Saturday, 24 August 2013

VIRGIN TRAINS IN MIDDLEWICH

Photos: Peter Cross and Glen Leigh 
At the end of July our sister site Middlewichstation.co.uk featured an appeal for photographers who might like to get up early on Saturday mornings to capture for posterity the sight of a Virgin Train which passes through the town every Saturday morning until the 7th of September.
Peter Cross and Glen Leigh rose to the challenge and produced some excellent shots.
As we explain on the Middlewich Station  site, there are still a couple of opportunities if you'd like to have a go yourself, and we'd love to see (and publish) the results of your efforts.

Here's a link to the article showing these great shots of modern traction in Middlewich.

VIRGIN PASSENGER WORKINGS IN MIDDLEWICH


Thursday, 22 August 2013

LIVE AT THE BOATYARD AUGUST 2013

ARCHIVED

Illustration: Go Local 
Following on from a successful FAB FESTIVAL event at Middlewich Narrowboats, here's news of a new August Bank Holiday event at the same venue.

Entertainment from:

ACOUSTAK, CALICO-PADDIES, CHASING MINNOWS, CHRIS & THE MGs, GEOFF MATHER,
JAKE-LEG JUG BAND, JUST DANDY, KATHRYN WHEEL, MARIE-CLAIRE SCOTT, SALTY DOG BLUES BAND.

Special Guests:

6pm SATURDAY: BRIAN LOOKING (SHADOWS GUITARIST)
5pm SUNDAY: AFRICA ENTSHA 21st CENTURY GOSPEL SINGERS (from SOWETO)

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE (COURTESY OF DAVE THOMPSON)

Saturday 24 August

2pm Geoff Mather 
3pm Kathryn Wheel 
4pm Salty-Dog Blues Band 

6pm Brian Locking 
8pm Marie-Clare Scott 
8.45pm Chris & the MGs 
9.40pm the Calico-Paddies

Sunday 25 August
1pm Chasing Minnows 
1.30 Just Dandy
2.30 Jake-Leg Jug Band 
3.30 Acoustak 
4.30 Salty-Dog Blues Band
5pm Africa Entsha (currently stuck in Edinburgh so fingers crossed)!


ALL FUNDS RAISED WILL GO TO THIS YEAR'S MAYOR'S CHARITIES.

PRIZE DRAW

Prizes include a Family Canal Boat Holiday!

LINK TO: MIDDLEWICH NARROWBOATS SITE

HELP SPREAD THE WORD  ABOUT THIS EVENT AND SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC IN MIDDLEWICH AS WELL AS LOCAL CHARITIES!

Alison Roylance-White of Middlewich Vision writes:
Join us if you can this weekend for the first `Live @ the Boatyard` weekend.
Highlights include a gig by Shadows guitarist Brian Locking on Saturday at approximately 6pm, and on Sunday 5pm by the fantastic gospel singers at this years festival, Africa Entsha.
Plus a variety of local artists all giving their time free to support this new event each day from 1pm.

The Boat Pull on Sunday (2pm) is part of the Vision`s Community Games programme.

ALL funds raised from the raffle will go to the Mayor`s charities- and first prize is a canal-boat holiday donated by Middlewich Narrowboats!

Monday, 12 August 2013

KEEP ON WATCHING THE SKIES...

On Saturday 3rd August 2013, at around 1.35 in the afternoon, we were all taken by surprise as another historic aircraft winged its way across Middlewich airspace and townspeople were treated to the rare sight of the only Vulcan Bomber still in the air.
'Delta Lady' XH558 had been taking part in an air display at Carfest North, just down the road at Oulton Park
Cathy Roberts managed to get this brilliant shot of the historic plane as it passed over the town, creating a great companion piece for Bill Armsden's shots of the Spitfire which flew over as part of last year's World War II weekend.
You never know what's going to fly over Middlewich so, please, keep on watching the skies....


VULCAN TO THE SKY WEBSITE

CARFEST NORTH WEBSITE

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

MIDDLEWICH'S MILLENNIUM DOME 2000


The 2000 Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival Committee:
Back row, l to r: Ian Murfitt, Mike Parsons, Dave Roberts, Dave Thompson, Mike Hough, Lynne Hardy
Front row, l to r: Richard Devaney, Peter Cox, Rita O'Hare, Julie Bickerton, Alison Roylance-White


by Dave Roberts

In June 2000 the Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival celebrated its eleventh birthday (it doesn't sound right, but it is) with a special 'Millennium Festival' to welcome a new century (and, yes, we did know that, officially, the new century didn't start until 2001, but sometimes you just have to go with the flow...) and to add our town's sixpenn'orth to the nation's celebration of the 21st Century.
Tony Blair's labour government was, at the time, desperately trying to convince the populace of the merits of its  Millennium Dome in Greenwich, London, and failing miserably.
The widespread view was that the whole thing was 'a waste of money'. 
The exhibition, housed inside the 'Dome' itself and showing, among other things, notable British achievements, was always doomed to failure; not because of what it contained, but because of what it missed out.
The list of British inventions, ideas and institutions unrepresented was as long as your arm.
There was, for instance, and quite disgracefully, not a single mention of the railways, despite the country being the birthplace of this most civilised form of transport.
The Greenwich Millennium exhibition was open throughout the year and attendances diminished and diminished until the whole project ended in financial failure and ignominy.
Middlewich's own dome fared better.
If it looks a bit like a circus tent, that's because that's what it was.
Shrewdly, Dave Thompson  the festival's director, did a deal with a travelling circus which wanted to come to Middlewich anyway, and was able to extend the F&B Festival to include circus performances in the days running up to the weekend.
An added bonus was that the circus performers  could provide circus skills workshops for local children.
Over the  weekend the circus tent was used as the festival's main performance venue and dubbed 'The Middlewich Millennium Dome'.
I MC'd the first concert of the weekend on the Friday and the very first round of applause was for the marquee itself.
The only drawback was for photographers who, in those (mostly) pre-digital days found that every photo they took came out with either a red or yellow cast to it (wider shots, I suppose, featured a fetching mixture of the two) but all in all it was a resounding success.



The idea of a circus marquee standing in for the 'dome' is not so far away from the original concept.

The Greenwich Millennium Dome is itself supposed to represent a large marquee covering the actual exhibition hall inside. The twelve yellow supports  represent the twelve hours of the day* - a reference to Greenwich's role in international time-keeping (the meridian runs very close to the structure). The Millenium Dome was also intended to remind people of the 'Dome of Discovery' at the 1951 Festival of Britain.
In the present day the dome is part of the 02 Arena, and the white surface of the dome itself has really come into its own as a giant 'screen' on which all kind of light and laser shows can be presented.

*there are those who say that they represent, not the hours of the day, but the months of the year. Take your choice...