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Christletob Remembrance Day 2018

Eleven o'clock on the 11th November was rather different this year. A poignant reminder of the passing of time as it was one hundred years since the guns fell silent ending World War 1. The most horrible of wars when many young men from Christleton were injured or lost their lives. Their names were read out followed by those who died in service to their country during World War II. A two minute silence was held so we could reflect upon their suffering and how much they gave for us. The December edition of The History File by David Cummings recalls our remembrance on that day at Christleton War Memorial and in St. James Church. Illustrated by some 70 photographs including the knitting and needlework by Material Girls. In addition David gives an account of the special evening of Commemoration on 10th November at Christleton High School. I was lucky enough to have a ticket for this event and was moved by the drama students performance. I also enjoyed joining in with the rendition of WWI songs. They just do not write them like that any more.

Richard Nicholson
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Water and Waterways were in his Blood

David Wain OBE

The November edition of The History File is a tribute to David Wain OBE by David Cummings and Alf Croston. David Wain died in September this year. In Christleton we are so lucky to have the Shropshire Union Canal passing through the village. In days gone by the Skips Lane area was a hive of activity with boat builders yards. I am sure you will enjoy reading about this respected member of the Christleton community whose exploits included driving his car across the frozen River Dee near the old Dee Bridge..

Richard Nicholson
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Les George OBE

A charismatic and much respected man

A fitting tribute by David Cummings and Phil Hodges to Les George OBE. I urge you to read this edition of The History File for October, 2018. I never met him but first saw him at the Christleton Village Fete in 2000 held in the orchard of the Law College. After that I became aware of how much he was loved and admired. I always find it sad to learn so much about a person that I did know after they have died. It is often the earlier part of their lives that you are not aware of so I am sure that this tribute will particularly interest those who just knew him as the Headteacher of the Secondary Modern School which opened in Christleton in 1958.

Richard Nicholson
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Girls on Waggonette trip to Rhyl

Education Education Christleton Education

This year brings the 60th Anniversary of the opening of Christleton High School. An event which David Cummings marks with a series concerning the history of education in the village of Christleton. The first part of this interesting insight starts in the August edition of The History File. Read it, learn it, as there may be questions later.

Richard Nicholson
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Christleton Maypole Team 1980's

143 Years since the first Christleton Fete

If you want to know more about the history of Christleton Fete then read the July edition of The History File by David Cummings. It is illustrated with a collection of Fete photographs from years gone by. There are also links to web pages on this site covering the last 10 years. I have recently spent many hours reconstructing these pages so that they should now load much faster and be more suitable for portable devices.

Richard Nicholson
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Cotton Cross Plough Lane

A restored Cotton Cross and the story of John Bruen

We have to thank local farmer Edward Walley who has created, funded and restored a fine red sandstone cross at Cotton Gate in Plough Lane. Reminding us of a time when many local crosses were destroyed. David Cummings in his History File for June 2018 relates the story of John Bruen, squire of Stapleford with photographs of the new cross.

Richard Nicholson
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