In putting together a programme of interesting topics for the coming year, Sandbach History Society has been mindful of the needs and preferences of its members as lockdown restrictions are lifted. There will be a mixture of face-to-face meetings; visits to local churches and museums and virtual meetings using Zoom.

On Tuesday September 7th (Sandbach Town Hall, 7.45 for 8.00 pm) Edward Hilditch will return to share another section of his grandfather’s (Ernest Wakefield) diaries for 1935-39 dealing with economic recovery at Foden’s and international tensions before WW2.

On Tuesday October 5th (Nantwich Museum, 1.45 for 2pm) there will be an afternoon visit to Nantwich Museum with an option to include a guided walk around Nantwich. Numbers will be limited and a list will be available to sign up at the September meeting.  The Society will pay for entry to the museum and refreshments for members.  Visitors will need to pay £5.50.

On Tuesday November 2nd ( St John’s Church, Sandbach Heath 1.45 for 2.00 pm) John Higgins will share his research into the Sandbach Heath men who lost their lives in WW1. There will be an opportunity to look around and learn more about the George Gilbert Scott church and its links with local families.

On Tuesday December 7th (Zoom online, 8pm) Dr Craig Horner will speak about “Early Edwardian Motoring”.

Samuel Okell’s 1897 Hurtu and Courtesy of Caroline Okell-Jones.

On Tuesday January 4th (Zoom online, 8pm) Tony Bostock will speak about “The Holcrofts of Vale Royal”.

On Tuesday February 1st ( St Mary’s Church, Sandbach, 1.45 for 2.00 pm) Richard Vickery will share his research into the stained-glass windows in the Church.

On Tuesday March 1st (Zoom online, 8pm) Margaret Roberts will speak about “Educating Cheshire : County Training College Crewe [1908 – 1974]”.

On Tuesday April 5th (Sandbach Town Hall, 7.45 for 8.00 pm) Jeremy Nicholls will talk about “Nantwich and the Railway”

On Tuesday May 3rd (Sandbach Town Hall, 7.15 for 7.30 pm) Graham Dodd will talk about ”John Gerard, English herbalist” followed by the AGM

It is hoped that the varied programme will mean that there is something for everyone. The safety of members and visitors is important. The chosen locations will allow for social distancing as required and face coverings will be encouraged. It is hoped that this will give confidence to those who are concerned as we move from lockdown into uncharted territory. The annual membership fee is £10 for individuals and £17 for couples and the visitor fee is £3 per meeting.