A Letter from Nantwich

July 2007  (4)                                                                                                           [ Photo Gallery at the Big Battle of Nantwich]

So now it's a case of 'Let Battle commence'

SO, now we know . . . This year's Battle of Nantwich commemoration will be staged as a two-day event at Reaseheath College on the edge of Nantwich on August 26 and 27 - the Sunday and Monday of the Late Summer Bank Holiday. 

   (This year's January commemoration of Holly Holy Day was reduced to a wreath-laying ceremony on Nantwich Square). 

   Taking part in August will be the Sealed Knot, and also involved will be Reaseheath College, as the venue providers, the Holly Holy Day Committee, and a newcomer on the scene: the Battlefields Trust.

   A grant of 50,000 has been awarded to the Nantwich Now Market Town Project - which is a three-year project (ending this year) to boost the town - by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money will be used for the major summer muster which it is hoped will attract


12.000 visitors to the town.

   The Chronicle (July 18) said: "The cash boost will go a long way to fulfilling the 85,000 needed for the Battle of Nantwich Major Muster . . ."

   More than 2,000 Sealed Knot troops are expected to take part, along with a new element - horses.    Quoted in the Nantwich Guardian of July 12, BeverleyCope, the Nantwich Now Market Town Project Manager, said: "The long term benefits (of the lottery money) will include safeguarding the annual Holly Holy Day event and the continuation of our heritage for years to come." 

 Here's some of what will be taking place:

lThe two-day battle re-enactment by the Sealed Knot at Reaseheath College, complete with a "living camp" giving visitors the chance to see how the soldiers and those with them lived.

lHorses will be featured - something that doesn't


happen on Mill Island.

lA free lecture on "The Common Soldier" by a Civil

War expert.

lA children's medal competition. Children up to the age of 12 are being asked to design a medal to mark the occasion. The winner will receive a cast medal of their design (which will be on sale at the event), a family ticket for four and a 30 book token. Family tickets and 20 and 10 book tokens will go to the

children placed second and third. Nantwich Museum will display the winning medals.

   Although the Major Muster is more than a month away (as I write), let's hope that the low pressure area that has anchored rain clouds over the country will have moved on well before then - giving the land time to dry out. Otherwise the "battle site" will quickly become a quagmire as the troops and horses do battle.


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