A Letter from Nantwich

April 2011                                                                                                                                                                                                          Update

Townspeople put pen to paper to tell stories




I MAKE no apology for publicising a new book now on sale in the town - simply because I had something to do with it!

   I am one of the contributors and one of the people involved in its production. I checked the articles from the 34 other writers in a sub-editing role (checking for grammatical or spelling mistakes, etc).

   Like myself, the contributors wrote about themselves but from the point of view of the organisation to which they belonged or their business. In my case it was the five websites (see below) for which I am or was responsible, although I did work in a mention of the trilogy of Cheshire videos I am making.

   Another reason I am bringing the book to your attention is that all proceeds are for Nantwich Players' Theatre Project - One Love Lane, Nantwich. I might have mentioned my connections with the amateur dramatics group. The Players are raising 1.5million to convert their current theatre building and the former funeral parlour (the eponymous One Love Lane next door) into a theatre venue for the townspeople as well as their own activities.      

   The book is the brainwave of Players' member, Gareth Roberts - an active member, an actor, and stand-in for a busy Father Christmas at the group's annual fund-raiser each December, etc. He is a retired Crewe fire fighter and is well-known for his charity work - for which he once received an "Oscar" from the then Mayor of the former Crewe and Nantwich Borough.   

   The 35 contributors include the Rev Peter Chantry (Rector of St Mary's Church, Nantwich), Herbert Rowsell (former headmaster of Nantwich and Acton Grammar School - now Malbank School), John Dodd (of Nantwich Camera Club), Harry Corry (retired shoe vendor in the town), Adrian Lawrence (a driving force behind the Nantwich and South Cheshire

Show), Phyllis Simpson (of Simpson and Edge, one of the local garages), and youngster Joel Howells who tells of "The Kamikaze Kids".  

    These named people are chosen at random from the list and it should not be taken that I don't consider the rest worthy of mention! Anyone buying the book is in for a treat and will learn a lot about Nantwich organisations and businesses as well as the writers themselves.  

   Gareth Roberts promises "an insight into present   


day Nantwich and a taste of the past". There are more than 100 pictures in the book.

    He approached more than the final 35 authors for a

contribution, but the others are still to produce their promised articles. However, I suppose this happens to anyone who sets out to compile a book.

    Gareth received a lot of help in the publication of his book from local author Mark Potts, perhaps best known for his work on First and Second World War heroes. 


l"Nantwich Life" and now "Nantwich Life 2" are published by MPire Books of Crewe, price 9.95. Both are on sale at the Players' Theatre (when a performance is being staged), Nantwich Bookshop and Nantwich Museum.


Picture: The front cover of the first book. Inset: the self-portrait that illustrates my article.

Book cover pictures: Gareth Roberts

The websites that I mentioned . . . ? This one, of course, plus Nantwich Museum | Nantwich Walled Garden | Leighton Hospital League of Friends | Jonboro Videos   

Nantwich Players' website (not one of mine) | The letters index on this website


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