News items down the years

Swans choose public spot for nest but attempt ends in tragedy

The first-born cygnet of the swans down by the River Weaver

 (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 bottom of Mill 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 route.    

   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 the nest.

  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

AFTER 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 November 2011.

   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.                           NOVEMBER 2011













Firemen's event in support

of children


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 of Nantwich." 

   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.            NOVEMBER 2006


lGareth is 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." 

        JUNE 2009

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 exhibition.                                                            JULY 2008



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 two occasions.                          MAY 2008


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