September 2009 Archives
Special celebrations have been taking place to mark the 100th anniversary of Northwich Library.
The library was built on Witton Street in 1909 and donated to the town by Sir John Brunner. It now welcomes more than 4,000 visitors a week and issues over 5,000 books each week.
Children from Rudheath Primary School, seen above, were among those who joined in the celebrations.
THE new season of the Nantwich Historical Society gets under way next Wednesday, October 7.
The first meeting, at the new Methodist Centre in Hospital Street, features Joseph Pennell giving a talk called on The Harvey Family and Nantwich Tannery.
It starts at 7.30pm, when subscriptions will be taken at the usual rate of ÃÂ£8 members and ÃÂ£5 students.
THIS week's snapshots reveal a busy harvest scene at a time when rural life was dominated by farming.
The first picture was sold at Dodd's Property Auction in Mold earlier this year to descendants of the Jones Balers Agriculture Machinery Manufacturers.
Noel Jones, son of the late Glynne Jones, co-founder of Jones Balers, immediately recognised its significance.
A FORTNIGHT ago the Chronicle featured a couple of football-related photographs on the nostalgia page.
Dr Aled Davies, former Mold-Maes Garmon headteacher, has shed some light on them.
The photos featured junior footballers from Ysgol Glanrafon, Mold in 1968. Pictured in one of them was the school's headteacher at the time Ron Parry, who now lives in Rhosesmor.
A couple of the players were Dion Grant Williams, who now works for Llewelyn Jones Solicitors, and Kevin Jones, who now lives in Buckley.
VISITORS to a Wrexham county village witnessed a brutal conflict with volleys of musket fire and blazing cannons.
The community heritage day in Holt saw a re-enactment group stage a battle featuring Oliver Cromwell, who led the 'Roundheads' during England's brutal 17th Century civil war.
Oliver Cromwell and the mayor of Wrexham, Cllr Arwel Gwynn Jones, launched the event, with Cromwell's troops marching from St Chad's Church to the Cross.
The church still shows signs of the historical conflict, with musket ball damage visible inside.
DURING a speech at a Chamber of Commerce dinner at the Grosvenor Hotel, Chester, British Aerospace chairman Lord Beswick predicted a huge rise in the Broughton workforce over the following five years to ensure productivity kept up with demand.
THE Manpower Services Commission announced a plan to build a job centre in Flint following a campaign by East Flint MP Barry Jones.
UNEMPLOYMENT dropped by 508 in Mold, Holywell and Deeside, according to the latest quarterly figures.
THE BBC's John Noakes and his Go With Noakes team visited Holywell to record a programme at Grange Cavern Military Museum.
PEOPLE with interesting old photographs and other memorabilia relating to Mold are invited to take them along to the town library.
The Mold and District Civic Society will be scanning items into their next compilation and any items of interest can be scanned while you wait.
Stories from days gone in the town are also being sought.
Call in at the library on Saturday, September 26 between 9.30am and noon if you can help.
REGARDED as the first 'true' canal in England, the Sankey Navigation was built in response to the increasing demand for coal from the hearths and industries of Liverpool and the salt boilers of Cheshire in the 1750s.
Existing roads from St Helens pits were inadequate and expensive for coal haulage and a water route was seen as both more reliable and cheaper.
BY the time Peter Keen, best known for his outstanding work on the restoration of the Sankey Canal, had completed his show before a large audience of Runcorn Historical Society members, most of us could foresee the day when the canal would be reopened for the benefit of future generations.
A retired teacher, whose many interests include history, transport and archaeology, the speaker presented a graphic account of just how much has been achieved since the formation of SCARS (the Sankey Canal Restoration Society) in 1985.
He was effusive in his praise of Halton Borough Council and the local authority's foresight in boldly going ahead with its ambitious plan to redevelop and regenerate the Widnes Waterfront.
Married with two children, and now living in Rainford, St Helens, he skipped lightly and easily through the work carried out by the SCARS volunteers in restoring parts of the canal between St Helens and Widnes (Spike Island). But it was obvious to all of us that it was their unbounded enthusiasm, dedication and determination which made it possible to undertake such a colossal task.
A FURIOUS Runcorn resident is predicting a bleak future for Halton Castle because of ivy damaging the brick work.
Tony Miller, of Sandymoor, fears the 900-year-old, Grade I listed building will have to be demolished 'within our lifetime' if vegetation is not dealt with.
He said greenery, especially ivy, will crumble mortar in the brick work and roots will undermine the foundations.