Weaverham History Society

Weaverham Sea Scouts’ Hall

A long-planned renovation of one of the village’s well known (and well used) buildings is now under way.

Going…

The Sea Scouts’ Hall has stood at the top of Well Lane since 1932 with much of its original timber-built structure still intact. Over the years the hall has been the venue for many varied activities for young people in different age groups, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.

In addition, other clubs such as karate, keep fit and singing groups have used the hall, as has a group offering activities for people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Burns Nights, quiz nights and coffee mornings for charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support have featured, with meetings of the Weaverham Trust and Memorial Orchard also being held.

These activities have continued over the long life of the hall. For instance oral history records of the society reveal many references of activities taking place during the Second World War.

Going…

This outlines what the importance has been of the building over many years, not only to the youth of the village but to its wider community. Not forgetting the volunteers who have given their time and energy unsparingly.

A new brick extension was added to the rear of the hall in 2009 but with time taking its toll on the timber construction there was an increasing need for a major renovation of the building.

Despite Covid-19 and all its uncertainties the decision to continue with the renovation of the hall was taken. Much work had gone into the undertaking, needing the unstinting efforts of the group to raise the necessary funding. This can now be seen with the demolition of the original building.

Gone…but not for long!

In time a new building of a similar design, built to modern standards, made of brick and on proper foundations will take its place and continue to play its important role in the life of the village.

Meanwhile, just to remind you, our next Zoom meeting is on

Tuesday 9 March 2021 at 7.30 pm – details are below,

and we look forward to seeing you all then.  However, we also hope that you will be able to join us in person when our meetings resume later in 2021.

Jacquie Williams, Chair and the Committee

Please see our revised schedule on our Programme page:

Programme


Weaverham History Society promotes the study of and interest in history and archaeology with particular reference to Weaverham and the surrounding area.

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

Zoom meeting on 9 March 2021

After another hugely successful February Zoom meeting, in March we have Anthony Annakin Smith giving us the low down on the Neston Collieries.

What was life like for the miners and their families at Neston? From when the first colliery opened in 1759 to when they closed in 1927, what were conditions like down the pits. Attitudes to a healthy and safe working environment were vastly different to what we have today. Were they really the “good old days”?

I should like to thank all those who have contributed to our meeting costs. This has really made a difference. So thank you very much. If anyone would still like to contribute, payments can be made directly using our BACS sort code 09-01-29, account 26685458.

So do join us in March. To express an interest you can contact the Society on

enrolzoom@history.weaverham.org.uk

As before I will initially send out an acknowledgement and then nearer the time send a Zoom link together with the meeting ID and password so that you can join the meeting.

I will also send out a reminder in advance of the meeting.

 


The Battle of Britain 10th July – 31st October 1940

 80th Aniversary 2020

Never was so much owed by so many to so few

Following the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk and the fall of France, Germany planned to gain air supremacy in preparation for the invasion of Great Britain.  The Luftwaffe began with an air and sea blockade targeting coastal shipping, convoys and shipping centres but on 1st August 1940 they were directed to achieve air supremacy by incapacitating RAF Fighter Command.  Within days this led to them not only targeting airfields but also aircraft factories and infrastructure.

The Battle of Britain was the first military campaign fought entirely by air forces and the bravery of RAF pilots of Fighter Command flying Hurricanes and Spitfires supported by ground crew led to the defeat of the Luftwaffe forcing Hitler to abandon his invasion plans.  The Battle of Britain was fought over Southern England and was later to be followed by the Blitz (starting with a bombing campaign over London and later targeting other major cities in the country such as Liverpool).

The Battle of Britain saved the nation from invasion and we have to thank the many pilots of the RAF as well as those from other countries who fought so bravely and, in many cases, sacrificed their lives.

Read more here.


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