Warrington & Vale Royal College is celebrating some of the highest pass rates in England, with the latest figures ranking it in the top 10 colleges nationally for the third consecutive year.
New programme of public events for unique ship older than the Titanic
The S.S. Daniel Adamson (“the “Danny”) has announced that its 2019 programme of cruising and events will be mostly based on the River Weaver with this historic 116 year old steam ship sailing between Sutton Weaver near Frodsham and Anderton Lift Lock in Northwich. Public cruises will vary from two and a half hours up to four and a half hours with a repeat of speciality gin themed events which were a sell out in 2018. Real ale cruises will be introduced for the first time in 2019.
More rare birds sighted – Warblers Galore!
Now that part of the meadows has returned to its traditional use for cropping hay, and hedge laying has started in earnest, ornithologists are anticipating some great sights as the summer bird migrants return from their over winter homes in more southerly climates to find an environment more suitable to their needs.
New arrivals on Paddington Meadows delights ornithologists
Ornithologist, members of the New Cut carrying out regular bird surveys on Paddington Meadows throughout 2018 have been delighted with some of the new species sightings and the welcome return of some old favourites. Top of the list was a Red Kite, a species almost extinct in Britain a few years ago but after successful reintroductions in Wales and Southern England they are now spreading out across the country.
Hospitality & Catering students at Warrington & Vale Royal College had the opportunity of a lifetime last weekend as they joined Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge at his Pub in the Park festival in Knutsford.
100 children on three separate trips went on board the Daniel Adamson steam ship from Halton and Cheshire primary schools took part in a unique educational experience involving ornithologists, professional artists, marine engineers and waterway enthusiasts, all sharing their knowledge and experience with the pupils.
Three local charities were delighted to receive the proceeds from activities organised by Stockton Heath Festival 2018.
Inspired by the Royal Society for the Protection Birds and Wildlife Trusts with central funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the nations remaining meadows were celebrated and groups encouraged to conserve and restore what was left. There were 125 events nationally and Paddington Meadows was one of the stars in the North West.
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Stockton Heath Festival, the event which celebrates art and culture, took place from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th July 2018 and has been hailed as the biggest ever.
The annual event in and around Stockton Heath Village attracted record crowds to events including tribute acts in the Festival Marquee such as Viva la Coldplay and David Live (the Best of Bowie) which closed the Festival.
David Craggs, the Festival Director says: the 2018 Festival will go down as the biggest yet as throughout the weekend there were capacity crowds with several events selling out well before the Festival weekend.
He adds: I am proud, with invaluable help from our Committee, to have been involved in growing the Festival over recent years and as this is my final year as Director I feel I am stepping down on a high. I’m very confident the Festival is in great shape to hand over to someone else who will bring their own fresh ideas.
Highlights of the eclectic Festival included Phil Shotton’s swing band featuring Chris James, art demonstrations, Mini Professors, Diddi Dance, a history talk about Warrington soldiers in World War 1, and Illyria performing Shakespeare in an open-air theatre at Grappenhall Walled Gardens. The annual Art exhibition in St Thomas’ church was inspirational showcasing the talents of our local amateur artists.
Feedback on Facebook included: What a great three nights and two full days at Stockton Heath Festival. Thanks for putting on great shows and entertainment. Tudor would have been proud.
While the Saturday afternoon saw the Festival competing with the England v Sweden World Cup football match, the crowds returned in the evening to celebrate on the Festival Field with local bands the Ambersons and Joe Hatton.
The organisers are delighted to have raised in excess of £1,850 for The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace during the Comedy Night at the Slug and Lettuce and £415 for The River Reeves Foundation.
The event organisers would like to thank all sponsors, volunteers and performers as without them there would be no Festival to enjoy year on year. Particular thanks to all the businesses and people who donated prizes for auction and raffles.
After a short break planning the 2019 Festival will begin in earnest. We’ll keep you posted with updates.
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