Proclamation of the new King

13 September 2022

The proclamation for King Charles III was delivered by the Mayor of Cheshire East, Councillor David Marren at the council’s offices in Sandbach on Sunday and attended by more than 200 people. 

Many members of the public joined the mayor, the vice-lord lieutenant of the county and civic leaders, to take part in the ceremony at Westfields, which included the singing of the National Anthem.

The proclamation concluded with the words ‘God Save The King’ – repeated loudly by all those present.

The ceremony was introduced by the Vice-Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, Joëlle Warren, MBE DL. It concluded with a short service of thanksgiving and prayers for the late Queen and the new monarch, King Charles III, led by the Archdeacon of Macclesfield, the Venerable Ian Bishop.

The Mayor of Cheshire East, Councillor Marren said afterwards: “I want to express my sincere thanks to all those people who attended on this Sunday afternoon for this very important event.

“From a personal point of view, I can only say that my own feelings were of deep sadness but also of celebration, as we marked the beginning of a new era in the history of our country. It was a privilege to lead this moving ceremony for the people of Cheshire East.”

Among those attending were the council leader and deputy leader, Councillors Sam Corcoran and Craig Browne, leaders of other political groups, mayors from other towns in the borough, senior police officers and representatives of the military.

Chairs from many parish councils also attended and afterwards delivered the proclamation in their own parishes.
There were also many members of the public, including parents with young children, who came along to witness the historic event.

Following the proclamation, Union flags on council buildings have returned to half-mast for the period of national mourning for Her Majesty the late Queen Elizabeth II. 

In the evening, St Mary’s Church, in Nantwich hosted a full civic service to pay tribute to the late Queen and to mark the accession of the new King. The service was led by the vicar, the Reverend Mark Hart and attended by the Bishops of Chester and Stockport, the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, Lady Alexis Redmond, the mayor of the borough, Cllr Marren, and many other civic dignitaries.

Hundreds of people have already signed condolence books in council offices and churches around the borough and left their own personal messages of remembrance of Queen Elizabeth on the council’s special web page

Well-wishers laying flowers at council offices and churches are asked to remove any cellophane wrapping and not to leave any other objects.

The King has declared that next Monday – the day of the Queen’s funeral – will be a national bank holiday, meaning that a number of council services, with the exception of essential services, will be suspended, schools and libraries will be closed. The council will issue further information in due course.  

Reopening of Tunstall Town Hall

Tunstall Town is due to reopen on 5 September after a major and very expensive refurbishment and paintings by HL Pratt will be on permanent public display.

These include Trent Vale, Basford Bank, Longton, Hartshill, Cliffe Vale and Penkhull.

Harry Lark Pratt [ 1803 – 1873] was born in Derby but moved to Stoke in 1803.  He worked at Minton.

He was commissioned by London publishers Chapman and Hall to make drawings of the baronial halls of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire.

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September 2022

We begin a new season on September 6th with a meeting in Sandbach Library at 8pm. Dave Thomas will talk to us about the history of farming at Tatton Farm. We look forward to seeing old and new members there.

Re-dedication of Sandbach War Memorial

100 years ago, on Easter Sunday,16th April 1922, the Sandbach War Memorial was unveiled and dedicated.

On Saturday 16th April at 3pm there was a re-dedication organised by the Royal British Legion using the same service as that used in 1922.

Sandbach War memorial

According to the Crewe Chronicle of April 22nd 1922, the dedication took place on the afternoon of Easter Sunday, April 16th.  Originally there were plans for Scotch Common to be turned into a memorial garden but this turned out to be too expensive.  Instead, £900 was raised through voluntary contributions for a 25 foot octagonal Eleanor Cross made of Portland stone with the names of the fallen on the eight panels.  Hundreds of people attended the unveiling by Lieutenant-Colonel John Kennedy of the Black Watch whose family were from Brookside Hall in Arclid.  The memorial was dedicated by the vicar of St Mary’s Church, the Rev. J. H. Armitstead and boys of the Holmes Chapel Training School (formerly Bradwall Reformatory School) sounded the ‘Last Post’ from the tower of St Mary’s Church.

Accessing the 1921 census at Manchester Central Library

On Friday April 1st I visited Manchester Central Library to spend some time accessing the 1921 census from Find My Past free of charge and here are some notes which I hope are helpful if you wish to do the same (and avoid paying £2.50 a time to access a transcript or £3.50 to access the original record).

  • It is now not possible to take your own computer and access the records from the Library network. You need to use one of the many computers available in the Library.
  • In order to access a computer, you need a Manchester Libraries card. There is an online form to complete which you can complete at home or when you get to the Library. You then need to provide ID showing your address (e.g., driving licence).
  • Your card will have a 14 character code and you will need to choose a 4 digit PIN. You need to enter both of these when you start to use the computer. You will be given 2 hours access time though if the Library is not busy you can ask for more. So, it is a good idea to do some preparation beforehand so you know who you will be searching for.
  • If you use one of the computers in the MLFHS (Manchester Local and Family History Society) section of the Library there is a helpdesk staffed by volunteers to help you if you need it. There is also an instruction sheet for accessing the 1921 census available from the Library helpdesk.
  • Once logged on you then see the Welcome Page and you need to click on Family History and Local Studies
  • This brings up the access to Find My Past which you need to click on (see attached sheet)
  • On the Find My Past page scroll down and access the 1921 Census.
  • In order to save your records, you will need a data pen (memory stick) or you can print out the record for 20p per A4 black and white sheet. Alternatively, you can e-mail it to yourself but ensure you have your password to access your email service.
  • To save a transcript as a pdf document go to Print and choose Save as pdf. To save a record you can download it and then save it but I found it easier to choose Print and Save as pdf as before.

Richard Vickery April 3rd 2022