The Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre is an active group providing valuable support for the work of the Centre. The Friends raise funds through an annual subscription and fund-raising events enabling the purchase of much-needed items to enhance the centre. Recent donations have included funds for a garden shed for the cottage garden, the rebinding of rare books, special stationery to preserve archive material, a new shop heater and a time capsule to mark the 25th anniversary of the Heritage Centre.
The Friends are individuals and families who care about Knutsford and its rich heritage. They share the aims of the centre to preserve, protect and promote the historic past of the town and are able to play a role in conserving the cultural history of Knutsford for future generations.
Throughout the year The Friends organise a popular and diverse programme of fund-raising and social events. The year starts with the February Forum, a series of four weekly Saturday lunch-time talks followed by a light lunch. The talks are fully-booked and this year’s lively programme included an account of a journey into the Sahara; queens and queenship in medieval England; the life and times of George Formby and the darker side of life in Victorian Manchester.
The summer event is a garden party in Leycester Road on Wednesday 15th July, including a guided walk in Legh Road, discovering more about Richard Harding Watt and his Italianate villas.
Becoming a Friend
As a Friend you will receive
- a regular newsletter
- advance notice of forthcoming events
- 10% discount on ticket prices for Heritage Centre and Friends events
The annual subscription is:
Adult: £10 per year
Joint: £15 per year
For ease of administration subscriptions are renewable in September each year. Anyone joining between April and August need only pay £5 (£7.50 joint) for this part year.
We can be contacted by email at email@example.com or telephone 01565 650506
Can you help?
We are always glad of help from the Friends. Please telephone us on 01565 650506 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
The Friends’ Annual Quiz Night at Toft Cricket Club was on Friday 21 November at 7pm. This was our final event of 2104 and celebrated the Centre’s 25th Anniversary.