Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre
The Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre was set up in September 2007 to provide financial support for the Centre. Its aim is to raise funds for varied Heritage Centre projects responding to requests from the Trustees on what its most pressing needs are. ) It has funded the rebinding of some rare books and has purchased a garden shed, a time capsule, which was buried in September 2014, to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Heritage Centre, and many other essential items needed to move the Centre forward.
Currently we have around 70 members. Joining the Friends is a great way to support the work of Knutsford Heritage Centre and at the same time enjoy a calendar of social events. A regular newsletter is published. The Friends are members of the British Association of Friends of Museums (BAFM). If you are interested in joining the committee, please call 01565 650506.
Who are the friends?
They are individuals and families who care about Knutsford and its rich heritage. They share its aims to preserve, protect and promote the historic past of the town.
By joining the Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre, members can play an important role in conserving the cultural heritage of Knutsford for future generations.
What do the friends do?
The Friends provide valuable support in the form of an annual subscription, and by organising or supporting fund-raising events. All monies received go towards the enhancement of the Centre.
As a friend you will receive:
- A regular newsletter
- Advance notice of forthcoming events
- 10% discount on ticket price for Heritage Centre and Friends events
The Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre organise fund-raising events to enable the Centre to buy equipment or generally enhance the visitor experience, so do come along and support us.
Become A Friend
The annual subscription is
Adult: £10.00 per year
Joint: £15.00 per year
For ease of administration, our subscriptions are renewable in September each year. Anyone joining between April and August need only pay £5 (£7.50 joint) for this part year. The full subscription will be due in September.
Cheques should be sent to ‘The Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre’
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are always glad of help from the Friends. Please telephone us on 01565 650506 or email us at email@example.com if you are able to offer any of the following:
- Raffle prize donation
- Give a talk or demonstration
- Help with baking and/or catering
- Display/deliver publicity material
- Help organise a fund-raising event
- Contribute an article to the newsletter
- Give occasional help at an event (i.e. stewarding, collecting tickets)
- Particular skills, interests, experience or useful contacts that you feel could benefit the Heritage Centre
- Any suggestions for events/functions/activities you would like to see organised
February Forum 2014
Three speakers from local historic properties were joined by one of the Centre’s volunteers, to give a series of four Saturday lunchtime talks.
Charles Foster, project director of Arley Hall archives, talked about the shopping habits of the Warburton family of Arley in the 18th century using original bills and invoices as his starting point.
Mary Gracie gave a presentation using images of Knutsford and of the surrounding estates that helped make Knutsford a prosperous market town.
Sarah Webb, a trustee of the Tabley House Collection, described a Victorian year with the Leicesters of Tabley, illustrated with excerpts from the family’s diaries and letters and Victorian photographs.
Peter Braun gave an illustrated talk about Dunham Hall, with stories and anecdotes covering the history of the house, the family, royal connections and Victorian romance and scandal.
Tour of Lovell Quinta Arboretum (July 2014)
The weather held fair for the Friends’ summer outing to the Lovell Quinta Arboretum at Swettenham. Rhod Taylor, who has worked there for over 20 years, was our guide for the afternoon and started by telling us how the arboretum began as a small project in Sir Bernard Lovell’s back garden, but has expanded over the years to now cover 28 acres. It features over 800 species of trees and shrubs, and Rhod’s enthusiasm for his job was evident as he gave us the Latin name and characteristics of each plant we stopped to admire. Many of the trees are at their best in the autumn, which he explained will be early this year because of the mild start to the year.
The arboretum is managed by Tatton Garden Society, and we thank Colin H., one of its members, for suggesting this visit. After the tour we enjoyed a cream tea in the adjacent Swettenham Arms, overlooking the delightful lavender fields.
AGM and Knutsford Talk (21 October 2014)
After a brief AGM Caroline Sherwin, one of the Centre’s knowledgeable guides, gave an interesting and informative PowerPoint presentation showing significant ‘Places’ around the town and their link to ‘People’ from the town’s history. In spite of the wet and windy weather the evening was very well attended.
Annual Friends’ Quiz Night (Friday 21 November 2014)
Tickets are now available at the Heritage Centre for the Friends’ Annual Quiz Night at Toft Cricket Club on Friday 21 November at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. This will be our final event of 2104 and celebrates the Centre’s 25th Anniversary.
Maximum 6 per team please, but singles and couples are welcome and we will put you on a team. Tickets for the quiz are £13 full price, or just £11.50 to members of the Friends. This includes a hot-pot supper and pudding. There is a licensed bar.
We will be holding a raffle as usual and would appreciate donations of gifts for this.
Please call in the Centre, or telephone 01565 650506, to reserve tickets, which we will hold for you for 7 days.