The beautiful village of Tattenhall in Cheshire
Webteam: October 2015
What a summer for 'Truly Terrific Tattenhall'!
Our roving reporters have been busy photographing the events of the last few weeks — the range is huge but we thought you would all enjoy a moment of reflection on just 'some' of the events and images of the summer of 2015 ... Each image is shown with a caption — click on each image to enlarge and scroll down on each to read the caption.
We start with an image of the newly floodlit Tower of St Alban's Church — we are sure you will agree that it looks terrific!
In the peforming arts, local thespians (including our very own Alison Pritchard) were proclaimed to be talented, powerful and extremely convincing during their performances in 'Steel Magnolias' (a warm-hearted comedy with an undercurrent of tragedy, set in a beauty parlour in the American Deep South).
Then there was the Mikron Theatre Company too, staging their 'pop-up theatre' in places that other theatre companies wouldn't dream of — on this occasion, the Tattenhall Allotments. 'One of Each', was a salty tale of sibling rivalry between twins, Rod and Nettie, who competed to produce the finest fish and chips. Set against the backcloth of our wonderful allotments, heaving with late summer produce, it was hard to determine what made the mouth water most, the culinary adventure of the performance itself, or the landscape in which it was set!. Whichever, a wonderful afternoon was had by all.
TADs (Tattenhall Amateur Dramatics Society) continues to thrive within the village and the auditions for their next production generated a record turnout — their reputation goes before them! And, 'Film Night' has also returned to the village — they too declaring record figures for their first film of the new season.
The 'season of mists and mellow fruitfulness' can hardly have gone unnoticed in Tattenhall. Our Annual Show with its 91 (yes, 91!) classes and categories was evidence of community participation and enjoyment.
On a more individual note, the success of Carol Siddorn (and her team) at Tatton Park RHS and her individual success at the Southport Flower Show, placed Tattenhall at the cutting edge!
Tattenhallers are selfless in their support for 'charitable causes'. This month, our annual Beer Festival is supporting The British Lung Foundation and Claire House Children's Hospice and our Halloween 'Bats' and 'Ghouls' events, are raising monies for The Hospice of the Good Shepherd. In recent weeks, thousands of pounds have also been raised whilst participating in 'The World's Largest Coffee Morning' in support of Macmillan Nurses; remembering certain individuals with warm affection (Sheila Woollard) and charities close to their hearts, namely, The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity; The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is now on our radar, their skills having been called upon for a Tattenhall resident. Our summer 'Charity Ball' too raised over £8,000 in aiming to defeat dementia and in assisting disabled individuals to enjoy greater independence with the help of specially trained' canine partners'. Tattenhallers are truly special people in raising money for charity ...
The successes of individuals and groups are too many to mention whether it be in seeking to train us in life saving techniques and the use of specialist equipment or in simply being there for a coffee and natter, or making us think more carefully about our individual health needs and inner equilibrium — for this and more, we thank you.
Youngsters of all ages have been involved in all manner of fantastic activities, the stories of which we have featured online. If we single out a couple, then it surely has to be the remarkable all-rounder Henry Dobson who, at just 15 years of age, has been signed up by Leicestershire County Cricket Club. Another remarkable talent and trained locally by David Knott was the sprinter, Shannon Malone, who won gold at the European Junior Championships in Sweden. Congratulations to all.
As a village, we never seem to lose that sense of 'Awareness and Responsibility'. The illumination of our War Memorial, our Flag Pole, our War Horse and our 500 year-old Church Tower this summer, are testimony to the way in which we love the fabric of our village. Our much loved 'Seymour' as gate guardian to The Park School, the festive bunting which has adorned our streets and the magnificent floral displays in tubs and containers everywhere make this an altogether very special place.
As the nights draw in and the sunshine diminishes, we hope that you have enjoyed a nostalgic sample of 'Truly Terrific Tattenhall'.
Outside the Barbour
St Alban's Church
St Alban's Church