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Halton’s Heritage Newsletter

Halton's Heritage Newsletter - Summer 2016

Still time to catch-up on the latest heritage news from Halton!

HERITAGE GETS CANAL-IVISED!

What’s a ‘Canalival’ we hear you say? Well, June saw the Halton Heritage Partnership host one in and around Runcorn town centre. This day long celebration of all things heritage and creative, was a fun-packed day of activities, performances, talks and loads more!

What’s a ‘Canalival’ we hear you say? Well, June saw the Halton Heritage Partnership host one in and around Runcorn town centre. This day long celebration of all things heritage and creative, was a fun-packed day of activities, performances, talks and loads more!

After a week of hot sunshine, we were concerned that rain would be upon us, however early clouds gave way to bright sunshine. Members of the Halton Young People’s Theatre performed several short pieces of theatre, which combined to create a story of local canal folk and a mystery unsolved in over 40 years. Although based on the young people’s research into the local history of the canals, using documents and oral histories collected for the Working Lives: Working Together project, a certain amount of dramatic license was used in the tale of young girl who had disappeared at a past ‘Canalival’. Read more here.

Grass Cutting

Halton Council is having to cut the grass in the borough less often than before due to the continuing effect of budget cuts.

Over the last few months you may have noticed there has been less grass cutting taking place on areas of land such as grass verges.

The Council had to find savings of £16 million for 2016-17 due to reductions in funding from the Government. This means the Council is forced to make tough decisions in order to make savings while also trying to protect services.

Halton’s Heritage Newsletter

HALTON'S HERITAGE NEWSLETTER SPRING 2016

Still time to catch-up on the latest heritage news from Halton!

Join the Canalival...Fun for all the family!

What's a 'Canalival' we hear you say? Well on Saturday 4th June, the Halton Heritage Partnership in association with The Suitcase Ensemble and Halton Young People's Theatre will show you!

HH Canalival

This day-long event starting at 10:30am, will take place at Hazlehurst Studios’ Old town Bloom garden, The Brindley and on-board Ada, wide beam boat, which will be moored on the Bridgewater Canal by The Brindley. The day includes family-friendly activities of seed-planting, face painting and craft-based fun… a little bit of something for everyone to get involved with, with a veritable jamboree of performance, storytelling and music! Other highlights include:

  • A theatrical re-imagining of the lives of canal workers and dwellers by Halton Young People’s Theatre / 1:30pm / The Brindley Cafe Terrace
  • A series of street performances / 2:30pm onwards / Towpath and Terrace
  • A heritage talk and walk by Richard Andrews on the Sprinch boatyard and other buildings / 3:00pm / Meet at The Brindley

Join us between 10:30am and 4:00pm for heritage-based shenanigans and follow the signage to the different activities. If the weather’s good, then why not bring a picnic?

Halton’s Heritage Newsletter

Welcome to the Winter edition of the ‘Halton’s

Heritage Newsletter’ from Halton Heritage Partnership (HHP). This time of year seems a good time to look back at what we’ve achieved since the start of the project in September 2014 and also to tell you about our exciting plans for 2016.

Statement of Initial Findings from Consultation for the new Local Centre

Statement of Initial Findings from Consultation for the new Local Centre at Sandymoor held on 20th January 2016.

Background

Sandymoor is a residential area located to the east of Runcorn in the borough of Halton (Liverpool City Region). Recent activity on Sandymoor has seen the construction of a new free school, construction of new road infrastructure and two new housing developments start on site.

 

Aim of Consultation

HCA is at a very early stage of determining the most appropriate form of development for the Local Centre and Primary School site. In order to best guide the most appropriate form of development HCA has taken advice from architects developers and agents specialising in the local centre market.

The result of these early discussions has been some very outline plans showing the likely scale of development.

The aim of the consultation was to find out the initial views from local residents to help shape a more detailed development brief that HCA will take out to the market to seek developer interest in the summer of 2016.

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Date of Initial Community Consultation

The initial public consultation on the development of the Sandymoor Local Centre was held on 20th January at Sandymoor Free School between 2pm and 7pm on a drop in basis.

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Daresbury District Heritage Group ‘Adopt-a-Soldier’ Workshop

Daresbury District Heritage Group

‘Adopt-a-Soldier’ Workshop

Wednesday January 20 at 7.30pm

Lewis Carroll Centre, Daresbury All Saints’

Our workshops are open to anyone with an interest in our local history.

If you’ve begun to research an area of particular interest to yourself, then come and tell us about it. If you’re keen to do so but not yet started, then we can give you some help. There is internet access, so bring your laptop or iPad.

If you’re just interested in what’s going on, then come for a cup of tea and a chat!

We’d love to see you!

As part of our work on WW1, we aim to tell the stories of all the men from the parish who went to war. Most came home. Others didn’t. But they all had families here and we want to tell their stories too.

Currently we know the names of 195 men who went to war. So, there are a lot of stories to tell. Maybe you would like to ‘adopt’ one of the soldiers, research his story and then share it with the community. It might be someone who lived in the house where you live now. It may be a relative or someone from a family you know. It may simply be a man whose story we haven’t begun to look at yet.

Search the genealogy websites for personal details from censuses and birth, marriage and death records. Look for military records – you may be lucky and find enlistment papers, wills, medal cards, medical information, details of battles on the front, burial records. Search through the local newspapers of the time for more snippets of information – there may be photographs. Talk to your neighbours and find out what they know. Visit the relevant military museum. Build as big a picture as possible.

Assemble all the information and prepare it for display, upload it onto our website, fill in the soldier’s details on the ‘Lives of the First World war’ site managed by the Imperial War Museum.

Do as little or as much as you want. But you don’t have to do it by yourself – we’re here to help. We can pay your expenses too.