Thursday, 22 October 2015

FAREWELL TO WHITLEY CLOSE


by Dave Roberts

22nd October 2015

Today we bid a fond farewell to the house which has been our happy home for eighteen years.


Number 5 Whitley Close is in a quiet and attractive part of the town, just a short distance from the point where Middlewich merges into Cledford.
Although this could be termed a 'modern' part of the town, the area, like every part of our town if you bother to investigate, does have its historical links.

In the case of Whitley Close, those links are connected with the close proximity of Middlewich Manor.

MIDDLEWICH MANOR    Photo: Middlewich Guardian
The Manor, the history of which we'll be studying in more detail in future Middlewich Diary entries, was built in 1830 for the Court family, and it was one of the family's descendants, a Mr Roylance- Court, who indirectly led to the building of Whitley Close when, in 1978, he sold part of the Manor's grounds for housing development.
Just how close the present-day Whitley Close is to the Manor can be seen from this Google Earth picture:


We only managed a quick glance at the deeds to Number 5 Whitley Close, when they were on their way to our solicitor, but it appears that the area was originally to be called the 'Woodlands Estate', a name which, for reasons obvious to dyed-in-the-wool Middlewichians, might have been better reserved for the Glastonbury Drive/Malmesbury Close development off Nantwich Road which came a few years later.

There have been half-hearted attempts to call the housing developments around the Manor 'The Manor Park Estate' or simply 'The Manor Estate' but these seem to have fallen by the wayside over the years.

In this view from the front garden of Number 5, the Manor is hidden behind the tall trees on the skyline:


It's been a happy eighteen years in a lovely part of town surrounded by good neighbours, but now the time has come to move on.

Our new Middlewich Diary HQ is situated in a much older part of the town, close to the town centre, and from there we'll be continuing our researches into the history of this endlessly fascinating town, as well as promoting what's brightest and best about Middlewich today.

So, farewell to Whitley Close and hello to....

JOIN US THERE!

This was the last Middlewich Diary entry written at No. 5 Whitley Close

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

WE'RE MOVING!


From THURSDAY 22nd OCTOBER 2015
our postal address will be:

THE MIDDLEWICH DIARY

29 QUEEN STREET
MIDDLEWICH
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Our other contact details remain the same:

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

MIDDLEWICH SELECT XI TEAM 1985



From the Mike Jennings Classic Collection comes this precious relic of sporting times past at Seddon Street; the Middlewich Select XI Team of 1985. 

BACK ROW (l to r):
Norman 'Nudge' Smith, Mike 'Jake' Jennings, Mike Hatton, Paul McAleer, Tom Beevers, Mike Tully, Dave McIvor, Gordon 'Torchy' Kay, ???*

FRONT ROW (l to r):
Gary Dawson, Glyn  Fletcher, Chris Dodd, Dave Myles and Dave Hardman

* can anyone supply the missing name?

Update: Martin Spurr has been suggested for the missing name. Both the name and the face ring a bell. Can anyone confirm? -Ed.


Mike says, 'This match was held on 20th April 1985 at Seddon Street, when our opponents were Endeavour F.C. from Middlesbrough.  It was one of our annual matches against our friends from Middlesborough, a team we played at home and away throughout the 1980s. Below is a copy of the programme cover.
The kit was the Boars Head Argyle's strip from the 1977 season. It was an Admiral kit from the same batch made for England in the 1976 European Championship Finals. They failed to qualify and so never used it - But Boar's Head Argyle did!'
And so, it seems did the Select XI!
Stretching the meaning of the term International Soccer ever so slightly, here's the cover of the programme for the game (photo: Mike Jennings)


And here's a report on the match, presumably from The Middlewich Chronicle or The Middlewich Guardian 
Note the Boys Own Comic-ish tale of 'Mick' Tulley (sic) who 'just happened to be standing on the sideline with his boots' and was brought on for the second half to score a hat-trick and help the team win a glorious victory  over Middlesborough Endeavour.
Well known experienced official Phil Hitchen refereed, his final whistle no doubt being the signal for an epic evening of celebration at the Boar's Head.

Mike has a lot more information on this series of friendlies which he promises to publish as a series in the near future.


UPDATE: (6/10/2015) Just when we thought we had this one sorted out (after several attempts) and had settled on 1989 as the year of the photo (which would, if the date is correct, have meant that this match took place on the same day as the Hillsborough disaster) our old friend and correspondent Geraldine Williams chipped in with this:
'My nephew, Mike Hatton, says that the year couldn't have been 1989, as his mate Dave Hardman went to the Isle Of Man in 1988. Mike thinks it is more likely 1986'.
So the jury is still out on the actual date of the main photo. It could, in fact, have been taken any time after 1977, which is the year the strip was first worn, and there is no proof that the two pictures featured here were taken on the same occasion. We'll leave things as they are for now, and await further information! - Ed

UPDATE: (16/10/2015) In the light of the above information, Mike's now revised the year once again, this time to 1985. It's not clear whether the press cutting and associated information still relates to the main photo, but we've left it there until someone tells us differently - Ed

Note: This is a revised version of a Middlewich Diary entry, originally published on the 3rd October 2015 under the title 'Boar's Head Argyle F.C. circa 1978', re-published on the 6th October under the title 'Middlewich Select XI 1989 and then re-published again on the 16th and 20th October as 'Middlewich Select XI 1985. Thanks to Mike Jennings and Mike Tully for amended information - Ed

FINAL UPDATE 20/10/2015

Saturday, 17 October 2015

WHISTON'S TV VAN EARLY 1960s

Now here's a real find. This photo was sent to us by Stuart Warren Twigg, grandson of Harry Jackson who is seen here at the wheel of Whiston's TV van in the early 1960s. Stuart sent the photograph after seeing this entry in the Middlewich Diary, in which we talked about Whiston's Garage which once stood where Wheelock Street, Chester Road and Nantwich Road all meet. In the course of the ensuing discussion Geraldine Williams remembered Whiston's radio department which was behind the camera. We think, from the look of the van and the TV set next to it, that this picture comes from the early 1960s when TV rather than radio was the dominant form of home entertainment.
The van driver is Harry Jackson, Stuart's grandfather. As Geraldine mentioned in our earlier discussion the radio department was run by Harry , who later moved just a short distance down the road to Douglas Williams and Co which was based at the shop now occupied by the Easy Tan  Tanning Salon. Another one of nature's gentlemen, Harry was the epitome of old-fashioned courtesy and customer service.
The buildings just visible on the extreme right are the Crosville Garage (later T&M Autoparts, the MoCoCo cafe and now apartments run by the same organisation) and Gater's Bakery, the front part of which was  empty for many years and has now been incorporated into those apartments, only the old shop fascia board giving away the secret that it was once a shop.
The Whiston's building seen here, bearing that enigmatic word SHELLUBRICATION which was  seen everywhere in those days, disappeared long ago and all that can be seen on the site in the present day is some shrubbery separating the bus lay-by in St Michael's Way from Red Cow Court.
The main Whiston's buildings, i.e. the Garage and radio and TV shop, were further down the road opposite the end of Nantwich road, as can be seen in that earlier Diary entry.
Also long gone, presumably, is that immaculate Ford Popular van bearing the two-digit local telephone number, which you could obtain by lifting your receiver and saying, 'can you put me through to number 97 please?'
It all sounds rather like a scene from 'The Prisoner'.
The smart looking TV set would enable you to watch BBC Television on Channel 2 or Granada TV/ABC on Channel 9. It was, presumably, made by Pye of Cambridge.

Harry Jackson can also be seen  here

Facebook feedback:


Geraldine Williams: We had one of the early TV sets from Whiston's in the 1950s - I think it was in time for the Coronation in 1953 and I seem to remember our sitting room being full of neighbours and relatives who came to watch the ceremony. This also happened for the Cup Final! The TV was a console model with a 9" screen. My father eventually bought a magnifying screen on a stand which was supposed to enlarge the picture and also prevent light reflection. By the look of this picture the business, and the TVs seem to have progressed a lot and I suspect this van is a new addition. Harry looks very pleased with himself!

Michael Tully: Harry Jackson was one of the nicest guys ever. Absolutely great photo of a great man. Hilda, his wife, was fantastic too.

Dave Roberts: You're right, Michael.

First published 13th January 2012
Re-published with amendments 17th October 2015


Thursday, 15 October 2015

FREE WI-FI AT MIDDLEWICH LIBRARY!


Here's a message from Middlewich Library...
We now have FREE WIFI available here at the library. 
Please ask a member of staff for more details.

Please share so others are aware.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

YOGA CLASSES IN MIDDLEWICH


Direct email link:


ZUMBA FITNESS - FREE CLASSES




Dianne Coleman writes:
We're nearly halfway through the month already! Don't forget, if you've never experienced my classes before, or haven't been to a class in the last six months, you can take advantage of the FREE PASS to all classes for the rest of October. Please feel free to share! Dianne

DIANNE COLMAN'S DANCERCISE 2015





Dianne writes:
We're nearly halfway through the month already! Don't forget, if you've never experienced my classes before, or haven't been to a class in the last six months, you can take advantage of the FREE PASS to all classes for the rest of October. Please feel free to share! Dianne

Monday, 12 October 2015

MIDDLEWICH LITERARY FESTIVAL RELAUNCHES AS SCRIBE (ARCHIVED)



ARCHIVED
Courtesy of DRINKS & BITES AT NO 35


Courtesy of SCRIBE
 17th October:
Courtesy of SCRIBE

 17th October:
Courtesy of SCRIBE

17th October:

Courtesy of SCRIBE

Courtesy of SCRIBE
On the 21st August 2015 the Middlewich Literary Festival was relaunched as SCRIBE.

 THE 2015 FESTIVAL RAN FROM THE 12th TO THE 17th OF OCTOBER!

You can find out all about this exciting new festival for Middlewich here:

SCRIBE

and here....

SCRIBE FACEBOOK PAGE

Our Middlewich Literary Festival site will stay on line as a record of the early days of what will, we have no doubt, become yet another successful Middlewich annual event.

Many thanks to those who have followed the birth of this great initiative both here and on the original Literary Festival site.

We wish every success to SCRIBE!

Dave Roberts
Editor

(l to r) Jonathan Williams (Town Clerk), Fiona Bruce MP, Paul Edwards (Mayor of Middlewich), Cllr Sonya Edwards (Middlewich Mayoress)

Launch of the first Middlewich Literary Festival, 23rd May 2014 at Middlewich High School
(Photo: Middlewich Vision)

A VERSION OF THIS DIARY ENTRY APPEARS ON THE
 MIDDLEWICH LITERARY FESTIVAL SITE


First published 21st August 2015
Re-published 12th October 2015

INDOOR CAR BOOT SALES AT MIDDLEWICH TOWN HALL




SUNDAY 25th OCTOBER


Details: Jeff on 0756 3561118
         
        Direct email link: stonesmanor@hotmail.co.uk         

Sunday, 11 October 2015

IN TUNE - MIDDLEWICH



Nikki Hughes writes:
I am a co-founder of a new charity organisation called InTune-Middlewich. We are a group of passionate Middlewich residents who have a combined aim in wanting to make music more accessible and affordable for our town.
 All proceeds from our events go to fund a music workshop day for over a hundred Middlewich children who will work with professional musicians on one of three areas; singing, samba drumming and orchestra/improvising. This workshop is planned for January 2016 and we are hoping to be able to fully fund this event.



DIRECT WEBSITE LINK:

INTUNE-MIDDLEWICH BIG BAND CONCERT (ARCHIVED)


Thursday, 8 October 2015

IN TUNE - BIG BAND CONCERT AT THE TOWN HALL OCTOBER 2015 (ARCHIVED)

ARCHIVED



InTune - Middlewich

Nikki Hughes writes:

I am a co-founder of a new charity organisation called InTune-Middlewich. We are a group of passionate Middlewich residents who have a combined aim in wanting to make music more accessible and affordable for our town.
 Our first event is a Big Band concert which is taking place on Thursday 8th October in The Town Hall.
 This event is at a very low ticket price of £5. Sticking to our aim we are also offering a family bundle price of four tickets for £15.
All proceeds from this concert are going to fund a music workshop day for over 100 Middlewich children who will work with professional musicians on one of three areas; singing, samba drumming and orchestra/improvising. This workshop is planned for January and we are hoping to be able to fully fund this event.


DIRECT WEBSITE LINK:




First published 2/10/2015
Re-published 8/10/2015
Archived 11/10/2015

Friday, 2 October 2015

MONSTER MASH! IT'S THE BOATYARD SMASH!



Middlewich Music/The Middlewich Creative
Look! What could be better than this?!

Middlewich Music, The Boatyard Artspace and The Middlewich Creative write:


MONSTER MASH!

"It's The Boatyard Smash"

Middlewich Music is teaming up with Boatyard Artspace and the Middlewich Creative to bring you a weekend of live music, interactive art workshops and fun for all the family!

Middlewich Music will be hosting the live music stage from 4pm till late on Halloween night itself (Sat 31st Oct), with the Creative bringing art to life through its' workshops throughout the day, as well as a pumpkin carving competition, face painting, a raffle in aid of St Luke's Hospice featuring some amazing prizes and much more!

We'll also be showing LIVE coverage of the Rugby World Cup final, IF England or Wales make it that far*, so while the kids are occupied with the art, the dads will have something to keep them entertained alongside the live music!

As the live music ends around 10pm, if you're still in a partying mood, we'll have a Halloween themed disco to dance the night away to!

On the Sunday, the art workshops take full centre stage as the creative ones amongst you will continue with the work you've started on the Saturday, creating some wonderful hand made masterpieces! There will also be some form of live music (still TBC)!

Fancy dress for the Saturday is OPTIONAL, but massively preferred!

BEST OF ALL, it's all FREE!
(But we will force you to buy raffle tickets! wink emoticon
**This is an event for all the family, but beware, as the night goes on, the music gets louder and the beer will start flowing!**



* UPDATE (4th October) Sadly, we already know that the England team haven't made it to the final (or even the semi-finals). The team 'crashed out' of the tournament on the 3rd October, losing 33-13 to Australia)-Ed

UPDATE (15th OCTOBER)
Here's the line-up for Saturday: