16 The Chronicle, Thursday, 19th November, 2009. www.chronicleseries.co.uk
Christmas comes early for church fund-raisers
Helpers at the Christmas fair, from left, Sheila Evans, Amy Gibson, Dianne Gibson, Wendy Moreton, Brenda Woolley, Dianna Healey and Audrey Turner. (“Chronicle” photo. 4613/09).
It was all smiles at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Rode Heath, last Saturday when £420 was raised at a Christmas fair.
Organisers ran stalls selling everything from cakes and treats
to Christmas cards, and hosted a competition corner, tombola and raffl e.
There was also a refreshments stand to keep shoppers fed and watered.
Church secretary Wendy
Moreton said the money raised will go towards church running costs.
She added that the event was a huge success: “It was a brilliant turnout and everyone seemed to have a great time.”
Wine with meal deal offers are toasted by MP
Macclesfi eld MP Sir Nicholas Winterton has defended shops that offer wine with two person meal deals.
In a parliamentary early day motion, he said drinking wine with an evening meal is a responsible way of consuming alcohol and is a good example in British drinking culture.
He therefore called for those in the alcohol debate to ease off people who drink in such a moderate way and focus their energies on those who misuse alcohol.
The motion read: “We urge cooperation between all parties in the alcohol debate to tackle the behaviour of the minority of the population who misuse alcohol, rather than intervening in the habits of moderate consumers.”
Sunday 8.30am: Kinder and Snake Pass, 12 miles and medium plus, leader Dave Thalrose, 01260 290507;
10am: Rostherne-Knutsford, eight miles, leisurely, leader Alan Wrench, 01606 832236.
Wednesday 1.30pm: Swettenham, four miles, leisurely, Margaret Baker, 01477 534238. Meet at the West Heath Shopping Precinct.
Walkers should meet at Congleton Library car park at the above times (unless stated otherwise above). Non-members are welcome to join in to sample a walk or two. Dogs are not allowed.
MP praises bible
Congleton and Sandbach MP Ann Winterton has signed a Parliamentary motion recognising the positive impact the “King James Bible” has had on literature.
She also praised its social, political and cultural contribution and the impact it has had around the world and noted that 2011 will mark its 400th anniversary.
Lady Winterton welcomed the commitment of the BBC to mark the milestone on radio, television and online and called for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to offi cially mark the anniversary.
News from Terra Nova School
From left, headmaster Andrew Lewin, Fiona Fontes, Ann Lever and Claire Curtis.
Local artist Ann Lever was guest of honour at Terra Nova School’s recent art and design technology exhibition, when she opened the weeklong exhibition during a private viewing last Tuesday evening.
She said: “As a parent I was always impressed with the quality of creative work my children enjoyed during their time at Terra Nova.” She said it was “wonderful to see both the art and design technology to continue to go from strength to strength” at the Holmes Chapel school.
Martin Valentine, head of art at Sedbergh School presented the school with a copy of a self-portrait of Will Carling, who was an Old Terra Novan and art scholar at Sedbergh School.
The work of all the pupils was on display, from nursery through to year eight. Fiona Fontes, head of art, taught the last three recipients of the art scholarship to Rugby School and Clare Curtis, head of design technology achieved a record four design technology scholarships last year.
Those pupils who received art or design technology scholarships also sent their latest work for display.
Historic The pupils remembered at two Armistice services the 30 old boys who gave their lives in the two world wars.
Tommy Brown headmaster in 1939, relocated Terra Nova from Birkdale, Southport, to
its Cheshire location when the Second World War broke out.
His son, Tim WheildonBrown, (84), visited the school to relate the story of how his father, in September 1939, had been instructed by the Government to open an envelope which had been sent to him some months before marked: “Strictly secret: not to be opened”. The letter stated: “In the event of war, the school will be requisitioned by the Government.”
Within a week, Tommy Brown had found a disused country manor house and three weeks later, Terra Nova re-opened in Cheshire.
Mr Wheildon-Brown was aged 14 at the time, and lived at Terra Nova for several years, although, by coincidence, he attended Bramcote School in Scarborough, which is the school where current headmaster Mr Lewin and his family were at previously.
During a school assembly, Mr Wheildon-Brown, who had followed a career in engineering, presented the maths department with a heavy machine which functions as a very early model of the calculator.
Mr Lewin said: “It has been wonderful to have Tim visit us and we are incredibly grateful for his kind gift. We are clearly linked to one another in a number of ways both through Terra Nova and Bramcote School. He is a fascinating man and I have enjoyed learning all about the history of Terra Nova.” (Submitted photographs).
Three handbags were stolen from the kitchen of a St John’s Road mid-terrace home in Congleton on Thursday after 9.45pm by someone who entered through the back door.
The winner of the £2,000 fi rst prize in the East Cheshire Hospice Lottery weekly draw was from Congleton. The winner of the £200 second prize was from Poynton while the winner of the £75 third prize was from Macclesfi eld.
From left, maths scholarship class pupils Mark Munro, Woody Lewis, head of maths Gill Clark, Mr Wheildon-Brown, James Matthews and Hugh Rylands.
Scheme will help forest branch out
The Country Land and Business Association is backing a scheme by the National Forest which encourages the growth of woodland in the region.
Plantatree is a gift that aims to get people out in the fresh air in the new year and help the National Forest grow in the heart of the Midlands.
Sat nav thieves damaged van
A Sat nav, an interior light and a radio cassette player were stolen from a grey minivan on Holmesville Avenue, Congleton. It happened between 4pm on Friday 6th November and 9.45am on Monday. The offender bent out the front door, deactivated the central locking system and damaged the vehicle’s steering column.