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Saturday, 16 February 2019

THE THIRD COSY TEA ROOM QUIZ AFTERNOON, 15th FEBRUARY 2019 (ARCHIVED)



at THE KINGS LOCK,
MIDDLEWICH,
CW10 0JJ

Presenting

THE THIRD COSY TEAM ROOM
QUIZ  AFTERNOON
Friday 15th February 2019
2- 4pm


Tickets £5 each. Includes tea or coffee with Cosy Tea Room Sponge Cake on arrival, plus an extended quiz  
hosted by Middlewich Diary editor Dave Roberts.

Sorry - no bingo this time around because our bingo caller Eddie is away.



Raising funds for St. Luke`s Hospice

Limited seats/book now with Martin 07341660244

Quiz rounds: 

ROUND ONE - General knowledge, including old Middlewich Diary Quiz favourites such as Call My Bluff

ROUND TWO - Mystery Voices.

ROUND THREE - Music - mostly Golden Oldies

ROUND FOUR - Dead or Alive? Ten well known people, but are they pushing up daisies or still with us?

ROUND FIVE - Picture Round.

Winners:

1st (31 points) 'Two Pints Of Coke and a Portion of quiche'

2nd (29 points) 'Win Or Booze'.

Many thanks to those who turned up on the day to raise further funds for St Luke's Hospice.

Keep an eye on The Middlewich Diary for news of more fund-raising events at the Cosy Tea Room, Middlewich.

Quiz presented in association with


                                                          


First published Wednesday 13th February 2019
Re-published Friday 15th February 2019
Archived Saturday 16th February 2019

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

MIDDLEWICH HERITAGE TRUST SURVEY




Here's your chance to let Middlewich Heritage Trust know what you'd like to see at a future Middlewich Museum based on the preserved Murgatroyd's Brine Pumps

Kerry Kirwan writes:

Please can you pass this link on to anyone who is interested in heritage! It only takes two minutes to do; there are seven questions in all and everyone's input will be  very valuable to us in  getting people’s feedback and, we hope, support for our project.
Just follow the link and take part.



Thank you!



MIDDLEWICH HERITAGE TRUST SURVEY

(Revealing Murgatroyd's Brine Pumps)

Find out more about Middlewich Heritage Trust on their Facebook page:

Middlewich Heritage Trust

MURGATROYD'S MODEL FINDS NEW HOME

Photo; KERRY KIRWAN
In January 2014 this model of the Murgatroyd's Open Pan Salt Works in Brooks Lane, Middlewich,  was  removed from the Weaver Hall Museum (previously the Salt Museum) and brought back to Middlewich ready for the day when it can be put on permanent display in its home town and help to tell the story of salt making here.

Two of the people who helped dismantle the model were Bill Eaton and John Duncan, and the project was managed by the Town Council's Heritage Officer, Kerry Kirwan. 

For a while the model was on display in the Town Hall, but lack of space has meant that it has now had to be placed in storage.

The obvious place for the model would, of course, be the Murgatroyd's Pumping Station site which would mean that the miniature salt works could be displayed close to the site of the original full-size works.

Although the latter days of open pan salt making in the town were dominated by the three Seddon's works in Pepper Street, Brooks Lane and Wych-House Lane, Murgatroyd's works, also in Brooks lane, continued operating right up until 1966 and had the distinction of remaining under the same ownership throughout its life.

Below are links to some of the information on Murgatroyd's we have in the Middlewich Diary. 

Dave Roberts

SEE ALSO:

MURGATROYD'S SALT STORE ROOM


MURGATROYD'S SALT WORKS AERIAL VIEW

(includes notes from Kerry Kirwan)

PAN SMITHS AT MURGATROYD'S 1963


'BAGGIN' TIME AT MURGATROYD'S c1966


SALT WORKS BUILDINGS IN BROOKS LANE


MURGATROYD'S BRINE PUMPS (Middlewich Heritage Trust)

First published 11th February 2014

Updated and re-published 11th February 2017, 12th February 2018 and 12th February 2019.

Monday, 11 February 2019

MIDDLEWICH HISTORY IN MINIATURE



Illustration: Vintage Model Trains
There was a time when no model railway layout was complete without at least one of these.
It is, of course, a Hornby-Dublo Saxa Salt wagon, with its distinctive peaked roof.
Saxa Salt is still the country's leading brand of salt (although these days, the brand is part of  Premier Foods and its actual place of origin is never made clear).
Saxa was launched in 1907 by the Middlewich Salt Company, later to be absorbed by Cerebos, and was the core brand of both companies.
Nowadays, as explained on the Premier Foods website (link below), people asking for 'Saxa' are just as likely to be after sea salt, or rock salt or even 'low-salt' salt as ordinary table salt.
The younger element were always fascinated by the Saxa Salt railway wagons (Murgatroyd's and other salt companies used them too) resembling as they did, little 'houses' on wheels.
In fact, railway workers habitually referred to them as 'cottage tops'.
The 'house style' roof was there for a very good, and quite obvious, reason.
Salt had to be kept dry and the sloping roof was intended, just as a house roof is, to keep off the driving rain.
The wagons' roofs were covered in roofing felt, giving them even more of a look of a yellow garden shed on wheels.
Although these vehicles were very common in this and other salt districts, they were not unique to the trade.
They were also used for carrying lime and other powdered chemicals which needed to be kept dry.

PREMIER FOODS - SAXA

(link updated 11th February 2019)

P.S. The illustration above is borrowed from e-bay. A piece of Miniature Middlewich history could be yours for less than a tenner, if you're quick.

Following the publication of this diary entry, Chris Beard got in touch to tell us of a preserved example of the once numerous Saxa Salt wagons in Scotland. Here's Chris's photograph of the real thing.




 Find out more here


First published 11th February 2012
Updated and re-published 11th February 2019



CHESHIRE FM - A LOCAL STATION FOR MIDDLEWICH, NORTHWICH AND WINSFORD

CHESHIRE FM
A REAL LOCAL STATION FOR MID-CHESHIRE
Here's news of a very welcome development in the world of radio. Mid-Cheshire has needed its own radio station for many years now, and Cheshire FM aims to fill that long-felt need. Here you'll find links to the new station's test music feed on the World Wide Web and to a survey asking  what YOU would like to hear on the new station. Cheshire FM would like to hear from you! 

CHESHIRE FM TEST STREAM 
Listen in here. 

Cheshire FM would like to know what sort of music YOU would like to hear on the station.

CHESHIRE FM LOCAL RADIO SURVEY

What do YOU want from your new radio station?

SAXA SALT WAGON - THE REAL THING

Following our entry showing a Hornby Dublo model of a Saxa Salt railway wagon, here's  the real thing, as photographed by Chris Beard, who discovered it in a Scottish museum some years ago.
This picture shows one of these wagons as it would have looked prior to 1948, as evidenced by the fact that the return location for the empty vehicle is shown as MIDDLEWICH LMS (LNW).
The inscription above that indicates that the wagon is the property of THE MIDDLEWICH SALT Co Ltd (as, of course, does the SAXA SALT lettering emblazoned across the side).
It will be noted that the SAXA SALT lettering shown here is actually different from the lettering on the Hornby model. The 'S', in particular, appears to be in a completely different typeface.

Further evidence of the wagon's private owner status is in the words NON-POOL on the left, designed to prevent some railway yard foreman somewhere appropriating it for another use.
This would seem to be unlikely to happen anyway, due to the vehicle's high-profile yellow and red livery.
The Middlewich Salt Company features in this entry, which has proved to be one of our most popular diary entries, with the second highest number of  'hits' since we started in June 2011.
Many thanks to Chris for sending us the photo and for going to the trouble of tracking down the name of the museum where this restored wagon can be found. Here's a link.

First published 12th February 2012
Re-published 11th February 2019

Sunday, 10 February 2019

THE DRAFT MIDDLEWICH NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN 2018-2030



 Your chance to view the Draft Middlewich Neighbourhood Plan for 2018-2030, before casting your vote at the referendum on March 14th.



VIEW THE DRAFT NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN (PDF FILE)

NOTICE OF REFERENDUM (Middlewich Town Council)


More information on the Neighbourhood Plan and the referendum will be found in the March edition of GO LOCAL magazine, which is delivered free to every household in Middlewich. 

Watch out for it dropping onto your doormat soon!




MIDDLEWICH ROCK 'N' ROLL IS HERE TO STAY!

COMING NEXT:


THE BUDDIES
+
D.J. DANCIN' DAVE
Saturday 16th March




KEEP AN EYE ON THE MIDDLEWICH DIARY THROUGHOUT 2019 AS WE BRING YOU DETAILS OF ALL MIDDLEWICH ROCK & ROLL EVENTS!



David Tulloch writes:

Hi to everyone! It is with great regret that we have to announce that Derek and Julie are to retire from Middlewich Rock & Roll.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank them both for their hard work and dedication over the last twenty one years. Without them Middlewich Rock & Roll would not be what it is today, and we would not have been able to carry on over the last few years either.

We can assure you we will do our utmost to keep things going at Middlewich Rock & Roll  with everyone's support.

Once again a massive Thank You to them both for all they have done !!!!!



We started Middlewich Rock'n'Roll twenty years ago at the Middlewich Royal British Legion Club and from a small difficult beginning it developed into an accepted venue on the Rock'n'Roll circuit. 

All profits were donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Seven years ago however, due to work commitments out of Middlewich, we had to hand over running of Middlewich Rock 'n' Roll to our then resident disc jockey Jivin' Jim Kiley, who has been running the events ever since.

Jim recently made the decision to move on.

We  therefore decided to take back the running of  Middlewich Rock'n'Roll as from January 2016, with the help of a small team of dedicated volunteers and sponsors and using the same successful format which has served us well over the last twenty years.

We have an excellent  live Rock'n'Roll Band and  great  disco each month and there is also frequently a 1950's gear stall where you can buy everything from 1950s dresses for the ladies to crepes and drapes for the gents. 

Our first gig 'under new (old) management'  was on  Saturday 9th January 2016  and featured Juke Box Jive from Bradford - appropriately, the group we
booked for our first gig twenty years ago. 

JBJ was supported by one of Stoke-on-Trent's best disc jockeys, Cadillac Dave.

We're proud to be continuing the tradition of donating any profits to the Poppy Appeal.

- Derek and Julie 2016






See also: MIDDLEWICH ROCK & ROLL DANCERS AT THE FAB FESTIVAL
(More FAB pictures from CLIFF ASTLES)



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