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Nantwich Besieged Exhibition opens at Nantwich Museum

Nantwich Besieged Exhibition opens at Nantwich Museum

“Nantwich Besieged,” an exhibition recalling the English Civil War in this locality, has opened at Nantwich Museum and will run until Saturday 17 September. Mayor of Nantwich Town Council, Councillor Andrew Martin supported by Councillor Norma Simpson, opened the exhibition and Crewe and Nantwich MP, Edward Timpson, unveiled one of the centrepieces, a mural depicting the scene in the town square as the townspeople prepared for attack by the Royalists. David Pritchard of Applewood Independent, who sponsored a large scale model depicting for the first time the scene on the day of the Battle of Nantwich: 25 January 1644, also contributed to the event.

Prepared and installed by the museum’s Research Group the exhibition examines some of the local realities of the war reflecting the conflicting views of the Crown, Parliament, religious interests and a general reluctance towards the conflict.

Life in the Parliamentary garrison town is examined through the eyes of four fictional characters, a lady from the upper echelons of society, a felt maker, and two young people who variously comment on aspects of life at the time. The exhibition outlines the key trades in the town, identifies the key characters of the conflict, how it developed, how the town defended itself and various events in the lead up to the siege and its relief through the Battle of Nantwich.

The time is illustrated through lavish illustrations prepared by museum artist, Les Pickford, including a mural depicting the scene in the town square as the threat of siege became real accompanied by an audio visual developed by museum photographer Paul Topham. A further dimension is provided through displays of artefacts of the time, replicas and authentic clothing. Thomas Malbon was a lawyer who wrote a diary of local events during the Civil War. That diary still exists and is a key exhibit in the exhibition enabling visitors to read for themselves some of the events as recorded by the hand of one who witnessed first hand the siege and relief of Nantwich. There is something for everyone with a variety of activities. A series of talks considering various aspects of the conflict include a Battlefield Walk and Talk, Maps and Models, Coin Hoards, Events at Barthomley, Sir William Brereton and Stained Glass, some local examples of which depict the Civil War. Three town walks will focus on Civil War events.



Nantwich Library to stage summer of events in school holidays

Nantwich Library to stage summer of events in school holidays

Nantwich Library has unveiled its programme of summer events to keep youngsters entertained in summer holidays. It all starts this Monday (July 25) when 6-11 year olds are invited to “Revolting Rhymes” workshop with Helen Chapman, 10-11am.

On Thursday August 4, 4-8 year olds can go to a “Bottle Your Dreams” craft event inspired by Roald Dahl’s BFG, from 11am-12pm.

“Owl Friends” with Pamela Graham is aimed at 4-12 years olds on Monday August 8 10am-12pm. Children can make owls and face paint, £2 per child.

On August 18 and August 25, 4-12 year olds can attend the “Wonderful Chocolate” workshop, from 11am-12pm on both days.

There are Cartoon Academy workshops on July 28 and August 11, 2pm-3pm, aimed at 6-11 year olds.

And on Tuesday August 23, from 5-6pm,5-10 year olds can attend the ‘Big Friendly Lego Factory’ event.

The events are all part of the library’s latest ‘Big Friendly Summer Read’ challenge.

To reserve event tickets or renew items, contact the Beam Street library on 01270 375361 or email

Meanwhile, Nantwich’s Oxfam shop is staging a treasure hunt for a special summer read which kicks off the book month.

A signed copy by one of the country’s favourite authors is hidden among the shelves full of scorching summer reads.

There are current bestsellers, travel guides and children’s books on offer.

Funds from sales help Oxfam’s work to fight poverty around the world.

Val Richards, shop manager, said: “Come in and browse our huge and affordable range of books on a wide range of subjects.

“Our knowledgeable helpers can provide personal recommendations if needed, and you can buy a summer’s worth of reading very cheaply.”

A recent unusual donation to the Pepper Street shop has resulted in a module of hundreds of books on Politics (British, Russian, American and World).



Celebrate the Queen’s birthday in Nantwich with a free concert and tea party

Celebrate the Queen’s birthday in Nantwich with a free concert and tea party

The Queen’s official 90th birthday will be celebrated in Nantwich with a tea party and free concert at St Mary’s Church.

On Sunday (June 12), pensioners born in 1926, or who are already aged 90 or over, are invited to attend an afternoon tea party at Nantwich Methodist Church in Hospital Street from 3.30-5.30pm where there will be entertainment as well as light refreshments and a birthday cake.

Shaun Cafferty, director of Martin & Co, is one of the organisers and said: “We still have a few spaces left, so if you know anyone from Nantwich and the surrounding area of the right age who might like to come along, please get in touch.

“Carers can of course accompany these elderly guests. You can contact the Martin & Co office in Nantwich, St Mary’s Church, Nantwich Town Council or Redshift Radio.”

He added: “We did invite the country’s most well-known 90-year-old, but unfortunately Her Majesty was already committed to another party taking place on The Mall in London.

“However, she sends her best wishes, and hopes that everyone will enjoy themselves.”

Shaun said Cheshire’s Lord Lieutenant will instead make a brief speech prior to a free concert at St Mary’s Church, which starts at 7pm and is expected to finish around 9.30pm.

He added: “We wanted the event to be inclusive for all of Nantwich, and for as many local people as possible to enjoy this once in a lifetime moment.

“With the support of volunteers, local councils, and local businesses, we have been able to stage it without any entry cost.

“The Queen’s concert will review the life of the Queen by staging music and dancing from all nine decades of the Queen’s life. That will be followed by a mini ‘Last Night of the Proms’ when a range of national songs will be played, and we hope people will join in and wave their flags.”

At the end of the concert people are invited to congregate in the town centre to sing ‘happy birthday’, led by Nantwich’s Town Crier.

The lighting of the Nantwich beacon, which is saved for royal occasions, will also take place, with the event concluding with a display by Blitz Fireworks at about 10pm.

Admission to the concert is on a first come, first served basis. To book a place for the tea party, call 01270 440750.

See the full article here at Crewe Chronicle