The Cover Girls

A new exhibition by Quilting Group "The Cover Girls" has opened in Northwich Library. The group, run by Gill Young, meets every fortnight in Frodsham.

They have a regular challenge, and this exhibition features their latest challenge - to make a small quilted panel from shirts and ties purchased in the Age UK Shop in Northwich.

Gill has been making quilts for over 30 years, and has organised pop-up exhibitions in Weaver Square.

The groups next challenge is "Four of my favourite things".

The exhibition, that also features larger quilts made by members of the group, is organised by DAN, and runs until the new year.

More details on the group can be obtained from Gill on 01829 751945.

Northwich Guardian article here.

Exhibition: Sketches from the Front

Sketches of the First World War by William Hutchings.
Friday 31 October  - Saturday 29 November
Northwich Library, Witton Street, Northwich CW9 5DR

William Harold Hutchings was born in Toxteth Park, Liverpool in 1886. After training at the Liverpool School of Art, he is thought to have worked for the United Alkali Company based in St Helens.

When he enlisted during the Great War, he was assigned to the Cheshire Regiment, but transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps at some point. He took with him a series of sketch books and would paint and draw whenever the opportunity arose.

Many of the sketches have a vibrant and spontaneous quality depicting everyday life on the front line - sometime comic, occasionally tragic.

After the war, William worked as a clerk for Brunner Mond in Northwich, and continued to paint and draw. He was a founder member of the Northwich Society of Artists, and a member of the Crescent Players.

On his death he left his sketch books to Northwich Library. They are now very fragile, and are in the care of Cheshire Records Office. This exhibition features enlarged prints of the original sketches.

Free Entry
Library Opening Hours:
Monday - Wednesday - 9.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday - Friday - 9.00am - 7.00pm
Saturday - 9.00am - 1.00pm
Sunday - Closed

The exhibition was originally shown at Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse, with the support of Cheshire County Council and Cheshire Records Office. DAN is grateful for the loan of the exhibition.

There are also WW1 medals on display, plus model figures (courtesy of Michael Troy) and trench art (courtesy of John Knowles).

Copies of Northwich Heritage Society WW1 publications, A Call To Arms by Alan Lowe and The Lost Boys of Lostock by John Knowles are available to purchase.

Click here and here to see more on Northwich and WW1.

Northwich Guardian article here.

VAC Christmas Workshops

Watercolour Christmas Cards - CANCELLED
Saturday 22 November
10.00am - 3.00pm - £20.00
Come and create beautiful hand made Christmas cards with watercolour artist Rebecca Yoxall. All materials provided but feel free to bring your own if you have them.
Click here to book a place. 

Coptic Stitch Bound Books - CANCELLED
Monday 24 November
10.00am - 3.00pm - £20.00
Create personalised blank bound books with poet Angela Topping. Materials provided, but feel free to bring any scrap paper /pictures/decorations to make it your own.
Click here to book a place.

Christmas Decorations
Monday 8 December
10.00am - 3.00pm - £25.00
Learn to make and decorate your own unique Christmas decorations out of porcelain paper clay with ceramicist Philippa Maye. No previous experience required. All materials provided.
Click here to book a place.

Personalised Gift and Wrapping Paper 
Monday 15 December
10.00am - 3.00pm - £20.00
Personalise your gifts with individually painted wrapping paper and gift tags with watercolour artist Rebecca Yoxall. All materials provided but feel free to bring your own if you have them.
Click here to book a place.

All workshops take place at:
Weaver Vale Garden Centre
The Craft Shop
Winnington Avenue

Booking is Essential
Either book online by clicking on the links above,
or download the booking form here, and return to:
VAC, 1 Townfield Lane, Barnton, Northwich CW8 4LG
with a cheque made payable to ‘Visual Arts Cheshire’.

Over by Christmas

Northwich Railway Station
Saturday 20 September
10.30am - Free

During September, Theatre in the Quarter will embark on a journey around the railway stations of Cheshire to present Over by Christmas, a choral commemoration of the departure of Cheshire’s soldiers to the Western Front in Autumn 2014.

Featuring well-loved songs of the period, Over by Christmas captures the spirit of optimism and patriotism of those leaving their loved ones, perhaps never to see them again.

A community choir of ‘soldiers’, ‘nurses’ and their families will recreate this poignant and historic moment, accompanied by live musicians.

Watch a trailer here.

A Call to Arms by Alan Lowe tells the story of the first 6 months of WW1, as told through the local Northwich newspapers - details of the book here.


Cheshire Open Studios 2014

Now in its 17th year, Cheshire Open Studios features 22 artists, opening up their studios on 13/14 September or 27/28 September, plus the main exhibition at Funky Aardvark Gallery, 61 Bridge Street Rows East, Chester.

Northwich artists with studios open:-

Diana Bernice Tackley
Debbie Goldsmith
Simon Kennedy
Julia Midgley
Beth Barlow
Artwork Studio and Gallery
Yvonne Chadderton

Check the brochure for studio opening dates and times.
Publishing Software from YUDU

Click here for the Cheshire Open Studios Website

The Salt Tellers Community Play

The Salt Tellers Community Play was staged at The Lion Salt Works and Anderton Boat Lift on 5-9 July 2005.

The Salt Tellers Programme


DAN/VAC Calendar 2015

VAC and DAN are producing another 'Images of Northwich' Calendar 2015.

If you would like to submit photos for consideration here are the details.
(Please note the deadline for submission)

* the photos must be yours
* they should show Northwich as it is (rather than how it used to be)
* they should be recognisably Northwich and surrounding districts (eg photos of swans or frosty leaves will probably not be considered)
* they need to be well exposed/composed and show our town in its best light (eg the sort of photo that would make a good postcard)
* they must be in landscape format and in colour.

Submission deadline 31st August (selection will be first week in September and we hope to have the calendar printed by mid-October).

Images must be available digitally as high resolution/quality jpegs (minimum 3000 pixels wide). You may submit smaller versions initially for the selection process.

Submit your image(s) by email to:-
(please state the location and title)

Please avoid heavy Photoshopping.
You may like to consider the seasons with your submission(s).
There will be a selection process - only the most suitable images will be chosen.
There are no prizes, but the successful photographers will receive a free calendar.

Images of Northwich 2013 Calendar here.