Tuesday, 22 December 2015



A Christmas to Remember

On Saturday 13th December, Chris Eaton and Abby Scott will be in concert at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Middlewich at 7:30pm.  The Middlewich Festival Choir, based at St. Michael’s, will also be taking part. 
The evening will be a very special concert which will commemorate 100 years of the Great War and also celebrate the ultimate Peace and Hope of the Greatest Promise given to us at Christmas through the birth of Christ.
Chris Eaton is a contemporary Christian singer-songwriter who has recorded his own albums and also written songs for numerous artists: he wrote “Saviour’s Day” the 1990 Christmas number 1 for Cliff Richard.  
Chis has written a new song called ‘1914 , The Carol of Christmas’ and it has been recorded by an ensemble of military voices and soloists. It is to be released as a single to raise money for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, and ABF The Soldier’s Charity. 
Chris says: "My hope and prayer is that my song '1914, The Carol of Christmas' will move and inspire all generations as they listen, to remember with honour and respect  those, past and present, engaged in war, and be filled with hope for everlasting peace through the message of Christmas!"
The song will be available for download on iTunes from 15th December with 100% of the profits from the sale of the single going to the three charities. 
Tickets for the concert cost £7.50 for adults and £5 for concessions with refreshments included.  All proceeds will be donated to St. Michael’s Restoration Fund.  Tickets are available from the Church Office at No. 28 Hightown or by calling 01606 619721.

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(Part of the Great War Centenary commemorations in Middlewich)

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Peter Cox Absolutely Marvellous! A great show and a good night's entertainment.

Originally published 10th December 2014
Re-published 22nd December 2015

Saturday, 19 December 2015



The Makers Market

Middlewich's Makers Market has continued to go from strength to strength during 2015 and has proved its worth as an asset to the town. The Market has been an additional attraction as each highlight of the Middlewich Event calendar came up throughout the year. This diary entry has been updated as the year has flown by and has now been archived. The Makers Market will continue monthly during 2016 and we will be bringing you Market news month by month.
The final Makers Market for 2015 was on 

from 10am - 3pm

featuring Santa's Grotto
brought to you by
St Luke's Hospice!

Kelly Roberts wrote:

Saturday the 19th of December…. WE ARE BACK!!!
We will be popping up on Wheelock street in the heart of Middlewich. With Christmas upon us we thought we would jump on the festive hype and pull together the very finest local food, drink, art, craft and design artisans from Cheshire and the North West especially for you!
With this being the last Middleiwch Makers Market for 2015 we thought we would make extra special and joining us will be the fabulous Tarpoley Brass Band joining us and will be keeping us entertained throughout the day…. Make sure you pop down! This Saturday promises to be your one stop shop when it comes to Christmas shopping… from Vintage watches to handmade bespoke Jewellery, beautiful ceramic pottery and stunning Ladies Fashion and accessories, if it’s something for your pampered pooch we will be brining you the finest pooch couture which are guaranteed to be unique!

If you are more of a food and drink lover we promise to have your taste buds tantalised with award winning pies and cheeses, the finest ales. If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to sample our brownies, cup cakes, scones and biscuits. We have it all covered, Christmas shopping has never been so much fun!

Join us on Wheelock Street, 10am – 3pm on Saturday the 19th of December for this fabulous Christmas community event.
See you there!

Here's our little musical Christmas Card featuring the Christmas lights as they were in 2013:

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And here's a great video by MILES WEST featuring
Pastry Shoes at the Makers Market
Miles West


First published: 29th January 2015
Re-published: 28th February 2015
                    28th March 2015
                  25th April 2015
                 30th May 2015
                  27th June 2015
                 25th July 2015
                      29th August 2015
                            26th September 2015
                           27th November 2015
                          19th December 2015


Friday, 18 December 2015



FRIDAY 18th 7pm
SATURDAY 19th 1pm and 7pm

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(We're sure FIONA CHESTERS won't mind us sharing this and recording it for posterity!)

'I just wanted to say a huge congratulations and thank you to Middlewich Youth Theatre for producing an outstanding panto this year. What a talented cast that are an absolute credit to young people and our community, led by such a dedicated team of adults. Xx'

Thursday, 17 December 2015


by Dave Roberts

Occasionally we like to relax our 'Middlewich only' rule in order to bring you something truly exceptional. And this is just such an occasion. 
This photo, by Julie Kavanagh who lives in Northwich, first appeared on a local Facebook group and immediately struck a chord with a lot of people. 
It was taken on the afternoon of December 16th 2015, from Hunt's Lock, Northwich, looking towards Hartford Road Bridge. 
Very little else is required by way of description because, as they say, a picture paints a thousand words. 
But aren't we lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world, and to have people around us with the talent to capture that beauty?

Wednesday, 16 December 2015



Courtesy of 
Middlewich Round Table

With grateful thanks to the Round Table, the 41 Club, those skilful tractor drivers who successfully steered Santa around our streets and to Marc Holmes who kept everyone informed!

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First published 29th November 2015
Re-published 9th/10th/11th/15th/16th December 2015

Tuesday, 1 December 2015


by Dave Roberts

(First published 18th August 2011)

This morning I was looking through some photographs taken during my time working for ERF Ltd in Middlewich (1974 - 2001) and, among all the photos of trucks, fork-lifts, pallets and boring workaday stuff, found this photograph, which struck a rather sinister note and reminded me of just one of the hundreds of truck drivers who came to the site over those twenty seven years.

One of ERF's biggest suppliers was Kirkstall Forge Engineering of Leeds (later part of
the GKN Group) and most of their deliveries were made by a transport firm called Clark's.
The 'Yorkshire Ripper' murders which took place during the years 1975 - 1981 gripped the entire nation and, in particular, the North of England. The murderer seemed to  possess almost supernatural powers which enabled him to escape without detection from the scenes of his appalling crimes time and time again. Of course, as it turned out,  he had no supernatural powers at all, but he did have extraordinary luck.
ERF Middlewich had a constant stream of spares deliveries from early in the morning until early evening and some of the drivers would drop into the Goods Inward office to eat their sandwiches. Clark's driver, Peter Sutcliffe, a quiet, softly-spoken little man with strange eyes and a camouflage army 'bush hat' always seemed to arrive around lunch time and would sit with us, telling us about his life - how his wife Sonia was 'very artistic' and was planning to set up her own pottery business; how they were re-decorating their new house and all the other tedious little details of everyday life which everyone talks about.
Occasionally we would all comment on the news of the day (we were well supplied with daily  newspapers, taking in The S*n, The Mirror and The Daily Star every day) and the 'Ripper' murders, which filled the tabloids for days on end  were always cause for comment.
'He's Mad,' 'I hope they string him up when they catch him', 'He should be shot' - the usual remarks flowed whenever the subject came up. And, of course, Peter Sutcliffe joined in with the rest of us.
When the truth came out our colleagues at ERF Sandbach, where Sutcliffe also made deliveries, reported that on one occasion he had parked his truck in front of the entrance to the company's Sun Works, which was immediately adjacent to Sandbach Magistrate's Court in Middlewich Road, and shouted abuse at a prisoner who had been brought in for a preliminary hearing accused of murder. Whether this is true or not, I can't say. 
Now, thirty years on,Sun Works has gone, and so has the Magistrates Court.
In 2015 the building disappeared to make way for a sheltered housing scheme.
What did happen when the truth came out was that we immediately rushed to our 'returnable empties book', where details of empty pallets returned to Kirkstall Forge were recorded, and found umpteen carbon copies of Peter Sutcliffe's signature.
Unfortunately for us, before we could do anything about it, a foreman from the repair shop borrowed one of these signatures and sold it to the Evening Sentinel for £40, effectively destroying the market in Sutcliffe signatures.
'Epitaph' found in the cab of  Peter Sutcliffe's truck
Naturally we were all a little bit stunned at having on several occasions been in the company of Britain's most notorious serial killer and I, at least, have taken a great interest in the case ever since. Hence the photograph above of Barbara Jones' book Voices From An Evil God (Blake Hardbacks, 1992) sitting among the computer equipment and telephones of the Goods Inward office. I took it into work for a little light lunch time reading. The over-dramatic lighting, by the way, is not deliberate - it came about because of the camera's flash bouncing off the book's cellophane dust-jacket.

The Yorkshire Ripper
(Photo: Forensic Science)

UPDATE (1st December 2015)
In early December 2015 psychiatrists at Broadmoor, where Peter Sutcliffe had been detained since 1984, determined that he was 'no longer insane' and was fit to be moved to a conventional prison.

UPDATE (26th August 2016)
On the 25th August 2016 it was announced that Sutcliffe, now calling himself Peter Coonan, had been moved from Broadmoor to Frankland Jail In Co. Durham, A spokesman said that Coonan would continue to be under observation because of his psychiatric condition and would 'never' be released.

P.S. The telephone which you can just make out in the background was rescued from a skip when ERF Middlewich closed in 2000 and was the Middlewich Diary office telephone until October 2015 when it was finally scrapped while we were moving house. Waste Not Want Not!

First published 18th August 2011
Re-published 1st December 2015