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.
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.
Education can I think be likened to the building of a house. On a bare patch of land the footings are dug. Assuming you have found a good builder he will dig a deep wide trench and fill it with a strong mix of concrete. From this the bricklayers will start to lay one course at a time. Just like a young child starting their education. With understanding teachers the child will leave one day we hope with enough knowlege to face the world.
I cannot say that I greatly enjoyed my schooldays. Perhaps it was because you would need two hands to count the number of schools I went to. But looking back now I realise it did form a base for me to grow from and seek knowledge of new things. I think that I have probably learnt a lot more since I left school but it is strange the stupid things you can remember from those school days long ago wereas you have difficulty in remembering the name of someone you met last week. I can remember in chemistry learning an alphabebital list of valencies which started with Aliminium having a value of 3. This is something I have never had to know about in later life and trusting my luck it would not be a question if I ever appeared in an episode ot The Chase.
This month sees the fifth article for Christleton in the Past by David Cummings. The subject is Education and as it is numbered 1 it looks as if David will be returning to the subject again the future.
I was lucky enough to be one of the villagers to visit Miss Anne Butterworth at Oaklands Nursing Home yesterday the 24th April. She was celebrating her 99th birthday. Anne has always been the most easy, interesting and entertaining person to talk to and she had not lost any of that sparkle when we were able to see and talk to her safely from behind a glazed screen. Anne was accompanied by Harold, her new birthday bear, who she has named after her brother and father. It was also a birthday for Sheila Roberts. So an opportunity for a photograph of two of the nicest ladies you would care to meet. Many more happy returns to both of them.
The History File for April by David Cummings is now online. It is the memories of Cliff Boddy , a choirister, scribe and verger who served the congregation at St. James' Church for 79 years. A fascinating look at the man and our village of Christleton. I am so pleased to have in my possession a copy of the wonderful plan of Christleton that Cliff made and which has been featured on the home page of the Christleton website for the past few years.