Welcome to the Christleton Blog. This is the best place to check what is happening as I tend to mention here any new items or features to the website as and when they happen and give a link to where you will find them. But I would encourage you to click around the site and explore. You are currently in the main part and you will find links to two other main sections. The Christleton War Voices which has an immense amount of information about Christleton in World War I. The other is Christleton 3 which is rich in photographs and includes two regular monthly features. Wildlife Watch and The History File. Enjoy.

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Wildlife Watch ventures quite a distance

Lion in the Kruger National Park

Each month this year I hope you have taken the short trip, just one click away, to the Wildlife Watch 2018 pages. In his final article for this year David Cummings has gone beyond Christleton and environs by some 13510 kilometres. That is 8171 miles to many of us. You will arrive at the Kruger National Park in South Africa which David and his wife Beryl visited a few months ago. I am sure you will enjoy reading about their adventures and viewing the 30 accompaning photographs.

Richard Nicholson

11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

Christletob Remembrance Day 2018

Eleven o'clock on the 11th November was rather different this year. A poignant reminder of the passing of time as it was one hundred years since the guns fell silent ending World War 1. The most horrible of wars when many young men from Christleton were injured or lost their lives. Their names were read out followed by those who died in service to their country during World War II. A two minute silence was held so we could reflect upon their suffering and how much they gave for us. The December edition of The History File by David Cummings recalls our remembrance on that day at Christleton War Memorial and in St. James Church. Illustrated by some 70 photographs including the knitting and needlework by Material Girls. In addition David gives an account of the special evening of Commemoration on 10th November at Christleton High School. I was lucky enough to have a ticket for this event and was moved by the drama students performance. I also enjoyed joining in with the rendition of WWI songs. They just do not write them like that any more.

Richard Nicholson

In the Air and on the Water

Flying pink footed geese

There are times whilst at my Apple iMac working on this website or my business site that I suddenly hear an unusual sound. For a split second I falter and then realise what it is. It is the sound of geese calling to each other passing over the house in one of their incredible V formations. If I am quick enough I manage to get out of the front door to witness this breathtaking sight. A wonderful interlude in a busy day. In Wildlife Watch for November David Cummings relates his experiences of this amazing piece of nature. He then moves from the air to the water telling us the good news that the shoveler ducks are back on the Pit for the winter.

Richard Nicholson

Water and Waterways were in his Blood

David Wain OBE

The November edition of The History File is a tribute to David Wain OBE by David Cummings and Alf Croston. David Wain died in September this year. In Christleton we are so lucky to have the Shropshire Union Canal passing through the village. In days gone by the Skips Lane area was a hive of activity with boat builders yards. I am sure you will enjoy reading about this respected member of the Christleton community whose exploits included driving his car across the frozen River Dee near the old Dee Bridge..

Richard Nicholson
Les George OBE

A charismatic and much respected man

A fitting tribute by David Cummings and Phil Hodges to Les George OBE. I urge you to read this edition of The History File for October, 2018. I never met him but first saw him at the Christleton Village Fete in 2000 held in the orchard of the Law College. After that I became aware of how much he was loved and admired. I always find it sad to learn so much about a person that I did know after they have died. It is often the earlier part of their lives that you are not aware of so I am sure that this tribute will particularly interest those who just knew him as the Headteacher of the Secondary Modern School which opened in Christleton in 1958.

Richard Nicholson
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