to be themselves, to show the world the reality that lies beneath. And for those of us who can’t draw for toffee it’s an opportunity to connect with that sense of freedom, to admire their passion and their courage. Quite simply, art makes us happy.

For Living Edge to be able to give these talented pupils an opportunity to present their work to a wider audience and to receive the generous feeback of our wonderful judges, is an honour and a privilege. And speaking of judges…we can’t possibly mention the Art Competition without talking about the marvellous Geoffrey Key, one of the UK’s greatest living artists. Geoffrey has taken on the role of head judge at every single one of our Living Edge School Art competitions to date. His commentary and feedback is immensely valuable to both the entrants and to the rest of the judging team, and we say thank you.

Celebrity moments

Over two decades Living Edge has had some great conversations with celebs from far and wide. We’ve chatted to actors, artists, reality TV stars, business and charity heroes…and it’s been fun! Famous names have included everyone from Jane Torville to Suranne Jones, Phil Neville to David Hasselhoff.

We’ve discussed music, pantomime, novels, TV, radio, books, art, life, love and making people laugh.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our mini insights into the work and lives of the famous faces of the day – and we shall endeavour to bring you more each month.

All change

In 2007, the founding editor of Living Edge, Colin Bannon, passed his precious baby into the capable hands of Archant, publishers of Cheshire Life.

Sue Wrigley, who had been the lifestyle and beauty editor at Living Edge for many years, stepped into place at the new editor and prepared to take the magazine forward into a new era.

Since then, Living Edge has been edited by Penny Fray, Janet Reeder and, now, Kate Houghton.

Competition street

During the last 20 years Living Edge has offered hundreds of prizes to happy winners across Cheshire, adding up to tens of thousands in prize value. We have offered weekend breaks, concert tickets, holidays, books, jewellery, pamper days, meals out, fashion, furniture, grocery vouchers, make-overs…but perhaps the most spectacular was a full wedding, worth more than £30,000.

In 2006, Living Edge combined forces with Granada Reports to lift the annual Living Edge Wedding of the Year Competition to new heights. Includi

Design through the decades

One thing no magazine ever does is remain still. As well as content, the look and feel of the publication must remain fresh and in total accord with the style of the times. The cover image is, of course, all important and you can see from this issue’s front cover, and by visiting our website and taking a look at the archive issues dating back to the first issue produced by Archant in 2007, that we have undergone several transformations over the years. One thing that never changes however is our dedication to presenting content that engages and entertains our readers, and I hope you will agree that we do just that!