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Holly Holy Day / The Battle of Nantwich, Saturday, January 25, in Nantwich Town Centre and on Mill Island - off the inner ring road at the bottom of Mill Street. This is one of the few years when the battle re-enactment takes place on the actual date of the 1644 English Civic War clash between Roundheads (Parliament supporters)  and Cavaliers (King Charles I's men).

   The day's schedule is:

   On the RedShift (local radio) stage on The Square (town centre): 10am, RedShift Welcome; 10.15am, Phoebe Crewe; 10.45am, Sinead D'abreu-Hayling; 11.30am, Funky Choir; 11.55am, The Mayor of Nantwich (Cllr Arthur Moran); 12 noon, Cheshire Drums; 12.45pm, The Sealed Knot (battle re-enactment society) troops leave Malbank School at Welsh Row head to parade into the town centre, arriving at 1pm; 1.15pm, wreath-laying ceremony at the town's war memorial; 1.30pm, the troops parade to Mill Island.

   Around town between 10am  and 12.30pm, the following will take place: Mollies / Plough Witches street entertainers; Doomsday Morris Dancers; hog roast; book signings by Civic War authors at Nantwich Book Shop and Coffee Lounge; and tours of St Mary's Parish Church.   

    Nantwich Museum in Pillory Street will be hosting Holly Holy Day events: 10am, Civil War walking tour of the town setting out from the Museum; 10.30am to 11.30am, musketry display with the Sealed Knot; 11.30am, Civil War walking tour of the town setting out from the Museum; 11.45am to 12.45pm, 17th Century Music played by Forlorne Hope. See also What's_On-Museum.

 

   Mill Island: 1.40pm arrival of the opposing troops; 1.50pm, artillery demonstration (with loud bangs); 2pm, the start of the battle re-enactment by the Sealed Knot. The event concludes with the presentation of awards.

 

oIn the event of bad weather, events planned for the RedShift Stage will be moved into St Mary's Parish Church in the town centre.

 

oWrist bands giving access to the Battle of Nantwich re-enactment on Mill Island are available from Nantwich Museum in Pillory Street. The prices are: family (two adults and two children) 6; adults 3; children 1.

 

lThe schedule is taken from the official website: https://www.battleofnantwich.org/.

 

At nearby Acton - two miles from Nantwich on the Chester road - St Mary's Parish church will be open from 9am to 11.30am, when hot drinks and buttered toast will be served and there will be trips up the tower (more details here).

   10am, "The Civil War explained," a talk by Mike Lea.

   11am, a guided walk to the Battle of Nantwich battlefield. Enquiries to Steve Davies, Church Warden (01270 624135).

 

oSee also a Friday evening event connected with Holly Holy Day. >>


Gin Tasting, Friday, February 7, at 7.30pm, at The Crown Hotel Bar and Grill, High Street, Nantwich. Organised by the Nantwich Christie Hospital Support Group for The Christie Charitable Fund. Tickets 20 from Sarah Darlington, on 07714 344810. The gin will be supplied by Rodney Densem Wines. 

 

 

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See also What's On - music | What's On - arts and crafts | What's On - out of town or What's On - clubs for more details about events and organisations. 

 

 

Launch of latest thriller, Tuesday, January 21, at Nantwich Book Shop and Coffee Lounge in High Street (The Square). Adam Hamdy returns to the venue to talk about "Black 13" which features his character ex-MI6 operative, Scott Pearce. Adam's events sell out so early booking is essential. Tickets at 7.50 include snacks and a 2.50 discount on a book purchase. Cash bar. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. One lucky visitor to the event will win the opportunity to have their name, or one of their choosing, to be used in Adam's next novel. Call (01270) 611665 or e-mail info@nantwichbookshop.co.uk for more information.   

 

Annual Civil War authors event, Friday, January 24 (the day before Holly Holy Day) at Nantwich Methodist Church Centre in Hospital Street. Taking part will be Margaret Cooper Evans, author of "A Farthing for Oxforde and Mark Turnball, author of ''Allegiance of Blood'' who will elaborate on their novels. Norah Carlin will discuss her work: ''Regicide or Revolution? What Petitioners Wanted, September 1648 to February 1649''. Tickets at 7.50 include snacks and a 2.50 discount on a book purchase. Cash bar. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Call (01270) 611665 or e-mail info@nantwichbookshop.co.uk for more information.

 

Railways book discussed by author, Tuesday, January 28, at Nantwich Book Shop and Coffee Lounge in High Street (The Square). David Maidment will talk about his latest book, produced in collaboration with Paul Carpenter. ''Cambrian Railway Gallery'' includes early photographs of Cambrian engines and Oswestry Works. Also present will be Quentin McGuiness who was Project Head on the Grange Locomotive restoration. Tickets at 7.50 include snacks and a 2.50 discount on a book purchase. Cash bar. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Call (01270) 611665 or e-mail info@nantwichbookshop.co.uk for more information.   

 

 

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The Mayor's Big Quiz, Friday, March 27, at the Civic Hall in Market Street (CW5 5DG). A quiz night hosted by Chris Radford in aid of St Luke's (Cheshire) Hospice; the Royal British Legion; and the Leighton Hospital Prostate Cancer Support Group. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. For groups of six at 10 per person. Fish and chips supper included. Entries to Nantwich Town Council, The Civic Hall, Market Street, Nantwich; telephone (01270) 628633.

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