Many thanks for following our Middlewich Diary throughout 2017.
There's much more to come in 2018! Best wishes to everyone for the New Year!
|Snow is not a very common feature of the Middlewich winter scene. Our low-lying and sheltered position on the Cheshire plain between the Derbyshire hills to the east and the Mersey estuary to the west usually means that we are protected from the worst of any snow showers (though we do get more than our fair share of rain). December 2017 was somewhat different, though, as exceptional circumstances brought a dusting of snow, transforming the town and bringing with it some great photo opportunities. At just after 8 o'clock on the morning of the 9th of December, Jennifer Jane Snelson, who works on Hightown, was able to capture this classic view of Middlewich town centre in the snow. Our magnificent Christmas tree takes centre stage, unusually seen with its lights switched off. This photo first appeared on the Middlewich Community Group.|
Jim Moores of the Canals & Rivers of Middlewich Facebook page (link in the left hand column) took this frosty early sunrise shot of the junction between the Trent & Mersey and Shropshire Union (Middlewich Branch) canals. The relentless road traffic in Booth Lane thunders on, while the canal sleeps.
A couple of miles outside Middlewich, spanning the SUC Middlewich Branch as it winds its way through the Cheshire pasture lands towards Nantwich, is bridge no. 26, known locally as 'Norman's Bridge'. Norman's Wood lines the towpath to the right. Norman's Bridge carries Coal Pit Lane, which runs from Stanthorne crossroads to join Chester Road just outside the town boundary. The picture-postcard scene is captured beautifully by Natasha Harrop.
SEE ALSO: WINTER IN MIDDLEWICH 2016
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with acknowledgments to Kerry Fletcher and Dave Thompson of Middlewich Town Council
|Photo used with permission|
|To finish our Santa Sleigh run in 2017 we donated a very special trike for a very special young man ! Santa's sleigh and the snowmen delivered William his dream transport allowing him to have a little of his own mobility. This could not be achieved without all our Round Table, our family, friends and those in the community who support the work we do. Happy New Year all !! - Middlewich Round Table, 2nd January 2018|
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|The campaign's official logo, based on an illustration used in our first ever publicity leaflet. This design was never used extensively, as certain members of the group felt that the type of train illustrated would lead the public to expect 'better' trains than the clapped out Sprinters and Pacers the service would, initially at least, undoubtedly be provided with!|
|Middlewich signal box and the closed station in 1963. Photo: J.H. Priestley/Subterranea Britannica|
|A coal train enters the Middlewich Loop, 3rd July 1964. Was this the one Jock Myles was rumoured to have held up while he played dominoes? Photo: Alan Wilkinson|
|Inter-City HST 'in full regalia'. The one I saw on the Middlewich line wasn't travelling quite as fast as this one. Photo: Mark George Photography|
|The Lion & Railway, Northwich, close to Northwich railway station, the scene of my first MCRUA meeting in 1992, reached by push-bike. Since the pub's conversion to 'apartments' the Lion & Railway sign (the hanging one, that is) has been retained, but whether by accident or design is not clear. Photo: Creative Commons|
|Winston Lea gets a job as a temporary road sign...not really, of course. Winston is proudly displaying the old LNWR signal box sign which MRLC rescued from exile in Uttoxeter. To the left is MRLC Vice-Chairman Peter Cox. The scene is Middlewich Station Bridge, which has since been re-modelled. Photo: MRLC|
|Fiona Bruce in Parliament Photo: Catholic Herald/BBC|
|Photo: Cheshire East Council|
|Mid-Cheshire Rail Link Campaign Chairman Stephen Dent and Secretary Samantha Moss Photo: Mid-Cheshire Rail Link Campaign|