Friday, July 12, 2024

Thelwall 1100 Festival

Dates for your diary…
Soooo much happening in September,

All Saints in Pictures – Coffee Morning Thursday 21st September 10.30am – 12.30pm
1100 Thanksgiving Service Sunday 24th September 10am
All Saints Thelwall Market Thelwall Parish Hall September 24th 10am—3pm
Come along for a great selection of quality local traders, crafts and refreshments!
All Saints Market is a community Event, held the last Sunday of each month. The Market is held at Thelwall Parish Hall WA4 2EZ and runs From 10am – 3pm. Hosting Indoor and outdoor stalls selling, food, drink, clothing, crafts, art and lots more.
Save The Date – Parish Quiz Night Thelwall Parish Hall October 20th 7 for 7.30pm
The hugely popular Warrington Male Voice Choir will be returning to All Saints Church for a Christmas concert on Saturday 2nd December.

It seemed a lifetime between submitting our 30 plus page bid to the Heritage Fund in May until 2nd August when we heard we’d been successful. We have been awarded £37,651 over the life of the project ending 30th October 2025. This means we can now deliver our community’s wishes and plans for events, projects and legacies.
What are we celebrating?
We’re marking three significant anniversaries – for our ‘cyty’ of Thelwall, for the Chaigeley Educational Foundation and for Thelwall Morris Men. We’ve clocked up 1225 years between us!
Our ‘cyty’s 1100th: King Edward the Elder, son of King Alfred, occasionally negotiated peace treaties with the Vikings in East Anglia and Northumbria, he also spent years fighting them. In this struggle, he was greatly assisted by his sister, Aethelfled who was a leader to be reckoned with. Throughout Edward’s reign, the boundary between Danish-controlled Northumbria and Edward’s Saxon kingdom to the south was the rivers Mersey and Humber. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles and the Mercian Register record the building of a series of defensive centres along this boundary and the ‘A’ verson of the Chronicles describes two of these centres as being constructed at Thelwall and Manchester during the year 920 AD. This is the earliest appearance of Thelwall’s name in historical documents – 166 years before references to Warrington!
Chaigeley’s 75th: Our celebrations include a postponed 75th anniversary of Chaigeley School, a non-maintained Special School catering for young people between the ages of 8 and 16. It was founded in 1944 and its beginnings had associations with the Quaker movement. Respect for the individual and valuing everyone’s contribution are key principles here. In 1946, the school moved to Greenfield, the house built in 1775 by John Stanton who owned Thelwall Gunpowder Mill.
A Living Tradition
Once the lives of working class people were enriched by the singing in cottages, pubs, village halls and in the streets. The songs told stories of love, loss, laughter, grief and glory. Every topic under the sun! It played an important role in popular culture before the commercialisation of music reduced it to a minority interest. But the folk-song revival in the 50’s and 60’s brought many of the old songs back into prominence.
Thelwall played its part in that movement when the late Maggie Goodall established the Pickering Arms Folk Club. Together with other clubs in the area, it not only entertained but encouraged people to sing together again.
It is fitting that folk music, both traditional and contemporary, should be part of these anniversary celebrations. In its many forms, it remains a most important part of our heritage.
Hospitality & Friendship!
The Pickering Arms and The Little Manor will be welcoming visitors to the Festival with their great food, drinks and service. The Pick will have a presence among the food and drink stalls on Chaigeley Field for the Party in the Park on the 9th and an art display on the middle weekend. The G&TRBL is hosting the Folk Night and will be open for the Thelwall History Group walks and displays.
We’ve sold out of tickets for the Cream Tea & Fizz at Laskey Farm – but there’s still plenty of fun to be had that same afternoon with the Family Treasure Hunt starting from Baden Lodge (Scout Hut) thanks to Emily and Rachel setting the clues.
There’s the opportunity to share memories on Thursday 21 Septem-ber at Thelwall Junior School’s History Open Day and at All Saints’ Church with it’s display of residents photographs and memorabilia from the church archives.
On Sunday 24th September we draw the Events Programme to a close with a Thanksgiving Service in All Saints’ Church at 10am. While this might seem like an end, it marks the beginning of the next phase – delivering the legacies we’ve promised to commemorate 1100 years of Thelwall’s history and the anniversaries of Chaigeley School and the Thelwall Morris Men.