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  1. This inaugural solo exhibition by Stockton Heath artist Jeni McConnell brings together selected objects, documents and images from four disparate public collections in the Borough of Halton, including Norton Priory Museum and Catalyst Museum. The exhibition focuses on the history of the area since Medieval times and in particular how the abundant local raw materials of oak, Cheshire salt, Lancashire coal and water brought people to this place and provided them reasons to stay and develop the area from a sleepy backwater, to 'the Montpelier of Manchester' (Ingram, 1947), to the dominant alkali industry on which Halton's industrial heritage is based. Artists talk: Tuesday 14th September, 6pm-8pm Exhibition: until 6th October 2010 Venue: The Brindley, Runcorn, WA7 1BG | 0151 907 8230
  2. Building on a green field in Stockton Heath Warrington Borough Council (WBC) are about to propose a plan to build housing on a green field in Stockton Heath. The field, historically known as 'Cartwrights Field', is bounded by Chester Road, Brian Avenue, Ackers Road and Montclare Crescent. Access to the development will (we understand) be off Chester Road. WBC listed this field in Dec 06 as 'Greenfield designated Open Space' in their Urban Space Review. In their HOU1 Housing Planning documentation they say "planning permission will not be granted for greenfield sites". - Why would they go against their own rules? Additionally WBC in the 'Open Space SPD Revised' list the area including the field as 52 out of 58 areas in Warrington for total green space - nearly bottom of the league. - Why move the area further into deficit for total green space? The field is used very regularly for dog walking, childrens' safe and creative play, bird watching and enjoyment of the general peace and calm. - Why remove this? So far there are 2 opportunities for us all to object: 1. The Parish Council Meeting at Sandy Lane, Stockton Heath on Tuesday 10th June, starting 7:30pm. This issue is an agenda item. 2. Public Information Open Day with WBC and Warrington Housing Association on Monday, 16th June at the Bethesda Chapel, Chester Road/Lumbrook Road junction from 3:00pm to 7:30pm. Why is it such short notice and residents still have not been informed officially.
  3. minty

    Ackers Pit.

    I noticed that there is a lot of broken glass in the surface of the Mill Lane path. I wonder when will that be removed?
  4. Yes visitors are welcome to look around both floors of the building, we will make sure that there are signs at the stairways to make this clear. We are very much hoping to make classrooms available for viewing on the upper floor, but this will depend on the number of volunteers we have helping on the day. Regards
  5. Thanks for your comment Dismayed, I can imagine other people may have that same thought too. I have heard that salt also has cleansing and healing properties for wounds - so I'll take your comment in a positive light. The main focus of this series of open days has been to ensure that the people who do want that one last look around inside the building are given the opportunity. Those who came to the 2 open days last year gave really positive feedback about the events - there were some great memories shared and old friendships restored. I hesitated using the words 'last public opportunity' but I believe it's better to be clear about what is offered, then people can decide if it's important to them to make the effort to come along. We hope that our visitors feel the same and look forward to seeing as many people as possible.
  6. Stockton Heath Council School / Stockton Heath Primary School are announcing the last 'Sharing our History' Open Day to be held on Saturday 1st March 2008 from 10am - 4pm. Calling all pupils and staff who have worked at or attended the school since its opening in May 1910 - Infants, Juniors and Seniors - come along and share your memories of your times here. This day will be the last public opportunity to look around inside the old building and classrooms. Come and browse through hundreds of old school photos - team events, class groups, teachers, trips out. Reminisce about past times and enjoy refreshments. The last 2 events were a great experience for those who visited, and many past visitors still plan to come back again to this final day too. Everyone is welcome, we look forward to seeing you there!
  7. I drove up London Road from the Swing Bridge at approx 5pm tonight. There was a police car outside Sarah Siddons facing up the road and several policemen standing around a woman who was lying face down on the pavement with her hands fastened behind her back. There was no ambulance in attendance either then, or about 10 minutes later when the woman was by then sat leaning against the planter, still surrounded by the police. I truly hope no-one was injured, and that it was something that never happens again.
  8. Hi If you follow this link it explains the history of Black Bear Park, scroll down to 'The Ancient Ford', which might be what you are looking for? http://www.warrington.gov.uk/Leisureandculture/Localhistoryandheritage/parks/Black_Bear.aspx Also, if you look at www.old-maps.co.uk and search for Latchford, CHESHIRE you can browse the 1882 Cheshire and 1849 Lancashire maps which give an indication of the old river course and Black Bear Canal. Hope that's useful!
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