Thursday 20 June 2024

DAY BY DAY 13 21st JUNE 2024


 FRIDAY 21st JUNE 2024

10am: A lovely warm, sunny start to the day Obviously the Folk Festival weather we wanted has arrived a week late.

We've been away for a few days, for obvious reasons. But now we're back to pass on any  news of forthcoming happenings in Middlewich which come our way. Please email us on the address above if you've anything you think we should know about.

The Cheshire Folk Show can now be heard every Sunday at 6pm on FEELGOOD THROWBACKS RADIO, broadcasting from THE WHITE HORSE BUSINESS CENTRE in Lewin Street, Middlewich. From Sunday 30th the show will be extended to two hours, from 6 until 8pm.


This Sunday:

Coming soon:

Alison Roylance-White writes:
After many conversations with the Trustees of the Wych Centre, we have decided to cancel our car boot sale on 4th August.
It was a fundraiser for The Youthie, the weekly club for 7-12 year olds.
We started advertising this on the 10th June and had bookings then this week, the Town Council decided to advertise their own car boot sale, free to have a pitch and the week before us.
We cannot compete with the weight of the Council so sadly our fundraiser has been parked and we will need to find another way to raise funds.
It costs c£7k per year to run the club as we have a skilled staff team and really appreciate the volunteers who help us. We get no money from the Town Council or Cheshire East but the kids do pay a membership fee which covers some of the costs.
If you need venue for an event, please remember us as the hall hire helps towards The Youthie.

Middlewich Diary editorials are as rare as hen's teeth. They represent my view and my view alone as distinct from the 'view of the Middlewich Diary', whatever that may mean. As, despite what anyone may try to tell you, I'm not opinionated and can usually see both sides of any given argument, it's not necessary in most cases to make the distinction.
But I thought I'd say a little something about narcissists. Some will know why I mention this phenomenon, and some will be, and will remain, in blissful ignorance.
Widespread use of the internet, and Facebook in particular, has meant that it's easier than ever to recognise a narcissist. Apparently, if you're born with a narcissistic personality, that's your personality for the rest of your life. You can't change it, and nor can anyone else.  Narcissism can be hidden but the narcissist can be triggered by certain events or people and then that awful personality trait becomes clear for all to see.
A narcissist has an unshakeable belief in his or her abilities. They're prone to boastfulness and claiming powers and intellect way beyond their actual capacity. They're never wrong about anything, and they take criticism, even constructive criticism, as a personal insult, leading them to lash out at their perceived 'attacker' with a venom which sometimes beggars belief. They'll tell lies about people and then claim to have been lied about. It's called 'projection'. Narcissists will insult and belittle their 'enemies' with an intense fury, and when challenged will claim to be the victim. They're adept at getting people on their side, as they so often have the 'gift of the gab'  and find it easy to fool the gullible, who'll defend them against all comers. They have no sense of humour about themselves and will see the smallest  joke aimed at them as a major attack, warranting retribution. Narcissists are never able to admit mistakes and would rather die than do so. If they do manage to gain any power or status in a community, when they lose that power or status they're unable to stand the loss and will go into meltdown, lashing out at everything and everyone. It's tempting to say, 'there but for the grace of God go I' and conclude that they are more to be pitied than censured. But no, they can cause such damage to a community that they must be identified, so they can do no further damage. There are narcissists in Middlewich, just as there are everywhere else. Once you know the signs and symptoms it is so easy to spot them. So please don't be gullible. Watch out for the signs. But if you know someone who is an obvious narcissist and you're still enabling them, then shame on you.

Dave Roberts
21st June 2024

Sunday 16 June 2024


by Dave Roberts

This photo first appeared on Facebook, not as part of the regular 'Middlewich' series, but on Father's Day 2011 as a tribute to my Dad, Arthur Roberts, who was a foreman electrician at Cerebos Salt Ltd (later to become part of RHM Foods) from the late 30s until his retirement through ill health around 1969. Dad is pictured here in the generator room at Cerebos in (we think) the late 40s/early 50s. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the generator plant and its controls and, when he had to retire, was retained as a consultant and driven up to the works at weekends by Percy Wrench in the works van to check that everything was OK. The Cerebos generating plant was very efficient for its day, as the steam used to run the generators was not released into the atmosphere but recycled to provide heating and hot water for the whole factory, as well as for a very unusual salt pan which can best be described as a giant 'electric kettle'. The steam heated a giant element in the pan which, unlike the coal fired pans at Seddons and Murgatroyds, could be kept going for days and weeks on end, making it far more productive than most salt pans. A lot of the power produced, went to run the vacuum salt plant, fore-runner of the one now in use at British Salt which produces the greater part of the country's salt requirements.

Salt plants and electrical generators are, of course, run with the help of computers these days, but in Dad's day, all the knowledge was, literally, in his head. He taught himself electrical engineering in his spare time by correspondence course.

see also QUEEN MUM

First published on Facebook, Father's Day, July 11th 2011

Republished June 15th (Fathers Day) 2014

Republished June 19th (Fathers Day) 2016

Republished June 18th (Fathers Day) 2017

Also June 17th (Father's Day) 2018

June 16th (Father's Day) 2019

June 21st (Father's Day) 2020

June 20th (Father's Day) 2021

June 19th (Father's Day) 2022

June 18th (Father's Day) 2023

June 16th (Father's Day) 2024

Wednesday 12 June 2024

DAY BY DAY 12 12th JUNE 2024




Welcome back. We've missed a few days owing to pressure of work, but now here we are on the brink of what looks like being the most incredible Folk & Boat Festival ever! The town has taken the FAB Festival to its heart as never before following last year's successful relaunch as the community festival the Folk & Boat was always intended to be. I know others lay claim to being Middlewich's 'biggest music event' and so forth, but no other Festival comes even close. And that's because everyone in Middlewich wants to be a part of this Festival of Festivals! There's so much happening this weekend that to try to take it all in can give you a headache. My advice to you is to just let it wash over you. You'll never get to see everything, because there's so much to see, but I promise you'll never be bored (unless you come to see me reciting my daft poetry in between times at the JOHN McATEER FOLK STAGE at MIDDLEWICH TOWN FC!)

But before we even start the Festival, there's this:

Tonight, Matthew, I'm pretending to be a Bingo Caller at this very worthwhile event raising money for FRIENDS OF FOUNTAIN FIELDS and SADS UK.

Then tomorrow night, so close to the Festival that there's no going back....there's this!

A Festival institution which has been going on for years and has been dotted all around the Festival schedule, from hungover Sunday mornings at The White Horse to a memorable Saturday evening at the Boar's Head smack in the middle of a folk session! We seem to have settled on the Thursday before the Festival as the time for this venerable tradition. This year, as you'll have seen, we're raising money for the FAB Festival's sister event, THE MIDDLEWICH ROSE FETE and CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL! Please note though that, like everything else to do with MFAB, it's not your normal quiz! So, if you want a quiet, tranquil and sedate start to your Festival Weekend... you'd best look elsewhere!

More later! Please keep calling back. Sorry to trouble you - don't you know there's a Festival on?! - DR

Saturday 8 June 2024

DAY BY DAY 9 9th JUNE 2024



SUNDAY 9th JUNE 2024

Middlewich Town Council

DAY BY DAY 8 - 8th JUNE 2024


 DAY BY DAY 8 8th JUNE 2024

A reminder that there will be a short service of commemoration for the 80th Anniversary of D-DAY at the War Memorial this morning at 11 o'clock

Julie Millington writes:

Hi everyone Well the nights finally arrived Saturday 8th June @ £8.00 ticket
Middlewich Rock n Roll at the Legion 30th Anniversary

Well come on Everybody lets get together tonight
I've got some money in my pocket and I'm really gonna spend it right
No more worries for an hour or two
Come on and dance what you want to do
So come on Everybody lets get together tonight
Come on and Rock with me tonight.

Courtesy of Lynne Massey
Lynne Massey's photo, published on Facebook today shows the Bull Ring in the years before World War as what appears to be a May Day procession passes through. It's certainly later than 1900 and before 1920 when the former Fitton's/Vernon's butcher's shop was built where the white cottage, top middle right is in this view. This particular photo is sometimes confused with ones showing the Relief of Mafeking in 1900, and there are many similarities. However, the 1900 celebrations saw the shops in the area decorated with many patriotic flags and bunting which are absent in this photo.

Friday 7 June 2024

DAY BY DAY 7 7th JUNE 2024







MORE Fabulous prizes to be won in the Folk & Boat Festival's twice-yearly Charity Quiz! This time around we're raising money for our sister Festival, the MIDDLEWICH ROSE FETE and CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL! 

Appearing at THE JOHN McATEER FOLK STAGE at Middlewich Town FC over the Folk & Boat Weekend, the lovely SYMONE WREN. Days and times tba shortly! Keep calling back for news of other artists at the Football Club, and how you can have YOUR chance to shine at one of our OPEN MIKE sessions!


⛳️⛳️ St Michael & All Angels Church are offering a fantastic Mini golf course through the weekend of the festival, Open on Saturday 11am to 4pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm, a great little activity for the kids & Adults!⛳️⛳️⛳️

Courtesy of Lynne Massey

Lynne's photo of the Brunner Mond (later ICI) alkali works in Middlewich makes the place look almost ethereal and romantic. In its working days up until 1962, this was far from the case. Residents in nearby Booth Lane and Brooks Lane still remember the thunderous crash of limestone being crushed by the massive machinery at the works.
To get your modern day bearings, remember that the King's Lock is just out of shot to the left. Although the works has been closed for fifty-two years, its presence in Middlewich has left a long shadow. British Salt, who now own the lime beds (out of shot to the right) associated with the works, recently announced a scheme to turn the area into a haven for wildlife and exotic plants and flowers. The unusual make-up of the ground, with its high concentration of alkali and other waste products, means that flowers usually found only elsewhere in Britain cam be found here.
The lime beds' last industrial use was as a repository for salt scale from the nearby salt works in the 1980s.
Frank Smith wrote a history of the lime-beds which was published in the Middlewich Diary a couple of years ago.

THE LIME BEDS by Frank Smith

Thursday 6 June 2024

DAY BY DAY 6 6th JUNE 2024




The 80th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings

The Middlewich Diary masthead for June 6th 2024

From Middlewich Town Council:

D-Day Beacon Lighting

Thursday 6th June 21:15

Greenheyes Farm, Bostock Road, Middlewich CW10 9JE

Public are welcome, but the Beacon will be visible from Middlewich.

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Courtesy of  LYNNE MASSEY

Lynne Massey writes:

A change of image today, gentleman furthest right is my uncle Reg Willacy of St.Ann’s Road, 2nd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment who was part of the D Day landings and survived to tell the tale.

This Sunday:

Middlewich Town Council

Wednesday 5 June 2024

DAY BY DAY 5 5th JUNE 2024




A warm day with sunny intervals.

The official guide for this year's Folk & Boat Festival has been published and is now being distributed around the town.

14th - 16th JUNE

Here's a link to the online version:


Courtesy of LYNNE MASSEY

Lynne Massey's photo shows the corner of Chester Road and Croxton Lane in 1960. The huge mass of trees and foliage is now much reduced and the large turreted house behind, known for many years as 'Dr Brown's House' can be seen much more clearly. The garden was, in any case, reduced in size in the 1970s for a road-widening scheme. In the present day a mini roundabout can be seen in the right foreground. Once a quiet backwater, Croxton Lane is now a major route between Middlewich and Northwich due to the downgrading of the Middlewich end of King Street because of a weak railway bridge.

Coming soon:

Appearing at the JOHN McATEER FOLK STAGE
Folk & Boat Festival weekend.Days and times
to be confirmed.