Thursday, 30 April 2015

MIDDLEWICH ROSE FETE ART COMPETITION 2015 (ARCHIVED)

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Middlewich Rose Fete

MIchelle Game writes:

To help raise Funds for the 2015's Rose Queen's Charity, The Poppy Appeal,  and Middlewich Rose Fete itself we are holding an Art Competition!

The theme is Silver (to celebrate 25 years of the FAB Festival), Boats (as it's at the Folk and Boat Festival) and Roses (because it's the Rose Fete)

Three Age categories: 3yrs – 5yrs, 6yrs – 8yrs and 9yrs – 11yrs

The winners of each category win Fuzzy Ed merchandise and Play Passes to the Fuzzy Ed soft play area at The Salt Cellar Middlewich!

You can create anything you wish based on the theme, a painting, models, pictures etc.

50p entry and all monies go towards the Rose Fete and the 2015 Rose Queen’s charity, The Poppy Appeal.

Details needed:
Child’s name
Age
Parents name
A contact number

Competition opens: Saturday 13th June 2015 at Fuzzy Ed's at the Salt Cellar and continues through the week and through the FAB25 Festival weekend.

On Saturday 20th June there will also be a guest appearance by a Local Artist to give budding artists a few tips along the way

Competition Closes: Sunday 21st June at 3pm and will then be judged by the Rose Queen Annalise McKenzie. Winners will be announced on the Sunday 21st June at 3:30pm

Happy Creating and Good Luck everyone!!!



AND MIDDLEWICH ROSE FETE FUNDS



Monday, 27 April 2015

THE BEST OF MIDDLEWICH: SNAGGER'S AMAZING BALLOONS!


When you're out and about in Cheshire, watch out for this colourful, larger-than-life Middlewich legend. Snagger can make almost anything out of balloons. You'll see him at local events all over Cheshire and further afield delighting children and adults alike with his astonishing balloon creations.

AVAILABLE NOW THROUGH


SNAGGER'S E-MAIL (DIRECT LINK)
snaggers@uwclub.net


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

CHESHIRE CHEESE DARTS TEAM 1958



We're grateful to Mike Jennings who posted this excellent photo of a local pub darts team of fifty-seven years ago on our Middlewich Diary Facebook Group -Ed

Mike writes:
Here is a photo from my archive.
Cheshire Cheese darts team, January 1958. 
Back row R to L Fred Latham, John Robinson(Uncle), Wilf Barrow, Tom Hemmings.
Front Row R to L Eddie Robinson (Uncle), John Hemmings, Frank Robinson (uncle), J Hitchen.
Mike Jennings


Thursday, 16 April 2015

THE MIDDLEWICH DIARY CHRISTMAS QUIZ 2014 (ARCHIVED)


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Event Registered with HELP for HEROES

HELP US RAISE MONEY FOR A WORTHWHILE CAUSE!
If you'd like to donate a prize either for the quiz or the raffle, please contact us by email or Facebook:

middlewichdiary@aol.com


or ring us on
01606 833404 (David)
01606 835371 (Peter
We're not looking for anything too fancy - just the usual boxes of chocs, bottles of wine etc. All donors of prizes will be acknowledged on the night and also on the Middlewich Diary. Thank you!



Start your Christmas in style with the Middlewich Diary Christmas Quiz 2014, a riot of fun,
facts, disgracefully cheesy music and parlour games nicked from TV, radio and anywhere else we can think of!

Featuring old  favourites like:

MIDDLEWICH PICTURE ROUND
Pictures taken fromThe Middlewich Diary. How well do you know the town you live in?

REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2014
 Current Affairs, Major Events,
 Names In The News,Trivia, and loads more...

MUSIC ROUND ONE
Music - All Kinds - 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s Big Bands, Little Bands, One Man Bands, Rubber Bands, Gastric Bands, Novelty Records, Rubbish Records, Fabulous Records. Everything under the sun, in fact!
 Musical snobs will hate it!

MIDDLEWICH
Based on The Middlewich Diary. Have a look through our extensive Middlewich Diary archives. There's plenty to go at, and more to come before Christmas! 

PATENTLY ABSURD
(Crazy inventions)
Mr Roberts challenges you to tell real crazy inventions from the ones thought up in his semi-deranged mind

CALL MY BLUFF
Based on the popular TV Show. Can Mr Roberts fool you with his definitions of obscure words from the Oxford English Dictionary?

DEAD OR ALIVE
Famous people. All we need to know is: Are they alive and kicking or pushing up daisies?
Nicked from Radio 1

MUSIC ROUND TWO - CHRISTMAS
We turn up the Control marked CHEESE to bring you well-known Christmas songs.
Musical snobs should cover their ears or stay at home!

REFRESHMENTS KINDLY PROVIDED
by THE BOAR'S HEAD HOTEL

RAFFLE

 PRIZES
Plus loads of old tracks from the last 60 years presented 
by the famous
A great night out for a worthy cause!


COMPILER/QUESTIONMASTER: DAVE ROBERTS
SCORER/QUIZ CO-ORDINATOR: PETER COX
SPECIAL GUEST QUIZ CO-ORDINATOR BERNICE WALMSLEY

PRIZES DONATED BY BERNICE AND BILL WALMSLEY
LYNNE HARDY








First published 13th November.
Re-published 4th December,
 17th December and 21st December
Final update 16th April 2015


UPDATE - 22nd December: Many thanks to those who attended and helped us raise £50 for this worthy cause. Attendances were depleted because of the appalling flu bug doing the rounds at the moment. Even Peter Cox, our organiser and scorer, had to bow out after bravely taking the PA system down to the pub for us. Get well soon! 
Many thanks to Bernice Walmsley for stepping into the breach and helping out with the raffle etc. and, as always, to Pat and Liz at the Boar's Head for hosting.
We'll be publishing details of winners, etc, as well as selected questions from the quiz in due course. Many thanks again everyone! - Dave Roberts

UPDATE - 16th April 2015.

Help for Heroes says thanks!


Note: This was the last ever Middlewich Diary Quiz.




Thursday, 9 April 2015

THE ROYAL OAK - THE TRUTH REVEALED!


Photo: Maureen Condra

This Diary entry is a follow up to: THE ROYAL OAK, circa 1900
                                                        LAST REMNANTS OF THE ROYAL OAK circa 2012

UPDATED 9th APRIL 2015 (PLEASE SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE)

The last piece in the jigsaw, as supplied by Malcolm Hough, finally vindicates Trevor Williams in his assertion that the still extant wall behind the site of Niddrie's former bus garage was, indeed, part of the Royal Oak - Ed.

by Dave Roberts

Our convoluted theories about the Royal Oak in Lewin Street (see previous Diary entries - links above) came down, in the end, to a simple truth - that The Royal Oak ended its days not as a public house, but as a private house, sandwiched in between the White Horse and, at first that three storeyed house with the steep steps and, later, Niddries new building.
The red herring, and the thing that threw all our calculations out, was Trevor Williams' assertion that one of the walls of the former pub still existed at the rear of the old Niddries site. There was no way we could make the 'footprint' of the pub fit where it was supposed to if we placed one of the walls of the pub so far back and so far to the left of the site.
In one of our earlier entries mention was made of Maureen Condra, nee Hitchen, who now lives in America and is an avid reader of the Middlewich Diary. 
Maureen sent us the above photograph a couple of years ago, explaining that it showed her former home at 40 Lewin Street.
Obviously Maureen's family home and the erstwhile Royal Oak are one and the same building. It had obviously ceased to be a pub and been converted into a private house many years before.
So that is the reason no one could remember a Lewin Street pub being demolished in the 1950s.

Maureen writes:

We occupied the whole house. The right hand side with the single chimney was where my bedroom was. My brother Jimmy and sister Margaret were born there, as was my daughter Leona, with the assistance of Dr Brown and Nurse Benger*. I remember it as if it was yesterday. And, yes, the new building on the left was being built by Niddries. I left in 1958 and came back for a visit in 1960 and my family were living in George VI Avenue. The photograph was taken while the pavement was being repaired.

* One of the town's well-known and well-respected District Nurses. Geraldine Williams says she remembers Nurse Benger, along with others including Nurse Adamson.

So Malcolm Hough and Trevor Williams were obviously quite right when they said that the building was demolished at the same time as Niddries was built, but it was many years after it had ceased to be a pub.

I wonder if the thorny problem of the remains behind the site of Niddries garage can be solved with a little lateral thinking? Are those remains perhaps part of a retaining wall at the rear of the pub's yard, or maybe the last remnants of an outhouse of some kind? The pub's yard may have extended behind those adjacent buildings.

UPDATE: 9th APRIL 2015

Actually Malcolm Hough and Trevor Williams have the final word on this  Royal Oak enigma, with virtually no lateral thinking needed.

Malcolm writes:



Hi Dave,

 I have only just read your edited article on the Royal Oak. I like it very much. Nice to see other people interested. Trevor Williams may have been right about the remnants of the pub though. Take a look at the attached image. It shows the footprint of the pub on the 1909 O.S. map, it is the reversed [Z] shape [yellow]. The left-hand side does go back a fair way. It looked a large building in those days.
 The White Horse [blue]; looks like there were three buildings there in those days. Maybe that’s how the car-park came about, after the demolition of the first two buildings or part of. 
 Regards
Malc


Photocapture: Malcolm Hough
So we can consider Trevor Williams vindicated!

As for the Royal Oak and the White Horse being immediately adjacent to one another, as we've explained before, this was by no means unusual at one time. Malcolm Hough has kindly sent us a list of pubs and beer houses in the town in 1860 and we can see that the two establishments did indeed flourish side by side.

As time went on, however, it may well have been that there was not enough trade for both pubs, and this could explain why the Royal Oak became a private house, leaving the White Horse to cater for all the local drinkers.

Many thanks to everyone who has enthusiastically joined us in solving another little Middlewich mystery!
  • HOTELS, INNS, TAVERNS & LICENSEES IN MIDDLEWICH 1860
BLACK BEAR: MARY DEAN. PEPPER ST
BRASS HEAD: THOMAS WARBURTON. KINDERTON ST
BULL’S HEAD: SAMUEL BURGESS. KINDERTON ST
CARBINEER: SARAH BAILEY. HIGH TOWN
CHESHIRE CHEESE: JOHN WALTON. NEWTON
GOLDEN LION: SAMUEL PERCIVAL. NEWTON
GRAPES: GILBERT EGERTON. LEWIN ST
HORSE & JOCKEY: JOHN MAULKIN LOWER ST
KING’S ARMS: FRANCIS EARL. HIGH TOWN
NAVIGATION: JAMES OAKS. KINDERTON ST
RED COW: ROBERT MILLS. WHEELOCK ST
RED LION: WILLIAM WOODWARD. NEWTON
ROSE & CROWN: JAMES ELLISON. LEWIN ST
ROYAL OAK: JOHN LUNT. LEWIN ST
SPREAD EAGLE: FRED WHITTAKER. HIGH TOWN
TALBOT: CATHERINE BOLSHAW. KINDERTON ST
WHEAT SHEAF: JOHN LEECH. LOWER ST
WHITE BEAR: THOMAS BARRATT. WHEELOCK ST
WHITE HORSE: JOHN HOLFORD. LEWIN ST
WHITE LION: WILLIAM EGERTON. WHEELOCK ST
BEER HOUSES
NEWTON BREWERY: WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE. WEBB’S LANE
PLOUGH: FRED DALE. LEADSMITHY ST
ROBIN HOOD: JOHN HURST. NEWTON
KINDERTON ARMS: EDWARD LOWE. BOOTH LANE
JUNCTION: WILLIAM SIMON OAKS. BROOKS LANE
KINGS LOCK: WILLIAM OAKS. NEWTON
LORD HOOD: NO RECORD. PEPPER ST


PAUL FRY & RING ‘O’ BELLS WERE CLOSED PREVIOUS TO 1860

First published 19th January 2015
Re-published (with amendments) 9th April 2015)

Monday, 6 April 2015

GO LOCAL ISSUE 51 OUT NOW!


Issue number 51 of GO LOCAL, covering April and May, is out  and should be on your doorstep now. If you think this is just another local advertising magazine you're in for a pleasant surprise.
There is, as always, an invaluable WHAT'S ON guide for the next two months (page 26), as well as
contact  numbers for local services such as the Town Council, property maintenance, plumbers, electricians, legal services etc (page 34).
ESSENTIAL INFO (Page 32) gives you vital emergency contact numbers for gas, electricity and water services, doctors, dentists and everyone else you may need in a hurry.
The actual advertisements, too, are a great source of information if you're looking for goods or services and want to 'Go Local'!
There's also the usual DID YOU KNOW? feature (page 12) and Julie Elizabeth Smalley, in another fascinating MIDDLEWICH'S HERITAGE, feature, talks about those colourful 'roses and castles' which adorn many traditional narrowboats.
Julie makes the suggestion that Middlewich might want to adapt this style to become a part of the town's civic identity.
All in all, as always, GO LOCAL is well worth looking at and keeping handy for reference.

GO LOCAL FACEBOOK GROUP


Thursday, 2 April 2015

THE BEST OF MIDDLEWICH: MIDDLEWICH ROSE FETE 2015 (ARCHIVED)

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Once again the Middlewich Rose Fete brightens up the Saturday afternoon of the Middlewich FAB Festival Weekend bringing a touch of local Cheshire tradition to the proceedings and giving its participants a chance to shine, in many cases for the first time in their young lives. More details will appear here as the great day approaches.
The Collin School for dance will once again be taking part in the festivities. Here's a link to their website which has some details of the Rose Fete and Festival procession :



Photo: The Collin School Of Dance/Michelle Game. With thanks to Theresa Kay.
When we asked for permission to use this photo we had to ask if it was actually taken in Middlewich, as the background, though vaguely familiar, was rather puzzling. In the end we twigged it. That's a tiny bit of Brooks & Bostocks shop sign in the top left hand corner. Next is the St Luke's Hospice Shop and a solicitor's office. The white building to the right is the former Jan's Cafe. In other words, we're at the 'toppender' Wheelock Street and the photographer has managed to fool us by cutting off most of  the shop signs. Whether this is by accident or design is not clear. The photo shows members of the Collin School For Dance at the 2013 FAB Festival with some members opting for the much-admired 'Wellies' look


The Middlewich Diary has been helping to publicise the Rose Fete since 2012.

Here are links to our Diary entries on the last three years;


     2012    2013    2014

Middlewich Rose Fete 2011


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Simon McGrory: I was involved with the Rose Fete some years ago when it was resurrected. Great to see there is still the enthusiasm for keeping it going. Great stuff.