Tuesday, 6 December 2016

MINI CHRISTMAS MARKET 17th DECEMBER 2016

Due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no Makers Market on 17th December. However Middlewich Town Council are organising a Mini Christmas Market along Wheelock Street on Saturday 17th December between 10.00 am – 3.00pm. We have some space for stalls, gazebo provided but you would need to provided your own tables. Price just £20.00. 
Community Groups are £10.00.
Any further information, please contact the office on 01606 833434 - Nicci Antoney


MIDDLEWICH TOWN CRIER DEVLIN HOBSON SAYS...


'I'LL BE THERE WITH SWEETIES IN HAND FOR ALL YOU KIDDLY WINKS!
HAPPY DAYS !'

Get in the Middlewich Christmas Spirit with our
'Christmas In Middlewich' video featuring
 photos by Cliff Astles and a classic
Christmas song from Jane McDonald.


UPDATE ( 8th December )

Cllr David Latham writes:


After much work I am pleased to announce that the market will now be situated around the cenotaph and church.

We spent a lot of time listening to business owners on Wheelock Street, and it has been decided that the main street  will now be open as usual, with access being as normal to allow full passing trade to all local businesses.

We ask all people to come and support this special  Christmas event which has been put on, at short notice, for the people of Middlewich due to popular demand.

MIDDLEWICH MAKERS MARKET 2016








Your next Makers Market will be onSaturday 28th JANUARY 2017

Here is a note from Nicci Antoney
at Middlewich Town Council:

Due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no Makers Market on 17th December. 
However Middlewich Town Council are organising a Mini Christmas Market along Wheelock Street on Saturday 17th December between 10.00 am – 3.00pm.

We have some space for stalls, gazebo provided but you would need to provided your own tables. 

Price just £20.00. 


Community Groups are £10.00.



Any further information, please contact the office on 01606 833434




 FEATURING MIDDLEWICH TOWN CRIER
DEVLIN HOBSON 


Have Yourself A Merry Middlewich Christmas
with our 2013 Christmas video, featuring
photographs by CLIFF ASTLES and music
from JANE McDONALD


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Monday, 5 December 2016

THE MIDDLEWICH CHARITY SHIELD - NEW YEAR'S DAY 2017



The Middlewich Charity Shield



Always the very first Middlewich Event of every year, the Annual Middlewich New Years Day Treasure Hunt is competed for every year by hung-over Middlewichians, and the prize, since 1992 at least,  has been  the much-coveted Middlewich Charity Shield.

Traditionally the team which wins the shield each year sets the questions for the following year but in 2017 things are a little different.

Melody Smith has volunteered - for one year only - to set the questions for the 2017 Treasure Hunt and would like to know a little more about the event, and in particular, its history.

The earliest date on the shield, which is  dedicated to the memory of Christina Wakefield, is 1992 when, as can be seen from the list of winners below, 'R&P Jackson' were the victors.

But did this epic New Year trawl around the town actually start before 1992? 

Both we at the Middlewich Diary and Melody Smith would love to hear more of the history of this cherished Middlewich Institution.

If you can help, please email us at:


or visit our new, dedicated, Facebook Group at

MIDDLEWICH CHARITY SHIELD FACEBOOK GROUP

(administered by MELODY SMITH)


The list of past winners makes interesting reading. 

The term 'usual suspects' springs to mind, with names like 'Poniznik + Bruce, 'S Bailey & T Hough' , 'Bic's Team', 'The Shaws', 'Stitched Up' and many others making up a virtual 'Who's Who' of the Great and Good in Middlewich.

If you were a member of one of these illustrious teams and have memories - happy or otherwise - of taking part in the Treasure Hunt, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


The chosen charities for 2017 are St Luke's Cheshire Hospice and St Michael & All Angels Church repair fund.


The Boar's Head Hotel in Kinderton Street - starting point for the Treasure Hunt every year


MIDDLEWICH CHARITY SHIELD WINNERS SINCE 1992

1992 R&P Jackson
1993 M&C Lowe, R&P Jackson
1994 Poniznik + Bruce
1995 Worthington family
1996 Wood 'n' Teas
1997 Worthington family
1998 S Bailey & T Hough
1999 Plonkers 2
2000 Year 2K
2001 Plonkers 2
2002 The Shaws
2003 Whott
2004 The Shaws
2005 The Young Ones
2006 Whott
2007 Hough & Bailey
2008 Middlewich Masons
2009 Stitched Up
2010 Otherwise Engaged
2011 Bics Team
2012 Dirty Monkeys
2013 Dave DE & Dozy Kids
2014 Chips
2015 DE & Dave
2016 (no name supplied)

Dave Roberts
Editor

HISTORY OF THE EVENT

by Melody Smith

The New Year's Day Treasure Hunt, with its prize, the Middlewich Charity Shield, was started in 1992 by Terry and Christina Wakefield, who used to run a disco and catering company  and were actively raising funds for local causes and charities in Middlewich.

Tragically, in 1993, a year which proved to be very difficult for Terry and his family, Christine had a fatal fall in her home.

As a mark of respect, and a reflection of her work in the community, Terry dedicated the recently established shield to Christina's memory.

He continued to run the treasure hunt until 1998 when he left Middlewich and moved to the Wirral to enjoy a new life with his current wife.

I recently spoke to terry by telephone, and he was very pleased to hear that the tradition has stayed strong in Middlewich and that the annual event has continued to be an institution within the community.

He still has links here and visits occasionally.

His daughter has requested that, when the shield is full and needs replacing, she would like to keep it.


First published 12th November 2016
Updated & re-published 30th November 2016
and 5th December 2016

Saturday, 3 December 2016

INSIDE LOCK 72 OF THE TRENT & MERSEY CANAL, MIDDLEWICH

by Catherine Green
Last weekend we took a trip down a long flight of metal steps, and descended into the bowels of a lock on our local canal. It was Lock 72 of the Trent and Mersey canal, to be precise, where it passes through Middlewich. The Canal and River Trust have closed off a section of canal and drained the water out, so that they can replace the worn, wooden lock gates. We were invited to step inside the lock chamber, where we learned a bit about the 200-year history of the canal system, and could view the chamber from the ground up. It was awesome, to say the least.
You can see a slide-show of Catherine's photos of the lock open day
by visiting her blog 

SPOOKY MRS GREEN


I didn’t get to hear what our guide was saying, because I was distracted with our children, who had great fun splashing in a puddle along the length of the canal basin. But I did appreciate the beauty of the rough stone walls, and how it looked from below. There is a certain atmosphere around the canal that is both spooky and exciting. I felt a deep connection with the spirits of those who had passed through this lock during the past two centuries, and it was a warm feeling despite the cold weather.
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A view from the depths of the lock, showing the pedestrian bridge above.
 Photo: Catherine Green
Although I am not native to Middlewich, and have only lived here for almost ten years, I feel a sense of home in this town. It was partly the canal and the river that confirmed my place when our estate agent suggested properties to view back when my husband (then fiancĂ©) and I decided to move from Manchester. I want to raise our children with an understanding of the town’s heritage, because it is now their heritage, and when an opportunity arises to explore a place that is normally inaccessible, we jump at the chance. Lock 72 was a wonderful exploration, and one that will remain a fond memory for our daughters as they grow up.
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The eerie, empty canal  
Photo: Catherine Green

© Catherine Green 2016

First published on SPOOKY MRS GREEN 3rd December 2016

CATHERINE GREEN describes herself as 'ghostbuster, author, mother and wife'.


She is the author of many short stories and novels including

THE REDCLIFFE NOVELS