The first-born cygnet of the swans down by the
(Picture: Andrew Lamberton)
A BREEDING pair of swans chose a public and
noisy spot for their nest in May 2013. Not only were they alongside the
footpath which goes across Riverside from the old mill site near to the
Street, but they were only across the river from the busy Waterlode -
part of an inner ring road carrying traffic from the south of town towards
Chester to the north.
The day I saw them for the first
time, the cob (male swan) was sitting on the footpath keeping a wary eye on
passers-by while the pen tidied up the nest as she sat on her eggs.
Most people passed the birds as
they probably did every day, along the path, while one or two took a wider
A few days later, local historian
Andrew Lamberton spotted the pair and sent me a couple of images of events
down by the riverside. He ventured a little nearer to the nest that I had
done, but I didn't see the cob in his pictures . . . !
Above left: the pen turns one of the eggs in
Left: a passer-by gives the
swans a wide berth. Unlike the duck.
Off-lead dog attacks sole survivor of swan family - claim
ATTEMPTS by a pair of swans to raise a family next
to a public footpath in the Riverside ended in disaster.
Only one of four eggs hatched and the
cygnet was making progress when it was attacked by a dog not on a lead.
The young bird had to be put down.
EARLIER, a notice (right) fixed near to the nest told of the
human help for the swans' attempts to raise a family.
The RSPCA wildlife centre at Stapeley
Grange, on the outskirts of Nantwich, said they were monitoring the swans'
presence by the river but were "legally not allowed to interfere".
They said they had provided
a local resident with food for the swans which were being fed daily.
The cob on guard duty as
the pen adjust the nest and a wary duck moves close in search of food.
Oyez, oyez ... town has crier again
a break of about 15 years, Nantwich has its own town crier again - thanks to
the Rotary Club of Crewe and Nantwich Weaver.
John Parsons took up his new duties in early
Attracting the attention of passing
townsfolk with the traditional crier's handbell (right), and resplendent in
his tailor-made uniform - funded by the Rotary club - he proclaimed
news about various town businesses (picture below).
John's appointment is part of the
Rotary club's idea of supporting businesses by attracting visitors - and
shoppers - to Nantwich. He can be seen at work on Thursdays (one of the
indoor market days) and Saturday mornings.
When he is not in Nantwich, John
can be found working as the personal crier to Sir Richard Baker-Wilbraham
of Rode Hall.
Firemen's event in support
NO, the fire fighters of Nantwich have not fallen on
hard times and run out of fuel for their fire engine. They and
fire cadets held a fire engine pull in aid of the BBC Television's Children
in Need Appeal on November 18, 2006, around
the streets of Nantwich. The picture and the information comes from my friend,
Gareth Roberts, who tells me that a collection along the route of the fire
engine pull raised a total of £775.46 for the appeal from "the generous people
The fire fighters are pictured in
Hospital Street pulling a 40-year-old 'Dennis' fire engine. Thanks for the news,
Gareth, and well done to the fire fighters.
actively involved in charitable events staged by local fire fighters and other
activities. He just missed winning a Mayor's Oscar as the Volunteer of the Year,
a couple of years back, for his voluntary work, but made up for that by winning
the Community Initiative of the Year award at the fifth annual Oscars of the
Mayor of Crewe and Nantwich in February 2007. He was nominated for his
involvement with promoting fire safety especially among schoolchildren in Crewe.
Dabbers invited to SIN
NANTWICH residents are being invited to SIN. But
it's not - as a closer inspection of the leaflet (right) will show - as it might
seem. It's an acronym calling on them to Shop In Nantwich.
The invitation comes from Nantwich Town
Council which has launched a "Buy Local" scheme, adding that it is a "use it or
lose it" call to give Nantwich businesses the local support they deserve.
Councillor Keith Cafferty (the last
Chairman of the council before the first citizen became a Mayor) writes in the
summer 2009 newsletter, "Talk of the Town": "Not only are the vast majority of
local traders supplying top quality and excellent service, the money which goes
into the local economy is recirculated, so everyone benefits."
Artist dies before exhibition opens
Family and friends of Dorothy Bradford outside
Nantwich Parish Church after a thanksgiving service for her life.
AN internationally-known artist who lived in Nantwich - she hated being referred to as a Nantwich artist - died at the age of
90, just two days before an exhibition of her work opened at Nantwich Museum.
Dorothy Bradford, who was well known in
the town, had given the exhibition her blessing in the run-up to the opening.
Her family gave permission for the event to go ahead.
Her family didn't like the photo of her
(right) but it is the only one that the Museum or I have. Ironically, I was
going to take a new one of her at a reception to mark the opening of the
Sister of heroic airman dies
MRS Dorothy Maus, of Wading River, New York, has
died. She was the sister of 1st Lieutenant Arthur L. Brown who died when the
Thunderbolt plane he was flying crashed on the edge of the town during the
Second World War.
He and his colleagues were rehearsing for the D-Day landings. Read more about
that on this page.
The news of Mrs Maus' death reached
Nantwich in April and was received by local people who have stayed in touch with
the family over the years.
Mrs Margaret Brown, a Brown Owl in the
Brownies (junior Guides), places flowers on the airman's grave every month, but
two ladies who wished to remain anonymous and who wouldn't pose for a
photograph, placed two posies of flowers (right) after receiving the news.
Mrs Maus had a daughter, Melissa (or
Missy) Pennock, and a son, Chris Maus. Dorothy and Missy had visited Nantwich on