Categories
KP2016

Some of the tweets about Knutsford Heritage Open Days

Categories
KP2016

‘Thousand thanks’ to everyone involved in Knutsford Heritage Open Days festival

Danish Consul Christian Wewer
Danish Consul Christian Wewer

‘Tusind tak’ to the organisers, sponsors, supporters, volunteers and everyone who visited the Knutsford Heritage Open Days festival.

That’s the message from Christian Wewer, the Honorary Consul for Denmark, who took part in Canute’s Crossing.

“As a representative of Denmark It was a privilege and a pleasure to have been part of it,” said Christian.

“A colourful and fun celebration of a most significant event for Knutsford one thousand years ago. If Canute were here he would say ‘Tusind tak’ (A thousand thanks in Danish) as he is not, I shall say it for him. Tusind tak!”

The Consul was welcomed by Cllr Olivia Hunter, the Mayor of Cheshire East.

“I thought it was a great day and very entertaining,” said Cllr Hunter.

“It obviously took an awful lot of time and work to organise and was ultimately very successful – I enjoyed it very much, as I am sure did everyone else.”

Cheshire East Mayor Cllr Olivia Hunter with her husband and consort Philp
Cheshire East Mayor Cllr Olivia Hunter with her husband and consort Philp

Canute’s Crossing was just one of the 34 sites and events which formed the Knutsford Heritage Open Days festival organised by Sarah Flannery and Julie Tempest of the Knutsford Promenades Community Association.

“We couldn’t have staged the festival without the support of our amazing business sponsors and a community grant from Cheshire East Council,” said Julie.

One main sponsor was Bruntwood. “We were really proud to be part of Knutsford’s Heritage Open Days and thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to invite members of the public into Booths Hall,” said marketing manager Emma Cartledge.

“It was a great chance for the community to see a part of Knutsford’s heritage that they wouldn’t usually have access to and it’s fantastic to see how well received the overall event was.”

Vintage Rolls-Royce cars assemble outside the new Court House Hotel
Vintage Rolls-Royce cars assemble outside the new Court House Hotel

Peter Heywood of the Court House Hotel sponsored the event and opened the former Crown Court building on Toft Road to visitors.

“”We had more than 500 people visit over the four days, many of whom were interested in hearing about our plans for the conversion of the building into a Hotel,” said Peter. “We were very pleased to sponsor an event which brought so many people into the town to discover its wonderful heritage.”

Cheshire East visitor economy manager Richard Milkins said festivals like Heritage Open Days are very important to the local community because they open people’s eyes to what’s on their doorstep.

“From the visitor economy point of view, they bring people in from outside the area who don’t know about Knutsford,” said Richard. “Hopefully they will be visitors who come back time and time again.”

People of all ages, from school children to Age UK Cheshire East, took part in the festival.

“The community engagement was enormous right across the borough” said Sarah. “With our marketing and PR and working with Heritage Open Days nationally, we really put the town on the national and international stage.”

 

Knutsford Guardian coverage, Wednesday 21 September.
Knutsford Guardian coverage, Wednesday 21 September.
Categories
KP2016

Heritage event opened eyes

Brook Street Chapel join in Canute's Crossing
Brook Street Chapel join in Canute’s Crossing

SOME years ago I worked in Knutsford and knew about but rarely visited certain sites and buildings within the town area.

On the recent Heritage Weekend I visited several places, generously allowed by owners and organised by Knutsford Promenades.

I should like to thank the owners of Knutsford Marble Arch, Old Knutsford Laundry, the ladies of Brook Street Chapel and the Methodist Church and particularly the young lady at the town council offices (whose lunch hour I spoiled) for their attention and willingness to answer mine and others’ questions.

Since then I have visited the old crown court building, which is most impressive.

A gentleman from their development company patiently took a stream of questions. In the same building the Rolls Royce owners club had put together a most informative set of display boards. Tabley House next!

Denis Cain Northwich

Letter to the Knutsford Guardian

Categories
KP2016

Visitors flock to Knutsford to enjoy Heritage Open Days

The Rolls-Royce Cavalcade outside the former Court Court building
The Rolls-Royce Cavalcade outside the former Court Court building

VISITORS from across the north west and beyond flocked to Knutsford to enjoy the first town-wide Heritage Open Days.

The events, which spanned four days from Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, September 11, celebrated 1,000 years of history from 1016 to the present day.

The open days, organised by the Knutsford Promenades Community Association, included a procession of vintage Rolls-Royces, the ‘last dance’ in the Royal George ballroom and a performance from Wax Lyrical- which is the first performance in the ballroom for 20 years as well as more than 30 additional events.

Wax Lyrical in the Royal George Ballroom
Wax Lyrical in the Royal George Ballroom

“Every event over the four days was a highlight with the Wax Lyrical singers rediscovering the amazing acoustics of the Royal George ballroom, and more than 700 taking part in Canute’s Crossing,” said co-organiser Sarah Flannery.

“Every session in the former Crown Court was packed, we could have booked tours of the six private houses which opened many times over, and Brasserie Blanc’s events with Martin Bell and ‘A Taste of Cranford’ added an extra flavour to the heritage recipe which was to everyone’s taste.”

A Taste of Cranford
A Taste of Cranford

Canute’s Crossing celebrated the town’s legend that Canute came to Knutsford in 1016 and forded the River Lily.

King Canute, the Chester Vikings and Bexton Primary’s mini-Vikings ‘invaded’ with their longboat across the Moor where they met Danish Consul Christian Wewer and Cheshire East Mayor, Cllr Olivia Hunter.

Russell Kirk, artist worked with volunteers to help visitors complete the special Canute Community Artwork, part of which had been created by visitors to Tatton Park for the Tour of Britain.

King Canute meets Knutsford May Queen Charlotte Kenyon
King Canute meets Knutsford May Queen Charlotte Kenyon

“What a week for Knutsford with the Tour of Britain stage finishing at Tatton Park and then a four day heritage festival,” added co-organiser Julie Tempest.

“Brook Street Chapel and Tabley House, our key Grade I listed partners, who supported us in our pilot scheme to bring Knutsford’s iconic buildings together, recorded record visitor numbers over the four days.

“The feedback has been stupendous both from Knutsfordians eager to see inside some of the town’s landmark buildings and the hundreds of visitors who had never been to Knutsford and had a fantastic welcome from the property owners, the supporters and volunteers who helped us stage such a wonderful festival.”

Story Knutsford Guardian

Categories
KP2016

Dancing in the Royal George via Periscope

Categories
KP2016

Canute’s Crossing on Periscope

Categories
KP2016

Mark Radcliffe’s amazing slo-mo crossing of the River Lily!

Categories
KP2016

Mark Radcliffe flies flag for Knutsford heritage festival

Mark Radcliffe, far right, with, from left Lawrie McPake, Sarah Flannery, Mike Willig, staff and children from Mere Day Nursery.
Mark Radcliffe, far right, with, from left Lawrie McPake, Sarah Flannery, Mike Willig, staff and children from Mere Day Nursery.

Flying the flag for Knutsford Heritage Open Days is BBC Radio 6 Music DJ and Knutsford resident Mark Radcliffe.

Organisers of the four-day town-wide festival which takes place from Thursday 8 September to Sunday 11 September, the Knutsford Promenades Community organisation, were delighted to be awarded a special flag by national Heritage Open Days organisers.

“We were one of just 14 events out of more than 5,000 sites and events showcasing heritage across England recognised for making a stand out contribution to the Europe and Us theme,” said Sarah Flannery.

Europe & Us is a summer and autumn National Trust programme celebrating and exploring the UK’s European historical, political and cultural links.

“Establishing links with the Danish Consul, a local Danish network, and the Danish school, Solbjergskolen, as well as the support of Rotary International in Knutsford, has added so much 2016 interest to our celebration of the Canute legend dating back to 1016,” said Sarah.

IMG_1327Mark Radcliffe was delighted to be invited to raise the flag on the Moor.

“I love living in Knutsford so much and it’s great to be part of celebrating its heritage,” he said.

“I may only have lived here for three years but I can’t imagine ever calling anywhere else home.”

Canute’s Crossing takes place on Saturday 10 September from 2pm to 4.30pm when people will pay homage to the legend by crossing the River Lily alongside the Chester Vikings who will be giving Knutsfordians a feel for life as a Viking.

This is just one of the 34 sites and events which make up Knutsford Heritage Open Days’ extensive programme ranging from the special opening of the Royal George Ballroom, immortalised as Elizabeth Gaskell’s Assembly Rooms in her novel ‘Cranford’, to the ‘Value Your Valuables’ take on Heritage Open Days’ ‘Treasure Your Treasures’ theme when auctioneer Adam Partridge hosts his own antiques and curios roadshow at Don Giovanni’s King Street restaurant.

“So many groups including the Gaskell Society, Brook Street Chapel, the Tabley House Collection, numerous individuals and businesses who own some of the town’s most iconic buildings, have come together to make this a true community festival,” said Sarah.

“All the details about the four-day event can be found on our website, knutsfordpromenades.co.uk.

“So many things are happening including a chat about Alison Uttley’s children’s books, the secrets of Victorian Beauty, music from 1,000 years ago at St Cross Church, sampling a Taste of Cranford with recipes from Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel – even the chance to dance in the Royal George Ballroom. There’s something for everybody to enjoy celebrating Knutsford’s heritage.”

Categories
KP2016

Friends of The Moor campaign for new River Lily crossing

Friends of the Moor do Canute's Crossing
Friends of the Moor do Canute’s Crossing

A KNUTSFORD voluntary group is campaigning for a new ‘safer’ crossing across the River Lily to the Moor.

Friends of The Moor, which has joined in the crossing of the Lily, is hoping to get the bridge replaced which links King Street car park to Moorside.

Members of the public are being urged to send in their design ideas to the group.

Debbie Jamison, chairman of FoTM said: “We are looking to the future with an aim to improve the crossing from King Street car park.

“The bridge is not of Viking heritage but it is old enough to be replaced to make things easier for pushchairs, wheelchairs and generally a safer crossing point to the Moor.”

Friends of the Moor has approached Knutsford Town Council to see what options are available for upgrading the bridge.

Adam Keppel-Garner, town council clerk, said: “This is something Friends of the Moor have raised previously with us. We are looking to see whether we would be able to get funding to do something about it.

“Cheshire East Council has said that they have no capital funds for it as the bridge is still fully functional.

“It is more likely that any refurbishment of the crossing will have to be self-funded, but we are currently looking to see if there are certain funds to make it more accessible and more attractive.”

FoTM members were recently seen getting their feet wet to help publicise the free Knutsford Promenades community event on Saturday, September 10, which will invite people to come and complete the famous crossing that was, in legend, made by King Canute during his reign as King of England.

Anyone interested in sending their designs for a new crossing, should contact the group via their website

Story Knutsford Guardian