Saturday, 20 December 2014

MIDDLEWICH MAKERS MARKET 2014 (ARCHIVED)

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Middlewich Town Crier



Now firmly established as a monthly fixture in Middlewich, the Makers Market, following on from the pioneering Artisan Market, gets more popular as each month goes by.
With the introduction of monthly markets in Middlewich the  Town Council quickly  saw the potential for revitalising trade  and drawing people together to make each market a Middlewich occasion. 
Wheelock Street traders also realised that the markets were a great opportunity to promote their own businesses and show people what the town can offer, not just on one day a month, but during the rest of the month too.
The advent of the Makers Market has meant that the Council and Middlewich Vision have been able to work together with market organisers to promote the market both locally and further afield as a part of the regeneration of the town.
Crucially, the organisers have realised the importance of integrating the market's activities with other events happening in Middlewich and have enlisted the aid of local organisations such as  the Middlewich Rose Fete and schools and youth groups in the town to make these monthly markets unmissable.
The whole philosophy is summed up in the Makers Market's slogan;
'Bringing The Community Together'
The Makers Market takes place on the last Saturday of every month in Wheelock Street.

THIS MIDDLEWICH DIARY PAGE HAS BEEN ARCHIVED
FOR UP TO DATE MAKERS MARKET INFO SEE:






First Published 24th April 2014
Updated 31st May 2014
              28th June 2014
              19th July 2014
              30th August 2014
              23rd September 2014
              25th October 2014
              29th November 2014
              20th December 2014

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

CHRISTMAS IN MIDDLEWICH: SANTA'S SLEIGH ROUTES 2014 (Archived)

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Courtesy of Marc Holmes/Middlewich Round Table
Middlewich Round Table writes:

We will also be collecting donations for the Middlewich food bank, and matching all donations £ for £ once valued by the food bank.




Saturday, 6 December 2014

MIDDLEWICH NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

Courtesy of  GO LOCAL
Here's your chance to influence what happens in our town over the next 30 - 40 years. The Town Council and Middlewich Vision are creating the Middlewich Neighbourhood Plan which will play a vital role in making sure that Middlewich people have a real say in planning decisions affecting the town.
This is not just another in a seemingly endless series of questionnaires asking us what we think about the town, and what we would like to see happen here, it is something which will make a real difference, because the Neighbourhood Plan, once it is finalised and adopted, will become a part of the wider Local Plan, which Cheshire East is currently putting together to make sure that planning, particularly of new housing development, is carried out properly and fairly.
There's a little more information on the Neighbourhood Plan here:
Courtesy of  MIDDLEWICH TOWN COUNCIL

You can have your say by completing the online form at:



Or you can fill in the form (shown at the top of this page) in the Dec/Jan GO LOCAL magazine.
If you haven't got a copy of GO LOCAL, please feel free to download the form from this page.[right-click the form and click on 'save image as' (or equivalent)].

More information from Town Clerk Jonathan Williams at

This is what you've been waiting for: your chance to make a REAL difference!

SEE ALSO: GO LOCAL LATEST EDITION OUT NOW!!!


GO LOCAL DECEMBER/JANUARY EDITION NOW OUT



The latest edition of the popular GO LOCAL MAGAZINE, covering December 2014 and January 2015 is out now.As well as the usual valuable community information and What's On listings there are full details of Christmas Church Services in the town, Christmas and New Year opening times for the Oakland Doctors' Surgery and an interesting article about New Year celebrations throughout the world. In a fascinating article about the town's heritage, Julie Elizabeth Smalley asks us to consider Middlewich's place in the world and, in particular, in Cheshire. Julie asks if there are any other places in the world which bear the name 'Middlewich'.
This is something the Middlewich Diary pondered a while ago, and the closest we could come up with was this:


Also included in this edition of GO LOCAL is an item concerning something very important for the future of
our town - the  Middlewich Neighbourhood Plan'.

Find out more here:


Friday, 21 November 2014

TRIBUTE NIGHTS AT MIDDLEWICH TOWN HALL


SATURDAY 20th DECEMBER
-DETAILS SOON!



FRIDAY 21st NOVEMBER



Middlewich Town Council are presenting a series of concerts featuring popular tribute bands at the Town Hall in October, November and December.

UPDATE (OCTOBER 25th): The THEM BEATLES concert originally planned for October 17th has now been postponed until a later date.
 The QEII and SLYDE concerts are, however, going ahead as planned.


Find out more:


Originally published 1st September
Updated and re-published 25th October
and
21st November


Friday, 14 November 2014

ICONIC MIDDLEWICH BOOK NOW OUT ON CD


by Dave Roberts

We were delighted to see that Allan Earl's definitive history of Middlewich in the first half of the last century has now been re-published in CD form. 

Allan kindly sent us a copy of the CD version of Middlewich 1900-1950  as a 'thank you' for helping to publicise his books on The Middlewich Diary.
He writes, 'From the number of requests for copies of Middlewich 1900-1950 it would appear to be the most popular of my literary efforts, closely followed by Profiles of Middlewich' (see below).
Plans to re-publish the book in its original form had to be abandoned as the cost would have been prohibitive, so the decision was taken to convert the pages into PDF files and publish the volume in CD form. The CD is now available priced at a very reasonable £10. If you're interested in buying a copy let us know and we'll be pleased to put you in touch with Allan.

The CD is also available from





The original book from 1994 (Cheshire Country Publishing ISBN 0 949001 10 4)

Above is our own, well-thumbed copy of the original Middlewich 1900-1950, the standard reference book on the history of the town during that period. The book starts with Victorian Middlewich, taking in the Boer War and the Coronation of Edward VII and chronicles the development of the town's schools and public works during a time of progress. Chapter two profiles many notable Middlewich persons, including William Boosey, Joe Smallwood, the Rev. John Fortnum and, of course, Charles Frederick Lawrence who did so much to chronicle Middlewich history in the late Victorian era. Chapter three takes us through the period of The Great War and contains the full Roll Of Honour for Middlewich. Later chapters chronicle the unemployment and industrial unrest of the 1920s and the start of wholesale demolition, road-widening and redevelopment in the 1930s which gave us the basic layout of the town which is still recognisable today. The second world war is, of course, covered in detail  as is the development of the salt industry by the likes of Henry and Ralph Seddon, Richard Yeoman, L.A. Simpson and G.L. Murgatroyd which paved the way for today's modern vacuum salt plant, keeping Middlewich at the forefront of salt manufacturing in Britain. There are numerous photographs and illustrations from Allan's own collection and a fold-out map of the town in 1909 with a key indicating salt works (working and disused) and other buildings and landmarks in the town.

Other books by Allan Earl...


Middlewich 900-1900, published in 1990 (Ravenscroft Publications ISBN  1 873139 01 2)

The sister volume to Middlewich 1900-1950, published in 1990 and covering the period from the Anglo-Saxons to the Victorians. The book contains many photographs and illustrations and a fold-out map of the town in 1898 with a key to the important places in the town at that time.

Profiles of Middlewich. Published in 2006. (CC Publishing ISBN 0 949001 31 7)
A large format (A4) book featuring over a hundred rare photographs, prints, posters and postcards from Allan's own collection.

ALLAN EARL

Born and bred in Middlewich, Allan is President of Middlewich Heritage Society and a member of the Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire. Allan is renowned for his talks on Middlewich and district, as well as his broadcasts on local radio.
His interest in local history stems from his time as a local government officer (Middlewich U.D.C.) and over the years he has amassed an outstanding collection of Middlewich illustrations, ephemera and memorabilia.

CHESHIRE POLICE BAND AT THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION CLUB - 15th NOVEMBER 2014 (ARCHIVED)

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM...(2014 - ARCHIVED)

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Remembrance Sunday in Middlewich 2013

A time once again for quiet reflection in this eventful Centenary year as the people of Middlewich come together in the middle of the town to remember the fallen.
The procession leaves the Royal British legion Club in Lewin Street at 10.30am, and those taking part are asked to be at the Club before 10.20.




11 o'clock on the morning of Remembrance Day, Sunday November 9th 2014 and the people of Middlewich pause to remember the Fallen, a century after the start of the Great War


This entry also appears on our Middlewich And The Great War site


Saturday, 25 October 2014

MIDDLEWICH TOWN CRIER WINS NATIONAL CONTEST - OCTOBER 2014

Doing Us Proud - Middlewich Town Crier Devlin Hobson with his National Town Crier Trophy at Hastings
(photo: Jenny Hobson)
When Devlin Hobson offered to become Middlewich's Town Crier in the summer of 2014 he promised to put Middlewich on the map and he more than lived up to his promise by winning the National Town Crier competition in Hastings on October 18th 2014.
Our congratulations and thanks to Devlin and his wife Jenny for doing us proud!

The Hastings Borough Council website has a short video about the competition:

HASTINGS BOROUGH COUNCIL - TOWN CRIER COMPETITION


Here's a direct link to that video, which dates back to 2009 and explains the many benefits that the ancient art of the Town Crier can bring to any town

See also:

MIDDLEWICH APPOINTS A NEW TOWN CRIER
(follow the links for more about our new Town Crier!)

Following the announcement of his triumph in Hastings Devlin was quick to thank the many people who had sent congratulations:

OYEZ! OYEZ! OYEZ!
MANY THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!

THE TROPHY IS YOURS AND WELL DESERVED AND
I CONGRATULATE MIDDLEWICH! 
A GREAT PLACE TO  LIVE WITH THE BEST EVENTS!

STOP PRESS!
Exactly one week later on October 25th Devlin was a little closer to home in Biddulph representing Middlewich in that town's Town Crier competition.
And once again he won!

Originally published 18th October 2014
Updated and re-published 25th October 2014

Saturday, 27 September 2014

EDWARDIAN MUSIC HALL EVENING AT MIDDLEWICH TOWN HALL SEPTEMBER 27th 2014 (ARCHIVED)

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Note: This announcement also appears on our MIDDLEWICH AND THE GREAT WAR site

Facebook Feedback

Sheila McLeod I went to the music Hall Cabaret evening last night with the Buttered Muffin Theatre Company. All I can say is what a brilliant evening of entertainment! There was close-up magic at the tables, singing, juggling, comedy and music. Old school stuff, I know, but it was a wonderful nights' entertainment

Suzanne A Johns I totally agree!. The best I've been to in a long time

Sonya Edwards People don't know what they missed. I haven't laughed like that for a long time. A very good evening. When people say that nothing happens in Middlewich, they must be walking around with their eyes shut! Roll on the weekend for more entertainment!

Val Prince Two twelve-year old boys had a great evening too! They loved the magic tricks at the table. A brilliant night!

Cllr Bernice Walmsley I agree - great evening! I find that when friends from other towns visit they are all amazed at how much goes on in our little town, and the variety too.







Thursday, 25 September 2014

MIDDLEWICH AUTOS AND BOOSEY'S GARDEN CENTRE JANUARY 2012

ORIGINAL DATE OF PUBLICATION:20th JANUARY 2012

by Dave Roberts
Paul Greenwood has been out with his camera to capture some aspects of the present day Middlewich scene for posterity, for the very good reason that some parts of it are, by all accounts, due to disappear soon.
We're saying 'by all accounts' because it appears that matters are by no means settled.
This picture shows Chester Road as it was in mid-January 2012, with Boosey's Garden Centre and Middlewich Autos in what should be their last few weeks before demolition to make way for a new Morrison's supermarket.
According to the local press work should begin on this in March, so it should naturally follow that the removal of these buildings is imminent.
However, other sources are saying that Morrison's, despite having obtained planning permission for their new store, are 'not yet committed' to building it (see 'UPDATE', below).
The theory is that uncertainty over plans by Tesco to rebuild, and greatly enlarge, their premises in Southway are causing Morrison's to delay a decision on actually going ahead with their plans.
Can a town of this size support two major supermarkets?
If they're both built, will people travel here from out of town to shop?
What will be the effect of these developments on the shops in Wheelock Street?
Opinion is divided on this. Some say that two large supermarkets (or even one greatly enlarged one) will kill off trade in the main street.
Others, on the other hand, are saying that the increased number of shoppers in the town will give a boost to Wheelock Street trade, as people will stay in town and buy all the things they can't buy in the supermarkets from the Wheelock Street shops.
Whatever happens, this may be a momentous year for Middlewich and large parts of the town may change forever.
Which is why, to return to the real point of this Middlewich Diary entry, Paul has gone out and about to record the 2012 Middlewich scene.
Middlewich Autos has been in business in Chester Road for over thirty years, replacing a firm with the pleasing name of Middlewich Motors (shame they couldn't keep the name).
Middlewich Motors in the 1950s



Boosey's Nurseries, of course, is much older and pre-dates even the arrival of the Boosey family in Middlewich in the mid-nineteenth century.
William Boosey was an Essex gardener who came here in the late 1850s and took over an existing nursery business.

William Boosey and Family
According to Allan Earl in Middlewich 1900-1950 (Cheshire Country Publishing 1994) Boosey leased land in Holmes Chapel Road, Webbs Lane and Pepper Street as well as in Chester Road and Holmes Chapel.
Allan also makes an interesting point which has a bearing on this entry in the Middlewich Diary:

...' The area of woodland along the Wheelock Valley which can be seen from Coal Pit Lane and Chester Road is overgrown nursery stock which was never cleared after the 1914-18 war, partly because of the fall off in trade in the late twenties and thirties, but also because the land falls away quickly to the river and was therefore unsuitable for agricultural machinery.'

So that great profusion of trees along the river, which I had assumed to be a fairly recent phenomenon, is actually much older than I thought, and now we know why it's there.
Right up until the 1950s and 1960s Boosey's nurseries owned a lot of land in the Nantwich Road area, where Glastonbury Drive and associated developments now lie.
The extent of the nurseries even in those days can be appreciated when you consider that the driveway which runs alongside the fine old Victorian house just where Nantwich Road makes a sharp bend to run down towards the aqueduct, once led into the nursery fields.
And if you stand in the car park of the present day Boosey's premises (while you still have the chance) and look in the direction of Glastonbury Drive you can imagine how things used to be, with many acres of land given over to the cultivation of all kinds of flowers, plants, trees and shrubs.
The change of name from Boosey's Nurseries to Boosey's Garden Centre gives an indication of how the  business has changed.

UPDATE: September 25th 2014. In actual fact the name didn't change, as we had assumed. Boosey's Nurseries and Boosey's Garden Centre were separate businesses and continued for a time on different parts of the site (see comment below). We're glad to correct this misunderstanding and also to know that the original Boosey's Nurseries business is still thriving in Antrobus. Many thanks to our anonymous contributor for putting us right on this point -Ed


The coffee shop mentioned is run by Helen Ireland and is one of the town's 'hidden gems':



 Boosey's Garden Centre would probably never win any architectural awards, but the buildings are attractive enough and it is an amenity which will be greatly missed when, as seems likely, it disappears (sooner or later) from the Middlewich scene.
Our advice is to enjoy it while you can.
Many thanks to Paul Greenwood for the photographs.
Will he be able to return in January 2013 and take more photographs of Boosey's and Middlewich Autos?
Or will a new era for shopping in Middlewich, for better or worse, have begun by then?

UPDATE: At the end of February 2012 it was announced that Morrisons' planned to start work on the site in May, and were still aiming to be open for business at Christmas 2012.
Meanwhile Tesco's original plans were also expected to be passed by Cheshire East's planning department on the 29th February.

Facebook comments:

Andrew Tomlinson with living in Croxton Lane for many years and being friendly with the Morrises I have many memories of this site. I will have to sit down and thumb through some old photos to see what I can find/remember. I do remember the garage being a petrol; station as well as car sales/repairs - owned and run by Bob Williams?

Boosey's Garden Centre finally closed its doors on the 26th April 2012. Click here for our valedictory tour of the premises

Originally published 20th January 2012
Re-published 25th September 2014 following the receipt of the comment below telling us that Boosey's Nurseries lives on not too far away in Antrobus.