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Museum Friends and Volunteers recently enjoyed the Fifth Members & Volunteers Dinner held at Residence restaurant in Nantwich.
President of the museum, Robert Stones presented the Walter and Ada Dutton Prize to Molly Stone, a loyal supporter of the Museum over many years and one time Trustee. Molly has been closely involved in all aspects of the museum’s management and the governance of schools in Nantwich and Crewe.
The Dutton Prize, which includes a magnificent medal, was endowed by medal-maker Ron Dutton in memory of his parents Alderman and Mrs Dutton. Each year since 1990 the museum Board has been able to nominate for the prize unsung heroes regarded as making an extraordinary contribution to the life of the town.
The evening concluded with a talk by Martin Varley, Director of Conservation at Cheshire Wildlife Trust who outlined the work of the trust with particular reference to the reintroduction of the white-faced darter dragonfly into Delamere Forest.
The Museum has recently been assisting Boundless Productions with information about the Nantwich brine baths and, in particular the Brine Baths Hotel in preparation for a new television series of Great Railway Journeys. This culminated in an interview with Michael Portillo involving our Volunteer Webmaster Bill Pearson.
The hotel opened in 1893. Visitors were encouraged to arrive by train and a cart was available to transfer their luggage to the hotel. Despite being a major social centre it was never a commercial success and eventually closed in 1947. Today, only the Bowling Green survives as a testament to what was once a grand estate.
The 2017 Nantwich Camera Club Photographic Exhibition has opened featuring recent work from members of the successful club. The ever popular annual event includes print and projected images with a wide range of truly inspiring subjects. A number of the prints will be available for sale and visitors will be invited to choose their favourite photograph.
The Camera Club was formed in 1981 to promote the hobby of photography and provide an opportunity for members to develop their skills in a social environment. It is affiliated to The Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union and The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain and its work regularly features in area and national competitions. A wide range of club activities include lectures, demonstrations, practical events and competitions.
The Museum Research Group is busy assembling information for a major exhibition focusing on the River Weaver and its tributaries in the Nantwich area.
The group would appreciate any reminiscences and photographs relating to the river. As well as the associated salt making industry, the local tanning industry would have required a supply of water. Nantwich Mill operated in one guise or another for centuries drawing its power from the Weaver. Does anyone have recollections or photographs of its various uses; it was used as a billiard hall for a time, or of its ultimate demise? Fishing is a popular local pastime and there must be many stories to be told.
Our photograph records a recent field trip by members of the Research Group following the headwaters of the river to its source by the Peckforton Hills.
Anyone with information is requested to contact the Museum.