Monday, November 17, 2014

Winter 2014 Heritage Magazine

The Winter Issue of the 
Stockport Heritage Magazine is out NOW!!
With all the usual features and letters, there are articles about-
Vikings in Stockport
Stockport's 17 hospitals in the Great War
Baker's Vaults
Words & Whistles
Christmas 100 years ago
Greg's mills
Marple Hall
The Home Front
and much, much more.

If you have trouble getting your copy contact the Editor at

Sunday, November 16, 2014

100 years Commemoration at Bramhall

 Ford's Lane Church in Bramhall began their commemoration with a walk to the war memorial, followed by a British Legion service.

After the walk back a WW11 lunch was provided with songs, hymns and a short remembrance day talk.

 A good number joined in on the day with authentic costumes and displays of WW1 posters and letters from the front, adding to the effect.

The Geurnsey Evacuees Reunion

 Gillian Mawson is pictured talking to the Mayor and our own 1940s expert, Angela Kenrick at the Guernsey Evacuees Reunion in St. Mary church on Sun 8th Nov.

 The Evacuees gather together occasionally to share memories and catch up on old times.

Many of the memories were recorded for posterity by the BBC and stalls displayed interesting facts including the kind of items the children would have carried in their very small suit cases. 
The crowd was entertained by a George Formby act with familiar songs and jokes and everyone seemed to enjoy the day.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Untold Stories 1914 - 18

Untold stories –
Women anti-war activists Stockport & Manchester 1914 -18

Ali Ronan, local author and peace enthusiast, will reveal the important role of these unacknowledged heroines
Come along to discover our hidden local history
Wednesday 26th November 7.30pm
(6.30pm AGM, refreshments from 7pm)

Phone  0777 560 5062 or  0780 392 8778

at Disability Stockport, 23 High Street, Stockport
 SK1 1EG
                                   ALL WELCOME

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Stockport's First Viking Festival

As Part of the first ever Viking Festival in Stockport, the Heritage Trust put on a timed charity sprint up Bridge Street Brow.
 The youngest competitor just 14 months, the oldest (we didn't ask).

The winners
were -
For the men - Brett Clarke
For the women - Rose Heathcote
and the fastest child 0 - 12 was Dorna Asadi

 Other entertainments included concerts in St. Mary's Church, a stage with a variety of acts. There were also long boats, viking warriors and stalls with crafts and medieval wares.

wise women to cure all ailments and knights in medieval armour.

And with a rare chance to go down into Stockport's 15th C dungeon, definitely a weekend not to be missed.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Trip to the Imperial War Museum Salford

Another enjoyable trip out for a group of enthusiastic heritage hunters.

I would definitely recommend a visit to the special exhibition "From Street to Trench", a fascinating look at life around Manchester 1914-18.

Monday, October 06, 2014


                The HMVCG is running the following events this year

Monday 13 October


Heaton Moor United Church, Stanley Road, Heaton Moor

Hats and Huts

An illustrated talk about the ladies of the YMCA Women’s Auxiliary on the Western Front in the Great War. This is the extraordinary story of women volunteers in difficult and daunting times. Many of these women had presided over the drawing rooms of society but when war started they left the comforts of home and travelled to the front

Monday 27 October


Heaton Mersey Methodist Church, Cavendish Road

Not Forgotten

An illustrated talk by John Hartley, of  the ‘More than a Name’ Project and co-founder of the ‘In From the Cold’ Project .He will talk about remembrance and look at some of the local casualties and their families.

Monday 10th Nov


Heaton Moor United Church, Stanley Road, Heaton Moor

Women and Munitions

A talk by local historian Paula Rands about the contribution by women who worked in the local munitions factory

Saturday 8 Nov

10.30 – 2.00pm

Willow Grove Cemetery, Reddish

11.00 Parade led by drummers of 1804(Four Heatons) Squadron Air Cadets

11.15 and 1.30 accompanied Military Trail Walks plus activities

From 11.45am

1804 (Four Heatons) Squadron Air Cadets Headquarters

Refreshments and activities

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Stockport's Great War Experience

As part of the 2014 Heritage Open Days, Stockport Heritage Trust and St. Mary's Parish Church put on a whole day of 'Great War Experience'.

The exhibitions, talks and guided walks gave a picture of life in Stockport between 1914 - 18.

All aspects of the Home Front were covered including John Bull, who was utilised at the time to encourage recruitment. Our own recruitment barrow was set up in the Market Hall, to encourage the young people to take part and discover the kind of roll they would have been expected to play, from women making ammunition at Heaton Norris and engines for tanks at Mirrlees, to men being sent to man submarines, build roads and railways or dig tunnels.
There were two choirs, the Tiviot Dale Methodist  Church Singers and St. Mary's Church Singers as well as the Stockport Accordion Band, all entertaining with songs popular at the time.

Exhibitions included the Conscientious Objectors, Willow Grove Cemetery, Heaton Mersey Red Cross Hospital, postcards and letters sent home and a selection of the hundreds of posters use for recruitment, propaganda and public information.

The dungeon was also open with a display of crime and punishment.

The staff in the Heritage Centre did an amazing job trying to cope with the numbers of public and the organiser, Kevin Dranfield would like to thank ALL the volunteers who worked so hard on the day to make the event a huge success

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Gabrielle Ray grave to be restored

The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America are planning to restore the grave of Miss Gabrielle Ray, situated in Englefield Green Cemetery, Egham. Gabrielle was born in Stockport in 1883, the site marked by a blue plaque erected by the Gabrielle Ray Appreciation Society. She became the most photographed stage beauty of the Edwardian age.
For more information, please click on the following link: Gabrielle Ray memorial

Monday, August 04, 2014

The Summer 2014 Heritage Magazine is out Now.

The latest Stockport Heritage Magazine is in the shows NOW !!

With stories of-
Brewery Horses
New plaques for Stockport Canal
The Stockport to Stalybridge  rail service
Local motorcycling in the 1930s
Memories of wartime Heaton Norris
Thomas Web town maker
The Ashtons of Highfield
The Cheshire rising
A suffragette buried far from home -

and many more interesting titbits and letters.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Another Sad Event

Yesterday was the Funeral of another long standing Heritage Centre volunteer and Trust member.

Doreen Dethick was born in Oldham but spent most of her adult life in Stockport. She was a very active member of the Heritage Trust as well as supporting the Plaza Cinema group and could always be relied on to be there when needed.

Our sympathy goes out to her daughter Sharza at this sad time.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Chadkirk Festival 2014

 Another good turn out for the Chadkirk Festival.

There was lots to see and do and the weather made the day.

Don't miss it next year, always the last Sunday in July.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Stockport 2014 Parade

Derek and Angie were in character as part of the 2014 Carnival Parade

Monday, July 14, 2014

Romiley School Re-enactment Day

On Thursday 10th July, the children of Romiley Primary School, walked from the site of their old school, to the present school on Sandy Lane, just as they had done 100 years ago.

Members of staff and pupils, dressed in period costumes, outside the old National School on Guywood Lane prior to the walk to new school on Sandy Lane.

The children and pupils arriving at their new school.