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WEBSITE TO BE UPDATED IN 2016!

 

This website contains some fantastic images and connections to the past in Middlewich; over the years it has served us well, but it is time to update and re-vamp!

We like to keep this site updated and fresh, but it is important that it remains accessible and current. During 2016 we will be working on the website which means that no updates or project work will be added to this particular site. At times it may not be possible to view, but we will try to keep the disturbance to a minimum. Please bear with us! 

 

In the meantime we have launched our Virtual Museum website, to take a look, please follow the link:

 http://www.middlewichvirtualmuseum.co.uk

We hope you enjoy the new websites!

 

 
Your Heritage Photographic Competition Winners

Well done to everyone who took part in the Competition this year and thank you to the sponsors Jugglers Management Accounting Services Ltd for their continued support of Middlewich Town Council's 'Your Heritage' Photographic Competition.

This years winners are:

 ‘Your Heritage’ Photographic Competition,

Overall Winner

Matt Parry

With his landscape Three Shires Head.

 

Camera Phone Images Category Winner

Paula Cooper

Runner up:   Robyn Martland – Feeling Blue

Reserve:       Nick Sorenson – Stanthorne Oak

 

Landscape Category Winner

Matt Parry – Three Shires Head

Runner up:   June Cooper – Gathering Storm

Reserve:        Mark Clayton – Forest Wetlands

 

Built Heritage Category Winner

Mark Clayton – Weir at Vale Royal Locks

Runner up:   William McCaig – Durham Massey Mill

Reserve:       Don Rickards – Industry & Recreation

 

Wildlife Category Winner

Sandra Blackburn - Territory

Runner up:   Jayne Lomax – Beaky Builder

Reserve:       Mark Clayton – One Greenbottle

 

General Topics Category Winner

Mark Clayton – The Swordsman

Runner up:   Mark Clayton – The Engine Drivers Apprentice

Reserve:       Simon Cooper – Don’t Worry be Happy


Special Award for photographers in the 11-17 years age group.

Young Photographer Winner:  Lewis Butters – Muffin and Snowy (General)

Runner up:  Danny Clewes – A Walk in the Woods (Landscape)

Reserve: Lewis Butters – Badger (Wildlife)

The exhibition of all the work will be displayed in the Town Hall over the MFAB Festival this weekend. The People's Choice Award is still up for grabs so come along and vote for your favourite photograph to win a prize of £25 in vouchers. 

 
A church service like no other!

The Battle of Middlewich

Sunday 24th May

Changes to the timings on Sunday morning!

The March to Church will happen around 11.45am, the civil war soldiers will assemble on Market field with our new Middlewich Town Mayor, guests and visitors for a parade to church. Feel free to join in!

The service itself will take place at 12 noon at the United Reform Church on Queen Street.

The service will take around 30 minutes and will be a fabulous insight into the 17th Century as we join together in a traditional service. It will also include a commemoration to those who lost their lives here.

There will also be an official welcome from our Mayor to all our guests and visitors as they explore the world of Middlewich in the 1640's, their lives, their view of the war that was to engulf them and take hundreds of lives.

We thank Rev David Spence of the United Reform Church for allowing us to use his church after their morning service has finished.

We can guarantee that you will not experience a church service like it!
 
Re-enactors to visit Artisan Market

Re-enactors from the Civil War's Colonel Edward Montagu's Regiment of Foote will be visiting Middlewich's Artisan Market on Saturday 25th April. They will be handing out programmes to the up and coming Civil War Event on 24th and 25th May, from 11am to 1pm.

Come along and say hello and find out more about the event. 

 
King Richard III talk at Nantwich Museum

Bob Savage, Weapons Expert for the University of Leicester ‘Search for Richard III’ Archaeological Team, will give a talk at Nantwich Museum entitled:  Killed the Boar, Shaved his Head, the Violent Death of King Richard III. The talk, which contains some images that some viewers may find disturbing, will take place at 7.00 pm (arrival from 6.30 pm) on Friday 1 May.

Bob Savage has been studying the skeleton of Richard III since its discovery and is one of the handful of experts to have physically examined the remains. Examination of the weapons trauma on the skeleton enabled an attempt to be made to identify the various types of weapons that may have been used to make them. As a result, using both historical and archaeological evidence, a potential sequence of events has allowed the possible last moments and death of Richard III - ‘the king under the car park’ to be discovered.

Tickets are available from Museum Reception £6 (Museum Members £5) including a drink and nibbles. Booking is strongly recommended.

For further information contact: Nantwich Museum on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone 01270 627104; Website: www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk.

 
The Battle of Middlewich Programme is now available

The Battle of Middlewich takes centre stage at Middlewich in only four weeks-time!

The Programme of events is now out. We are busy distributing these around Middlewich and other townships. I have also placed a copy of the programme on our website at http://www.middlewich-heritage.org.uk

The programme has approx. timings to give you a guide, these may change slightly especially if the weather is not on our side. We do of course have plenty going on under cover as well. The entire event is free of charge and refreshments are available, so come along and spend your late May bank holiday with us!

This event would not be happening without the support of the community and especially volunteers, a big thank you to Allan Earl for all his help and research into the Civil War of Middlewich. A great deal of his time was spent on research, cross checking references and getting everything in order. The interpretation panels are now being printed and contain newly uncovered information to our civil war past.

The re-enactors of the Colonel Edward Montagu’s Regiment of Foote have put in a lot of time and effort to ensure that families have a great day out exploring life and warfare in the Civil War era. There are lots for adults and children to do over the two days.

Other valued help came from Jan Hutson and her typing skills, Cheshire Archives and Local Studies and Anna Bates, Collections Manager and Assistant Administrator for  The Tabley House Collection, University of Manchester, for her help and additional information.

Permissions for showing the portrait paintings came from: University of Manchester, The Tabley House Collection, Grosvenor Museum, Chester and Manchester Art Gallery, UK/Bridgeman Images.

 

We are still looking for volunteers to help us steward the event, so if you want to help out, contact Kerry Fletcher in the first instance on: 01606 833434 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 

 
Photographic Competition Countdown

10 weeks countdown to the Middlewich Photographic Competition deadline

The countdown has started for the competition deadline! Spring has definitely come at last, so the chance to get out and about with your camera has arrived. Cheshire has plenty to explore for everyone.

If you are a new comer to photography, there are plenty of clubs, courses and on-line help to get you started. There's almost a camera club for every town, but if you want to potter around yourself and see what you can do, have a look on-line for some extra help.

Last year the two most asked questions were about composition and mounting your picture for the competition, so here are a couple of links to help you.

The first link is via Nantwich Camera Club, they have a good 'how to' guide that can be downloaded via http://www.nantwichcameraclub.org.uk/downloads.htm They also have a lot about using software for your pictures which is worth a look.

The other is via Digital Camera Magazine, they have some good articles to help you achieve that perfect composition in your photographs. This is the link: 

http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2013/07/19/how-to-compose-a-photograph-start-seeing-images-where-you-never-saw-them-before/

For those looking for action shots, don't forget that Middlewich will be full of Civil War Re-enactors on the late Bank Holiday in May 24th and 25th. Plenty of action shots to take during the two days and the skirmish commences around 2pm each day.

For more information call Middlewich Town Council on 01606 833434 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Entry forms for 2015
 
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