Weaverham History Society

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

Tom Navin – Falklands War 1982.

Below is the account of Weaverham resident and Falklands veteran Tom Navin who served in 1982 as a combat medic as part of The Red and Green Life Machine.

Tom Mavin with helmet on.

‘I passed out from basic training in March 1982 aged 18 qualifying as a Combat Medic and posted to 16 Fd Ambulance in Aldershot whose medics were attached to every regiment in theatre plus a field surgical team.

A spearhead unit was a hive of activity when we arrived, with equipment and stores being moved around, there was talk of war in Scotland! (At this point it was a rumour and no-one knew where the Falkland Islands were.)

Weeks later I was flying on a VC10 to Ascension Island where I boarded a helicopter then was winched onto the QE2.

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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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Next Meeting

The British Long Bow

The next meeting of the Society will be on Tuesday, 14 June at 7.30 pm at the Weaverham Primary Academy, Northwich Road, Weaverham, CW8 3BD.

That evening we will have Bernard Dennis, who is a member of the British Long Bow Society, telling us about the history of the British long bow and the Cheshire and Flintshire bowmen. The talk will cover the development of bows and arrows throughout the ages and their use in hunting, in war and in recreation and is there a connection to the legend of Robin Hood?

Meeting of the Royal British Bowmen in Flintshire. Illustration for The Illustrated London News, 22 October 1842.

Traditional long bows were generally made of yew and were used with wooden arrows. In contrast the modern bow is made of tubular steel and is used with arrows of metal alloy, which has enormously increased the accuracy and distances achieved by archers. But is the modern archer really a better shot than his forebears and how would he (or she) have fared at Agincourt?

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, 14 June and perhaps we shall find some answers.

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