Nameless no more! After today’s naming ceremony, we can now reveal our carved bear is called Charles. The bear’s creator, Master Carver Jennifer Gater, selected the successful entry and presented a small carved bear to the winner, 10-year-old Liam Williams. Jennifer chose the name to honour her apprentice-master, Malcom Gibbons, a direct descendant of 17th century Royal Carver, Grinling Gibbons. She said, “I chose the name Charles because it was King Charles II who gave Grinling Gibbons his opportunity to carve as an officially appointed and recognised master to the Crown.” The museum is proud to have such a beautifully carved bear greeting our visitors. We hope it’s the first of many works in a long and successful career for Jennifer. (Pictured: Liam with ‘Charles’)
We will be holding a naming ceremony for our newest resident bear on Friday 21st February at 12.30. Since early January, the unnamed wooden bear has been welcoming visitors and collecting donations at the museum’s reception. Master Carver Jennifer Gater has selected the successful entry and she will present a small carving of a running bear to the winner.
Proceeds of the bucket collections from the previous Congleton Carnival are to be divided between several charities in the town. The museum has been successful in applying for a grant to support the purchase of our carved bear and donation box. The cheque for this will be presented at a 70s Nite at the Bulls Head on February 22nd. The museum will be represented by volunteers Graham and Linda Hulse. Tickets £5 each from the Visitor Information Centre (Tourist Office). Why not go along and have a groovy night out? Please see poster for more details.
Congleton Museum is proud to present Peter Boon’s new booklet: ‘History of Agriculture in Congleton and District’. This thorough work begins by giving a general history of the development of agriculture before focusing on Congleton’s specific development. The booklet describes how 80 small ‘self-sufficient’ Burgages of the 17th century evolved into a thriving dairy industry. The booklet concludes with the author’s personal recollection about the drastic changes in Congleton’s agriculture during WWII. This work provides a detailed and enlightening account of one our town’s dominant industries though history. Available from the museum shop for £2.50.
Back to work for Jim, Bill, Aggie and Ada – our first Evacuee Experience in 2014 !