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A LIFE IN COLOUR

   

AN 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   Over the years, anti war themes have been replaced by softer subjects such as fairgrounds, although they still acknowledge the theme that life is a game of chances.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 Art (Painting).

   Then 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, and their children.

   Entry to the museum and exhibition is free and the paintings are available for sale. 

oPicture above: "Flower Power".

 

l"ART in Action" is a painting demonstration by David Jewkes (right) forming part 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.

 

lAlso 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 desk.

 

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 RetroRecord.co.uk.

   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 opportunities.

   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 MORNING

COFFEE mornings are held at the Museum on the last Friday of the month (except  Bank Holiday weekends) from 10.30am to 12.30pm.       

 

DEMENTIA FRIENDS

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 www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk/dementia-friendship-group/

 

CONTACT THE MUSEUM on enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01270 627104. Website: www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk. Or visit https://www.facebook.com/nantwich.museumoffical/ or https://twitter.com/NantwichMuseum. Or call in to the museum in Pillory Street (CW5 5BQ) - opposite the pillory.

   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 group.

   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 education@nantwichmuseum.org.uk, or call in at the museum. For more information visit the museum website or call in at the museum.

 

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ROTARY COMPETITION WINNERS

ENTRIES 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 awards ceremony.

   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.

l 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 Trisha James.

September 4 to October 27: "British Wildlife around Nantwich" by Cath Kelly. 

October 30 to December 8: "Representation of the People" by David Morgan.

 

lEntrance 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 disappointment. 

 

HISTORY BOOKLETS

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 railway history.

   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 website - the booklets produced so far, the ones on the way, and those which are proposed for future publication.

 

AWARD FOR BARRIE

MUSEUM 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."

   A few 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.

 

Picture: Paul Compton, Nantwich Events Photography.

 

l For the full list of this year's award winners, click here.

 

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 doubtless elsewhere.

   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 museum on enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01270 627104.

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