Wednesday, 30 April 2014

MIDDLEWICH FIREFIGHTERS RAISING MONEY FOR THE FIRE FIGHTERS CHARITY



Can you support Middlewich Firefighters as they run for

 charity?


Text FLAM99 £ amount to 70070



to sponsor the team running the  

BUPA Great Manchester Run in full Fire Kit & BA.

 All proceeds to The Firefighters Charity.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

MAY DAY RE-OPENING FOR THE KINGS LOCK! (ARCHIVED)

ARCHIVED


Illustration: Cornerstone Inns/The Kings Lock
by Dave Roberts

The Kings Lock Inn, close to the Wardle Canal junction in Booth Lane, has featured before in our Middlewich Diary and it's great to be able to feature it again, this time on an upbeat and optimistic note with the news of the  grand re-opening of the King's Lock on  a very appropriate date, 1st May 2014.
The rebirth of the pub, which has been in a somewhat run-down condition in recent years, comes courtesy of Cornerstone Inns which has a good track record when it comes to revitalising pub premises and also has interests in pubs in Winsford as well as running bars for Middlewich Town Council and the FAB Festival.
The Kings Lock is well-placed to cater for local Middlewich residents and also for thirsty canal users which pass through the lock which gives the pub its name.

You can find out more about the Kings Lock re-opening from our friends at the



(featuring contributions from Ian Murfitt)


2nd MAY



 MUSIC  RIGHT THROUGH THE MAY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND UNTIL
MONDAY NIGHT!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

MORE MIDDLEWICH DIVERSIONS - MARCH 2014

Virgin Train passes British Salt, Middlewich, 16th April 2014. Photo: GLEN LEIGH
On the 16th March several Euston-Holyhead trains, operated by Virgin, passed through Middlewich on the Sandbach-Middlewich-Northwich line. Glen Leigh and David Hawkes were on hand to take some photos for our sister site middlewichstation.co.uk.

VIRGIN DIVERSIONS 16th MARCH 2014

Friday, 11 April 2014

THE ORIGINAL LONG LANE CANAL BRIDGE


by Dave Roberts
We're indebted once again to local photographer Bill Armsden who found this remarkable image while he was looking through some family photographs.
In fact, Bill thinks it may well have been taken in the 1960s by his mother, who died recently.
We're calling it 'remarkable' not because there is anything particularly special about the photograph itself, but because it depicts a lost feature of our town - the only bridge on the Shropshire Union Canal's Middlewich Branch (within the town boundary at least) to have been destroyed and replaced by a modern concrete structure.
This happened during that curious and mercifully short-lived era when the car was king and, in the rush to make everything easier for the motorist, a historic canal bridge which had been serving the community since 1829 could be sacrificed.
Or am I being too harsh? Was there, in fact, a problem with the original bridge which would have cost too much to put right, making the concrete replacement the better option?
I certainly can't remember there being any public outcry over the destruction of the old bridge (which there certainly would be today if anyone suggested destroying such an iconic structure).
Does anyone know the circumstances of this drastic change to the SUC landscape?
Was it simply a question of the need for a  a wider road, which couldn't be accommodated by the old bridge?
Whatever the reason for the change, it comes as a bit of a shock to see the modern bungalows on the other side of Long Lane, which still look very much the same today, with this long-gone bridge in the foreground.
And look at the steel and concrete 'stile', to the right of the bridge, which I'd always thought was put there when the new bridge was built.
Is it the same 'stile' which is there today? It certainly looks like it.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

MIDDLEWICH LITERARY FESTIVAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION and NAME & LOGO COMPETITION


The Middlewich Literary Festival was launched at Middlewich library on the 20th March.
 Middlewich Vision is looking for a name and a logo for the new Festival and also for entries for
its short story competition.
Winning entries will be published here in the Middlewich Diary as well as in a dedicated publication produced by Middlewich Vision. There will also be opportunities for public performances.
The Name & Logo competition is open to people of all ages, and contestants can come up with either the name or the logo, or both.
All the details are shown in the above poster.
We'll be bringing you more details of  the Festival itself soon. in the meantime if you have any questions, you can contact Alison Roylance-White on 01606 841379

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