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It is Official! Middlewich is one of the 5 most desirable places to live in England

Middlewich was rated 4th in the UK. Read the full BBC article here: Middlewich is a Great Place! In our thriving town there is always something happening including annual Festivals, the very popular Makers Market and unique community events and activities taking place throughout the year. Life in Middlewich is always on the go!


Middlewich Vision Partnership Annual General Meeting 2016Midd Vision Logo 2012

Thursday 2nd June 2016, 5pm – 6.30pm

Wych Centre, Civic Way, Middlewich, Cheshire. CW10 9BX

The Middlewich Vision Partnership will be holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 2 June 2016 and members of the public and organisations are invited to attend.

Download the Middlewich Vision AGM Agenda here:

Middlewich Vision AGM Agenda 2016

Download the full Invitation Letter and Booking Form here:

Middlewich Vision AGM 2 June 2016 Invitation

Download the Middlewich Steering Group Nomination Form here:

Middlewich Vision Steering Group Nomination Form 2016

 


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COME AND JOIN MIDDLEWICH VISION, PARTNERS AND ORGANISATIONS AT THE MIDDLEWICH COMMUNITY DAY

SATURDAY 19 March, 10am until 3pm,

The Wych Centre, Civic Way, Middlewich, Cheshire.

FREE ENTRY

Click on the pictures below for more details.

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FOUNTAIN FIELDS PARK PUBLIC CONSULTATION AND INFORMATION EVENT

Thank you to all those individuals and families who attended the Fountain Fields Public Consultation Event on THURSDAY 28 JANUARY 2016 between 3pm – 7pm. Over 50 adults attended and parents brought their children along too and they also had the opportunity to provide their ideas for improvements to their park. The results of the consultation will be published in the near future.


FOUNTAIN FIELDS PARK

PUBLIC CONSULTATION AND INFORMATION EVENT

THURSDAY 28 JANUARY 2016 between 3pm – 7pm

The Wych Centre, Civic Way, Middlewich. CW10 9BX

We are welcoming people of all ages to drop in, join us for tea and biscuits and:

  • View potential ideas/equipment and submit your own views/suggestions about future improvements to the park
  • Meet the organisations involved. This will include team members from Middlewich Vision, ANSA, Cheshire East, Middlewich Town Council and other participants
  • View highlights of the previous work of the Middlewich Vision Parks &  Play Areas Group.

This 24 month project is being made possible through the Middlewich Vision Parks & Play Areas Group who are working in partnership with volunteers and the following organisations:

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Fountain Fields Park Consultation 2015

The Fountain Fields Park is located on Queen Street, Middlewich and it is to undergo much needed improvements. We would like your opinions about how the park could be enhanced and what facilities people would like to be included.

DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE SURVEY HERE: Fountain Fields Survey NOV 2015

ALL survey entries will be entered in to a draw to WIN a food hamper. Return your completed form by TUESDAY 15 December 2015 to:

Middlewich Vision, Victoria Building, Lewin Street, Middlewich, Cheshire.  CW10 9AS

Or you can drop your completed form by hand into Middlewich Town Council Reception which is located at the same address.

This 2015 survey is the initial step in a consultation period to improve Fountain Fields Park. It will be a partnership project with Middlewich Vision, Middlewich Town Council, Cheshire East Council, ANSA and members of the Middlewich Vision Parks & Play Areas Group which includes residents.

Currently no decisions have been made about what the new  improvements will be. Once the results of this survey are known we will publish the results online. Your comments will then form the next, more detailed consultation which will be held in the early part of 2016.

PRINTED COPIES WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FROM: The Middlewich Vision office, Middlewich Town Council Reception (Victoria Building, Lewin Street) or Middlewich Library (Lewin Street)


Details of the ‘SCRIBE’ Middlewich Literary Festival are announced.

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SCRIBE is a week long celebration of all things books, writing and creative expression which will feature talented local authors and artists. We are also welcoming some distinguished guests for talks and workshops including Miles Hunt, lead singer of the Wonderstuff who will be promoting his new book ‘The Wonder Years’ at the White Bear on Friday 16 October. In addition, there is also a fabulous short story competition with cash prizes based on the 25 year celebration of the FAB Festival, one for adults and one for children. The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony to be held on Thursday 15 October during the festival week. People can see more on the website  or use #ScribeFest on Twitter, and they are advised to book in advance for their preferred events, since the venues are filling up fast.

Find us on Facebook, Twitter and the Web.

SCRIBE has been kindly funded with the support of Middlewich Town Council, Cheshire East Council, Plus Dane Housing and Middlewich Vision Community Life Action Team.

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The Middlewich Vision Skate Off Competition 2015

The annual Middlewich Vision Partnership ‘Skate Off’ took place on Saturday 11th July at Booth Lane and it was a superb afternoon. Over 25 competitors took part and the event attracted a large mixed crowd of families and young people including competitors from other towns and Stoke on Trent. The Mayor of Middlewich Councillor Ken Kingston announced the launch of the competition which started at 1pm and former Councillor Paul Edwards kindly judged the entrants across the 6 categories: Bike, Scooter and Skateboard. Prizes included Hi 5 T Shirts and water bottles donated by the Cheshire based UK Triathalon company and every 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner also received a trophy. Young people from the  OLLA Group took part and helped to clean up litter onsite and a group of youngsters produced an excellent video of the day. Click here to view their excellent camera work which includes the final presentations: Middlewich Skate Off 2015 The picture below shows the Mayor of Middlewich Cllr Ken Kingston and the Mayoress of Middlewich Suzanne Johns with some of the young competitors. MIDDLEWICH Skate Off 2015


Middlewich Indoor Bowling Club

The very popular Middlewich Indoor Bowling Club is set to benefit from two recent grants which have been awarded by Cheshire East Council and Middlewich Town Council. Middlewich Vision worked closely with the Chair of the Club, Heather Thurwell and Ken McDean, Treasurer,  to submit a bid to the Cheshire East Giveback Funding Stream which was successful. The money will be used to replace the four existing 45ft long indoor bowling mats which have become extremely worn and are no longer fit for purpose. The total funding needed to replace the mats totals £3905.60. Cheshire East agreed to contribute £3173.96 and Middlewich Town Council kindly gave £500 towards the final cost. The supplying company have also agreed to provide £231 worth of free Heavyweight Jacks as part of the package. The mats are being made to order and will be ready for the launch of the new indoor bowling season which will start in October 2015. Further details about the Middlewich Indoor Bowling Club, which takes place in the Middlewich Civic Centre, can be obtained from either Heather Thurwell or Ken McDean. They can be contacted on 01606 834983 or 01606 836125


Lets Cook in Cheshire East – FREE Cooking Courses

Middlewich Vision has teamed up with Cheshire East Council and Great Places Housing to provide a free, local cookery course for people who are working to a restricted budget. The first one will start in September and, if they prove beneficial, then more will be run at a later date. Places are limited so if this is of interest call Kathy on 01270 686600. Poster Middlewich


Middlewich RHM Over 60′s Club

The RHM Over 60′s Club has been awarded £500 to purchase new leisure equipment for the enjoyment of club members. The money was awarded by Cheshire East Council as part of the Giveback Funding Stream and it will be used to ensure that the club has a quality range of games including Quoits, Garden Jenga and Connect 4. These can be enjoyed by the members on a weekly basis and they will also be used as part of annual family days where younger people and family members will be invited along also.

 


Middlewich Vision Annual General Meeting 2015

38 people attended this year’s AGM which took place in the Civic Hall and it was a successful evening. Guest speaker Nicola Dufty, Chair of the Mid Cheshire Development Board, gave a presentation about the role of the new board, its structure and the aims of the organisation. Members of the audience were invited to ask questions and the session proved very informative. Brian Reay, Chair of the Middlewich Vision Steering Group also gave an overview of the Visions achievements over the previous 12 months and Beverley Cope, Action Plan Manager, gave an outline of the work that would be taking place throughout the next 12 months. In addition, Alison Roylance White, Treasurer, presented the accounts and explained the current financial position of Middlewich Vision. The evening concluded with a surprise presentation to Jonathan Williams, Chair of Middlewich Vision. This was in recognition of his 30 year service to Middlewich Town Council and his dedicated support of the Vision. Both Brian Reay and the Mayor of Middlewich Cllr Ken Kingston gave speeches about the scope and dedication of Jonathan’s work and Ken highlighted Jonathan’s significant contribution in supporting the Heritage of Middlewich over many, many years. Port   The picture shows (Left to right)

  • Mayor of Middlewich Cllr Ken Kingston
  • Jonathan Williams, Chair of Middlewich Vision
  • Mayoress of Middlewich, Suzanne Johns
  • Nicola Dufty, Chair of the Mid Cheshire Development Board

 



 

Middlewich Charity Narrowboat Pull 2015 – the challenge is on!

£5 entry fee – all proceeds go to the Mayor of Middlewich  Charities (St Lukes Hospice and the British Legion)

The Middlewich Charity Narrowboat Pull will once more be taking place on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Middlewich Narrowboats, Canal Terrace (off Lewin Street) Can your team pull a 28 ton Narrowboat over a set distance against the clock? Think’s it’s easy? Then enter your team in this great competition for all the family.

HOW TO ENTER

Get together a teams of 4 adults (Ladies and Gents can be on the same team) and register your team in advance.

  • Tell us the name of your team, team members and contact telephone number and email to: visionapm@middlewich.org.uk  or call: 01606 841379 and register over the phone.

It’s £5 per team to enter (pay on the day) and all proceeds will go to the Mayor of Middlewich Councillor Ken Kingston’s Charities. The annual trophy will be awarded to the team that completes the pull in the fastest time on the day. Last years the well deserved winners were Sandbach Tyres (of Sandbach) who are entering again to retain the much coveted trophy. We need teams from Middlewich to take part and ensure it comes back to the town! The competition itself takes place on Sunday and will start at 2pm. Participating teams should arrive between 12noon and 1.30pm. DON’T FORGET – The Charity Boat Pull is part of a full weekend of entertainment at the Middlewich Narrowboat yard which starts on Friday 21st August until Sunday 23rd. MAP LOCATION OF THE MIDDLEWICH NARROWBOATS: Middlewich Narrowboats Location  Please note that parking is limited but there are plenty of free parking spaces just up the road on Civic Way at the back of the Town Hall building.


New to Middlewich! The Redshift Community Hub Day

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 from 9:30am to 4pm

Middlewich Town Hall Function Suite, Middlewich

A new venture is being launched right here in Middlewich which will provide a network opportunity within our area for community groups, Start Up, Small, Medium and Large companies. The ‘Redshift Community Hub Day’ has been organised by RedShift Radio and Middlewich based, Bare Bones Marketing. It is being supported by Middlewich Vision and Middlewich Town Council. The Redshift Hubs run successfully in nearby towns and this informal group has been expanded to include Middlewich with the aim of opening up new avenues of business and provide information on a range of interesting subjects. No two Hubs are the same and because Redshift Radio is a not-for-profit community group, stand space and entry fees are affordable. Howard Worth Chartered Accountants & Business Advisers are sponsors of the new HUB and delegates can look forward to hearing from a range of speakers and enjoy an informal chat with Exhibitors on the day.

Delegate Tickets and ‘Early Bird’ Exhibitor space can be booked using the: RedShift Middlewich Community Hub Day Eventbrite link.

Whether you choose to join us for an informative morning, afternoon or all day session you will be made very welcome and refreshments will be provided.

The new Redshift Community Hub Day: See you on the 19th!

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Regeneration of the Stallard Way Play Area

Exciting plans to regenerate the Stallard Way Play Area are now in full ‘swing’ and contractors are onsite and working hard to significantly improve this popular play area which is located next to residential housing in Middlewich. The project arose after a local consultation which took place earlier this year. Residents and groups were asked what improvements they wanted and the results were reviewed. There were many excellent suggestions and as a direct result the next challenge was to seek enough funding to implement the changes. Alison Roylance-White, former Action Plan Manager at Middlewich Vision and Diane Owen, Parks Management Officer at ANSA, a company owned by Cheshire East, worked closely with Jonathan  Williams, Middlewich Town Clerk, and the Middlewich Vision Parks & Play Areas Group.  Together they explored a number of funding options which included WREN. WREN is non-profit making Environmental Body (EB)  registered to fund projects which are eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund.

The team submitted an application to WREN and were successful in their bid. This was boosted by additional contributions from Middlewich Town Council, Middlewich Vision and ‘Section 106’  money. A total of £60,000 was raised to get the project underway.

The work is due to be completed this month (October 24th). Below is an artist’s impression of the new equipment and approximate locations within the site: STALLARD WAY FINAL PLAN Oct 2014 The improvements now taking place include:

  • Installation of an extensive new range of equipment for children.
  • Removal of the old play equipment
  • Safer surfacing around the new equipment
  • Removal of the diseased fruit trees in the centre of the play area
  • A new Community orchard will be planted at the top of the play area to replace the  removed trees. The new trees will include a wider range of fruit e.g. apples, pears, cherry, plum
  • A new grey tarmac path will be installed from the existing entrance to the top of the play area
  • A new, small entrance will be created at the top end (St Anns Road)
  • Installation of 2 new gates (with rubber stops to reduce noise for nearby residents)
  • A trimming of the surrounding shrubs and plants. The shrubs provide a sound barrier and won’t be removed entirely but there will be a clear up to make the site safer for those walking nearby and for users of the play area.

Based on feedback from residents the new trees will be installed away from the new equipment. In addition, by including a greater variety of trees this will reduce the number of wasps on site as the existing pear trees have been problematic. Other suggestions that have recently been received from residents include the creation of a small herb garden, picnic tables and events e.g. an annual organised community fruit pick. Once the current plans are complete these ideas and more, can be looked at in more detail. 


The Royal British Legion (Middlewich Branch) Poppy Day Appeal Volunteers Needed!

Poppy Appeal 2014


Middlewich Boat Pull Competition 2014 – Results

The competition was fierce and the sun came out to greet the crowds who had flocked to see the annual Middlewich Boat Pull Competition. The Mayor of Middlewich, Councillor Paul Edwards, opened the proceedings which took place at the premises of  ‘Middlewich Narrowboats’. This family run business is owned by Greg and Sue Williams and they have specialised in traditional narrowboat hire holidays since 1971. Their accessible location and facilities make it the perfect choice to hold the annual Middlewich Boat Pull Competition. The competition itself involves a team of four people pulling a 25 ton narrowboat along a marked strip of the canal side. The team who pulls the narrowboat from the start point to the finish line in the quickest time is the winner. It is not easy and the current, unbeaten record stands at 1 minute and 8 seconds. The competition is open to all and last years winners were ‘The White Horse’ team from Middlewich. During this years Pull, they fought a hard battle against some fierce competition in their efforts to retain the highly prized winners trophy. The competition was launched at 2.30pm and each team was allowed two opportunities to pull the narrowboat to the finishing line in the shortest time. And the winners were……

Sandbach Tyres!

They completed the Pull in an amazing 1 minute and 10 seconds; only 2 seconds short of the record. Well done to the team and to their boss Hayley who encouraged them on to the finish. Big congratulations also go to the White Horse who came second and Middlewich Narrowboats who came third. Pictured below are the lads from Sandbach Tyres receiving their well earned trophy from the Mayor. 214 The brilliant weekend was topped off with entertainment from ‘Baxter’. The date of next years event will be announced before January 2015 so plenty of time to enter your team.


Cheshire East Council Community Grants Available!

Cheshire East Council are welcoming applications from Voluntary and Community Groups who are seeking funding.  More details can be viewed here: CEC Grant Funding Information or visit the Cheshire East website: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk


Croxton Park and Trail

The Croxton Park and Trail is currently undergoing a much needed clearance as part of a national scheme called the National Citizen Service (NCS). This is a voluntary service for 16 and 17-year olds which is run throughout England. Middlewich Vision were recently invited to give a talk to the group at their residential session at Keele University and the Middlewich Vision Action Plan Manager was asked to submit ideas for local projects that the team could consider. Croxton Park and Trail was their chosen project and they had to create a plan which included raising funds for the work they wanted to carry out.  On Friday, 1st August, they ran a very successful coffee morning in the Wych Centre, Middlewich and they raised over £160. They also secured an additional £300 from O2 plus match funding from Middlewich Town Council. The group are very organised and have appointed a Project Manager and Site Manager to oversee the practical elements of the tasks and other aspects like marketing and promotion. In charge of the scheme locally is Dave Carey and Beatrice and Jonathan Williams who work for the ‘Youth Federation’ organisation whose headquarters are based in Ellesmere Port. On-site work is now fully underway and they have already cleared some densely overgrown areas. The overall aim is to make the site more accessible, erect additional picnic tables, create a family ‘treasure hunt’ on site whilst retaining the natural environment for the wealth of existing wildlife in the area. The project is being supported by Middlewich Town Council, the Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service, the Wych Centre and the Vision. In addition, a number of local businesses including Jewsons, Morrisons and the ‘All in One Garden Centre’ Knutsford have kindly provided tools, food, beverages and plants. Here is a preview of some of the work that is taking place..

Find out more information about the National Citizen Service here:  www.ncsyes.co.uk Find out more information about the Youth Federation organisation here: www.youthfederation.org.uk


Shop Front HeaderLaunch of the Middlewich Shop Front Grant Scheme 2014

Middlewich Town Council are delighted to announce the launch of a new Middlewich Shop Front Scheme, supported by Middlewich Vision. Grants are now available for up 75% or £250 (whichever is the lower) of the cost of painting the ground floor frontage of the shop and other commercial premises within the Wheelock Street, Bullring and Hightown areas. Improvements to signage will also be considered.

Further details about the scheme and an application form can be downloaded here:

If you are interested in submitting an application but would like an informal chat about this new scheme call Bev direct 01606 841379 or email apm@middlevision.org.uk

 


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21st Century Technology n Camera Group

digital-cameras The next meeting of the Middlewich ’21st Century Technology n Camera Group’ will take place tonight: TUESDAY 16 SEPTEMBER @ Willowmere, Middlewich, 7.00pm until 9.30pm. The meeting will have an external technical speaker, Mr Owen Lloyd. He will be speaking and demonstrating on how best to use LIGHTROOM 4 and 5. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions during the technical question session covering Owen’s presentation and anything else you want to ask. The 21st Century Technology n Camera Group is also looking to recruit new members. There is no yearly Membership Fee, you ONLY pay when attending monthly meetings and presentations. The usual cost is £2.50 per month or £5.00 if a professional presenter is required. Group members can also attend free “Instructional Photo Outings” where skilled group members help others to improve their photo taking skills and answer questions on technology and cameras. Meetings and outings are wheelchair/scooter friendly and the group would welcome people with disabilities or mobility restriction. If you are on Facebook and are interested in joining the club visit the 21st Century Technology n Camera Group page, link up with ‘techycliff’ on Twitter or call Cliff Astles on 07971 136360 for more information.


Makers Market

Saturday 30 August 2014, 10am until 4pm

The amazing ‘Makers Market’ returns to Wheelock Street, Middlewich on Saturday 30 August 2014

One of the largest markets of its type in Cheshire you can experience the very finest food, drink, Art & Craft stalls and live music. Over 60 stalls and a bouncy castle for the children!


THIS WEEKEND!  MIDDLEWICH BOAT PULL  2014 – the challenge is on!

£5 entry fee – all proceeds go to the Middlewich Town Mayor’s Charity


Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 August

2pm start on both days The Boat Pull will once more be taking place on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Middlewich Narrowboats, Canal Terrace (off Lewin Street)  Pull a 28 ton Narrowboat over a set distance against the clock! Think’s it’s easy? Then enter your team in this great competition for all the family. Teams of 4 adults: Register your team of 4 in advance.

  • Simply choose which day you want to take part (Saturday or Sunday)
  • Tell us the name of your team, team members and contact telephone number and email to: apm@Middlewich.org.uk  or call: 01606 841379 and register over the phone.

It’s £5 per team to enter (pay on the day) and all proceeds will go to the Mayors Charity. The annual trophy will be awarded to the team that completes the pull in the fastest time over the two days. And this year children can also take part in the fun. Teams of children, accompanied by an adult can enter on both days – no need to register in advance.


COMMUNITY GAMES

FREE! Boxing Classes For Young Beginners – boys and girls


Participants must wear suitable sportswear and footwear. All other equipment is provided. The classes are managed by fully qualified trainers who are Enhanced DBS checked with Full Public Liability Insurance.

Saturday 2 August, Middlewich Town Hall Function Suite, Middlewich

Class One: Starts at 12.30pm. A 1 hour session for 7 – 10 year olds

Class Two: Starts at 1.30pm.   A 1 hour session for 11 – 16 year olds

To register, simply email the name of the young person and their age, the name of a parent or Guardian and a phone number. Email: apm@middlewichvision.org.uk  or call 01606 841379. Please indicate which date and which class you would like to attend. 


Middlewich Partnership Annual General Meeting

Thursday 31st July 2014

5pm – 6.30pm

Middlewich Vision will be holding its annual AGM on Thursday 31 July and we would like to invite members of the public and local businesses to this event. The evening will begin at 5pm with a buffet and light refreshments and the Middlewich Vision AGM will commence at 5.30pm and finish at 6.30pm prompt.   The programme includes:

  • A review of the exceptional work that has been carried out by Middlewich Vision, its partners and volunteers.
  • A keynote speech from Cheshire East Council entitled “Cheshire East Council working with Community Partnerships to get great results”
  • ‘Marketing Middlewich’ by Bare Bones Marketing – fresh, innovative ideas about how we can maximise on the promotion of businesses in Middlewich and organisations within our area.
  • Our plans for the future and how you can get involved
  • The endorsement of the new Middlewich Vision Steering Group to support the strategic development of the Vision

Download your invitation here: Middlewich AGM Public Invitation 2014 View the programme on the evening: AGM Agenda 31 July 2014

Would You Like To Join Our Steering Group?

There are places on the Vision Steering Group for members of the public. Therefore if you would like to stand, please complete the downloadable Steering Group Member Nomination Form and return it to the Middlewich Vision office by Monday 29 July 2014. Download the form here:  Steering Group Nomination Form 2014 Hopefully can look forward to seeing you on the night!


Middlewich FAB Festival

Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June 2014

The renowned, fabulous three day Folk & Roots music festival right here in Middlewich!

It’s FREE admission at Middlewich FAB Festival and it’s FREE to park your car or moor your boat! There is a charge for camping, the Friday night concert & the Saturday night Ceilidh but all other entertainment on the FAB Main Stage and FAB Fringe are FREE. Click here for the full programme over the three days: www.midfest.org.uk

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Middlewich Literary Festival 2014

This Friday and Saturday will be your opportunity to experience the very first Middlewich Literary Festival. This two day event is a showcase for our Short Story Competition and provides an opportunity to experience the wealth of creative written talent right here in Middlewich.

Friday 23rd May, 5.15pm until 6.30pm.

Awards Evening at Middlewich High School

The Festival will commence with an Awards Evening to be held in Middlewich High School Library. This will be attended by Fiona Bruce MP and the new Mayor of Middlewich, Councillor Paul Edwards. The evening will include the announcement of the winners of our Short Story Competition, the presentation of prizes and your opportunity to hear a selection of the Commended entries.

Saturday 24th May, 10am until 12 Noon.

The ‘Read-a-thon’ Middlewich Library

Middlewich Library will play host to the ‘Read-a-thon’. Local people, including the Middlewich Town Mayor, who will be reading a range of extracts from their favourite books. 9.55 am       Introduction to the Read-a-thon 10 am Reading starts with our Mayor, Cllr Paul Edwards 10.15 am Janet Chisholm, BEM – Middlewich Clean Team 10.30 am Middlewich Mayoress, Cllr Sonya Edwards 10.45 am Vivienne Johnson, U3A. 11 am Jonathan Williams – Town Clerk 11.15 am Liz Rosenfield, Cheshire Folk 11.30 am Mike Walton, Middlewich Heritage Society 11.45 am Bev Cope, Middlewich Vision

Saturday 24th May, 10am until 4pm.

Town Hall Function Suite, Civic Way, Middlewich

Join us in the Town Hall Function Suite and prepare to be inspired! The daytime programme features talks by published authors, writing and illustrating advice, book signings and an opportunity to read a selection of the many creative entries in our very successful Short Story Competition. Entry to the Festival is free and everyone is welcome. 9.55 am       Opening announcements 10 am            Catherine Green, author of “Love Hurts”, “Devil, Demons and Werewolves” and many more 10.45 am      Gill Hoffs, works incl. “The Sinking of RMS Tayleur” 11.30 am       Holmes Chapel and Middlewich Book Club reviewing “Pure” by Andrew Miller 12.15 pm      Readings of Short Stories from our first competition 1 pm Phil Latham, author of children stories and Ian Hill-Smith, Illustrator showing how the two arts work together 1.45 pm         Lucy Pireel, works incl “Heaven’s Closed” and “Bound” 2.30 pm        More Middlewich Short Story readings 3.15 pm         Bernice Walmsley, author of  “Instant Manager” through to “Teach Yourself Decluttering”

Barclays Making a Difference

A team from Barclays are hard at work today, 20th May 2014, making a huge difference to the Pennymoor Drive play area. They have been scrapping, painting, weeding, pruning, woodstaining and reducing part of the jungle that is there at the moment. This is such a big task we are not sure they will get this all done today but fingers crossed. This was all by 11.30am! 10341454_10152281526368884_775205021162998138_n10309630_10152281526493884_6386811418486415464_n10390155_10152281526878884_6876729840190083508_n10155105_10152281526778884_8375284061403667380_n10363921_10152281527223884_1960493102338195171_n10365808_10152281527033884_2057027721186264843_n

Middlewich Community Day

Come to the Wych Centre on Saturday 17th May between 10am and 12.30pm to see some of the great things that go on in our town. A mixture of stands, music and dance to entertain you. Then on to the Fun Fair…

Middlewich First Literary Festival

The winners of the short story competitions will be announced at Middlewich high School on Friday 23rd May, in the High School library, between 5.30pm and 6.30pm. There will be a Read-a-thon in Middlewich Library on Lewin Street from 10 am to 12 noon. Various members of the community will be reading for 15 minutes from their favourite books At the Town Hall (formerly the Civic Hall), we will be having a variety of events starting from 10am in 45 minute bursts. The Book Club will be reviewing “Pure” by Andrew Miller.  Grab yourself a copy, have a read, then join the Book Club in the Town Hall at 11.30 am.

 

New Town Trails Guide

The new Trails Guide has just been picked up from the printers. Copies are available from the Town Hall and the Library. Would you like to be part of a regular walking club? Let me know which day of the week suits you best. vision@middlewich.org.uk

Could the Cheshire Records Office to come to Middlewich?

Cheshire Records Office are considering where to go for their next home. The area in Middlewich town centre that Tesco had bought may be ideal to develop a new building. Please vote for Middlewich

http://archives.cheshire.gov.uk/latest_news_and_events/relocation_consultation.aspx

Our new market, Last Saturday of the month

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Literary Festival Competitions Announced

For Middlewich’s first Literary Festival, the short story, name and logos competition we announced at the Library on Lewin Street on the 20th March 2014. The launch celebration, led by our Town Mayor Cllr. Bernice Walmsley, included announcements on the two short story competitions, and the quest for a new name and logo that reflect Middlewich.
Competition rules for the short story competition can be downloaded –  Middlewich Short Story Competition 2014 Rules
Competition rules for our Literary Festival’s name and logo can be found –  MIDDLEWICH LITERARY FESTIVAL LOGO and NAME COMPETITION 2014
All entries must be returned by Monday 28th April 2014 no later than 12 noon

 

Action For Market Towns Annual Convention 2013

Middlewich was one of the 5 Town Partnership members hosting the Action for Market Town’s national event. Delegates from all over the country attended, discussed the future for market towns, shared good practice and ways to inspire and improve market towns generally. The Middlewich section included Neighbourhood Planning and town centre development. BR opening 2 Our MP, Fiona Bruce, hosted the national question and answer session then fed the comments through to Ministers in Westminster. Whilst some of the questions were challenging, they were all answered in Fiona’s traditional dynamic style. MP at Congleton 3

Community Life Action Team Chair Honoured

Our very own Sue Johns (right) has been recognised at the Cheshire Rural Women’s Award, on the 15th October 2013. Sue winning award In addition to Sue’s tremendous support of the Vision, she is a driving force in many other projects including The Wych Centre, Middlewich U3A, Middle-Wyches WI and a whole host of other activities. Sue is one of the many fantastic volunteers we are blessed with in Middlewich, who all help to make the town what it is. Well done Sue

 

Booth Lane Skate Park Re-Opening

The official opening of the Booth Lane skate park and play area was held on Sunday 6th October at 1 pm. Our local MP Fiona Bruce, and our Town Mayor Cllr Bernice Walmsley openened proceedings and the first Skate Off competition for local young people to show off their skills on the new skate park was held . Winners skate off jrs 3 The new skate park area was funded through a grant from Veolia and s106 monies from developments in the town, along  with the replacement of the play equipment. This is the second play area to be fully revamped by the Vision’s Parks and Play Area Partnership. Moss Drive was completed at the start of the summer and Sycamore Drive was repainted by a team of volunteers from Barclays, who did a cracking job. opening 2