The heritage project has been initiated to promote the heritage of St Mary's Church and its parishioners over the years of its history. We are looking to gather as much information and artefacts about St Mary's and its social history for the churches archives but also to encourage more interest in the church whether it be as congregation or visitors to the building.
This project is being run by John Bottomley, Sheenagh Ashworth and Brian Day. If you have any information or can help in any way please get in touch with them Contact page or email the magazine [at] sandbachchurch [dot] co [dot] uk (subject: Heritage%20project) (magazine)
This made a wonderful evening where the audience could learn all about the heritage of Sandbach and St Marys. This has been an ideal start to the Heritage project.
We have received lots of photographs and would like to expand on these, particularly asking for your memories and stories of: your time at the Church School; any outings that you have been on; any church organisations of which you were members.
Many thanks to everyone who is contributing their valuable information and artifacts this is a great help. Anyone that can help collate this information please get in touch. We would like to be able to display the information we are collecting.
Are you a member? would you like to become a member?
Chris McIlwaine, from the Dane Valley group of the Arts Society (formerly known as NADFAS) in Holmes Chapel, met with us to discus ways forward. The Arts Society can produce discovery trails, specifically for children, for churches and have one in place at St Luke's Holmes Chapel which is excellent. As a much larger project, they can also document all historical items within a church. We have the support of Chris for a Heritage Trail but to enable this we need to be a member of the Arts Society. If anyone is already a member, or would like to become a member, could they please contact us (Sheenagh, Brian or John)
In early December, Richard Vickery, a member of the Sandbach History Society, gave a fascinating talk on “George Latham and the Bradwall Reformatory School”. The room was packed with plenty of members of our congregation also in attendance.
George Latham was the benefactor of the Bradwall Estate at the age of 27 and in 1955 he supplied the land for the school and was the manager there for 30 years. The boys walked from the Reformatory School, on Walnut Tree Lane, to St Mary's Church (2.2 miles) twice every Sunday! It is thought that the boys entered the Bradwall Chapel, behind the organ console, using the door in the chapel where they sat for the services.
Why not see how many memorials and windows you can find in the church dedicated to one of the Latham family.
We are pleased to report that more visitors have entered the church since the new opening hours began. It's really encouraging that visitors want to see the historic building and its heritage.
We have received a few memories from pupils' time at the National School and here are some from David Bourne:
"I attended the church school in the 1950’s and left in 1956. My first memory is of Miss Darlington’s class. She made us recite our times tables each morning and walked around the class with her ruler listening and if anyone made a mistake she would strike the back of your hand with the ruler - perish the thought if this happened nowadays!
In Mrs Sparrow’s class we had a page of sums to do each morning, it was a race, and when you had finished you had to stand on your seat!
Mr Edwards used to have a punishment session where he administered the ‘slipper’ ie a plimsoll to the rear end. One reason for punishment was having dirty shoes!!"
Please get in contact with one of the Heritage Project team. John, Brian or Sheenagh.