Who are the Friends?
The Friends comprise families and individuals who appreciate the history and distinctive character of Knutsford and wish to support the Heritage Centre in its efforts to preserve this heritage and share it with the community. The fundraising activities of the Friends raise money to support the Centre by providing enhancements and responding to requests made by the Trustees.
Become a Friend of Knutsford Heritage Centre
Joining between June and August 2018: £5
From September 2018 onwards: £15 single membership; £25 joint membership.
To become a Friend of Knutsford Heritage Centre please fill in and return this form
Forthcoming Friend’s Events
Mon, Oct 8th at 7pm – Friends of the Heritage Centre AGM
Followed by talk – to be arranged
Fri Nov 16th at 7pm – Friends’ Annual Quiz Night at Toft Cricket Club
Summer Outing to Gawsworth Hall 11th June 2018
Twenty-six Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre and their guests enjoyed a private visit to Gawsworth Hall on a gloriously sunny June afternoon. We were welcomed in the tea-room garden by the Hall’s owner, Mrs. Elizabeth Richards, who gave us a lively potted history of the hall from medieval times, which was sprinkled with amusing anecdotes. The Hall is an intimate family home packed with sparkling treasures, which we were able to view at our own pace, and learn more about from Mrs. Richards’ sons, Rupert and Jonathan, who continue to live there.
After a stroll through the rose garden, a cream tea in the tea-room completed the visit. An unexpected bonus was a stunning Flower Festival in the adjacent Parish Church.
Gawsworth Hall is a Grade 1 listed building, built in 1480 and extensively re-modelled in 1701. It was probably built as a courtyard house enclosing a quadrangle but much of it has been demolished. The hall was once owned by the Fitton family and their daughter, Mary Fitton is perhaps the ‘Dark Lady’ of Shakespeare’s sonnets. It was also, at one time, the home of Samuel ‘Maggoty’ Johnson, a playwright described as the last professional jester in England. The Richards family bought the estate in 1960.
AGM October 2017
After a welcome by Lord Ashbrook and the chairman’s report, the accounts for 2016-7 were approved; the value of donations made to the Heritage Centre amounted to £1579. A summary of the year’s events was followed by the re-election of the officers and the committee.
The AGM was followed by an entertaining and illuminating talk by George Williams (Trustee and Volunteer) with the title: ‘Everyone’s a Winner’: a magical journey through the world of competitions.
10th Annual Quiz Night November 2017
Once again the quiz evening, held at Toft Cricket Club, was a sell-out. There were plenty of tantalising questions, some involving the number ten, superb food and good comraderie all round. The 11th Quiz is already being planned.
February Forum 2018
Our annual series of four Saturday lunchtime talks, held at 2 p.m. in the Tapestry Gallery:
3 February Lord Egerton in Kenya
10 February Peover Hall and the Mainwarings
17 February May Day Memories
24 February Richard Harding Watt
Ticket prices: £7.20 each for Friends; £8 for visitors. £28 for all four talks.
to download and read our Summer 2018 edition.