Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Cheshire Ploughing Competition - Warburton's Farm, Frodsham

What a great day for Cheshire farmers and all of us interested in rural and agricultural life to see the Cheshire Ploughing match.  It was wonderful that it was our own Warburton's Farm that were hosting the event.  A huge thank you to them for helping put on a fantastic show.

The fields between Helsby High School and the Netherton were a hive of activity.  There appeared to be every imaginable form of tractor and JCB on display.   Land Rover would have been proud to have noted just how many of their vehicles were there. And there were loads of trade stalls.

But of course the stars of the show were those competing in the ploughing competitions and other country crafts such as hedge laying.  It was good to see Cheshire Police there along with our police and crime commissioner John Dwyer.

I had questioned John only last week about rural crime levels - and meeting him and one of Cheshire Police's rural crime squad gave me an opportunity to probe further.  I was also pleased to see Operation Shield being advertised too... but more of that in a later posting.

I took a number of photographs.

sea of cars

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Latest update from IGas

This is a copy of a letter I received yesterday from IGas.  They say that the seismic testing around here is complete - and they are moving on to the south of their licence area to continue exploration.

They are to hold another community event - this time on Thursday 8 October at Chester Rugby Club, Littleton.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Churhfields Play Area

The sun was shining on Saturday as our Mayor Cllr Fran Sutton and one of our Junior Mayors declared the revamped and improved Churchfields Play area formally open.  As you can see from the photos our younger citizens were there in force too!

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Heritage Open Days - St Laurence Church Frodsham 12 & 13 September

If you get the chance over this weekend take advantage of the Heritage Open Days.  There are several interesting buildings open to the public - some just for this weekend.

Our own St Laurence church is open - and is displaying some of its interesting documents and records.  I never tire of visiting the church and learning of the history of the church and our wonderful community.  Each time you go you can learn more and gain interesting insights.

I spent quite some time reading the tithe and other records.  It was fascinating stretching back into history beyond the reformation and seeing perhaps how much or how little has changed.  The legal records show, guess what, arguments over money!

I literally laughed out loud reading a circular written in 1868 describing Frodsham from the Chester Diocesan point of view.   Frodsham's population then was of the order of 2800, Helsby 570 and Manley 294...

The description stated:
'Chiefly agricultural with small shopkeepers and tradesmen.  Some employed in the local chemical works nearby.  Drunkenness common among labourers and second rate farmers.  Feeling towards the church good even among Wesleyans.  One or two curates needed for parish church and one for Helsby and Manley.  Dissenters mainly among shopkeeper class and less prominent among labourers.  There are 2 Weslyan chapels at F., and small room where Primitives meet; small Wesleyan chapel built at Overton about 8 years ago at the expense of Mr Hazlehurst of Runcorn, a great builder of Wesleyan chapels; there are 2 chapels in each of the other townships.'

Isn't it interesting to see the somewhat dismissive description of Frodsham and the focus on the 'opposition' Methodists/Weslyans/Primitives.  Given the Methodists focus on temperance and people taking the 'pledge' to abstain from alcohol I do wonder whether the drunkenness was being exaggerated!

I took some interesting photographs in the church:

Is this a Roman Head?