Record for 2014

Visitors consider the Mercian roundshaft

Visitors consider 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

  2014

  Thursday, 31st July   July newsletter  
  Monday, 30th June   June newsletter  
  Wednesday, 30th April   April newsletter  
  Monday, 31st March   March newsletter  


Detail

2014

The Prize-Winning Gooseberries

The Prize-Winning Gooseberries

July newsletter – 31st July 2014

In addition to our monthly tour on Wednesday the 9th July, we had a pottery themed Open Day on Saturday the 26th July. Activities included an illustrated talk on the history of pottery; a mini-dig for young children; washing pieces of pottery found in the garden and surrounding fields; and the identification and dating of pottery brought by visitors by a specialist archaeologist. The day was much enjoyed by all our visitors. As sometimes happens, several events coincided, and I spent the afternoon of 26th at the Goostrey Gooseberry Show. The gooseberries from our collection of cultivars developed by Frank Carter earned respectable places in the show. The Trust was also involved in the Herb Society stand at the RHS Show at Tatton, providing an image of the front of the Old Medicine House as the backdrop for a display of Tudor herbs. The North West Group of the Herb Society will be replanting and developing the herb beds here to create beds that will be both ornamental and informative.  

 

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June newsletter – 30th June 2014

June is always busy with school visits and this year has been busier than ever. The primary schools that feed into Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School each sent two of their children to a day of activities to stimulate and challenge children interested in History and English. Three Stockport primary schools came to a similar course on another day, and we ran a day for children from Nether Alderley Primary School who were reading The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner and wanted to know about the background of the book. They explored the garden and the Old Medicine House, and saw objects that feature in the story and others that are part of Alan’s family history; all of which contribute to the unseen compost needed for a book to grow. Audlem History Group came to a tour on 18th and the tour on 14th that was open to the public brought in old friends, adding to the friendly atmosphere of the afternoon.  

 

Another story being created in the Old Medicine House

Another story being created in the Old Medicine House

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Preparing for battle

Preparing for battle

Detailed study of musket balls

Detailed study of musket balls

April newsletter – 30th April 2014

Our season proper started early with a Mathematical Enquiry Day for a group of Gifted and Talented children from Stockport Primary Schools on 3rd April. They spent the day estimating and then measuring various aspects of the Old Medicine House and the garden, including working out the distance they covered walking the labyrinth. At the end of the month and into the first two weeks of May, one hundred and seventy boys in Year 8 at Manchester Grammar School came to discover the background to the Civil War by handling objects relating to the period and learning about the relationship between medicine and belief in the17th century. The North West Herb Society held a meeting in the Old Medicine House on 12th April, when members enjoyed a session about the folklore of herbs and another about their medicinal properties. And we ran a tour. A busy month.  

 

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March newsletter – 31st March 2014

On March 1st the Friends of The Blackden Trust launched our season of events with a lecture that they sponsored and organised. It was given by Dr Glenn Foard of Huddersfield University on the archaeology of the Civil War and the importance of science as a diagnostic tool. He demonstrated how the research done on the musket ball scars on the tower of St Luke’s Church, Holmes Chapel, found that the impacts were oblique, which show that they were the result of a skirmish. This is corroborated by an entry in St Luke’s Parish register, which records that two men were ‘slain and buried’ on 27th and 29th December 1643, just days after the battle of Middlewich. Inspired by the lecture, people stayed to talk to Glenn Foard and to each other as they planned future work together. This was an example of a central feature of the work of the Trust, which brings together people of diverse interests and skills to collaborate on projects that benefit the community. The afternoon was a triumph for the hard working Friends. 

 

Investigating the church markings

Investigating the church markings

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Printed on: 23 Aug 2019

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