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
A very successful evening was held on Tuesday 14 January 2014, when 24 Friends gathered at Gusto for a three-course meal. Many thanks to Gusto, who did us proud! We intend this to be an annual event.
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.
On July 2nd 2014, the Friends will be enjoying an afternoon visit to the Lovell Quinta Arboretum followed by tea at the Swettenham Arms.
The arboretum is in the village of Swettenham and extends for about 11 hectares. It was created by Professor Sir Bernard Lovell FRS from open grassland after he purchased the property in 1948. In 1996 it passed into the hands of the Cheshire Wildlife Trust who transferred it to the Tatton Garden Society in the autumn of 2003.
There are some 800 species and some 2,500 trees and shrubs, including currently 2 National Collections as well as a lake and many species of wildlife.