A LIFE IN COLOUR
exhibition acknowledging that life is a game of chances has opened
in the Millennium Gallery. "A Life in Colour" by local artist David
Jewkes will run until Saturday, July 14.
David comments: "This exhibition represents all that I love about
life and painting and a reflection of my interesting life." He often
paints carousels because he sees life as one big merry-go-round.
Over the years, anti war themes have been replaced by softer
subjects such as fairgrounds, although they still acknowledge the
theme that life is a game of chances.
Aged 19 and a senior aircraftsman with
the Royal Air Force, David was sent to the Falkland Islands to
repair the damage inflicted by the 1982 conflict. While there,
clearing landmines, he witnessed the scars of war which were to
leave him with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
He promised himself that if he
survived his six-month
tour of duty in the south Atlantic he would go to art school.
On returning from the Falklands he gained a place at Winchester
School of Fine Art where he achieved a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Fine
followed a scholarship at
the prestigious Slade
School of Fine Art in London. He was asked by renowned Scottish war
artist, Peter Howson, to be his studio assistant.
David now lives in Haslington with his wife, Louise,
Entry to the museum and exhibition is free and the paintings are
available for sale.
oPicture above: "Flower Power".
in Action" is a painting demonstration by David Jewkes (right)
of his successful exhibition,
"A Life in Colour".
From 10.30 am to 4.30 pm on Tuesday, May 29, David
will be in the Millennium Gallery working on one of his
latest acrylic paintings. Visitors are encouraged to chat with him
about his work and current projects, while aspiring painters are
welcome to seek advice on how to begin. Entry to the demonstration is free.
HALF-TERM WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN
HALF-TERM Workshops for children, featuring a range
of spring-time crafts and quizzes, will take place at the Museum on
Wednesday, May 30 and Thursday 31
All workshops are drop-in any time
between 11am and 3pm. The cost is £2 per child who must be
accompanied. Large groups are requested to book in advance.
available for half term is a 30-40 minute tour "Exploring Nantwich -
a town trail for all the family". A donation of £2 per family is
requested to cover costs. Full details are available at the museum
MUSEUM WELCOMES NEW MANAGER (temporarily)
ELLIOT Goodger has been welcomed by the Museum
Trustees to the post of Museum Manager, providing temporary cover as
the existing Manager, Kate Dobson, takes maternity leave.
Elliot, from Rednal, Birmingham, is a
graduate of the University of Leicester, Aston University and
Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage at the
University of Birmingham. He has a wide experience in both the
heritage industry and commerce and was a one-time proprietor of
Among a number of roles, he was a
representative for the Museum Association in the West Midlands and a
trustee of the Norton Collection Museum in Bromsgrove. Most recently
he worked in Greece in International Museums development on behalf
of the British Council.
Commenting on the appointment, Chair of
the Trustees, Nick Dyer, observed how valuable to the museum will be
Elliot's wide experience of the heritage industry and management
expertise, in particular his enthusiasm for seeking new funding
Elliot commented "I welcome the
challenge provided by my new role, am inspired by the hard work and
dedication displayed by the volunteers at the museum and look
forward to promoting in the museum greater diversity with the aim of
reaching out to more diverse audiences."
COFFEE mornings are held at the Museum on
the last Friday of the month (except Bank Holiday weekends) from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
THE Museum hosts a Dementia Friendship Group which meets at 2pm on
the first and third Monday of every month. It is open to anyone
living with dementia, their carer, family and friends. No charge is
made to attend the meetings. For more details visit
CONTACT THE MUSEUM on
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www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk. Or visit
https://twitter.com/NantwichMuseum. Or call in to the
museum in Pillory Street (CW5 5BQ) - opposite the
The museum is open from
10.30am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Admission free. The museum
is a registered charity
TOUR THE TOWN
GUIDED tours of Nantwich are
led by volunteers from the museum, either as a general
tour for members of the public, or an exclusive one
tailored to meet the requirements of a group.
They last for
between an hour an half and two hours and can feature
Tudor Nantwich, Victorian Nantwich, the Battle of
Nantwich, and the Civil War. Or they can have a specific
theme such as industry in the local area to suit a
The tours cost
£2 per person for a minimum of six people. Larger groups
or parties of individuals may be split into smaller
parties so that participants can hear the leader of the
tour and see any relevant object easily.
To join an
arranged tour, or to set up one for your group,
telephone 01270 627104, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org, or call in at the
museum. For more information visit the museum
or call in at the museum.
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ROTARY COMPETITION WINNERS
in the Primary Schools Art and Handwriting Competition, organised by
the Rotary Club of
Nantwich, can be seen in the Your Space Gallery
until Saturday, June 2.
At a ceremony in the Museum, the winners received their awards from
Crewe and Nantwich M.P., Laura Smith, and the Mayor of Cheshire
East, Cllr Arthur Moran.
Pictured left to right are Gold Medal winners with Laura Smith and
Cllr Moran: Lillie Mogridge (Art, Key Stage 1, Acton School); Lola
Hilton (Art, Key Stage 2, Acton School); and Louis Hayter
(Handwriting, Key Stage 2, Stapeley Broad Lane School. Aimee Lindop,
(Handwriting, Key Stage 1, Pear Tree School), was not present at the
Nine local primary schools submitted almost 800 entries, competing
for a total of £600 in prize money. The theme of the competition was
"My Favourite Place". The judges were Martin Greenwood, local artist
and architect, and Frances Passmore, calligraphy expert.
Stapeley Broad Lane School was judged to have the highest overall
standard of entries in both sections, receiving a cheque for £250.
The Gold Medal winners received £50 in gift vouchers, while 16
Silver Medal winners received £25 in gift vouchers.
Information supplied by the Rotary Club of Nantwich.
THIS YEAR'S OTHER EXHIBITIONS
In the Millennium Gallery
July 18 to October 13: "Welsh Row" by
the Nantwich Museum Research Group,
October 17 to January 5: "2018 Nantwich
Camera Club Photographic Exhibition."
In the Your Space Gallery
June 5 to July 21: "Nantwich Buildings"
by Simon Bowler.
July 24 to September 1: "Pathways" by
September 4 to October 27: "British
Wildlife around Nantwich" by Cath Kelly.
October 30 to December 8: "Representation of the People" by David
to the museum and exhibitions is free but small charges are made for
some special events. As arrangements can change, visitors are
advised to check details before travelling to the museum, to avoid
THERE is a wide range of history booklets in the museum shop, with
more being added all the time.
The latest additions include booklets related to the
Battle of Nantwich. Among others are "A.N.Hornby - Famous Victorian
Sportsperson" by Bill Pearson; "Harry Thomas Johnson on Nantwich
in the 1880s", featuring pages from Johnsons' Nantwich Almanack and
Directory and its successor publication; "Nantwich Railways" by
Jeremy Nicholls, redressing the balance of Nantwich's place in
The booklets cost £2.95 or £3,95. They are
selling well and so some may not be available when you call in, but
more copies are being printed all the time.
Full details are available on the museum
- the booklets produced so far, the ones on the way, and those which
are proposed for future publication.
AWARD FOR BARRIE
volunteer, Barrie Astbury, has received a "Salt of the Earth" award
from the Mayor of Nantwich, Cllr Penny Butterill. It is the
Community Volunteer Award for his work which includes educational
projects and town tours for the Museum.
A citation said these "help to fulfil the
function of a community museum and support it financially."
months ago, Barrie received this year's Dutton Medal presented by
the Museum. Nantwich man Ron Dutton produces the medals in memory of
his parents, Cllr and Mrs Walter J. Dutton.
For the full list of this year's award winners,
Seeking information about whitesmith's tools
THE Museum has a collection of
whitesmith's tools, used for forging objects out of tin,
pewter and other light medals.
Tin ware was being produced from early in the
seventeenth century and in Cheshire there were
whitesmiths / tinsmiths in Crewe, Weaverham and
Between 1835 and 1883, there were up to six braziers,
tinplate workers and whitesmiths working in Nantwich.
They would have made a variety of everyday objects
including cutlery and water pitchers.
Unfortunately, the museum has no record of who donated
the tools or where they were used and is seeking any
information about them, local families or businesses who
were involved in the trade.
Anyone with information is requested to contact the
email@example.com or telephone 01270