Record for 2013

Young historians discuss the Mercian roundshaft

Young historians discuss the Mercian roundshaft

 

This is a record of events that have taken place during the year. Future events can be found on the events page.

The accounts are a useful source of information for people who would like to know about our activities before they attend a particular event.

They have also proved to be particularly useful to university candidates, writing their personal statements, by providing a reference for an interest, beyond the limits of the curriculum, in their chosen subjects.

Contents

  2013

  Saturday, 31st August   August newsletter  
  Wednesday, 31st July   July newsletter  
  Sunday, 30th June   June newsletter   
  Friday, 31st May   May newsletter   
  Tuesday, 30th April   April newsletter   
  Sunday, 31st March   March newsletter  
  Thursday, 28th February   February newsletter  
  Thursday, 31st January   January newsletter  


Detail

2013

Alan Garner presenting the Eric Morten Award to Oonagh

Alan Garner presenting the Eric Morten Award to Oonagh

Oonagh opening the Mabinogion

Oonagh opening the Mabinogion

August newsletter – 31st August 2013

August was uncharacteristically quiet this year. For the last four years we have had up to sixteen students camping in the garden and excavating a barn in the fields, but the excavation was completed in 2012, so now is the time to write the report.

On the 28th August we ran a tour that was open to the public and discovered that over half the visitors had previous links to the place or to the family. A friendly afternoon was had by both volunteers and visitors alike.

The highlight of the month was Friends’ and Benefactors’ Day on 24th August. It is the occasion when the Trustees thank all those who have supported The Blackden Trust. It is also the occasion when the Eric Morten Award is presented. The award is given annually to the student who has gained the most from the activities of the Trust, and who has also contributed most to its future. This year’s winner was Oonagh Pennington-Wilson, who is studying for a Masters degree at Birmingham University. She has helped at numerous Blackden Trust events during the past eighteen months and has become a valued tour guide and assistant at our courses for schools.

The award takes the form of two books in the discipline that the student is studying: one is an antiquarian book and the other is an important modern book. Bernard Quaritch, International Antiquarian Booksellers, kindly donated the antiquarian book, which was presented on their behalf by Alan Garner. It was a simple but moving ceremony: just as The Blackden Trust commemorates Eric’s generosity of spirit and enthusiasm for bringing about the future in the Eric Morten Award, the donation by Bernard Quaritch both honours Eric’s memory and reinforces the aim of the Trust to inspire the young.  

 

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July newsletter – 31st July 2013

As often happens here, our activities vary from month to month. July was a complete change from our hectic June. We had fewer events but more meetings to discuss and plan new activities; in particular the expansion of our Creative Writing courses.

We invited craftsmen who had restored the Old Medicine House to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of its life in Blacken with us. Two generations of one family came and four generations of another; three generations of which had worked on the building. It was a most heart-warming occasion.

We also ran a tour for the Toft Church Art Group and a special tour open to the public as part of the Festival of Archaeology organised by the Council for British Archaeology. It included a display of the objects that we found in The Old Medicine House when we dismantled it: marbles, lace bobbins, shoes and tip cats. The display will stay on view for the rest of this season. The Goostrey Parish Archive continues to be catalogued.  

 

Marbles, lace bobbins and tip cats

Marbles, lace bobbins and tip cats

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Discovering the function of a strange wooden object

Discovering the function of a strange wooden object

June newsletter  – 30th June 2013

June was the most hectic month we have ever had. We ran conducted tours for a range of interest groups: The Altrincham History Society; Holmes Chapel Probus Group; Friends of Stoke and Staffordshire Archives; the Wilmslow Trust and the Royal Society of Chemists.

On 8th and 9th June, Elizabeth Garner returned to her roots to tutor the first part of a Creative Writing course. Participants who come say they feel ‘touched by the magic of writing that hangs in the air and the feeling that they have been welcomed into a family of creative nurturing.’

On the 19th we ran a new course for the Holmes Chapel Comprehensive Primary School cluster, which we have developed to stretch Gifted and Talented children. This we ran again on 20th June for Gifted and Talented children from Stockport. It follows the pattern of all our school courses, where we encourage children to ask questions in order to acquire knowledge for themselves.

On 25th June, children from Mrs Cooper’s Year 4 at Goostrey Primary School walked to Blackden for a Tudor day and were piped in by a Tudor piper. It was a day of sensual immersion: the children tasted Tudor food, smelt Tudor herbs; felt Tudor materials; looked at and drew the Tudor Old Medicine House; and danced a Tudor dance to music played on Tudor instruments.

Then, to cap the month, The Blackden Trust sold Tudor herbs from our garden at Goostrey Rose Day.  

 

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May newsletter  – 31st May 2013

May was a month of varied events. Griselda Garner gave a talk to Knutsford U3A about rescuing the Old Medicine House. She described how the house was dismantled at its original site at Wrinehill and the timbers repaired in Holmes Chapel, before it was rebuilt in the garden of Toad Hall in Blackden forty years ago.

We had our spring Open Day on 11th May and we ran conducted tours for the Wilmslow Methodist Church ‘Up and Atom’ group, Knutsford U3A History Group and a delightful private tour to celebrate a birthday.  

 

The Old Medicine House in 2013

The Old Medicine House in 2013

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One of the unusual objects that tested the ingenuity of the boys

One of the unusual objects that tested the ingenuity of the boys

April newsletter  – 30th April 2013

April, the first month of our season, started with an invasion of nearly two hundred fourteen year old boys from Manchester Grammar School. They came in their forms, about twenty four boys at a time, on eight consecutive working days to discover what life was like here during the English Civil War. This involved deducing the use of unusual objects that were common at the time, learning about how battles were fought and the weapons used, and considering some of the medical theories of the seventeenth century.

These are the images of the course that the Manchester Grammar School put onto their website: {http://www.flickr.com/photos/manchestergrammar/sets/72157633262928849/show/} We also ran a Conducted Tour that was open to the public and one for the Macclesfield Branch of the Oddfellows. We continued our work with the Goostrey Parish Archive, which is growing steadily.  

 

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March newsletter – 31st March 2013

March is always the countdown month, when the maintenance has to be completed, new equipment installed, and the marquee erected. Visitors returning this season will see that the chimney beam has been strengthened and that the Old Medicine House is now properly dressed, with her elegant finials replaced. The displays in the wing and link can now be more clearly seen, thanks to the donation of new lights by The Friends of The Blackden Trust. On 2nd March, the Friends launched our 2013 season of events with a fascinating lecture at the Knutsford Civic Centre, by the award-winning film composer, Richard D Mitchell, on The Craft of Creating Music Scores. Richard demonstrated how music creates the mood of a scene just as much and sometimes more than the acting. We also held a storytelling evening at the Wizard Inn at Alderley on 20th March when Hugh Lupton, Daniel Morden and Nick Hennessey performed their Sleeping King programme. Both events were much enjoyed and appreciated by those who attended.  

 

Replacing the wing finial

Replacing the wing finial

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Sorting documents for the Goostrey Parish Archive

Sorting documents for the Goostrey Parish Archive

February newsletter – 28th February 2013

February was a kaleidoscope of activities: two Sixth Formers from Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School created loans forms and a spreadsheet to record donations and loans to the Goostrey Parish Archive; plans were drawn up for a new kitchen from which to serve teas in the marquee; Physics students from Salford University came to measure the beams in the chimney, in order to calculate the loading of the timbers; the garden started to take shape, literally, as another semicircular bed was been created in front of the Old Medicine House, ready to be planted with Tudor herbs.  

 

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January newsletter – 31st January 2013

January was a month of steady behind the scenes work and meetings: Friends of The Blackden Trust came to discuss improvements to our courses; work on the Goostrey Parish Archive continued; the administration of the Trust was spread between more people and longer term plans evolved. The Old Medicine House looked beautiful in its blanket of snow .... but it was cold inside. 

 

Winter Peace

Winter Peace

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