Monday, 25 April 2016

MIDDLEWICH PAST & PRESENT EXHIBITION APRIL 30th 2016 (ARCHIVED)

ARCHIVED


The Mayor of Middlewich, Ken Kingston, in association with Middlewich historian Allan Earl and Kerry Fletcher, the Town Council's Heritage Officer, is presenting an unmissable exhibition at the Town Hall on Saturday 30th April featuring many rare photographs of Middlewich in the past with modern images for comparison.


Ken Kingston and Allan Earl            Photo: Middlewich Town Council


There are also objects from Middlewich Heritage's extensive collection together with rare archive film footage.


Photo:Kerry Fletcher
Kerry is Middlewich Town Council's Heritage Officer. Find out more about her work here

And here's a link to another ongoing local history initiative:




Whether you're a long time resident or a newcomer to our town this is a golden opportunity for you to find out more about Middlewich's history, which stretches back to the Roman era and beyond.


Middlewich U3A Local History Group
Ken Kingston is the author of Middlewich Hospitality, a fascinating history of licensed premises in Middlewich. Find out more here


Photo: Allan Earl/Middlewich Guardian
Allan Earl has long been a recognised authority on the history of Middlewich. He is the author of Middlewich 900-1900, Middlewich 1900-1950 and Profiles of Middlewich
In this Middlewich Diary entry we take a look at his work:




SEE ALSO: MIDDLEWICH HERITAGE SOCIETY


Photo: David Hubbard/Middlewich Guardian.


And, on the same day, Middlewich's involvement in the Civil War, and the two Battles of Middlewich, will be commemorated with the unveiling of a permanent marker outside the Town Hall. The ceremony will be performed by the Mayor, Cllr Ken Kingston.

Here's a report on the event from our friends at the Middlewich Guardian:






MIDDLEWICH TODAY'S REPORT AND PHOTOS ON THE UNVEILING COMING SOON!


Thursday, 14 April 2016

NOT THE MIDDLEWICH FOLK & BOAT FESTIVAL! FAB FESTIVAL 2016

Bare Bones Marketing/Middlewich Town Council/Signal Radio
COME TO YOUR SENSES!
Or...NOT THE MIDDLEWICH FOLK & BOAT FESTIVAL!

by Dave Roberts

Earlier this year Middlewich Town Council appointed BARE BONES MARKETING as the official marketing organisation for the town's FAB Festival, moving the event even further away from its Folk & Boat Festival origins and making clear its intention to once again use the Festival as a means of attracting people to the town.

The council took over the ailing festival in 2012, immediately changing the name from Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival to Middlewich FAB Festival and emphasising the Festival's community roots. 

The FAB Festival was to be regarded as a local event for the people of Middlewich, although visitors were, as always welcomed.

Now the emphasis is once more on promoting the Festival, and the town, far and wide, with new sponsors including Manchester Metropolitan University and Signal Radio stepping in as media partners.

One thing has not changed in all the years since the 'Folk & Boat' started twenty-six years ago; no matter who runs the festival, and no matter what its 'official' name may be, there's always someone ready and willing to express an opinion on the way it's run and promoted.

And sure enough, as soon as the 'Come To Your Senses' campaign started, using a stock image of a girl wearing reflective sunglasses - a favourite trick used by travel agents and holiday companies for many years - one local would-be expert couldn't resist telling us that to use such an image was inappropriate for 'a folk and boat festival'.

But Middlewich's annual summer festival hasn't been the 'folk and boat festival' for four years now; in 2012, when the Town Council took over the running of the event, its first move was to drop the original name in favour of the shorter 'FAB Festival' title. 

The letters 'FAB' no longer stand for the words 'Folk And Boat'.

This signified a break with the past and enabled the event's new organisers to broaden the appeal of the festival, introducing new types of music and activities which the original title would have precluded.

Of course, to some people, the event will always be 'the Folk & Boat'.

But, in its 26th year, Middlewich's original music festival has moved on.

Press advertising as featured in the Winsford & Middlewich Guardian

Sunday, 10 April 2016

WHAT'S ON IN MIDDLEWICH 2016


AVAILABLE NOW! Middlewich Town Council's annual guide to what's happening in Middlewich all through the year, including the up-and-coming MIDDLEWICH PAST AND PRESENT EXHIBITION at the Town Hall (30th April), the FAB FESTIVAL (17th-19th June), the CLASSIC CAR & BIKE SHOW (16th-17th July), Middlewich's very own TOWN CRIER COMPETITION (30th July), The MAYOR'S CHARITY BOAT PULL (19th- 21st August) MIDDLEWICH ANNUAL SHOW (10th September), SCRIBE (MIDDLEWICH LITERARY FESTIVAL) (13th-16th October), REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY (13th November) and the CHRISTMAS MAKERS MARKET (17th December)

Details of these and all the other events happening in Middlewich between now and December, together with sections on events in our sister towns, Winsford and Northwich, can all be found in this handy pocket guide! Pick up your copy today!


PHOTO: GRANADA TV
And don't forget, you can also keep up with what's happening here in Middlewich with Devlin Hobson, our very own Town Crier!

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