Weaverham History Society promotes the study of and interest in history and archaeology with particular reference to Weaverham and the surrounding area.
After the jollifications of Christmas and New Year and a little rest in January, the days are now noticeably becoming longer and we can welcome the procession of spring flowers, starting with snowdrops.
The snowdrop is a perennial which is part of the amaryllis family and is native to Europe and the Middle East. Although it is often thought of as a British native wild flower, or to have been brought to the British Isles by the Romans, it most likely was introduced around the early sixteenth century. This illustration is from John Gerard’s Herball of 1597.
It was first recorded as naturalised in the UK in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire in 1770. Although previously being known by other names, it was in 1753 that it was botanically named as Galanthus nivalis, “milk flower of the snow”, by Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish botanist.
Flowering so early in spring the blossoms symbolise hope, fertility, renewal and rebirth, with the white petals signifying purity and modesty. Being commonly found in graveyards, to the Victorians snowdrops were often associated with death.
Today snowdrops often stand for sympathy or hope.
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The Society, Meetings, Membership, Visits
The Society meets at Weaverham Primary Academy, Northwich Road, Weaverham, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 3BD.
Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month and we invite a guest speaker to talk to us on a topic of historical or archaeological interest, though sometimes the subjects range further afield. You can see what’s planned on our Programme page.
Membership is £15.00 per year with renewals in September. Payments can be made by BACS sort code 09-01-29 a/c 26685458. Meetings are free to members of the Weaverham History Society, children and students. Visitors are requested to pay £3 at each meeting.
We also organise highly enjoyable visits to local places of interest in spring and summer usually by coach from the village and we seem to have started a tradition of having a yearly canal boat trip as well. The Society normally invests in the services of Blue Badge guides on our visits. We also have a very enjoyable Christmas event every year, the talk commonly having a seasonal flavour.
We have articles on a range of topics, mainly about Weaverham, but also covering the surrounding areas. Although not a dedicated family history group, we do have some information on local families, and are always interested to hear from you.
We are continually developing our Archives and we have an array of items (objects, maps, and photos). We are always grateful to receive any contributions.
As we expand our new website you will be able to see some of what we have by visiting our Weaverham Archives page.
The Weaverham History Society also has a Facebook page.
We launched this website in January 2016, but while we move things across you can still find the old website at http://history.weaverham.org.uk/index2015.htm
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If any of you have shopped in Chester you will remember that iconic department store, Browns of Chester. At our February, Sue Taylor, a family historian, will be giving us the story of the family who owned the store and what they did for the city of Chester.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, 13 February at 7.30 pm at the Weaverham Primary Academy, Northwich Road, CW8 3BD and the Committee look forward to seeing you there.