About Weaverham History Society

Our next Zoom meeting is on Tuesday 8 December at 7.30

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

December Zoom Meeting

After our incredibly successful talk held earlier in November, I would like to tell you about our next talk, using Zoom, which is to held on Tuesday, 8 December at 7.30 pm.

This time we have Barbara Moth, who is a prominent member of the Cheshire Gardens Trust, and the subject will be

The influence of salt on local historic parks and gardens

Barbara will be telling us about the Cheshire Gardens Trust and the research and recording of historic parks and gardens in the Northwich area.  It is amazing to discover just how many of these designed landscapes have been influenced by the underlying geology and brine extraction, or have been owned, funded or created by salt magnates. Today this heritage is still being influenced and changed by the chemical industry in the area.

Might I also add that this is an excellent time of the year to look at landscapes while on your daily walks.  With the trees now bare of leaves, you can see the distant views, why they look as they do and why perhaps that particular clump of trees was planted as it was – perhaps to frame a particular aspect or to hide an unsightly  building.

If you would like to attend the Zoom meeting please use the following email address to express your interest.

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.

This meeting is free, although as we have no income at the moment and we are obviously paying our speakers, any contributions would be gratefully received. The meeting is open to non-members, contacts and friends and relations from all over the country, or even the world.  Geography is no limitation.

So, please do join us on 8 December and I look forward to seeing you then.

 


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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