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.
A New Year for the Christleton website. I have spent a lot of time since Christmas improving the site. Christleton 3 has had a rebuild so that the way it is now made matches Christleton 1 and 4. Just Christleton Village Voices is built in a differnt way but I shall leave that as it is. A lot of additional navigatin has been introduced. In The History File and Wildlife Watch as well as Christleton in the Past you will see an orange circle with a cross on it in the top left hand corner of each page. Click it and a range of similar pages of interest to go to is listed.
David Cummings is back with a new series of The History File, Wildlife Watch and Christleton in the Past. I very much enjoyed reading the final episode of Memories of Frank Poston. In Wildlife Watch David pays tribute to Terry Waite who died recenntly. Christleton in the Past is about the Christingle Service at St. James' Church.
I hope you are continuing to enjoy the Christleton website. Wishing you a Very Happy and Healthy New Year wherever you are in this wonderful world
This year David Cummings extended his series of illustrated articles for the Christleton Village Website. In addition to Wildlife Watch and The History File he added in January Christleton in the Past. Thank you to David for this amazing collection of thirty-six articles of local interest, published throughout 2021.
David Cummings in the June issue of Wildlife Watch brings us up to date with the Legion Meadow in the village. But he starts with a question you may have been asking yourself. Where have all the swallows gone? I am wondering if they are all roosting in the village telephone exchange as getting the June matierial online has been exasperating with pathetic internet upload speeds.
The sight of great numbers of geese flying over Christleton in the past months has been wonderful. I was interested to read in the May edition of Wildlife Watch by David Cummings that he was told by a warden at the Dee Esturay reserve that an estimated 35,000 Icelandic pink footed geese were roosting on the Dee Marshes each evening. That is a lot of geese.
It is sheer excitement in the March edition of Wildlife Watch by David Cummings. Winter is fading away and Spring is upon us with all of its natural wonder. The fine photo of a Shelduck took me back to when I used to live on the banks of the Menai Straits in Bangor. On a visit to The Tegfryn Gallery in Menai Bridge I was greatly impressed with a watercolour by Charles F. Tunnicliffe, OBE, RA of a Siamese Cat in a tree. Unfortunately I did not have the sense to buy it but soon afterwards my father got to know the artist visiting him at his house in Maltraeth which looked towards the Snowdonia range. In those days you could commission a painting from the great man for about £250 which my father did. It was a full size work of Shelduck and Young. when we heard the painting was completed I went with my father to collect it. Charles was working in his studio surrounded by many examples of his work. He used to make preparatory drawings on a type of greaseproof paper which had watercolour added. These drawings were later used to trace outlines onto the end white art paper. Charles sat on a kind of typists chair with wheels which he manoeuvred around, very often running over the drawings lying on the floor, endangering their very life. A memory I will never forget. The Shelduck painting came to Christleton when we moved in 1977. Charles Tunicliffe died two years later in 1979. My father decided to sell the painting in later years when it was offered at a sale at Sotheby's in Watergate Street, Chester. It was such an impressive work that its image appeared on the front and back cover of the sale catalogue. By this time the unpopular buyer's premium has been introduced where 10% of the hammer price was added to what the purchaser had to pay. This goes directly to the auctioneers. The percentage of this obscene charge has since risen a number of times and in many cases can now be 25% to 30% or even more. I wonder if any vendors bother to think about the difference they receive to what the purchaser actually pays. I worked in an auction room in my early 20's. A commision of 10% on the hammer price was paid by the vendor. No additional charges to the purchaser.
The April edition of Wildlife Watch by David Cummings is now online. It makes cheering reading hearing how our natural world continues to thrive whilst the human race is on pause due to the dreadful pandemic. If you have a bird feeder within sight of your kitchen window where one seems to spend time you will be continually entertained by garden visitors. I have not seen a Gereenfinch on my feeder for a long time as David illustrates. The almost permanent inhabitant is a Wood Pigeon who walks, parades and scampers around the base of the bird feeder totally relient on the Blue Tits, Coal Tits and sometimes Robin throwing seed down to him. I often toss some seed down in the same place to supplement the Tits' donations but very often this is digested by a squirrel who magically appears on cue. Endless entertainment outside.