A chronology of Warrington's history
The list is not exhaustive, nor is it intended to
be. Additional events of Warrington's history can be found elsewhere on the site
(in the two Tours and Warrington People, for instance). If you think something should be
here, let me know.
Click the links to jump to a section.
65,000,000 BC Tyrannosaurus
Rex walked down Bridge Street (well, he might have done!).
c1000 BC Evidence
of a Bronze Age settlement found at Grappenhall.
74 AD The Romans
arrived - River Mersey crossed by a ford at Latchford. Manufacture of glass,
iron, bronze and pottery at Wilderspool (to about the 4th century).
5th -11th centuries Saxons
and Danes followed the Romans.
Parish Church of St Elphin founded.
Oswald slain at Winwick.
c1070 Warrington Castle built
at Mote Hill, behind Parish Church of St Elphin.
is recorded in the Domesday Book. Other local names include Arpley, Howley,
Latchford, Orford, Bewsey and Sankey.
Book records a church on the site of present day St Mary's Church by Lymm Dam.
1150 First Norman
Parish Church built in the town by Matthew de Villars, 2nd Lord of Warrington.
1255 Town given a
royal charter to hold a weekly market. See Warrington
Market for more. [Listen out on Radio Warrington for the five to one
c1256 William le
Boteler moved to Bewsey Hall.
on Mote Hill destroyed by fire.
Friary Established (Wetherspoon's pub, The Friar Penketh, now stands on the
1285 First bridge
over the Mersey at Warrington.
introduced by Edward II to repair Warrington Bridge (they were lifted in 1504).
1321 Streets of
Warrington are paved - first in the county of Lancashire.
1352 Ferry crossing of the Mersey near Hollins
Green mentioned in a murder trial close to the present day location of Warburton
Parish Church pulled down, new one built by William Fitz William le Boteler.
c1357 Hill Cliffe
Baptist Chapel established. The exact date isn't known, but is
said to be found on a stone in the burial ground.
1369 2nd bridge
over the Mersey at Bridge Foot.
1386 Scrope and
Grosvenor case of arms tried at the Friary. Read more here
Brook contained fish.
fought in the War of the Roses.
1465 The Legh
Manuscript of life in Warrington is produced.
following areas of town are listed: Pighill, Cockhedge, White Cross, Slutchers
Lane, Newgate Street (later Bridge Street), Sankey Street, Winwick Street, Butter
Market and Church Street.
1,341 (191,084 in the 2001 Census).
1465 Sir John
Fitzjohn le Boteler murdered at Bewsey.
Bridge at Bridge Foot rebuilt in stone by the Earl of Derby (3rd bridge on the site).
Grammar School founded by Sir Thomas le Boteler.
1561 Barley Mow
pub built on what is now called Old Market Place in Golden Square (the oldest
building still standing in the town).
"Golden Grey" ship sailed from Liverpool with cloth manufactured in
Thomas Dallam (from the then-village of Dallam)
delivered an organ to the Sultan of Turkey after one was requested from Queen
Elizabeth I (she lived from 1533 to 1603).
1617 James I
stayed at Bewsey Old Hall. He knighted Thomas Ireland during his visit.
1632 Black Horse
pub, Liverpool Road, built (still standing today).
1641-2 The Civil
War - the King's standard raised at Warrington, due to its river crossing and
the road north.
Siege began and ended.
Elias Ashmole made a Freemason at Warrington, in first recorded initiation.
Town Bell given to the town by Col. John Booth. It was erected in the Court House
at Golden Square and is now in Holy Trinity church tower.
captured by the Parliamentarians.
1648 AUG 20 Oliver
Cromwell slept in the town. He stayed at The Spotted Leopard (later General
Wolfe) pub on Church Street, next to the current Cottage restaurant.
1648 Pin making
industry established in the town (Pinners Brow and Pinners Brow Retail Park commemorate
JUN 10 Richard Warburton
married Ann Domvill at Lymm.
Battle of Warrington Bridge.
William Booth appointed as Postmaster of Warrington.
1656 Plague house
built at Latchford (it was called this after the outbreak of plague when it
affected the residents). It has now been demolished.
1657 The Earl of Derby passes through the town
on his way to his execution.
mention of Royal Oak pub in Bridge Street.
1665 Plague in
1665 Blue Coat
George Fox visited Warrington.
1680 Bricks first
used for building of houses in the town.
Lord Delamere, became the first Earl of Warrington.
Patten made Mersey navigable from Bank Quay to Runcorn.
first glass works opened at Bank Quay.
Horse racing at Latchford.
1702 Cairo Street
current Holy Trinity
Blue Coat School founded in house behind Holy Trinity church.
1717 The Patten
family opened a copper smelting works at Bank Quay.
Regiment South Lancashire Regiment raised.
refining at Bewsey Street, Warrington.
1720 The Society
of Friends chapel built in Buttermarket Street.
1724 A series of
weirs built on the Mersey at Latchford.
workhouse was established on Church Street.
Eyres, printer, founder of Eyre's Press, born in Warrington.
1740s The Saracen's
Head brewery established at Wilderspool.
Liverpool Volunteer Cavalry defended Warrington Bridge against Charles Edward
Stewart, the Young Pretender.
Patten built the Georgian style mansion, Bank Hall - later to be become the Town
1750 APR 2 An
earthquake hits Warrington.
1755 Work starts
on the cutting of the Sankey Canal (opened 1757).
1755 APR 14 Preacher John Wesley first
Warrington. He re-visited on various occasions until 1790.
1756 Peter Stubs,
file and toolmaker, born.
1756 Eyre's Weekly
Journal (also called the Warrington Advertiser) first published - first
newspaper in Warrington and Lancashire.
Flying Stage Coach established from London to Warrington's Red Lion pub on Bridge
Street. The journey took three days.
1757 OCT 23 Warrington
1757 Road between
Warrington and Prescot completed.
Canal opened. It was the first canal cut in England during
the Industrial Revolution.
SEP Sir Thomas Boteler died.
Library established, forerunner of the Public Library in 1848.
1761 Howley Quay
Flour Mills established.
Rights of Warrington purchased by John Blackburne. The modern Blackburne Arms
pub near Orford Park is named after him.
River Mersey floods at Warrington.
MAR 10 Joseph Williamson, known as the Mole of Liverpool, born in poverty in Warrington.
1770 Bridgewater Canal
opened through south
making carried out at the Twiggery located near Farrell Street. Read about the
Twiggeries in Warrington
Packet Boats started a service from Castlefield, Manchester to Warrington via
the Bridgewater Canal.
Manchester, Warrington and Liverpool stagecoach began to run three times a week.
1777 St James'
Chapel, Latchford's first public place of
Earthquake in Warrington.
John Howard (1729-90), prison reformer, visited the Bridewell (Warrington's
former town centre prison) and lodged at a now-demolished silversmith's shop in Bridge Street,
Warrington while he wrote his book. This site is now occupied by the Howard
Buildings, a former location of Boots the Chemist. Read more about John Howard in Warrington
1779 First Sunday
School in the county at St James' Chapel.
Wire Mills founded.
1780 Peter Stubs
file and tool business started.
industry started by Matthew Knowles.
Coat School opened on Winwick Street.
Bank established by Messrs. Parr, Lyon and Kerfoot. The modern-day NatWest
branch on Winwick Street is housed in the old bank building.
Whitley brewery established at Wilderspool (business set up in 1762 in St
Helens). They take over the Saracen's Head brewery established in the 1740s.
Academy is dissolved and moved to Manchester College, Oxford.
1787 First steam
engine installed in a Warrington factory, Peel's cotton mill in Latchford.
& Son Mersey Pin Works established.
1790 MAY 7 Preacher
John Wesley visited the town for the final time.
1791 DEC 6 Fire at
A sudden and violent hailstorm ruined local fruit and garden produce. I
wondered why supermarket prices went up that week!
Friars Green Methodist Church founded.
The tide reaches Warrington. The Mersey was 4 feet above normal high tide.
1797 J & F
Bolton's Pottery started at Bank Quay (closed 1812).
Loyal Volunteers ("Bluebacks") raised. Disbanded 1801.
JAN 27 Fire at Mersey Mills.
Greening's Wire Works established on Bridge Street, later moving into his
Britannia Works on Bewsey
Road in 1843. The company closed down in December 1980.
John Rylands born in St Helens.
Warrington Volunteer Infantry ("Robin Redbreasts") formed.
Runcorn and Latchford Canal opened to link Warrington with Runcorn. It was also
known as the Old Quay Canal and the Black Bear Canal and was eight miles long.
Work began in 1801.
1805 Lorenzo Dow,
American Methodist minister, visited Warrington.
1805 John Rylands
began his wire making business in a former mill on Bridge Street.
Local Militia raised.
Warrington Dispensary opened in the market place to improve the health of the
1810 Town Bell
moved from the old Court House in Golden Square to Holy Trinity church tower.
JUN 3 Act passed for Warrington to have town commissioners.
Crosfield opened up his soap-making business (set up 1814, production began
Warrington bridge, Harrison's Bridge, built of wood at Bridge Foot.
Sunday School built on Buttermarket Street.
Fire in nursery at Bank Hall.
Fire at Bewsey Street Sugar Mills.
1818 MAY 7 Warrington
Savings Bank established.
theatre, later known as the Theatre Royal, opened on Scotland Road.
(tarmac) roads introduced to the town.
MAR 11 Warrington Ladies Charity founded.
Appleton Hall burnt down.
1820 The original
Town Hall (or Sessions House) built in Irlam Street, off Buttermarket Street and
1821 Gas lighting
came to Warrington.
1822 NOV 27. Old Billy,
the oldest horse in the world, dies aged 62. He worked for the Mersey and Irwell
Navigation Company and retired to the Old Warps Estate in 1819. The Old Warps
eventually became Victoria Park.
1822 DEC 6 Steeple of
Holy Trinity church blown down in a storm.
1823 St Albans
Church, Bewsey Street, built.
Dam was formed by the creation of a turnpike road from Warrington to Stockport.
Institute (possibly Institution) founded.
1825 A weekly
magazine, The Butterfly, appeared (how long it lasted isn't known).
St Martin's Church, Woolston, founded.
Fire at Wharf Meadow Factory.
1828 A great
flood on the Mersey sees boats floating down Bridge Street.
1828 First fire
appliances in the town - six small engines, buckets and ladders.
1829 St James
Church, Latchford, rebuilt.
Paul’s Church, Bewsey Road, founded (St Paul’s Court nursing home now stands on
the site). The graveyard still stands.
1830 APR 4 First Total
Abstinence Society in England formed at Warrington.
Bridge Mills, Warrington - burnt down.
DEC 9 Fire at Mersey Corn Mills - burnt down.
1831 JUL 25 Warrington
joins the Liverpool and Manchester railway network - from Dallam Lane to Newton
Fairclough opened his flourmill at Bank Quay.
outbreak hits the town. 169
died during the summer of 1832.
Warrington to Wigan section of railway opened.
1832 DEC 12 Warrington
became a Parliamentary Borough (first representative E.G. Hornby. Liberal won by
Walking Day founded by the Reverend Horace Powys, Rector of Warrington, to
entice people away from the horseracing at nearby Haydock Park. The exact date
cannot be confirmed, but it is generally accepted that the year was between
1833 Epidemic of
cholera hits Warrington.
Poor Law Act passed and Warrington Poor Law Union formed.
Police Commissioners decided to pay the town bell ringer!
got its first police force: a constable and four assistant constables.
Bank Quay railway station opened on then site of Aldi and Iceland
supermarkets, moving to its current location in 1868.
JUL 4 Grand Junction Railway through Warrington opened.
Warrington Bridge, Victoria Bridge, built of stone.
Cricket Club founded.
Fire at Mersey Street Tannery - burnt down.
Fire at Gibson’s Foundry - burnt down.
Mill purchased by Armitage & Rigby.
Fairclough & Sons Mersey Mills founded.
held a Regatta on the Mersey.
industry at Warrington.
Greening (N Greening & Sons) began their wire-weaving factory on Bewsey Road (my
dad worked there). The company was established on Church Street in 1799 and the
Bewsey Road site closed in December 1980. The site is marked on old maps as
OCT 18 Luke Fildes, famous Warrington artist, born.
earthquake hits the town.
Training College founded by Rector Powys.
1845 Dallam Forge
set up for iron making.
Walker moved to Warrington with his son Andrew Barclay Walker and acquired
Pemberton's Old Brewery at Towns End.
APR 3 Warrington received a charter to become a corporate borough after Royal
Beamont became the town's first mayor and chief magistrate.
Warrington held its first town elections.
Warrington Council met for the first time.
Mayor and Council walk new Warrington boundary for the first time.
Warrington lost 6 minutes as it adopted British Standard Time.
Warrington waterworks built.
John Rylands married his second wife, Martha, at St Peter’s Church,
1848 JUN 3 Museum and
Library established at Friars Green House.
became one of the first towns in the country to support a public library from the rates.
Fire at Allen’s factory - burnt down.
Walker leased King Street Brewery, buying it outright in 1883. It closed in
Hutchinson & Co, Basket Makers, established.
Bold Street Wesleyan Church established.
Great Oak, Winwick, blown down.
St Mary's Church by Lymm Dam rebuilt with financial help from local family, the
Dewhursts. The tower was added in 1890.
Warrington (Whitecross) to Widnes Railway opened (LNWR).
Warrington-built ship Tayleur launched. It was chartered by the
White Star Line (who later owned the Titanic).
1853 APR 9 Warrington
Guardian newspaper first published by Alexander Mackie.
School of Art founded.
Church of England (C of E) School built.
Warrington-built ship Tayleur wrecked off Lambay Island, Ireland, killing all
334 on board.
Foundation Stone for new Warrington Museum building laid by William Beamont.
Foundation Stone for Warrington Market Hall laid by Mayor H. White.
1855 River Mersey
freezes over; people skate on it.
1856 Oct 15 Warrington Market Hall
1857 MAR 26 The Borough
Cemetery on Manchester Road was officially opened.
Warrington Museum opens on Bold Street.
canons from Russia celebrated the end of the Crimean War (see a plaque in the
2004 restored Queens Gardens).
Roberts Shoe Shop opened on Bridge Street. They run the franchise for Clarks
shoes and now operate from Golden Square shopping centre.
9th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers formed.
Work started on rebuilding Warrington Parish Church and adding a 277½ft spire,
the third-highest in the country.
Foundation Stone for Parish Church restoration laid.
Parish Church reopened.
Street was built.
Co-operative society begins trading in Warrington. Frederick W. Monks, a founder
member, was the first person to sign the register of members in 1861.
1861 Public Hall
Christ Church Latchford consecrated.
Latchford Baptist Church built.
1861 A comet is
visible in the sky.
Advertiser newspaper first published.
1862 St Anne's C
of E School built.
1863 River Mersey
in the town.
Holy Trinity clock illuminated for the first time.
Lancashire County Cricket match held at Warrington. Messrs. James Fairclough and
John White played in the team. (The Official Lancashire County Cricket Club
website says they played their first County match at Old Trafford in 1865.)
Foundation Stone for Warrington Baths laid.
Baths opened on Legh Street (closed 2003).
1866 Peter Walker
opened his Dallam Lane brewery.
River Mersey rose and flooded the centre of Warrington.
An attempt was made to blow up the gas works.
APR 2 George Greenall born at Walton Hall.
Trains collide at Walton Junction, killing 8.
brewery established by James and Jane Forshaw (taken over by Wolverhampton &
Dudley Breweries on 3 Dec 2004).
1868 St Anne's C
of E Church built (it is now the indoor rock-climbing venue "The North West
Face", which opened in 1996).
1868 Nov 16 Current
railway station opened by the LNWR. The original opened in 1837 on the site of
Aldi and Iceland supermarkets.
1868 St James' C
of E School built.
1868 Trinity C of
E School built
Nonconformist School built.
St Anne’s Church consecrated.
The Literary and Philosophical Society formed.
& Skinner's Glass Works established at Bank Quay.
Charles Dickens visited the Public Hall on Rylands Street.
Two people were killed at Rylands wire works during celebrations for Emma Rylands' wedding.
Fire at Cockhedge factory - burnt down.
Fletcher began manufacturing gas appliances.
1872 The town
Corporation buys Bank Hall and surrounding park for £22,000, later to become the Town Hall
and Bank Park.
Catholic School, Latchford, built.
A Liverpool to Manchester railway service was started via Bank Quay Low Level
1873 JUN 20 Bank Park
1873 AUG 1 Warrington
Central railway station opened to passengers.
1873 SEP 1 Padgate
railway station opened.
1873 Liverpool Extension Railway from
Cressington to Glazebrook opened.
1874 MAY Sankey
railway station opened.
1874 Monks Hall
iron-making business founded.
& Knowles Coal and Iron Co Ltd formed by the amalgamation of Dallam Forge
Co, Warrington Wire Co and Pearson & Knowles.
OCT 24 Fire at Messrs. Parkinson, Manor Tannery - burned for 6 days and 5 nights.
Warrington Examiner newspaper first published (no longer exists).
Chamber of Commerce founded.
1877 JAN 24 Warrington
Infirmary opened on Kendrick Street.
Art Gallery opened.
1877 The Evening
Post newspaper first published (closed 1880).
Street Nonconformist school built.
St Mary's Church on Buttermarket Street founded.
Gas works bought by Warrington Corporation.
AUG 29 Foundation stone for Warrington Contagious Diseases Hospital laid.
1878 The Observer
newspaper (not the national one) first published.
Barracks, base for the South Lancashire Regiment, built (known then as Orford
Fever Hospital built.
Fire at Wharf Meadow factory.
1879 St Barnabas'
Church, Lovely Lane, opens.
Rugby League Football Club formed.
1879 Fire station
opened on Queen Street.
Emmanuel Free Church of England church founded.
& J Gartons seed house established
at Arpley. Became limited company in 1898.
Rubber Company established in Warrington. Originally in Manchester 1865.
town received its first steam-powered fire engine (from 1828 they had all been
manual). "Major" tackled the first fire in Academy Street on 9 Jun.
Benedict's Catholic School built (relocated to Quebec Road - a housing estate is built
on the original land behind Orford Lane).
River Mersey frozen solid and winter sports held on the river.
Slate Company Ltd founded.
Warrington Swimming Club established.
1883 NOV 8 The New
School of Art opened on Museum St (opposite the library). The original
opened in 1854.
Howley Recreation Ground opened.
Fire at Castle Rubber factory.
Fire at Wright's timber yard, Edgeworth Street.
1883 Firth Wire
Company established in Froghall Lane.
1884 St Mary's
Catholic School built.
Harriers athletics club was founded and joined the Northern Counties Cross
Country Amateur Championship Association.
They went on to become members of the Junior Associates of Northern Club circa
1889. The club was the forerunner of Warrington
Conservative Club on Sankey Street built. Now the site of Hilden House.
1885 NOV 4 New Theatre
1885 St John's
Church, Higher Walton, consecrated.
Manchester Ship Canal Bill finally received Royal Assent (opened 1894).
1885 Parr Hall
1885 St Barnabas
C of E School built.
Photographic Society formed.
1887 JAN 31 Hamilton
Street National School opened - erected 1886, closed around 1972-3 and demolished
after April 1976.
emporium opened on Bridge Street selling drapery, linens, silk and household
furnishings. It closed in 1962 and the building was later used by JJB Sports
and, until c2011, Nobles Amusements.
1887 St Peter's C
of E School built.
Street Nonconformist School built.
Mr Peter Rylands M.P. died.
Foundation stone for Warrington Training College Chapel laid.
NOV 13 Captain Sylvanus Reynolds, of the Warrington Volunteers, dies in a shooting
accident, aged 57.
Ragged school founded.
Fire at Hutchings' Tannery.
William Beamont, historian and first Mayor of Warrington, died.
gas cooker company established.
1891 SEP 23 St Peter's
C of E church was consecrated. I lived 100 yards from it as a child and was
christened there. It closed in 1977.
Warrington Public Library was made free to town citizens (one of the first in the
country to do so).
Lord Winmarleigh died.
Fletcher joined up with W. & A C Russell to form Fletcher Russell & Co.
1893 St Luke's
1894 Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, Bank Quay, built.
1894 MAY 21 The
Manchester Ship Canal, passing through Warrington, opened by Queen Victoria. (River Mersey was diverted).
Accident at Latchford Locks closed the Manchester Ship Canal for weeks when the
gates were demolished by
JUL 10 Sir Gilbert Greenall died at Walton Hall.
1894 Edwin Allen
art and craft shop established on Buttermarket Street (and still going strong).
The new Theatre Royal opened in Rylands Street (the former Poll Tax House
council office stands there
DEC 13 Hollinfare cemetery officially opened on Dam Lane.
Fire at Messrs. Skelton, Jubilee buildings.
1895 JUN 28 Town Hall
(Golden) Gates donated to the town by Frederick W. Monks. We came by them after they were
rejected by Queen Victoria because a statue of Oliver Cromwell stood in front
of them. The statue is also in Warrington, at Bridge Foot.
JUL 28 Warrington becomes a member of the Northern Union (Rugby League) when it was
formed at St George’s Hotel in Huddersfield. Warrington has been in the top flight
1895 Parr Hall
presented to the town by J. C. Parr of Parr's Bank (now NatWest on Winwick
1896 Sacred Heart
Catholic School, Liverpool Road, built.
Lady Greenall of Walton Hall, died.
Warrington Borough Extension Act came into force.
Benedict’s School Chapel, Orford Lane, opened.
Park opened in the year of Queen Victoria's Diamond (60th) Anniversary.
Gardens opened to the public (they were purchased by the Borough Council on 10
March 1897 and dedicated 3 April 1897).
Lever’s Toilet Soap (made in Warrington) goes on sale for the first time.
County Court built.
JUL 17 Fire at Richmond & Co, Academy Street.
Warrington Society founded.
APR 5 Warrington’s old Academy re-opened.
JUL 29 Statue of Oliver Cromwell unveiled at Bridge Foot. Presented by Mr Frederick
Warrington Corporation Act comes into effect after receiving Royal Assent.
Foundation stone laid at new police building in Arpley Street.
Fountain donated to the town by Sir Peter Carlaw Walker (later scrapped for the
war effort). It stood behind the Golden Gates on the Town Hall lawn.
1900 Alliance Box
Co Ltd established on Orford Lane.
power plant built on the northern bank of the Mersey.
1900 OCT 1 The town
becomes a County Borough.
OCT 11 Burtonwood cemetery officially opened on Chapel Lane.
1900 First aerial
photograph of Warrington taken from a hot air balloon. It features Greenall's
Brewery at Wilderspool.
Our Lady of the Assumption Church, St Mary's Street, Latchford, founded.
station rebuilt on Arpley Street.
1901 SEP 3 Warrington
Athletic Club was formed at the Bridge Inn public house. The pub used to stand
next to the bridge at the bottom of Wilderspool Causeway and was demolished in
1910. The group grew out of the Warrington Harriers, which was established in
1884. The word 'Harriers' was dropped from the club's title 'Warrington Harriers
& Athletic Club' to become 'Warrington Athletic Club' in the 1950's.
tramways started on the streets of Warrington.
New Municipal Technical School opened.
Golf Club established.
Bill's Wild West Show came to town.
Fire at Fleming's Tannery.
Fire at Greenhalgh & Co, Church Street.
Recreation Ground opened.
The ‘Beautiful Warrington’ Society held its first meeting.
The area’s first municipal
bowling green was opened at Victoria Park in 1905.
Rugby Club win the Northern Union Cup.
MAR 9 Fire at Mortimer's Tannery.
1906 DEC 25 Royal Court
Theatre burnt down.
1907 St Elphin's
Park purchased by the Borough and opened to the public.
Rugby Club win the Northern Union Cup for the second time.
Warrington Infirmary extension foundation stone laid.
Warrington’s Boer War Memorial and a statue of Col. W McCarthy O'Leary,
unveiled by General
Butler in Queens Gardens. O'Leary St in Orford named after him.
Fire at Naylor's Howley saw mills causes £20,000 of damage.
Warrington’s Royal Court Theatre re-opened after a fire.
Palace and Hippodrome Theatre opened.
Warrington Infirmary extension opened by Lord Cross.
Last of the Bridge Street old houses cleared away before the street was widened.
The Warrington Volunteers held their last parade through the town.
The 4th Battalion, the Prince of Wales Volunteers, held their first
Street post office built (after it closed it became Le Frog Bistro restaurant
and is now The Grill on the Square restaurant. The Royal Mail sorting office is now on Milner Street, the post office is in Golden Square).
1908 JAN First cinema in Warrington opened at 22
Golborne Street. It closed October the same year.
Suburbs inaugurated. Bewsey estate was the first.
Council School, Latchford, opened.
Street widening scheme completed.
1909 JUL 6 King Edward,
Queen Alexandria and Princess Victoria visited the town.
1909 Persil soap
powder first manufactured at Bank Quay.
of King George V at the Town Hall.
Fire at Mortimer's Tannery, Orford.
1911 JAN 19 ‘Orient
Missionary Exhibition’ opened at Parr Hall.
1911 JAN 21
the Boundary’ first held in Penketh. Click here
for a history of Penketh.
1911 FEB 6 Sousa’s
Celebrated Band performed at Warrington Hippodrome.
1911 FEB 9 The Infirm
Block of Warrington Workhouse opened.
1911 FEB 17
meeting of the Warrington branch of the Ladies Association.
1911 MAR 25
work started on Grappenhall Garden City homes.
1911 APR 24
Greenall gives Warrington a chain for use by the Mayoress.
1911 APR 29
pavilion at Horse & Jockey Hotel opened.
1911 MAY 3 Warrington
‘Band of Hope’ held a Grand Fair at the Parr Hall.
1911 JUN 2 Warrington
Corporation Bill received Royal Assent.
1911 MAY 30
Boyd Dawkins unveils a plaque at Wilderspool to mark the site of the Roman Camp.
1911 AUG 19
for consumption sufferers was opened in Sankey.
1911 SEP 14
Warrington’s ‘Women’s Tariff Reform League’ had a day out at New
1911 Lovely Lane
Recreation Ground opened.
1911 SEP 28
of the Greenall family from Walton Hall were auctioned off.
1911 OCT 5
ceremony to start Warrington’s new bridge.
‘Colours’ of the South Lancashire Regiment deposited in Warrington Parish
1911 OCT 14
Rule Movement held its first open air meeting at Bridge Foot.
suspension bridge opened.
Fire at Garton's Seed Warehouse.
1912 AUG 20 First
aeroplane lands in Warrington. It was a Bleriot monoplane piloted by Mr B. C.
Hucks who touched down in Victoria Park.
Street Council School, Liverpool Road, opened.
1913 JUL 7 The current stone bridge
at Bridge Foot was erected. On a visit to the town by King George V and Queen
Mary, the king officially opened the first section of the bridge. The bridge was
completed in 1915 and is the 6th on the site.
store opened on Sankey Street in the building previously occupied by Garnett's.
Closed down in January 2009 when the chain store collapsed across the UK.
1913 DEC 24 "Thomas Burton", one of the
town's motorised fire engines, is first used at a fire.
Aluminium Company established at Bank Quay
Heath Lawn Tennis Club founded.
1914 JUL 28 John
Crosfield Memorial Hall opened.
total number of casualties from the South Lancashire Regiment in the
First World War was 5,500
1915 FEB 15 The first car drives over the new (6th)
Warrington Bridge at Bridge Foot.
1915 NOV Buttermarket
Street widening completed.
1915 JUL 22 Fire rages
through Parkinson's Manor Tannery in Latchford causing £24,000 damage.
1916 MAR 1 Wood's College (shorthand) opened at 15 Bridge Street (over bank)
1917 AUG 4 Orford Park
opened to the public.
Fire at Messrs. Parkinson, Manor Tannery.
Fire at Carter & Sons, Bridge Street.
1918 Rev Canon M.
Linton Smith, DD, is consecrated as first Bishop Suffragan of Warrington. A
suffragan bishop is an assistant or subordinate bishop of a diocese.
epidemic hits Warrington - many died.
Fire at Alliance Box Works.
1920 Miss C. H.
Broadbent became first woman town councillor.
public tennis court opened at Victoria Park.
1921 JUL 7 The Prince
of Wales visits the town.
Fire at Joseph Crosfield & Sons, paper & box stores.
Fire at Tilling & Gray, Bewsey Street.
1921 Adoption of
the "Open Access" system at the Public Library.
1921 AUG 25 Sanatorium
at Hefferston Grange opened.
OCT 27 Henry Woods, famous Warrington-born artist, died in Venice.
1921 OCT 30 Territorial
War Memorial unveiled by Earl of Derby.
1922 APR 26 Blue
School removed to "Oaklands" Preston Brook.
Dukes becomes Warrington's first Labour MP.
1923 JAN Grappenhall
Women's Institute formed.
1924 MAR 20
Widnes and District Society for the Blind is founded. They open the Workshop for
the Blind on Museum Street. In 2012 they moved to Fairfield Neighbourhood
building on Fairfield Street.
1925 NOV 8 War Memorial
unveiled at Bridge Foot.
1926 Black Bear
Bridge rebuilt on the newly widened Knutsford Road.
Boteler Grammar School and Warrington Secondary amalgamated.
Sir Luke Fildes, Royal painter, and student at the Warrington School of Art, died.
Read his profile in Warrington People.
Warrington under 6 inches of snow for a white Christmas.
1927 July Bewsey
houses first occupied.
Oswald’s Church, Padgate, opened.
Rotary Club founded. Link to the international Rotary organisation here.
1928 Bewsey Park
was opened up to the public.
1928 JUN 29 Warrington
Walking Day "washed out" for the first time.
racing, formerly known as Dirt Track racing, was staged in Warrington in its
pioneering era between 1928 and 1930. The track entered a team in the 1929
English Dirt Track League and the 1930 Northern League. Efforts to revive the
venue in 1947 failed to materialise.
1929 Land for Bruche
Park Recreation Ground purchased by Council.
Rev Morley Stevenson, founder of ‘Beautiful Warrington’, died.
1931 OCT 28 Museum and
Library extension opened.
1931 St Augustine's
Church, Latchford, opened.
Junior School opened.
1932 MAY 21 Haig Homes,
Great Sankey, opened. They were gifted by Lt. Col. George R. Crosfield and one
was called Crosfield Court. See more here.
1932 NOV 24 The
Prince of Wales
visited the town. During his time he visited Haig Homes in Great Sankey to meet
with residents, one of whom was the grandfather of Peter Spilsbury of Peter's
Corporation boundaries extended to include parts of Winwick and Hulme,
Burtonwood, Sankey, Grappenhall and Walton, amongst others.
Bridge, Latchford, opened.
Senior School opened (I was educated there, not in 1934 though!).
Fairclough School opened.
1934 SEP 28 Rail disaster at Winwick Junction. 11
killed, 20 injured.
1935 AUG 28 Motorbuses
replace the trams. Last
Latchford to Warrington tram ran as electric tram routes close.
1935 Orford Hall
1936 Warrington Cine
Society formed (renamed
Warrington Cine and Video Society in 1982).
1937 Thames Board
1937 Odeon cinema
built on Buttermarket Street. The site is now occupied by The Looking Glass (J D
Wetherspoon) pub, which was a former Yates Wine Lodge.
1937 JUL 4 Bent's
Garden Centre in Glazebury opened for business.
1938 Market Gate
1938 MAY 18 King George
VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) visited the town.
1934 OCT 23 Lord
1939 RAF Depot at
Padgate opened (closed in 1957). Site is now a housing estate and recreation
1939 MAY 8 Town Clerk,
Mr A. T. Hallaway, killed in road accident.
1940 New Boteler Grammar School opened.
Burtonwood opened and became fully operational later in the year.
Ordnance Factory opens at Risley. The site is now occupied by the district of
As part of a security drive, all road signs were removed in case of invasion.
Thames Board Mills recreation ground hit by bombs. Children were among the casualties.
The Grange, Thelwall, given by Sir Peter Rylands to Warrington Infirmary for use
as a convalescent home.
c75,990 (no Census - wartime).
Petty Officer A. E. Sephton from Warrington died. He was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC).
1941 Walton Hall
Estate bought for £19,000.
Fountain and Bank Park railings sacrificed for
the war effort.
chemical works opened at Lower Walton.
South Lancashire Regimental Chapel dedicated in Warrington Parish Church.
American Air Force began daylight raids on Berlin from Burtonwood.
Twelve G.I. Brides held their wedding day in Warrington.
JUL 17 Street lighting switched back on after the wartime blackout.
Gardens opened to the public.
1945 Brian Bevan
began his Warrington rugby league career.
1946 Higher education at Padgate begins on 9
September. The campus is now known as University of Chester, Warrington Campus.
Warrington celebrates a hundred years as a borough.
Prime Minister Clement Attlee unveiled Warrington Parish Church Regimental
Warrington's first Labour M.P. Lord Dukeston, died.
United States Air Force reoccupied Burtonwood Air Base.
Sir Peter Rylands died.
JUN 21 Warrington HF Rambling
Club founded by George Newbold.
Padgate Training College opened.
Princess Margaret opened the Boys Club on Rodney Street.
Asian Flu hits Warrington. Hundreds off work.
Warrington beat Widnes 19-0 to win the Rugby League Challenge Cup at Wembley.
Town's Festival of Britain Industrial Exhibition.
1952 The Grand
Cinema on Wilderspool Causeway closed.
1952 Comedy legends
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy visit The Ritz theatre (now Mr Smiths) in their
tour of Britain.
Warrington Boys Club was founded in Orford Lane. It is now known as Warrington
Youth Club and has been based at the Tim
Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace in Great Sankey since 2001.
crossing patrols began in the town after the School Crossing Act of 1953 was
1953 Apr 24 Official
opening of Dallam County Primary School.
1953 Oct 31 St Mark's
Church, Dallam, founded.
Frances, Lady Daresbury, died. She was previously known as Lady Greenall.
Cllr Mrs M Hardman elected first female Mayor.
MAY 5 Warrington beat Halifax 8-4 in the Cup Final replay at Bradford.
MAY 10 Long
Lane County Primary School officially opened.
DEC 6 New
Junior and Infants School, Newchurch opened. (Closed August 1993.)
Warrington Rugby League Football Club win Championship.
MAY 18 Newchurch
Hospital School opened.
Last meeting of Warrington's Greyhound Racing Association at the Warrington
1957 MAY 16 Wilderspool
Bridge opened, ending years of delay on the old level crossing.
1957 JUL 1 Warrington-based Watsons
Solicitors opened up for business on Bold Street in the town centre.
Council gives permission to clear away the Plague House at 57 Wash Lane,
Warrington's Automatic Telephone Exchange opened.
High School for Girls, Menin Avenue, Wilderspool officially opened. (Now
Ken Dodd first topped the bill at the Royal Court Theatre in Warrington.
Bus tickets on a roll first introduced at Warrington by North Western Buses.
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, visited.
1958 SEP 4 Arpley
Railway Station finally closed. It originally closed on 16 November 1868 but was forced
to reopen on 2 October 1871 after a legal challenge.
South Lancs and East Lancs Regiments amalgamated to become the Lancashire
Warrington post codes came into general use.
Walker's brewery merged with Tetley of Leeds to become Tetley Walker.
Wire player Eric Fraser became the first club member to captain a Great Britain
Royal Court Theatre demolished.
OCT 6 Fox Covert cemetery officially opened on Red Lane, Appleton.
1961 Kenyon Junction
railway station, northwest of Culcheth, closed.
1962 Railway line
from Widnes to Altrincham, via Warrington, closed
1962 Brian Bevan
plays his 620th, and final, game for Warrington Rugby League Club.
1962 JAN 22
Tetley Sports and Social Club on Long Lane/Fisher Ave, Orford, is
officially opened by Lord Brockett.
Viaduct over the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal opened.
1963 DEC 25 The
Rolling Stones performed at the Parr Hall.
1963 DEC Warrington
Hospital League of Friends founded.
APR 20 Walton Lea Crematorium officially opened on Chester Road, Higher Walton.
car manufacturers set up their importing base for the northwest on Hawley's Lane (now
Alban Retail Park). The site was closed down in June 2011 and the land was
purchased by the retail park.
Moors murderer Myra Hindley was held on remand at Risley Prison whilst
awaiting trial with Ian Brady. They were jailed for life in May 1966 and she
died in 2002.
Five inches of snow in under two hours. Traffic badly affected.
MAR 24 Culcheth Library
APR 4 Penketh & Great
Sankey Boys' Club opened.
APR 26 Croft Village
Memorial Hall foundation stone laid.
Risley Remand Centre opens (now HM Prison Risley).
1965 SEP 8
Simon (of Simon & Garfunkel) performed at the Red Lion pub on Bridge Street.
His fee was a cheque for £12! Other stars to appear in the town during those
days include Billy Connolly with Gerry Rafferty (Baker Street) as The
Humblebums, West End star Barbara Dixon, Mike Harding (now-presenter on BBC
Radio Manchester) and Warrington band The Minor Bird Folk Song Group.
Warrington’ boundaries announced.
Risley chosen for 40,000 overspill. It was
formerly the site of the munitions factory during the Second World War.
OCT 13 £63,000 extension to
Central Library, Museum Street officially opened.
OCT 13 Orford
Library officially opened.
Knutsford Road, Latchford, widened to cope with traffic.
JAN 5 Death
of cricketer George Duckworth, Lancashire & England wicket keeper.
JAN 6 St
Alban’s R C Junior School opened, Bewsey Road, opened to pupils.
1966 Market Gate
traffic roundabout removed.
Large sections of Knutsford Road, Latchford, widened.
The last steam train on the Manchester Central to Liverpool Central line via
JUL The Brazil World Cup
football squad stay at The Lymm Hotel during the championships.
Mr Jack Cooper created Baron Cooper of Stockton Heath.
Roman buildings and furnaces found in archaeological dig at Wilderspool.
1966 AUG 30
Bruche County Junior School, opened.
1966 SEP 19
Official opening of St Werburgh’s C of E School, Wilderspool.
Death of historian and mayor Austin M. Crowe, writer of Warrington Ancient and
Modern, published in 1947.
1967 Inquiry into
Warrington New Town proposals.
by-pass (the A56) opened.
RAF Burtonwood stages an open day.
MAY 23 New £3m Tetley
Walker brewery opened on Dallam Lane (closed in 1996).
£1m extension to Padgate teacher Training College opened (originally opened in
1949, now part of University of Chester campus, Fearnhead)
1967 Oct 20 Mr John Daubeney
Whitley died in Hatton, Cheshire. He was Chairman of the family brewing company
Greenall Whitley until 1965.
1967 Music group The
Fairytale becomes the first Warrington band to appear on television. They
featured on First Timers.
Lymm and District Local History Society founded.
OCT 3 Plans for a new high
level crossing of the Manchester Ship Canal near Stockton Heath were announced.
It was never built.
Old bed of River Mersey off Wilderspool Causeway filled in. River Road was built
and named after the spot where the old river course flowed.
railway station building demolished.
APR 27 Warrington
Cricket Club played its first match at Warrington Sports Club in Walton.
Elizabeth II visited town – for 20 minutes. Thanks for sparing the time!
County Grammar School opened.
received New Town status.
Library opened. (Face-lift in March 1989.)
JUL 16 Burtonwood Library
JUL 20 James
Lee House on Brick Street officially opened.
JUL 25 £50,000
Adult Training School, Festival Avenue, Orford, officially opened.
1968 AUG 19 Cllr Mrs M Hardman, Warrington's first
female Mayor, died.
Woolston Library opened.
OCT 24 Penketh Library
officially opened. (Refit Aug - Nov 1989.)
Model Railway Club held its first exhibition at the Ritz cinema at Bridge foot.
over Sankey Brook on Liverpool Road built to replace Buttermilk Bridge.
Warrington branch of Lions International founded.
New Town Draft Master Plan published.
FEB 5 Lymm
Young Conservatives founded at Spread Eagle Hotel.
FEB 7 Nine inches of snow
brings traffic chaos.
FEB 14 £20,000
Grappenhall and District Ex-Servicemen’s Club opened.
Opening of Padgate Conservative Club.
Development Corporation Board appointed.
College on Winwick Road opened (now Warrington Collegiate and rebuilt on the
Borough Police merged with Lancashire County Police.
Appleton Hall Grammar School was officially opened.
JUN 26 Opening
of £330,000 10m gallon Appleton underground reservoir.
AUG 1 Greystone Heath
Boy’s School, Penketh officially opened.
Combined Health Centre and School Clinic opened in Penketh.
Municipal Golf Course opened.
Road by-pass (A57) opened.
Twiss Green County Primary (Culcheth), Broomfields County Junior (Appleton) and
Croft County Primary schools opened this month.
Ferry Power Station became operational.
Carmen Apostolic Church, Slater Street, Latchford, dedicated.
APR 4 Padgate Venture
Scouts Unit opened.
MAY 7 Church of the
Ascension, Woolston consecrated.
MAY 14 Walton Hall
Municipal Golf Course formally opened (9 holes only). Extended to 18 holes and
fully opened on 15 June 1975.
JUN Traffic Wardens
introduced into the town.
JUN 26 Opening of £25,000
bottling plant at Burtonwood Brewery.
Our Lady’s R. C. School, Wash Lane, Latchford, officially opened.
Motorway (M56), eastern and western ends, opened.
on a 13-mile section of the Lancashire and Yorkshire motorway (M62) between
Tarbock and Risley.
Croft County Primary School opened.
FEB 15 Decimal currency
introduced in the UK.
APR British Nuclear Fuels
Ltd formed from Production Group of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
Bruche Hall demolished.
APR 7 Orford
Youth Centre opened.
SEP 14 Official opening of
St John’s R.C. Secondary School, Latchford.
OCT 1 The last service took
place at Risley Presbyterian Chapel prior to demolition.
DEC Lymm Lions International
DEC 17 Warrington
Arts Council founded.
1972 Work begins
on the central section of the Cheshire motorway (M56) between Preston Brook and
munitions factory demolished.
Festival began (no longer operative).
1972 FEB 21 Foundation
stone for new market in Bank
Street laid by the Mayor (Cllr H. Whitehead).
1972 First New
Town homes built at Longbarn near Padgate.
APR 12 Official opening of
Hilden House, Sankey Street.
JUN Houghton Green Community
Centre opened. The town's first.
JUN 17 £12,500
extension to Croft Memorial Hall officially opened.
JUL 10 Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School opens on Selby Street in
JUL 28 Two
houses struck by thunderbolt in Grasmere Avenue, Orford. No injuries.
SEP 10 Woolston Community
Centre officially opened.
OCT Building completed of £39,500
parish hall at Rixton with Glazebrook.
Winwick Library formally opened.
1973 First No 1
District Council and Cheshire County Council elected.
1973 New District
General Hospital approved.
Gatewarth Farm Sewage Works and intercepting sewer opened.
Street Wesleyan Church demolished.
1973 JUN New Town
Outline Plan accepted by Whitehall.
1973 Work begins
on Golden Square shopping centre (the "North West Quadrant" section of
town centre, as it was known).
Lane Community Centre, Stockton Heath opened.
1973 Sankey Street
(section between Bold Street
and Market Gate) closed to traffic.
SEP 29 Youth
& Community Centre, Ackers Lane, Stockton Heath opened.
1973 NOV 30 Tarbock to
M6 section of M62 opened.
section of the West Coast Mainline electrified.
Technical College (Warrington Collegiate Institute nowadays) was built on Winwick Road (it
has since been rebuilt on adjacent land).
1974 Croft to
Eccles section of the M62 opened.
Lane Community Centre, Grappenhall opened.
came under Cheshire in parliamentary boundary changes. The Lancashire county
border stays intact. The town became a unitary authority in 1998.
council receives Borough Charter from
Warrington beat Featherstone Rovers 24-9 in the Challenge Cup Final in front of
77,400 spectators at Wembley.
1974 Work started
on Birchwood New Town housing estate (on the site of the former Risley munitions
1974 JUL 19 The
Market officially opened in Bank Street.
1974 SEP 3 The Forge
Shopping Precinct opened in Stockton Heath.
1974 DEC Lymm
to Bowdon section of M56 motorway opened.
Meeting Lane Leisure Centre, Penketh opened.
MAY 17 Bold
Street Methodist Church opened, replacing the 1850s version demolished two years
APR 7 St Bridget’s R.C.
Primary School officially opened on Capesthorne Road, Blackbrook.
APR 14 Legh
Street multi-storey car park opened.
Demolition began 3 April 2006 to make way for the extension of Golden Square
MAY 5 Warrington lost out
to Widnes 14-7 in the Rugby League Challenge Cup at Wembley. It was my one and only visit to the old Wembley stadium.
JUN 20 & 27 Warrington
Guardian published emergency 4p editions due to strike action.
JUL 1 Woolston Leisure
Centre Swimming Baths opened.
Motorway south of Warrington completed. Lymm to Preston Brook section opened
1975 JUL 21 Warrington was converted to
Community Centre formally opened.
1976 FEB 19 First
phase of the Inner Ring Road from Sankey Street to Horsemarket Street (Golborne
Warrington Market multi-storey car park opened.
longest and hottest summer on record so far. Temperatures
reach 84 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade for Walking Day (Jul 2).
A 1,600-year-old lead-lined coffin found near Stockton Heath Swing Bridge.
Jul 7 Many
areas flooded after thunderstorm following a long drought.
JUL 13 Rabbit and Cavey Club
founded (yeah, I haven’t got a clue what it is either!).
JUL 21-23 A total of 25,000
attend the RAF Burtonwood Diamond Jubilee show.
Black Bear Canal partly drained (Kingsway to Stockton Heath).
Town House, Buttermarket Street opened to staff.
SEP Keys to £47,000
extension of Culcheth High School handed over.
Great Sankey High School, Barrow Hall Lane, opened.
parties take place all over the borough to celebrate the Queen’s Silver
JUL 27 £100,000 fire at S
& J Fitton Ltd, Cockhedge Lane.
begins on the construction of Black Bear Linear Park, Latchford.
AUG 30 Cardinal Basil Hume, Archbishop of Westminster, visited St Mary's Church on
Buttermarket Street to take part in their centenary celebrations.
Cheshire County Newspapers takes over Warrington Guardian (now owned by
Newsquest, a Gannett company).
Warrington Crown Court sat for the first time. The result of the
County Sheepdog Trials came later in the day. Verdict: Not Guilty!
1977 SEP 28 Woolston
Park opened to the public.
St James Church Latchford celebrated its bi-centenary.
Marks and Spencer opened in the new Golden Square.
1977 Land in
Oughtrington near Lymm purchased by the Woodland Trust became Spud Wood, a
community woodland. See Warrington
Green for more.
face-lift at Walton Hall started.
The Government rejected plans for a congestion-beating scheme at Bridge Foot.
North Cheshire Archaeological Group excavated part of Warrington Friary on
Barbauld Street. Transept Wall found.
MAY Warrington’s talking
newspaper for the blind started.
£300,000 fire at Raddon Court DIY Centre, Latchford.
Second phase of Inner Ring Road began.
SEP Appleton Grammar, Lymm Grammar, Lymm Secondary and Stockton Heath Secondary
schools become High Schools as they go 'comprehensive'.
Warrington Lottery started.
First phase of Warrington District General Hospital completed.
NOV 20 £1m fire in Farrell
Street. Three business premises gutted.
DEC 1 Six-day trading
introduced for town centre shops.
inches of rain. Many parts of the town flooded. 1.25 inches the following day.
1979 JAN 10
First edition of the Warrington
Guardian Midweek newspaper is published.
Cold Shield Windows Ltd at Grange Estate, Woolston, becomes the 100th
business opened in Warrington New Town.
1979 MAY 16 Bus station
opened adjacent to Golden Square Shopping Centre,
at a cost of £2m. Services started later in the year (November).
New Out-patients department opened at hospital.
SEP 1 Golden Square Mall
opened to the public. Extended from September 2004.
Hall Gates unveiled following renovation, which involved painting them in gold
leaf. They are now known as the Golden Gates.
The Girls' High School on Menin Avenue, Wilderspool, becomes Priestley College.
North Cheshire College is formed by the merging of Padgate College of Higher
Education, Warrington College of Art and Design and the Technical College.
Queen and Prince Philip visit town to formally open the £28m Golden Square
shopping centre. This time they stayed for half an hour (last time in 1968 was
for 20 minutes!).
Second phase of the Inner Ring Road opened.
Warrington District General
Hospital opened (a hospital had existed in various forms on the same site long
1980 JAN 3 The Old
Infirmary on Kendrick Street closed.
St Mark’s Dallam licensed as
a separate parish.
meeting of the Warrington Church History Society.
1980 JUL Dick Saunders,
British preacher, visited the town with his Way To Life evangelical crusade,
working from a crown-shaped marquee erected in Bank Park. See 'Way to Life'
section of My Warrington page.
British Steel closed its factory on Bewsey Road.
Culcheth athlete Michelle Roberts won a Bronze medal as part of the women's
4x400 metre relay team at the Olympic Games in Moscow.
shopping centre opened. Fine Fare was the biggest supermarket, before being
taken over by Gateway and now Asda. The centre also featured a Presto
Spectrum Arena, a £1.7m conference, sport and entertainment venue, opened in Birchwood.
ITV staged snooker events and Channel 4 featured basketball. It is now home to
Fred Done bookmakers.
1980 SEP 23 TV botanist
David Bellamy opened Risley Moss Nature Reserve.
1980 OCT 6 Birchwood
railway station opens (but don't tell Dr Beeching!).
Heavyweight boxing legend Henry
Cooper visited Golden Square shopping centre.
OCT 24 Boots
opened its new Bridge Street store in the Howard Building, named after prison
reformer John Howard.
OCT 25-26 Heavy
rain causes widespread flooding in north of town.
NOV 1 Victoria
Park maternity home closed. Now a restaurant.
NOV 9 Orford
Youth Centre burned down (reopened 15 Sep 1982).
DEC 13 Thomas
Risley Church, Glover Road, Birchwood, opened.
DEC 24 St
Paul’s Church Bewsey Road closed and later demolished.
wire factory closed down on Bewsey Road. Company started in 1799.
& Rigby cotton mill at Cockhedge closed.
1981 Roy Jenkins,
who broke away from Labour to form the Social Democratic Party (SDP), campaigned in Warrington.
APR 4 Appleton
Thorn Village Hall formally opened.
MAY 12 Junction Youth
Centre, Admirals Road, Birchwood opened.
MAY 21 Academy building
moved 25 metres up Bridge Street. It was later demolished due to weakness.
NOV 17-18 Overnight heavy
rain. Parts of Grappenhall, Lymm and Latchford flooded.
DEC 13-14 20 degrees
Fahrenheit of frost. 5 ft snowdrifts in Penketh. Bus services abandoned.
Library (in Post Office) closed.
1982 APR 29 Wilderspool
Stadium main stand, burned down. It was the former home of Warrington rugby league
club before they moved to the Halliwell Jones Stadium in 2004.
Pop group “Rose Royce” performed at Spectrum Arena, Birchwood.
JUN 2 Duchess of Kent opens
YMCA at Birchwood.
JUN 6 Heavy
rain causes flooding in Lymm, Thelwall, Birchwood and Culcheth.
JUN 8 Padgate Library
JUL 3 Anti-nuclear weapon
march from Winwick Street to Burtonwood took place.
JUL 25 Sankey Valley Park
OCT 3 £700,000 Birchwood
Day Centre for the Handicapped officially opened.
OCT 23 ABC Cinema, Bridge
First editions of Birchwood, Lymm, Penketh and Stockton Heath Guardians.
arable farming business closed down. (Did
you know Gartons spelt backwards is snotrag?)
1983 Thames Board
Mills closed down.
1983 Sankey Valley
Park completed. The 15-mile park stretches from St Helens to Widnes via
Borough Council ranger service took over the management of Culcheth Linear Park
on the site of the former Wigan to Glazebrook Railway Line. The land was
acquired by the council in 1974.
First phase of Fordton Leisure Centre in Orford officially opened. Closed and
demolished in 2012.
MAY 14 A fireball
hits Middleton Hall Farm, Houghton Green.
JUN Liverpool University
archaeological dig begins at Bewsey Old Hall (runs until June 1985).
JUN 7 Freak
storm kills a horse and wrecks a car. Many parts flooded.
OCT 7 English rock band 10CC
performed at Spectrum Arena, Birchwood.
NOV Lada Cars Snooker
Classic took place at Spectrum Arena in Birchwood.
NOV 18 “The Three
Degrees” perform at Spectrum Arena, Birchwood.
Armitage & Rigby’s Cockhedge Mill demolished.
1984 Oct 23 Asda
opened at Cockhedge
Shopping Centre (now known as Cockhedge Shopping Park).
Warrington and District Camera Club founded.
1984 Time Square
shopping precinct opened on Bank Street.
Cooling tower at Fiddler's Ferry
Power Station collapsed in a gale.
FEB 4 Major fire at
Naylor’s timber yard on Chester Road attended by 15 appliances.
MAY 27 “Bucks Fizz”
perform at Spectrum Arena, Birchwood (and according to notes did so again on 28
JUL 19 A 5-second earthquake
tremor felt throughout the town. No damage reported.
Charles and Princess Diana visited the town and unveil the Mad Hatter’s Tea
Party sculpture at Golden Square.
Cromwell's statue put back on
show outside the Academy building at Bridge Foot after 4 years in storage.
Warrington Day Care Centre, Allen Street opened (now Making Space).
Thorn Cross adult open prison opened in Appleton Thorn on the site of the
Naval Air Station Stretton (HMS Blackcap).
JAN 11 & 18
Two B & Q DIY stores open at Milner Street and Cockhedge Centre respectively
(B & Q are Mr Richard Block and Mr David Quayle, who set up the company in
Southampton in 1969 – true!).
SEP 5 Coral Social Club
opens in Cockhedge Centre.
SEP 28 “Bucks Fizz”
performed at Spectrum Arena, Birchwood.
OCT 4 Oughtrington
Community Centre officially opened by Bobby Charlton.
OCT 22 Birchwood Library
NOV Wilderspool Stadium
limited to crowd of 10,817 for safety reasons.
NOV Mercantile Credit
Snooker Classic at Spectrum Arena.
The first Lymm Dickensian Festival took place.
factory on Church Street closed.
1986 Monks Hall
steel works closed.
Warrington Bridge opened at Bridge Foot to form a roundabout junction.
bacon-curers business closed down.
Mr Smiths nightclub opened for the first time in the former ABC/Ritz Cinema at
MAY 6 Stockton
Heath Community Centre, Ackers Road, officially opened.
MAY 25 A Sport Aid event at
Victoria Park raised around £15,000 for famine relief in Africa.
Hall Park officially opened to the public.
Warrington Corporation Transport ceased to exist due to de-regulation of the buses.
It became known as Warrington Borough Transport, an at-arms-length management company of the
council. Meanwhile, London buses were first painted red on this day in
1986 Peel Hall
Park opened to the public.
Aid Charitable Trust was set up at 125 Bridge Street in order to make large
shipments of new and second-hand Christian books and Bibles to needy areas. It
concentrates mainly on Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, with smaller shipments
being sent to other areas.
MAY 25 Warrington
Town were beaten 3-2 by St Helens in the FA Vase at Wembley.
MAY 12 Lightning strikes
house in Locking Stumps. House evacuated.
AUG 20 Warrington Borough
Transport introduced the Mini-Lines bus services for villages.
AUG 24 Gateway supermarket
opened at Westbrook. It is now Asda.
AUG 30 The Burma Star
Association unveiled a plaque at Bridge Foot War Memorial.
SEP 17 Great Sankey Library
gutted by fire – 20,000 books destroyed.
Wheelie bin system introduced in the town for rubbish collections.
1987 OCT 1 Ikea
furniture store, the first in the UK, opened on Gemini Retail Park.
Woolston and Martinscroft War Memorial unveiled.
1988 The Tudor
Bingo Hall on Scotland Road was demolished (previously the Regent Cinema, and Prince
of Wales Theatre before that).
Spectrum Arena at Birchwood closed. The building is now the head office of Fred
Westbrook Library opened to the
APR 17 Control Tower at
Burtonwood Air Base demolished by Bolton steeplejack Fred Dibnah.
SEP 16 Anti-Cruise Missile
demonstration at Burtonwood.
OCT Toys R Us opened at
Gemini Retail Park.
NOV 25 Birchwood Tennis
Centre opened. Cliff Richard has visited since it opened.
Birchwood Lions International founded.
1989 MAR 24 AMC
10-screen cinema opened in Westbrook. It is now the Odeon.
1989 MAR 29 Duchess
of York officially opened Long Lane Business Park.
MAR 24 Gulliver’s World
theme park opened near Westbrook/Old Hall.
MAY 1 A riot at Risley
Remand Centre causes £2m damage.
MAY 9 £20m fire at Sanyo
JUN Greenall Whitley opened
a £4.5m warehouse in Stretton.
1989 SEP Information
Centre in Poll Tax House opened on Rylands Street.
SEP 30 The Warrington and
Runcorn Development Corporation becomes The Commission for the New Towns.
Alban Retail Park built on the former site of FIAT car spares plant on Hawleys
NOV Westminster Nursing home
opened in Old Hall by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Kwik Save supermarket, Academy Street, opened.
Arms, Battersby Lane, demolished to make way for the new road and
JAN 23 Work starts on road
improvements at the junction of Church Street, Mersey Street, Dial Street, and
Fennel Street resulting in a new roundabout junction, now known as St Mary’s
JAN 29 Warrington Guardian
reception moves to 58 Sankey Street. It is now based at Bridge Foot in the new
FEB 27 90
miles per hour gale with high tide. Victoria Park, plus parts of Walton and
Latchford flooded. St John's Roman Catholic School marooned.
MAR 10 A protest against the
Poll Tax took place on the Town Hall lawn, prior to the tax being introduced on
1 April 1990.
MAY Warrington were beaten
36-14 by Wigan in the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final at Wembley in front of
SEP 13 Great Sankey Library
reopened after fire.
NOV 30 St James’ Church,
ceased beer production. Gifford
& Partners begin an archaeological excavation at the Wilderspool site after
the brewery closed.
1991 Feb 27 Former
employees of Greenall Whitley set up The Coach House Brewing Company on Wharf
Burtonwood Nature Park opened.
Amateur performers stage “The North Face of Longshaw Street” at the Parr
Hall. It followed the lives of people in Bewsey and Dallam from the beginning of
the 1900s until the present day.
Awareness Day launched.
Village Hotel & Leisure Club, Centre Park, opened.
Building of Riverside Retail Park began.
1992 FEB 6
The Warrington branch of the Alzheimer’s Society founded.
The old Post office on Springfield Street closed and moved to Golden Square
(built in 1906).
IRA Bombing of gas works on Winwick Road.
1993 MAR 20
IRA Bomb exploded in Bridge Street, killing two young boys, Tim Parry, 12, and Johnathan
Ball, aged 3. Link to the Tim
Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace website.
RAF Burtonwood formally closed. Stars and Stripes handed to Mayor John Taylor.
JUL First edition of Shop
News published. It was renamed South Warrington News in 2000 and features a link
to the www.mywarrington.me.uk
website on their homepage. Thanks for that, guys!
JUL 31 Bewsey High School
AUG 29 Statue
of Brian Bevan unveiled on roundabout junction of Wilderspool Causeway
and Chester Road by St James’ Church. The roundabout was renamed Brian
Bevan Island. The statue was later moved to the Halliwell Jones Stadium
on Mike Gregory Way when Warrington Wolves left Wilderspool Stadium on
AUG 30 Warrington Youth
Band began a tour of Hilden in Germany.
SEP Barrow Hall Junior
School formed from Lingley Infants School and Barrow Hall Junior School.
A skateboard park opens at Birchwood.
Croft Wing at Warrington Hospital opened by Princess Anne, The Princess Royal.
JUN 13 Marks & Spencer
opened a new store at Gemini Retail Park in west Warrington.
JUL 25 Morrison’s opened
a supermarket on the site of the former Greenall’s brewery at Wilderspool.
AUG 13 Staples office
supplies opened at Cockhedge Shopping Centre (moved to School Brow in November
AUG 27 Odeon cinema,
Buttermarket Street, closed. Wetherspoons now occupies the site, previously
Yates’s Wine Lodge.
SEP 1 Penketh County
Primary and Penketh Junior schools merge.
The University of the third Age (U3A) Warrington branch formed. Link to their website,
which includes a link to the www.mywarrington.me.uk
Meadows nature reserve opened to the public. The land was donated on the
condition that it was turned into a nature park.
Phone Day is launched by BT, when a ‘one’ was added after the first zero to
dialling codes, changing Warrington’s from 0925 to 01925.
Bewsey Old Hall Conservation Society formed. Sadly, their request for National
Lottery funding was rejected, despite the volunteers meeting up with Prince
Charles who lent his support. The hall is now being turned into luxury
Official opening of Walton Hall Heritage Centre.
APR 21 Official opening of
Guardian Street Medical Centre at the back of the hospital.
APR 26 Second carriageway
of Thelwall Viaduct opened on M6 to ease congestion.
Five people were arrested during anti-nuclear demonstration at BNFL (British
Nuclear Fuels Limited) in Risley.
1996 Snow falls
Warrington Rugby Club becomes part of the Super League and summer rugby.
Walker brewery closed.
1996 "The North
West Face" opened in the former St Anne's C of E Church building on
Winwick Road. The church relocated to Central Avenue, Orford.
A rock music event took place at Victoria Park featuring some of the nation's
top bands. You didn’t need to be there to hear it all across Warrington!
Start of archaeological excavations at Abbey Farm, Risley, by Lancaster
University (ended May 1996).
Nynex lay cables throughout the town for the next generation of
telecommunications, including broadband and TV signals. Lines now operated by
Official opening of the Ophthalmic Centre at Warrington Hospital.
FEB 5 Snow
falls in Warrington. Blizzard
brings the town to a standstill. Disruption for several days.
FEB A £5.5m leisure centre
was officially opened at Lymm Grammar School.
MAR 31 Warrington Rugby
Club becomes part of the Super League and summer rugby. Their first match was
away against Leeds Rhinos, which Warrington won 22-18.
1996 FEB Opening
of Mersey Bank House, Barbauld Street (Income Tax Offices).
opening of Nolan House Job Centre, Mersey Street.
Tetley Walker brewery closed.
"The North West Face" climbing centre opened in the former St Anne's C
of E Church building on Winwick Road. The church relocated to Central Avenue,
1996 A rock music
event took place at Victoria Park featuring some of the nation's top bands. You
didn’t need to be there to hear it all across Warrington!
OCT Warrington rugby league club adopted the named
‘Wolves’ to become Warrington Wolves from the following season.
1996 NOV 13 The
Southern Expressway (Midland Way) opened.
The River of Life monument at Bridge Street was officially unveiled by the
Duchess of Kent as a tribute to the victims of the Warrington bombings of 1993.
Canon James Colling of the Parish Church and Chaplain to the Queen, retired
after 38 years in Warrington
Warrington hosted its first Oktoberfest beer festival in the Parr Hall.
The General Election campaign brought Shadow Home Secretary Robin Cook MP and
Home Secretary Michael Howard MP to the town.
1997 FEB 11
River Mersey bursts its banks at
Howley, Walton Locks and Penketh. Victoria Park flooded.
Doug (later Baron) Hoyle, MP for Warrington, stepped down at the General
Pat Pointer of the Bewsey Old Hall Conservation Project meets with Prince
Charles at Highgrove.
Spectrum Arena at Birchwood reopened under new management.
Former butler to Princess Diana, Paul Burrell, visited Broomfields County Junior
School to personally collect money raised for the Princess Diana Memorial Fund.
JUL 6 The Walton
Lea Project was launched. The project provides supported employment in
horticulture for adults with learning difficulties.
Historic buildings in Warrington, including Bewsey Old Hall, were placed on
the first-ever buildings-at-risk register.
Northern Ireland Secretary Dr Mo Mowlam lends her support to a £1m peace
centre in Warrington in memory of those killed in the 1993 Bombing.
Warrington Archaeologist Mark Olly and his photographer Lesley Lowery find a
400,000-year-old stone tool.
Royal Gala Ball held at Birchwood Conference Centre in the presence of the
Duchess of Kent to raise money for a peace centre.
1998 APR 1 Warrington
became a Unitary Authority.
Park came into existence when MEPC
purchased land from the UK Atomic Energy Authority to build a business park in
1998 SEP 1 First
broadcast of Wire FM, the independent commercial radio station for
Warrington, Runcorn and Widnes - now broadcasting from Wigan!
JAN 25 The first residents moved into St
Rocco’s Hospice at Bewsey. Princess Alexandra officially opened the centre on
12 December 1999.
Warrington Carers Centre established at Garven Place in town centre.
Hospital closed. It was replaced by the £18m Hollins Park Hospital.
Proposals to reopen Kenyon Junction railway station, near Culcheth, are unveiled
Warrington’s David Fryar co-piloted the plane which beamed images of the total
eclipse round the world.
Worldwide daily online newspaper launched at Business Connections in April. The
first monthly magazine was published in September 1999 and is available
at newsstands around the town and as a PDF download.
24 TV and stage performer Bonnie Langford appeared in her own show at
the Parr Hall.
Stockton Heath fire station officially opened on Ackers Road.
29 1970s and 80s punk rock group The Stranglers performed at the
24 TV comedian Phil Jupitus performed his comedy show at the Parr
David Lloyd leisure centre opened on Cromwell Avenue South, Great Sankey.
RAF Burtonwood played host to the 60th Anniversary of the Battle of
Britain with a ceremony attended by 50 veterans of the forces.
A residential retirement village to be built on the former Rylands Recreation
Ground is named Ryfields.
Warrington by the Sea summer activity centre for children launched at Golden
Light Elite Academy of Dance established.
MAR 20 Peace
Centre opened by the Duchess of Kent.
St Anne’s Church opened on Central Avenue, Orford. The original church
building on Winwick Road was converted into the Northwest Face climbing centre.
Warrington Friary site excavated by Lancaster University archaeologists before
The Friar Penketh pub is built by J D Wetherspoon.
The 18th century Cheshire Cheese pub in Latchford joined a millennium
archive organised by the National Monuments Record.
Former Mayor of Warrington, Harold Edwards MBE, died, aged 98. His MBE was
awarded for his part in setting up the Citizens Advice Bureau in 1939.
Historic Bewsey Old Hall is refused a grant from the National Lottery Heritage
Former pop singer Kim Wilde planted a tree in Winwick after Winwick Hospital
closed. The 75 feet high tree is called Plane Ace and was transported from
Belgium to Warrington at a cost of £60,000. It is in the Guinness Book of
Records for the tallest tree transported and replanted.
Home Secretary Jack Straw visited the town.
Longbarn Community Lodge officially opened.
Former IRA chief Martin McGuinness apologised for the 1993 Warrington Bomb,
which Wilf Ball, who lost his son in the disaster, said was too little, too late.
Historic buildings in the town have been safeguarded by the creation of a new
conservation area (it’s a pity the Old Boteler Grammar School on School Brow
and the Bay Horse pub on Winwick Street weren’t included. Both disappeared
within a year of each other in 2004 and 2005 respectively).
Trail (Runcorn to Oughtrington) officially opened.
Warrington's ancient castle on Mote Hill came into the news again when an
application to build 15 properties on the site was presented to the Council.
The first sod was cut in the building of the new Warrington Wolves Stadium on
the former Tetley Walker brewery site. I photographed it all from beginning to end - see photos on the Warrington
Paul Cullen became the new coach of Warrington Wolves rugby league team.
Warrington MP Helen Southworth launched the RAF
Burtonwood heritage centre.
The Pyramid Arts Centre staged its first performance, a new presentation of
“The North Face of Longshaw Street”. Gordon Gandy was one of the performers
in this version. Notice he didn't say actor!
Warrington MP Helen Southworth launched the RAF Burtonwood heritage centre
Heavy rain brought flooding to parts of Penketh.
Warrington Borough Transport re-enacted the journey of the very first tram
journey in the town. The trip, with modern buses, began in Rylands Street on
Sunday 21 April at 7.40 a.m. on its run to Latchford.
Down's syndrome teenager Salma Saleem dies after falling from a Ferris wheel ride
at Gulliver's World theme park in Westbrook (update).
Fury erupted as a listed building, an old Georgian house at 31a Winwick Street,
behind the former American Pool Centre, was demolished. It was hoped English
Heritage could have renovated it, but the council said it was pulled down for
Ryfields Retirement Village opened in Orford.
SEP 23 Earthquake tremors
felt throughout Borough. No damage reported.
OCT 13 £250,000
"Encounter" monument erection completed at Birchwood.
OCT 21 Earthquake in
Manchester. Slight tremors felt in Warrington.
High Winds. Fallen Trees in many parts of town.
The Pyramid Arts Centre staged its first performance, a new presentation of
“The North Face of Longshaw Street”. I was one of the performers in this
version. Noticed I didn't say actors! The building itself was originally
Warrington Magistrates Court.
Both Members of Parliament for Warrington, Helen Southworth MP and Helen Jones
MP back Prime Minister Tony Blair on the controversial war in Iraq.
Another change for Birchwood's Spectrum Arena, as betting giant Fred Done moved
his business empire to the site from Worsley, Greater Manchester.
The town lost another Grade II listed building when the former British Legion
building on St Austin's Lane was demolished. See a photo in Tour
Channel 4 TV programme Time Team comes to Warrington to assist
pupils of St Barnabas Primary School in their search of the school grounds.
Objects from the old Winwick Hospital are preserved at the Museum.
Allcock from Warrington wins £64,000 on ITV's Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?
Warrington comedian and compere Peter Robinson died aged 71 (I had the pleasure of
working with him on a Friends & Neighbours Travel Club holiday in the 1990s).
Wilderspool Stadium's 105-year association with 1st team rugby league ended as
the club moves to new premises at Winwick Road.
The Warrington Bomb blast is remembered in a service at Holy Trinity Church at
Lord Roy Jenkins MP, who famously campaigned in Warrington in 1981, died aged 82.
The Rev Steve Parish, from St Ann's Church in Orford, requested that the Armitage
& Rigby chimney top should be incorporated into the new bus station as a
memory to Warrington industry
. It stood on the corner of Winwick Street and Golborne Street before the Golden
Square redevelopment began. See New Temporary Bus Station section of On
The Buses for photos.
The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, visited Ryfields Retirement Village.
Railway fans witnessed 6201 Princess Elizabeth steam locomotive pulling
into Warrington Bank Quay on her way to the Settle and Carlisle line.
Guardian newspaper celebrated its 150th Anniversary.
JUL 31 Legh Street swimming baths closed. Opened 1866.
2003 OCT A 73-year-old man serving a jail sentence
in the Middle East for manslaughter confessed to strangling Warrington
prostitute, Patricia Simpson, known as the Silver Queen, in November 1963. The
news has only been made public now, four years after police obtained the
2003 OCT Manchester
property developer, Modus, announced plans to resurrect an idea to breathe new
life into a run-down section of Winwick Street opposite Warrington Central
2003 OCT Irish rock
band U2 are invited to play at the Peace Centre in Great Sankey after they gave
permission for one of their videos to be included in a promotional film made by
students of University College Chester, Warrington Campus.
2003 NOV Skatepark
opened in Victoria Park.
Pool Park, Causeway Park & Latchford Community Centres & Burtonwood
Youth Centre closed.
Youth Base closed.
FEB 6 Life
For A Life charity opened Mersey Meadows in west Warrington to allow the planting
of trees to commemorate the lives of loved ones. See photos in Warrington
Green. Check out the charity's website www.lifeforalife.org.uk.
Warrington Wolves rugby league club played its first game at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on
Winwick Road. They beat Wakefield Wildcats 34-20 in a match televised on Sky in
front of 14,206 spectators.
Exam documents dating from 1884 were found in the old Horobin newsagent shop on
Sankey Street when it closed. See a photo of the shop in Tour
Former Olympic swimmer Helen Slatter expressed her sadness at Legh Street baths
closure. She trained there with the Warriors of Warrington
Chapelford Urban Village, to be built on the old Burtonwood Air Base, was unveiled
by Warrington Borough Council
. A new railway station is planned.
Wendy Parry, who lost her son Tim in the 1993 Warrington Bomb, was invited to
Buckingham Palace as one of 200 Women of Achievement.
Warrington actor, Pete Postlethwaite, received an OBE from the Queen.
Countess Sophie of Wessex unveiled a plaque at the entrance to the Warrington
Deaf Centre on Wilson Patten Street.
It was announced that Stockton Heath Walking Day was to end after 150 years.
However, a change of heart from the authorities kept it going. See a photo from
the 2006 event on the Memory
Greystone Recreation Ground, Penketh, opened.
|2004 JUN 24 The
Brian Bevan Wall was unveiled at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on the 80th
anniversary of his birth. The wall was made up of commemorative engraved
bricks for which fans paid either £24.95 or £34.95 to have their named
added. It became known locally as the 'wall of fame'.
JUL Wilf Ball, who lost his 3-year-old son Johnathan in the 1993 Warrington Bomb,
died, aged 71. Link to the Tim
Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace website.
AUG 10 Heavy
rain causes flooding in Winwick, Great Sankey, Penketh, Orford, Longford and
Advice Centre, Sankey Street, officially opened.
The Legacy Project was set up by Children of Peace to record oral memories of
the 1993 Warrington Bomb
. Link to the Tim
Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace website.
at Lymm. Four cottages badly damaged. Mersey Street closed due to flying slates
in high wind.
2005 FEB 2
Queens Gardens renovation is unveiled in a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Roads Minister, Tony McNulty MP, visited the town to lend support for a Bridge
FEB 24 BBC's Question Time show is recorded at The Pyramid Arts Centre.
Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council take over Grappenhall Heyes Walled
APR 8 John Graham Smith, founder of Mr Smiths nightclub at Bridge
Warrington Market celebrates 750 years of its Royal Charter presented in 1255.
Read more on Warrington Market page.
Greenall's vodka and gin distillery on Wilderspool Causeway was devastated by fire.
Investigators confirm it was no accident, and later charged a man with arson.
A six-strong partnership submitted a planning application to redevelop Time Square
JUL Peel Holdings, owners of the Manchester Ship Canal, made adjustments
to the swing bridges to help when the metal expands in the
heat of summer. They used grinders to increase the gaps between the bridge
and the buttress. Normally the fire brigade are called out to spray water on to
ease the traffic hold ups.
2005 JUL 9-11
Latchford Swing Bridge sticks due to
temperature at 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
Official opening of Brickfield Community Park, Orford.
AUG 27 Georgie Fame performed at the Old Fish Market in Golden Square
with Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra, in a free concert arranged
by Pyramid Parr Hall.
NOV 18 Prince Charles visited Warrington to present medals to members of the Territorial
Army for their services in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. See photos on the Events
NOV 20 Kerry Katona switched on the Christmas lights.
FEB 26 Danielle Lloyd, Aged 22, is crowned Miss Great Britain in a ceremony at the
Grosvenor House Hotel in London hosted by Noel Edmonds.
FEB 27 Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, visited the town to unveil a commemorative
plaque marking the official opening of The Gateway (the former Warrington
newspaper office on Sankey Street).
FEB 28 A book about local stories of World War II published by Newsquest, owners of the
raises over £12,000 for the Royal British Legion.
FEB 28 Warrington dentist, Khalid Anis, received an MBE for his services to dentistry.
2006 FEB Cab Company,
a new initiative run as a type of workers co-operative, is set up with ten cars.
Callers are assigned by computer directly to the drivers without a controller.
FEB Glamour model Emma Hayes, from Orford, appeared on the front cover of February's Maxim
2006 MAR 2 Folk-rock
group Fairport Convention performed at Parr Hall as part of their 30-date UK tour.
2006 MAR 2 Blackpool
Comes to Warrington - mobile fairground sets up at Winwick.
2006 MAR 4 Snow falls
in Warrington for first time in 5 years.
2006 MAR 8 Singer Peter
Andre performs at Chicago Rock Cafe. His wife Jordan also attended. They split
up in 2009.
2006 MAR 8
truck carrying £½ million in cash was raided at Woolston Grange, echoing the
raid in Kent 2 weeks previously, also on a Securitas truck. Three West Yorkshire
men were convicted of the crime on 1 February, 2010.
2006 MAR 14
rock group Death by Decibels helped to rescue people affected by tear gas as rioting
broke out during the British Invasion punk festival at San Bernardino,
2006 MAR 19
sister Geoff & Jo Armstrong from Grappenhall appear on Channel 4's Shipwrecked
reality TV show.
2006 MAR 20
Historic Stockton Heath Primary School was saved from demolition
after 5,000 protests were received by the council. Sadly, it was short-lived as the school was eventually demolished.
2006 MAR Manchester
City Council dropped its legal challenge to the Omega Business Park development going ahead in
west Warrington, provided the plans are revised.
2006 MAR After a
12-month campaign, Warrington is named a Fairtrade Borough. The movement
ensures producers from developing countries get a fair price for their goods and
2006 MAR 30
eclipse is cited as the reason for unusual rises in the levels of the River
Mersey. Flooding was the result in many parts of the town.
2006 MAR 31
maestro Pete Waterman officially opens a new £2.9 million cardiac catheter
suite at Warrington Hospital.
Granada TV’s Paul Crone attended a charity ball
at the Halliwell Jones Stadium to receive donations of £13,654 from staff at J
& K Ross Ltd on Kerfoot Street for the When You Wish Upon A Star
charity, of which he is patron.
2006 APR 1 Wire FM
performed an April Fools' Day prank on listeners by suggesting that Led Zeppelin will
be reforming for a concert in Warrington or Halton hosted by Noel Edmonds.
2006 APR Liverpool
City Council drops its opposition to The Omega Business Park project, planned for the next 20
years of redevelopment in west Warrington.
2006 APR Warrington
Borough Council launched a roadshow to promote plans to regenerate Orford Park.
2006 APR Warrington
Museum launched their Warrington People exhibition.
radio systems are launched to help officers get to crimes quicker. Residents
have always complained about how long it takes to get a response to a reported
crime. In the past the frequencies were shared between other emergency units.
2006 APR A new-style
bus-come-tram is considered by Warrington Borough Transport for use on a route
from the future Omega Business Park via Cromwell Avenue to the town centre.
2006 APR Warrington
Borough Transport, owned by the Borough Council, announced that passenger numbers have
increased by around 2 per cent, whilst elsewhere in the country, apart from
London, levels are dropping.
2006 APR An appeal to
save the tower of picturesque St Wilfrid's church in Grappenhall village is
launched. Link to the Church Website here.
2006 MAY 21
run a 5-kilometre race at Arley Hall to raise money for Cancer Relief UK.
2006 MAY 27
Festival of Football starts to celebrate the Football World Cup Finals. It is
supported by Roger Hunt, who was part of the winning England
squad of 1966 and now lives in the town.
2006 MAY 30
Borough Council approves plans to reshape Time Square retail area, which will include the return of a cinema to the town centre.
2006 MAY Making
Tracks, a 3 minute film highlighting problems of playing on the railways, wins
an award for Penketh High School in a safety campaign organised by Network Rail.
2006 JUN Urban Splash
revealed plans to revamp Bewsey Old Hall. The Bewsey Old Hall Conservation Project
had raised £800,000 to keep the hall and grounds in the public domain, but it
2006 JUN Warrington
Hospital promoted fruit and vegetables as part of the national Cancer Prevention
2006 JUN Former
Warrington rugby league player and coach, Derek 'Nobby' Clark died after a long
illness. He spent over 40 years with the club and was chairman of the Past
2006 JUN Miss
Warrington 2006 is named. She is 18-year-old Ashley McKeever - and she comes
2006 JUN Historic
photos of the allied occupation of Germany after the war are unearthed by a
Warrington man. They feature images of the Berlin Wall and a visit from the
2006 JUN Pink Ladies,
the Warrington-based ladies-only taxi firm, launched another franchise in
Carlisle, Cumbria, to add to their fleet in Liverpool, the Wirral, London and St
Helens. The scheme does not deal in cash for fares, but uses a membership
2006 JUN As World Cup
Football Fever grips the nation, Warrington Primary Care Trust, the Borough
Council and Cheshire Police join forces to launch a decorated taxi scheme to
promote responsible drinking.
2006 JUN Children
from St Monica's in Appleton won a £300 top prize in the Warrington Yellow
Woods Challenge to promote a recycling. Runners-up were St Andrew's winning £200
and third were Green Lane Community Special School with a £100 prize. The
competition was run by Yellow Pages, the Borough Council and the Woodland Trust.
In total 9,688 old Yellow Pages directories were collected by 53 schools and one
tree was planted for every pound awarded to the schools.
2006 JUN 5 Flash floods
hit Warrington. Classrooms and the hall of Ravenbank Primary School in Lymm were
2006 JUN 17
the Thorn ceremony takes place at Appleton Thorn. The unique annual ceremony
takes place on the Saturday nearest to Midsummer's Day. See photos on the Events
2006 JUN Disability
Awareness Day, Warrington's annual, and Europe's largest, voluntary-led
disability awareness event, received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Services
(an award created in 2002 to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee).
2006 JUN 28
Fred Talbot officially opened 'Our Wood' community woodland in Westbrook.
2006 JUN Former
Conservative Prime Minister John Major visited the Warrington South Conservative
Association in Stretton.
2006 JUN A four-day
Bible-reading session took places at St Wilfrid's Church, Grappenhall, to raise
funds for the repair of the bell tower. I have since been informed that the
event was a
great success. Link to the Church Website here.
2006 JUL 3 Warrington
residents report an unidentified flying object (UFO) over Orford at 10.35pm. It
was ME with a torch on the end of a kite. Well prove it WASN'T! And why do we
only 'see' these UFO sightings at night? And only since powered flight?
2006 JUL 100-year-old
machinery which stood outside The Forge Shopping Centre in Stockton Heath was
thought to have been destroyed during redevelopment of the site. Thankfully, it
was found soon after. See a photo of it on the My
page. Linking story.
2006 JUL 17
Borough Council adopted a controversial new policy on collection of rubbish. If a
bin lid is not fully closed, the bin will not be emptied. Warrington North MP
Helen Jones is furious when her own rubbish is left uncollected.
2006 JUL 20
Street stars took part in a charity football match against Warrington Town
Football Club to raise funds for St Rocco's Hospice.
2006 JUL 25
taxi drivers brought the town to a standstill in protest at the number of taxi
ranks and enforcement of taxi regulations in the town.
2006 JUL Four
Warrington buildings have again been named on the English Heritage 'at risk'
register. They are all Grade II listed buildings - the Gatehouse to Bradlegh Old
Hall, Bradley Lane, Burtonwood; Bewsey Old Hall; Hurst Hall North Barn, Hurst
Lane, Glazebury and the Transporter Bridge at Bank Quay.
Model Danielle Lloyd won a four-figure payout for a
car accident in October 2004 which could have damaged her career. She was
crowned Miss Great Britain in February 2006.
2006 JUL Abba Cars
taxi firm donated £1,800 to buy a new electric scooter for the Warrington
Disability Partnership's Shopmobility scheme.
2006 JUL 25
NatWest celebrated 175 years of banking in Warrington. See the Events
page for more.
2006 JUL Warrington
Borough Council won a national award for the computer support it offers schools.
2006 JUL Peel
Holdings, owners of the Manchester Ship Canal, defended its decision to monitor
Latchford Locks by CCTV rather than using onsite personnel. Concerned residents say
that if the sluice gates ever malfunctioned the area could be flooded.
2006 AUG Former
Brookside star Dean Sullivan (who played Jimmy Corkhill) became the first
celebrity to lend his support for Warrington-based mental health charity Making
Space. Their centre is on Allen Street, close to town centre.
2006 AUG 5 TV antiques
star David Dickinson appeared at Pyramid Parr Hall to film his new ITV show Dickinson's
2006 AUG Birchwood
Shopping Centre hosted a Birchwood By The Sea event, enabling children to
have fun at the beach without leaving the town. It featured magic shows, Punch
and Judy and games. Golden Square had staged a similar event in the past,
Warrington By The Sea.
2006 AUG 7 Warrington
Wolves coach Paul Cullen took over from Salford City Red's Karl Harrison as the
new England coach.
2006 AUG It is
announced that Mr Smith's nightclub (previously the ABC cinema - The Ritz) is to
2006 AUG Warrington
Wolves became the first club to donate money from season ticket sales to the
Rugby Football League Benevolent Fund.
2006 AUG Former
environmental health chief Andy Gilbert travelled around Norway on his motorcycle
to raise funds for Hope House Children's Hospice. Expecting to wear his
winter gear, he witnesses evidence of global warming as Norway has one of its
hottest summers ever.
The Civic Trust presented Walton
Gardens with the Green Flag Award, a national benchmark for top parks and
2006 AUG 19
Big Band perform a free jazz concert at the Old Fish Market at Golden Square as part of Culturefest '06.
2006 AUG 19
temporary bus station operated for the very last time.
2006 AUG 21
Interchange, the town's new bus station, opened for business.
2006 AUG 27
star Carley Stenson appeared at the Dallam Youth Festival.
2006 AUG 27
famous Maize Maze teamed up with Macmillan Cancer in a bid to raise £5,000 to
help people living with cancer.
2006 SEP 1 The 24-hour
Relay For Life fund-raising event for Cancer Research UK raised approximately £6,500
at Victoria Park.
2006 SEP Youngster
Shanice Nickle donned a fat suit and prosthetics to take part in TV chef Jamie
Oliver's latest campaign to get children to eat healthy foods.
2006 SEP Mystery
surrounds the death of several fish in the Manchester Ship Canal near Fiddler's
Ferry when thousands were seen gasping for air. They came to the surface in a
bid to get oxygen from the air as Environment Agency workers tried to
re-oxgenate the water with pumps.
2006 SEP Warrington
Wolves announces the Wire2Wolves community project to create a timeline of
events around the stadium to highlight the history of the club and of the town.
The club has applied to the National Lottery Fund for assistance.
2006 SEP Stockton
Heath Independent Methodist church on Walton Road celebrated 200 years of
service to the community.
2006 SEP 8-14
Warrington Hospital doctors, Steve Bentley and Barry Taylor, climb Mount Everest
to raise money for CANtreat. Proceeds went to the charity's £1m appeal to
enhance the environment of cancer treatment areas within the NHS.
2006 SEP 9 University
of Chester, Warrington Campus, celebrated 60 years of higher education at
2006 SEP Warrington
Cine and Video Society celebrated 70 years of film-making.
2006 SEP Warrington
Photographic Society received a £3,350 National Lottery grant to help preserve
2006 SEP Coronation
Street celebrities Tina O'Brien, Stephen Peacock (Warrington's own) and Ryan
Thomas opened Ibizaar, a new designer clothing shop in London Road, Stockton Heath
2006 SEP A Warrington
author using the pseudonym Carol Dunning publishes two books: Dining For
Lovers and Ghosts of the North West.
2006 SEP Golden
Square Shopping Centre sponsored aerial photographs of the town's landmarks.
2006 SEP Collier
Waste Management Ltd are refused a planning application to raise the level of
waste in parts of the Moss Side Farm site after residents complained.
2006 SEP 11
Borough Council announced that Culcheth High School is to be demolished and
2006 SEP 14
Diane Terris became the first female Chief Executive of Warrington Borough
2006 SEP 14
controversy in the council's policy on collecting bins after a 61 year old
Locking Stumps resident was told her green bin was too heavy for the council
trucks, although she could pick it up herself. Her story was featured on BBC
2006 SEP Warrington
Borough Council demanded compensation from contractors into the five-month delay
in implementing new £158,000 traffic signs into the town. Twenty signs were
erected to inform motorists of accidents and give general
2006 SEP Chapelford
railway station was dealt a serious blow when developers of the future Omega
Business Park in west Warrington told councillors they will not pay the £1.5 million
bill towards roads serving the station. It would have replaced Sankey Station
in a link to the 2,000 home Chapelford Urban Village.
2006 SEP 15
Reports presenter Paul Crone concluded his charity walk for the Up The Amazon
appeal for The Vine Trust at Lymm Cross. He covered over 200 miles in a
fortnight to raise over £65,000 to send medical boats along the Amazon to boost
the quality of life for locals.
2006 SEP 17
Wolves announced that past-captain
Mike Gregory was to become the latest addition to the Wolves Hall of Fame.
2006 SEP 17
Warrington fire station holds an Open Day to highlight the dangers of fire and to demonstrate
the latest techniques in fire and rescue.
2006 SEP 17
Anniversary of the Battle of Britain was celebrated at Gulliver's World theme
park by members of
the RAF, Army and Navy.
2006 SEP 20
public inquiry into developments on Howley waterfront began at the
Halliwell Jones Stadium.
2006 SEP Nobles
Amusements took over the building once occupied by Hodgkinson's on Bridge
2006 SEP Supporters
banged the drum for Fairtrade at the final game of the season at the Halliwell
2006 SEP A national
beauty competition in London has revealed that Warrington is the best place in
the country for training models, as students from Warrington Collegiate pick a
handful of awards at the annual National Beauty Competition at Earls Court.
2006 OCT 1 Grappenhall
actress Amanda Dobson, 21, appeared in ITV 1 Granada's Cracker police
series with Robbie Coltrane.
2006 OCT 1 Veterans of
the First World War are remembered in a ceremony at the Parish Church attended
by the Mayor Linda Dirir.
2006 OCT 7
mum' Kerry Katona signed copies of her autobiography Too Much Too Young at
Waterstones bookshop in Golden Square.
Warrington's Coach House Brewing Company, run by Managing Director David Bolton,
Tony Gandy and Neil Chantrell, won the Champion Beer of Cheshire for their Post
Horn bitter at the Nantwich Food and Drink Festival.
2006 OCT 14
class 14 lifeboat "Earl & Countess Mountbatten of Burma" passes
through Latchford Locks on its way to Anglesey after attending Manchester
Lifeboat Week at Salford Quays.
2006 OCT 23
Idea, an internet TV channel, launched. It features its very own soap opera, Orford
and Pop Factor to showcase the talents of local people.
2006 OCT Warrington
Wolves was named Super League Club of the Year.
2006 The Ring
O'Bells pub on Church Street next to the Parish Church was named as the
borough's first Fairtrade pub for stocking coffees and wines which ensure a
fair price for its producers.
2006 A campaign
was launched to save Mr Smith's nightclub from demolition and turn it into a
theatre. The group behind the campaign is known as Theatre 4 Warrington Campaign and is hoping to
achieve charity status.
2006 OCT Oktoberfest,
the annual beer festival at the Parr Hall organised by Warrington Rotary Club,
celebrated its first 10 years of operation.
2006 OCT Warrington
Wolves bought New Zealand rugby star Vinnie Anderson from St Helens for £50,000.
2006 OCT 80s pop star
Captain Sensible of The Damned visited Warrington with his new outfit Dead Men
Walking. The political activist has launched The Blah Party for the
'disaffected'. He had a number one hit with Happy Talk in June 1982. His real name is Ray Burns.
2006 OCT Hundreds of
Warrington people were affected by the collapse of the Christmas hamper company
Farepak. The big supermarkets offered to help out those affected. People
have passed comment that as the boss of Farepak is said to be worth £30
shouldn't have to, should they? He has been called to account by the government.
2006 OCT 19
Borough Council approved plans for the £1bn Omega Business Park in west Warrington.
It will be the final stage in the New Town plan which was first started by the
Commission for New Towns in 1972. The Government will make the final decision
sometime in the future.
2006 OCT 19
Boteler High School pupil, Christopher Dickinson picked up a bronze Team Player
Award from Dame Kelly Holmes in a ceremony in London. The Living For Sport
initiative is aimed at pupils between 11 and 16 who are at risk of opting out of
school life by encouraging them to take part in sport.
2006 OCT 21
Warrington Rugby star Mike Gregory signed copies of his autobiography 'Biting
Back' in Borders bookshop at Riverside Retail Park.
2006 OCT 25
A small fire broke out in the cellar of the Patten Arms hotel opposite Bank Quay Station.
2006 OCT Plans
announced for a possible £7 million revamp of Parr Hall, funded by public and
Borough Transport responded to concerns about the potential Chapelford railway station by
having talks with Network Rail.
2006 OCT A women-only
night raised £3,000 for Breast Cancer Care at an event held at Polar Ford on
2006 OCT Virgin
Trains boss Carl Belcher announced plans to overhaul Warrington Bank Quay
Station at a cost of £500,000.
2006 OCT Sainsbury's
opened a new supermarket in the £1m revamp of the former Culcheth
2006 OCT The Forestry
Commission launched an autumn photography competition to find the best images of
autumn in the region. Check out their website www.forestry.gov.uk.
2006 OCT Mersey
Ferries' Manchester Ship Canal Cruises announced a 20% increase in passengers
this year. The company sails between Liverpool and Salford Quays via Warrington
2006 OCT The Pearl of
Africa choir from Kamuzinda children's village in Uganda performed at William
Beamont High School. They were touring the country to raise funds for the village
which looks after AIDS orphans.
2006 OCT Plans
were drawn up by the Borough Council into how the banks of the Mersey will look
in the future. Planning permission has already been granted to redevelop the
waterfront near Mr Smiths at Bridge Foot in a scheme resembling other
waterfronts in the region, such as Salford Quays.
2006 OCT The Meadow
View Fishery at Statham Pool in Lymm benefited from a new platform built by
the Environment Agency to allow disabled access.
2006 OCT Warrington
Borough Transport and Warrington Cycling Campaign launched a joint-leaflet
highlighting safety first initiatives for bike riders and bus drivers.
2006 OCT Warrington
Borough Council's school catering service signed a new supply contract with SET
Produce of Stockport for fresh fruit and vegetables. Most of the produce is
grown here in Warrington.
2006 OCT The 10th
annual Oktoberfest at the Parr Hall raised £14,000 for this year's charities,
Riding For the Disabled in Lymm, The Older People's Forum, Speak Up Group and
Young Carers Group.
2006 NOV The Sankey
Canal Restoration Society (SCARS) launched a calendar to celebrate the 250th
anniversary of the Sankey Canal, the first in modern-day England (and jolly good it is too!).
2006 NOV Miss
Warrington, later Miss Great Britain, Danielle Lloyd, was stripped of her title
as it was reveal she had been dating footballer Terry Sheringham for two months
before the win. He was one of the judges.
2006 NOV An extra
lane will be added to Winwick Road to ease congestion near Tesco. Work will
begin on the new section in the new year.
2006 NOV 8 Boat owners
blockaded the Bridgewater Canal at Lymm in protest about prices rises by Peel
Holdings for licensing and mooring charges. Matthew Corbett, formerly of TV's The
was the press officer.
2006 NOV Radio Lymm
began broadcasting on 87.7FM in the run up to the village Dickensian Festival
on 9 Dec.
2006 NOV TV soap stars,
husband and wife Kym Ryder (Marsh) of Coronation Street and Jack Marsh of
EastEnders, visited town to launch The Club leisure club at the Park Royal in
2006 NOV 11-12
Warrington remembered its war dead at the cenotaph at Bridge Foot. On the Saturday, the 11th
hour of the 11th day of the 11th month shoppers held a two-minute silence in the town
2006 NOV Theatre For
Warrington (T4W) received a massive boost of a mystery £250,000 donation to
help turn Mr Smiths night club into a theatre.
2006 NOV 19
Cultural Centre on Haydock Street celebrated Diwali, a major festival for Hindus
and Sikhs. Diwali is known as the Festival of Light and is a symbol of victory
2006 NOV Status Quo
drummer, Jeff Rich, visited Ravenbank Primary School in Lymm to give pupils a
master class in the art of drumming.
2006 NOV The Warrington
Guardian reported that Lib Dem council leader Ian Banks would like the River
Mersey area at Bridge Foot to be utilised as a riverside venue, like other towns
and cities have achieved, including Manchester, Leeds and Wigan. With the Theatre
4 Warrington plan to turn Mr Smiths into a theatre, it could be the start of a
new lease of life for the area. And what a welcome for visitors into the town
when the first thing they see is a bright shiny welcome. In the end, Mr Smiths
was turned into Halo nightclub and Theatre 4 Warrington are still looking for a
2006 NOV The council
reported that a town centre bypass from Crosfields to Chester Road was being
considered. It is something desperately needed in that part of town.
2006 NOV Warrington
Hospital announced a rescue plan to save £18 million by cutting 180 beds and
NOV Gulliver's World theme park in Westbrook admitted two counts of breaking health
and safety rules in 2002 when 13-year-old Salma Saleem, who had Down's syndrome,
died after she fell from a Ferris wheel ride at the park. The company was fined
£170,000, which included £90,000 in court costs. Back
to earlier story.
2006 NOV TV psychic
Dave Wells, famous for his Most Haunted series on Living TV with Yvette
Fielding, signed copies of his new book David Wells' Complete Guide to
Developing Your Psychic Skills at Borders bookshop on Riverside Retail Park.
2006 NOV The Omega
Business Park, planned for part of the site of the former Burtonwood Air Base to
the west of junction 8 on the M62 motorway, finally got the green light. It will
take 17 years to complete the project, creating thousands of jobs.
2006 NOV 21
Political reporter Jim Hancock hosted a unique debate on
the future of Warrington at a public meeting.
2006 NOV 24
Grotto returned to Golden Square after an absence of three years.
2006 NOV 25
Culcheth Lions organised the annual Victorian Day in the village. The fun day
included the Christmas lights switch on.
2006 NOV 27
of Real Lancashire', a group concerned with restoring the original pre-1974 boundaries of the
region to maps and road signs, announced they want residents to share a toast for Lancashire Day. Check
out their website.
2006 NOV Warrington
Borough Council held back £70,000 from electronics company Siemens because of
delays in the commencement of new traffic information screens for 6 months. The
information screens should have been operational in January, but didn't start
until the summer.
2006 NOV 40-year-old
wheelchair bowman John Stubbs picked up an MBE from the Queen for his services to
2006 NOV Borough
councillors visited a recycling plant in Huddersfield to see how they create
electricity for the national grid by burning thousands of tones of rubbish. The
council was hoping to introduce a similar scheme in Warrington.
2006 NOV 30
engines were called out to a computer warehouse fire in Appleton Thorn. Nobody
was injured and foul play was ruled out.
2006 DEC Warrington
Borough Transport set up a free park and ride bus service to run every Saturday
2006 DEC Woolston
Grange Avenue, which runs from the A57 Manchester Road to Birchwood Way is to be
turned into a dual carriageway at a total cost of £500,000.
2006 DEC Spooky
goings on were reported at the Black Horse pub on Liverpool Road, Great Sankey.
The owner noticed a bowl had been moved and neither he nor his wife had touched
it. It was then noted that an aunt had died 3 days earlier. I wonder if there is
any link with the guy who walked through a graveyard at midnight and heard a
tapping sound on one of the gravestones. When he got closer he saw a shadowy
figure who said "They spelt my name wrong!".
2006 DEC Borough
councillors agreed to a freeze on expenses, despite a recommendation they should
increase by 6.1%.
2006 DEC United
Utilities were fined over £35,000, plus costs, for supplying water unfit for human
consumption in Warrington in 2004. The charges were brought under Section 70 of
the Water Industry Act 1991.
2006 DEC The
Government revealed experimental figures showing how much carbon dioxide is
produced in Warrington. It pumped out 836 kilo tons (kts) of Industrial
Co2, lower than Runcorn and Widnes which had 879 kts. Liverpool had 1107. The
figures were compiled in 2004 and revealed now.
2006 DEC 4 Middlesbrough developers, Python,
began work on transforming the empty Priestley
House on Sankey Street into offices. Previously, it was the base for Warrington
Social Services department until the lease ran out in the 1990s.
2006 DEC Pink Ladies
women-only taxi firm met up with Government ministers to try to work out a way
of continuing their service (run without a licence) in light of the new Road
Safety Bill, which requires the company to be licensed. Pink Ladies believe they
are a private members club and therefore don't need a licence.
2006 DEC Pink Ladies
visited Buckingham Palace and were told by the Queen that their service is a 'jolly
2006 DEC Mayne's
coach firm moved from Battersby Lane to a brand new building on Marsh House Lane
to make way for a new housing development on the former site of Carrington
2006 DEC Warrington
Borough Transport announced plans for a free parking scheme at the Market in
early 2007 on one day per week. Improvements to the market would also be
undertaken, but rents for stallholders will increase to cover the cost.
2007 JAN New
Honours for Warrington people included Sandra Busby of Business Link Cheshire (OBE), Dr Neil Goodwin
of Manchester Strategic Health Authority (OBE), Keith Osborn, a former chief
scientist at United Utilities (MBE), Jerome Evans, Manager of HM Young Offenders
Institution Thorncross (MBE) and Andrew Carmen of Carousel for services to the
2007 JAN Councillors
announced plans for a twinning arrangement with Tanzania and China. The town is
already twinned with Hilden in Germany, Nachod in the Czech Republic and Lake
County in Illinois.
2007 JAN 8 The Council
announced that a conservation area to preserve buildings in the town centre will
be extended. The war memorial, which was excluded from the original 1980s
scheme, will now be protected from development. I believe the memorial should be
moved to Bank Park or Queens Gardens so everybody can visit more safely.
2007 JAN 11
Warrington, Danielle Lloyd, became one of the latest wannabees to enter the
Channel 4 Big
2007 JAN Greenall's
owners AHG submitted plans to the Borough Council to build up to 300 houses
on land off Loushers Lane.
2007 JAN Zoe
Developments announced they wish to build a five-floor apartment block on the spare land on
Winwick Street between Greenwood Furnishings and Cafe Centre. The development,
which will go to a public inquiry, would feature a restaurant on the ground
floor, 12 two-bed apartments and 4 one-bed apartments with parking spaces for 11
2007 JAN A move to
relocate Warrington Borough Transport's depot to Slutchers Lane from Wilderspool
Causeway is scrapped.
2007 JAN Plans are
announced which could see the annual Christmas and New Year late night bus
scheme being run all year round.
2007 JAN Part of
Sankey railway station building could be turned into a takeaway restaurant if
2007 JAN Warrington-born Glenn Robb
gained a part in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical
Starlight Express in London.
2007 JAN Sue Beesley
of Warrington became BBC Gardener of the Year.
2007 JAN 13
Alexander Green, aged 21 from Warrington was killed by gunfire as he returned to
base while serving with the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment in Basrah, Iraq.
2007 JAN Rod King
got his daughter to the church on time in style - on a recumbent quadricycle
pedicab! As a member of Warrington Cycle Campaign he wanted to do something a
bit special. The bike was borrowed from the Cycling Projects charity of which he
is a trustee.
2007 JAN Danielle
Lloyd, the former Miss Warrington from Liverpool, was caught up in the major
controversy that prompted over 30,000 complaints to OFCOM about alleged racism
in Channel 4's Celebrity Big Brother. The 'abuse' was hurled at Indian film star
Shilpa Shetty. It became the most complained-about TV show in the world and
fellow contestant Jade Goody was later voted out by the public. She tried to
make amends by apologising to the Indian actress via the national press. Jade
Goody passed away on 22 Mar 2009 from cancer.
2007 JAN The
Government overturned a council decision to prevent the construction of an 80-bed
hotel at Gulliver's World theme park in Westbrook. The scheme would also feature
a permanent base for the Burtonwood Association heritage centre, who have been
based in temporary accommodation since 2004. See RAF
Burtonwood for more.
2007 JAN Cheshire
Rural Enterprise presented Lymm parish councillors with a grant of £141,000 to fund a revamp
of areas of the village centre, including new footpaths,
fencing and lighting.
2007 JAN 15
company Ineos Silicas, based on the site of Crosfields at Bank Quay, announced
67 redundancies over the next three years. Chemicals have been manufactured on
the site since 1815.
2007 JAN Wayne
Garvie, former director of content and production at BBC Worldwide, offered his expertise
to students at University of Chester, Warrington Campus. He is the brains behind
hit shows Strictly Come Dancing and the British version of Dragons' Den.
2007 JAN 18
high winds brought chaos around the town by blowing down trees and caused major
traffic problems. See Wild Weather section on the My
Warrington page for images.
2007 JAN 18
record-breaking 57-feet-high Plane Ace tree in Winwick Park was toppled in the winter gales. There are fears that it may have to uprooted. It was
planted in 2001 by former pop singer Kim Wilde when Winwick Hospital was
2007 JAN 25 Lee Briers
was awarded the inaugural Parliamentarians 'engage Super League Player of the
Year' award. The award was voted on by members of the All Party Parliamentary
Rugby League group, which consists of MPs and Lords from across the political
spectrum. Lord Hoyle, chairman of Warrington Wolves, collected the award
on behalf of Briers - who was away on warm-weather training with the Wolves squad.
2007 JAN 29 Octogenarian Ivy
Edwards, wife of former mayor, the late Harold Edwards, who passed away in 2000,
attended a reception at 10 Downing Street in recognition of her services to the
Co-operative Party, the organisation she has served as secretary and treasurer
for 44 years.
2007 FEB 5 Traffic Wardens
were reinstated onto Warrington streets.
2007 FEB 7 The Warrington
Guardian newspaper's first female editor, Stella Parker, died in hospital aged 74.
2007 FEB 9 The town
experienced a brief fall of snow.
2007 FEB 'Our Wood',
which was created on the site of the former Burtonwood Air Base by local
schoolchildren, is nominated for a British Urban Regeneration Award by the
owners of the land, David Wilson Homes. The wood was officially opened by Granada
TV's Fred Talbot in June 2006.
2007 FEB One hundred jobs
were lost as 61 branches of the Stationery Box company was bought by Partners the
Stationers, which is part-owned by TV 'Dragon' Theo Paphitis. The Bridge Street
store closed, as well as the head office at Eagle Park in Hawleys Lane,
vandals destroyed a bench in Woolston Park which was erected by Cancer
Research UK in recognition of a resident who recovered from breast
cancer. The image, right, shows how the bench originally looked after it
was installed in March 2006. I photographed it last summer when visiting
the park but I am not revealing the resident's name, which was engrave
in a message on the back of the bench.
2007 FEB Greenalls
announced plans to relocate its distillery to Risley.
2007 FEB Woolston Eyes
Nature Reserve received a grant of just over £46,000 from Biffa, who operate a
landfill site in Risley, to make improvements. Ten per cent of the grant came
from Peel Holdings. The Eyes will featured in two BBC television programmes
during February 2007 (Nature's Calendar) and in the autumn of 2007 (Alan Titchmarsh's Nature
2007 FEB Warrington
Museum received a donation of a port hole from the shipwreck Tayleur which was
launched in Warrington and wrecked during a storm off Ireland in 1854 on her
maiden voyage. Read more about Tayleur in On The Waterfront.
2007 FEB 14
Warrington-born Kerry Katona married Mark Croft at Gretna Green. She gave birth to her third
daughter later the same month.
2007 FEB St Rocco's
Hospice announced a £3 million expansion plan to extend the day centre
and new therapy units. The government later contributed
over £600,000 to project.
2007 FEB A footbridge
over Manchester Road in Woolston was removed. The council installed traffic
lights at a later date.
2007 FEB It
was suggested that a by-pass road at Bridge Foot was created. At the same time improve Bank Quay
railway station were also proposed. I was amused to read later in the Warrington
Guardian that way back in 1898 the Chamber of Commerce had requested
improvements at Bridge Foot so that two horses could get across at the same
time! Oh how times have changed!
2007 FEB Warrington
Borough Council announced proposals for a giant park and ride scheme for the
region. It suggested one should be located near a motorway network so commuters
could catch buses and use the motorway hard shoulder or dedicated lanes to
complete their journeys. Other councils support the idea. In my college
days we created a website proposing a park and ride scheme for the town. In it
we suggested sites on the major routes at five locations in the north, east,
south and west of the town.
2007 FEB Fiddlers Ferry
Power Station in west Warrington signed a deal to separate the ash from coal and
turn it into chemical substitutes and minerals for industrial use.
2007 FEB 18 The main suspect
in the £40 million Greenalls arson blaze of 2006 was declared not guilty due to
2007 FEB Warrington
Guardian photographer Mike Boden received the Best Weekly Photographer of the
Year award at a ceremony in London.
2007 FEB A seal
spotted on the banks of the Mersey at Bank Quay.
|2007 FEB 19
Work started on the demolition of the old Warrington Collegiate building on
Winwick Road now that the £27 million new complex is open.
image shows the old entrance to E-Floor, where I learned my practical
skills on web design.
2007 FEB Warrington
Borough Council received a 4-star rating, the highest available, from the Audit
Commission, putting Warrington in the excellent category for local councils. The
report highlighted recycling, street cleaning and caring for the vulnerable
among the council's successes.
2007 FEB Port Salford, a
scheme to build a new port facility on the Manchester Ship Canal was announced by
Peel Holdings. It was said that if it went ahead it would create more congestion on the roads in
south Warrington. The bus company expressed its concern regarding timetables.
2007 FEB A series of
photos from this website depicting the history of bus stations in Warrington
displayed in Warrington's new bus station, Warrington Interchange. See On
The Buses for more.
2007 FEB 26 Warrington
Borough Council announced that from 26 February rubbish bins will not be
collected on Mondays. This is to avoid disruption at Bank Holiday periods.
2007 FEB 27 A public inquiry
into two retail and leisure developments, New Time Square and The Wire Works,
got under way at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
2007 FEB A £48,000
revamp of Ackers Pit fishing pool in Stockton Heath began. The pool was to be drained, cleaned up and restocked in a joint venture between Warrington
Borough Council, the Environment Agency, Warrington Anglers Association and
Stockton Heath Parish Council.
2007 MAR Radio
Warrington began broadcasting online. Listen in at www.radiowarrington.co.uk.
2007 MAR The Borough
Council confirmed that £100,000 put aside for the redevelopment of Westy
Park five years ago is still in the budget. Locals were concerned that it wasn't
available. In a similar situation they also assured residents of Dallam that £66,000 of
improvements to the playing fields has not disappeared from the budget either, and the
work would begin soon.
|The Dallam project was officially opened on 27 June
2007 MAR Medical
centre staff and members of the public across the town protested about Warrington
Primary Care Trust's plans for a 'super surgery' in the town.
2007 MAR Lymm
Slitting Mill reopened after an archaeological dig and work to make it accessible
to the public. Read more on its history in the Lymm Dam section of Warrington
2007 MAR 1 Labour
politician Jack Straw paid a visit to Stockton Heath.
2007 MAR 3 A lunar eclipse
was visible in the sky across Warrington and the rest of the UK.
2007 MAR 4 At last -
a Warrington girl was crowned Miss Warrington! After last year's representative
actually came from Wigan, it's good to see this year's came from Culcheth -
2007 MAR Warrington
Guardian photographer Eddie Fuller's famous photo of Warrington Rugby
League's Challenge Cup win homecoming from 1974 helps to raises £1500 at an
auction in aid of the Peace Centre.
2007 MAR Python
Properties of Middlesbrough released an artist's impression of what the ageing
Priestley House on Sankey Street would look like after a revamp. It had previously been used by Social Services, among others. After the revamp it would
be renamed Bank
2007 MAR It was announced
that the town's radio station, Wire FM, could be moved to a new base in Newton
by its owners UTV. It eventually relocated to Wigan.
2007 MAR A planning
application submitted by Greenall Whitley to move to Risley and to allow their
current land at Wilderspool and Walton to be redeveloped with up to 280 new
homes was to be heard by the council.
2007 MAR Warrington
Chamber of Commerce chief executive Colin Daniels said that both New Time Square
and The Wire Works developments should be supported.
2007 MAR Warrington
writer Christopher Curbishley saw his first book, The Children of Tomorrow,
in print. It is the story of a fiction pop group spreading the message of peace
and love to the children of tomorrow. Published by Author House UK, ISBN
2007 MAR 15 Warrington
Market hosted its very own Market Awards For Traders' Adverts (MAFTA). They were
held to honour traders who shot their own videos for display on the Market's
plasma TV screens. They were featured on BBC Northwest Tonight the night before
2007 MAR 27 A public inquiry
into a proposed medical waste incinerator on Winwick Road got under way at the
Halliwell Jones Stadium. It was dramatically scrapped the following day.
2007 MAR A new service
for collecting repeat prescriptions, www.clickchemist.co.uk,
was launched. It is registered with Warrington Primary Care Trust.
2007 MAR Warrington
Borough Transport announced pre-tax profits of £310,000 for the previous
financial year 2005-06.
2007 MAR The Kingsway
Allotment Society at Westy received a
£10,000 National Lottery "Awards for All" grant to improve facilities
on its site. The funding would allow gardeners to
recycle waste rather than dumping it.
2007 MAR Town Centre
jewellers, A Baker & Son, celebrated 100 years of business. They began life
on Bridge Street in 1907 and now have four branches - one at Cairo Street, one in
Stockton Heath and two in Liverpool.
2007 MAR A Warrington
couple made history when they married earlier this month. The controversy
surrounding the wedding is that the husband married his former mother-in-law. A
new law passed earlier this year now allows such ceremonies.
2007 MAR A low tide on
the River Mersey revealed the remains of a long lost bridge at Woolston New Cut
near Paddington. It was later confirmed to be a crossing point at Miles Bite and
is shown on an old Ordnance Survey map of 1845.
2007 MAR A controversial
car boot sale which has operated on land in Winwick for the past seven years has
been cancelled because the council says it is on greenbelt land.
2007 MAR A plaque
was erected at Pyramid Arts Centre on Palmyra Square South in memory of Warrington-born comedian, author and broadcaster Pete
McCarthy. See Warrington People for his profile.
2007 MAR 30 Eric Naylor,
Former Mayor of Warrington in 1970-71, died aged 88.
2007 APR 2 Lord Hoyle, MP
for Warrington between 1981 and 1997, unveiled a plaque in The Hoyle Building at Warrington Collegiate
dedicated to his name. He now sits in the House of Lords as Baron Hoyle of
Warrington and is chairman of Warrington Wolves Super League rugby club.
2007 APR 4 A planning
application by Greenalls to build up to 280 homes on their land in south
Warrington was refused by the council who say there is an over supply of new
houses in the town.
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railway engine The Duchess of Sutherland, part of the London Midland and
Scottish railway (LMS), passed through Warrington Bank Quay. In its
lifetime it has pulled the Royal Train as part of the Queen's Golden
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were called to Fiddlers Ferry Power Station just after 10am to tackle a blaze
which started in a roof section of the main turbine hall 150 feet above the
ground. It caught fire when bitumen being used for repairs ignited.
|2007 APR 21 Controversy
reigns in the council and the Press as a new logo for the town council is
unveiled. The council says the existing Coat of Arms is too difficult to install
on buildings and feels the town needs to modernise. One commented that it was
strange how they always
managed it in the past, without this modern technology! They have spent £30,000
and two years on the project. In the Warrington
Guardian various readers expressed their dismay at the council's
decision. The image, right, is the town's Coat of Arms. See the Warrington
Borough Council website home page for
the new logo to compare the two and make your own mind up.
2007 APR 22 The annual
ceremony of 'Beating the Bounds' in Latchford took place. The walk of a 4½ mile
celebrates the ancient custom of checking boundary markers.
2007 APR 25
moved in to begin the demolition of Stockton Heath Primary School.
|2007 APR 28
Bank Quay station was graced with the appearance of a London Midland Scottish
(LMS) Black 5 steam engine. The 4-6-0 gauge No. 45407 hauled the
return trip of a Railway Touring Company excursion from Manchester to
2007 APR 29 Warrington
historian and archaeologist Mark Olly began his second series of Lost Treasures
on ITV Granada. Areas of Warrington, including Grappenhall, Thelwall and Lymm, feature.
2007 APR The Peace Centre
at Great Sankey, set up in memory of IRA victims, Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball, was
renamed Tim Parry Johnathan Ball
Foundation for Peace, 14 years after the atrocity.
They have set up a new 'Pound for Peace' campaign to help with the £500,000 a
year running costs. They are asking people to donate just £1 a week to help
maintain the work.
2007 APR Building Design
Partnership unveiled its plans for the £24 million revamp of Culcheth High
2007 APR The first
dedicated shop for Polish residents of the town opened up on Church Street near
2007 APR Pupils at Dallam
County Primary School raised over £150 for Comic Relief by hosting a dressing
down day and making and selling cakes and cards.
2007 APR An extension to
the celebrated Our Wood in Westbrook took place as Mayor Linda Dirir plants the
first of many new trees. The site was officially opened by Fred Talbot from
Granada TV in June last year.
2007 APR Stationery Box,
the high street retailer, closed its head office at Dallam when no buyer was
found for the company.
2007 APR The council
refused Biffa waste management permission to extend their landfill site at
2007 APR Part of a
Channel 4 drama, The Mark of Cain, is filmed at Mr Smiths nightclub. The story
portrayed a fictional army regiment
on duty in Iraq, but the show was later
cancelled when the international news story about the real life hostage taking
of sailors in Iran hit the headlines.
2007 APR Winwick Athletic
Football Club received an FA Charter Standard Development Club Award from
the Lancashire FA, the first Cheshire team to be given the award.
2007 APR Dallam and
District Community Angling Group organised an open fishing competition and
raised £200 for the Shannon Bradshaw Trust. The Trust helps to raise money for
families who have children with life-threatening conditions. Read more about the
Trust in the Community section.
2007 APR The Plane Ace
tree, planted by Kim Wilde in 2001, and damaged by the high winds in
January this year, will not be replanted because the council says it will cost
2007 APR Warrington
Hospital's Radio General picked up three awards from the Hospital Broadcasting
Association. The station began broadcasting in 1957.
2007 APR Stockton Lane,
running between Stockton Heath and Grappenhall, and the location of a car
accident in November 2004 in which two teenagers drowned as their car plunged
into the Bridgewater Canal, is to close for good after a unanimous decision at a
meeting in the Town Hall.
2007 APR Peel Holdings,
owners of the Manchester Ship Canal Company, have been asked to consider
repainting the swing bridges. They were painted grey in the war but never
returned to their original bronze colour afterwards.
2007 APR A legal battle
to save Stockton Heath Primary School was dropped because the local action
group couldn't raise the £30,000 court costs which solicitors say would only have
a 50/50 chance of success.
2007 APR Two companies
were approached by the council to look into ways of improving the ageing Bank
Quay railway station to make it attractive for visitors to the town.
2007 APR Permission
was given to redevelop historic Bewsey Old Hall as flats, provided that strict
archaeological conditions are met. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport said that detailed planning permission would still have to be granted by
Warrington Borough Council. The
ancient hall stands on the site of the earlier residence of the Boteler family,
which stood here from the 12th century.
2007 APR Plans to
redevelop a run-down section of Dallam moved a step closer as more funds were
allocated to build a children's play area on land once used for garages on
Massey Avenue. The project is now £22,000 short of its £90,000 target, which
will be undertaken by Warrington Borough Council, Groundwork Mersey Valley,
Golden Gates Housing and Dallam residents.
2007 APR The DVLA (Driver
and Vehicle Licensing Agency) announced that the mayoral car currently has
illegal number plates. It reads as ED1 and should read as ED 1. The council is
looking into it.
2007 APR The public
opposed plans to merge GP surgeries into five super health centres at various
meetings across the town. Five such centres would have replaced doctors'
2007 APR Greenalls pushed
ahead with plans to move to Risley despite its rejected planning application to
build new homes on its existing sites in Wilderspool and Walton.
2007 APR New signs will
begin to appear on Network Warrington's buses in the coming weeks as the local
bus company wishes to bring a smile to passengers faces with slogans like "Please
have correct change ready. We don't want you late for your tea".
2007 APR The remains of a
Mersey Flat, a type of barge used on the waterways in Warrington in the past,
was discovered buried in the mud near Paddington Meadows Nature Reserve when
sluice gates at Howley half a mile away were lowered to allow maintenance of the
2007 MAY Priestley
College in Wilderspool was awarded a 'beacon of excellence' by the Quality
Improvement Agency (QIA) in London.
2007 MAY BUPA
(British United Provident Association), the private hospital in Stretton, agreed to carry out health care for the NHS, one of three in the North-West.
Treatments should start in June.
2007 MAY 3 The Liberal
Democrats remain in pole position on Warrington Borough Council after the local
2007 MAY 8 Colin Parry,
whose son Tim was killed in the IRA bombing of Warrington in 1993, welcomed the
new Northern Ireland government, as the separate parties come together to
help build a new, peaceful, future for the province.
2007 MAY Warrington
Collegiate announced £1 million in cuts which would cost around 50 jobs and
education courses for vulnerable disabled students.
2007 MAY Warrington
film producer Ken Horn won a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television
Awards) for his gritty northern drama The Street shown on the BBC.
2007 MAY 24
The extended Golden Square shopping centre opened for business. The £120 million
work features Warrington's first Debenhams store. See photos on the Golden
2007 MAY Statistics
show that most of the pollution in the town comes from traffic.
2007 MAY The Kwik
Save supermarket on Academy Street closed in a shake up of the company
2007 MAY 24
former Beirut hostage, travelled to Canada with Warrington Male Voice Choir for a
series of concerts.
2007 MAY Warrington
Borough Council, in conjunction with the Warrington
Guardian, launched a competition for readers to nominate their favourite quiet
spot to tie in with Noise Action Week. See Warrington
Green for photos of some of the town's quiet spots.
2007 MAY Warrington
Hospital's Radio General celebrated 50 years of broadcasting to patients by
inviting the public to see behind the scenes. The actual anniversary is 7
2007 MAY Water
supplied to St Cross Church in Appleton Thorn for the first time since it was
founded over 120 years ago.
2007 MAY John Hutton,
Work and Pensions secretary for the government, visited the town.
2007 MAY The Mulberry
Tree pub in Stockton Heath prepared its customers for the national smoking ban
from 1 July by providing outdoor heated canopies where they can have a drink
with their cigarettes. The ban will affect all enclosed public places, including
2007 MAY 28
Warrington Horse Show took place in Daresbury, featuring B.S.J.A. show jumping,
Strong Man competition, a ferret display, Vale Royal falconry display and a Gun
Dog demonstration, as well as craft and trade stands, farmer's market and a
2007 MAY A
1,700-strong signed petition against the new borough council logo was handed in
to the Town Hall three days before councillors voted on the adoption of it. You
guessed it - it was adopted!
2007 MAY A special
bench was installed at the Old Rectory Nursing Home in Grappenhall in
memory of Nicola Sutton, who was murdered on 26 September, 2006.
2007 JUN Earth Song,
a new exhibition by schoolchildren in the town went on display at Warrington
Museum, Pyramid Arts Centre and the Gateway. The exhibition was organised by the Primary
2007 JUN 2 Golden
Square shopping centre played host to the Environment Agency's Mend the World
Day, a scheme to promote green issues.
2007 JUN Padgate and
Woolston High Schools faced closure due to falling pupil numbers. My old school,
Bewsey High closed for the very same reason in 1993.
2007 JUN 4 Theatre 4
Warrington (T4W) launched a fund-raising campaign at Alford Hall on Manchester
2007 JUN 6 The
controversial 'super surgery' planned by Warrington Primary Care Trust was
scrapped. I was told that the old baths on Legh Street was one of the venues
suggested as a base, one of five which would have replaced doctors' surgeries.
2007 JUN The 75
Engineer Regiment replaced the Kings and Cheshire Regiment at Peninsula Barracks
on O'Leary Street, Orford.
2007 JUN Government
minister Ed Milliband paid a visit to the Gateway to meet with volunteers and
staff on the issue of funding, but refused to answer questions on the budget
cuts at Warrington Collegiate.
2007 JUN 13
Borough Council refused a licence for car boot sales on land off Townfield Lane
in Winwick. The council said it is greenbelt land and has restricted use
throughout the year: 28 events in total, including 14 markets. The car boot
organiser wanted a sale every Sunday and Bank Holidays between April and
2007 JUN 14
Guardian revealed that Mr Smiths nightclub at Bridge Foot has been sold to a
company in Blackpool called Syndicate Nightclub. The venue still has a licence
as a nightclub so it could re-open very soon.
2007 JUN 16
Bawming of the Thorn event took place in Appleton Thorn. See photos of last
year's event on the Events
2007 JUN 16
Splash, owners of Bewsey Old Hall, revealed plans to redevelop the hall as seven apartments with additional apartments built in the grounds. The exhibition was
held at Bewsey Barns Community Centre in Old Hall.
2007 JUN 20
Trains and the Borough Council unveiled plans for a revamp of Bank Quay station.
The scheme will feature a facelift to the building with cafe and waiting areas,
along with better ticket facilities and a shop.
2007 JUN 20
Chemist left Bridge Street to relocate at the extended Golden Square.
2007 JUN Campaigners
against the closure and demolition of Stockton Heath Primary School felt
betrayed by the Council as it is revealed that the new school will run £1.5
million over budget.
2007 JUN Days, the
first feature film made by a school, premiered at The Foundry Church, Widnes. It
was made by pupils and teachers at Penketh High School and is the story of how
bullying at school does not have to be the end of it as the victim becomes the
hero in a football match. It will be released on DVD later this year.
2007 JUN 22
hit the town. Carriageways on the M6 near junction 22 were covered in water. All
in all, Warrington escaped the worst of it - unlike many parts of Yorkshire and
the Midlands where many residents lost all their belongings in devastating
2007 JUN 24
row erupted at the council meeting over who was to blame for the £1 million
cuts at Warrington Collegiate. Lib-Dems blamed the Labour Government, while
Labour blames the college...
2007 JUN 29 Warrington
Walking Day route was diverted after a suspect car was found parked in Museum
Street. This was in response to a foiled bomb plot in London. The vehicle in
Warrington was declared safe later the same day.
2007 JUN A new
cleaning team swung into action at Warrington Interchange to clean the buses
2007 JUN Youngster
Joel Davies, a budding young Warrington actor, who has already appeared in hits
such as ITVs Cracker, met his screen hero, Warrington actor Pete
Postlethwaite OBE. He wrote to Pete to wish him luck in a recent play in Manchester
and was invited to meet him in his dressing room after a performance.
2007 JUN Work on
revamping Acker's Pit in Stockton Heath ground to a halt as it was revealed that
silt - which suffocates fish and plant life - ran deeper on the bottom of the
lake than contractors first thought. The cost has escalated, exceeding the
2007 JUN Archaeologists
unearthed parts of a Roman road and various pottery samples
in the grounds of the demolished Stockton Heath Primary School, said to date
back to the 1st century AD.
2007 JUN Parish
councillors in Great Sankey expressed their dismay at the disappearing heritage in
the town as they oppose the revamp of Bewsey Old Hall.
2007 JUN A suggestion
was made to use the former police training building at Bruche for plays and
shows. This would be useful for Theatre 4 Warrington who are campaigning for a
theatre for the town.
2007 JUN A 7-storey
apartment block in Howley received planning permission, creating fears for local
residents that it will become the first of many skyscrapers in the town.
2007 JUN An anonymous
reader of the Warrington Guardian
was so upset about the shocking overgrown state of Warrington cemetery that they
sent a photo into the paper to get a response from the council. The council
apologised and promised action.
2007 JUN Warrington
celebrity, Kerry Katona, former member of girl group Atomic Kitten, hit back at
national press stories that she took drugs after having her third baby.
2007 JUN The Brownie
pack at St Mary's church hall in Penketh celebrated 50 years in existence.
2007 JUL Warrington's
bus interchange and visitor centre won the Tourism For All Award at an event
held at Chester Racecourse.
2007 JUL Despite national
trends to change to fortnightly rubbish collections, Warrington Borough Council
has announced that they will stay with weekly collections for the foreseeable
2007 JUL The Wireworks, a
scheme to regenerate a run down section of Winwick Street opposite Central
station with restaurants, hotel and cinema was given the go-ahead by the
Government. A rival development at Time Square was turned down because the site
was currently occupied and in use.
2007 JUL Winwick Parish
Council put up £2,500 to oppose the proposed rail terminal at the former
Parkside colliery just north of the district.
2007 JUL Plans for a town
centre swimming pool were dashed by the Lib Dem-Tory controlled council.
Warrington's Legh Street baths have been closed since 2003.
2007 JUL New Town
House on Buttermarket Street was voted the
ugliest building in Warrington by readers of the Warrington
2007 JUL The Creamfields
music event to be held at Daresbury, just outside Warrington, announced Tim
Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace as its first charity of the year.
2007 JUL Property company
Hometrack announced Warrington as the best place in the country for buying
property to let.
2007 JUL Warrington
Borough Council announced a £½ million makeover for 80-year old Lymm Library on Davies Way.
2007 JUL Former
Penketh High School pupil Howard Litton became head of Nickelodeon Children's
TV channel in the UK.
2007 JUL New X-Ray
equipment was installed at Warrington Hospital allowing digital storage which can
be accessed on the internal network.
2007 JUL 2 Workers at
Gemini Retail Park were evacuated following a bomb scare.
2007 JUL 3-30 It
that one of the suspected terrorists arrested in Australia in connection with
the car explosion at Glasgow airport on Saturday, 30 June 2007, was a doctor who
practised at Warrington and Runcorn hospitals. He was later released
without charge and returned to India. All
eight suspects arrested were linked to the NHS.
2007 JUL 4 Bent's
Garden Centre in Glazebury celebrated 70 years of business. It is Warrington's
biggest and oldest garden centre.
2007 JUL 7 Culturefest
07 summer festival began with A Grand Day Out in Queens Gardens. It featured
stalls and a carousel.
2007 JUL 12 The official
opening ceremony of Warrington Interchange took place. At the event five new buses
were named after some of Warrington's Worthies. See photos of the event on the On
the Buses page.
2007 JUL 14 The annual
Winwick Carnival took place on Middleton Lane, with over 2,500 enjoying the
2007 JUL 14 The 27th annual
Howley Carnival took place on Howley Park. The event was opened by Helen Jones,
MP for Warrington North.
2007 JUL 15/20
Warrington-born 'celebrity mum', Kerry Katona, was held captive by armed raiders at
her home in Wilmslow, Cheshire. The gang was said to have escaped with £150,000
of property, including a BMW sports car and electrical items. The car was found
undamaged on Friday of the same week.
2007 JUL 17 High
students across Warrington performed at the Parr Hall in a musical, Trash,
about rubbish and recycling.
2007 JUL 19
Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visited students of University College
Chester Warrington Campus and the young offenders centre Thorn Cross.
2007 JUL 23
Doctor Who visited the Skittles at Market Gate - or at least his Police Box
TARDIS and a Dalek did.
2007 JUL Over 2,000 women
took part in the Race For Life run for Cancer
Research UK at Arley Hall, raising over £181,000.
2007 AUG Lymm Parish
Council announced that the annual Easter Duck Race in the village will return in
2008. I bet you didn't know they had one, did you? Neither did I!
2007 AUG A north west
naturist group have asked if they can hire the Amazing Maize Maze in Stretton to
hold activities there. The owners asked the public to comment.
2007 AUG Reactive
Audio, a production company who make shows for BBC radio, ITV and other
media organisations, have moved their production centre from Manchester to
Knutsford Road in Warrington.
2007 AUG The location of
a controversial set of traffic lights at Asda Westbrook are under review by the
Borough Council. Road users said they were in a dangerous position, even though
they were put there to make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the
2007 AUG It is reported
that July 2007 had ten times as much rain in Warrington than in the same period
last year. According to the Met Office, 57 mm is average - last year was 17mm, this year it was 123mm.
2007 AUG Cheshire Police
have revealed that the cost of the murder case for Shafilea Ahmed, who died in 2003,
is approaching £5 million. The case remains unsolved at the time of writing. An
inquest will be held in early 2008. To follow the thread of this story, click
this update and return here after the final
2007 AUG Warrington dance
group IndepenDANCE performed in Cardiff at the ITV Britain's Got Talent
show where they featured alongside artists such as pop group Westlife.
2007 AUG The
Committee of Warrington Borough Council have announced that further discussions
on the future of Time Square are taking place with Big Apple Warrington after
the Government refused planning permission for redevelopment of the site due to
issues over affordable housing.
2007 AUG Former
bodybuilder and model Lisa Appleton appeared in the BBC show Kitchen Criminals.
The show was about improving one's skills in the kitchen.
2007 AUG Traffic
Wardens have handed out over 10,000 parking tickets in the town since February.
Many believed they are only doing it to meet shortfalls in budgets from central
government, whilst others believed the council had set targets, which the
council categorically denied.
2007 AUG Warrington
Borough Transport reported that over a million extra passenger journeys were made
on the town's buses in the 2006/7 financial year. They say the new Warrington
Interchange is a contributing factor.
2007 AUG A report
said that around £1.5 million in Council Tax went uncollected in the borough
2007 AUG After a
break due to a funding shortage, work resumed on cleaning out Acker's
Pit in Stockton Heath.
AUG Cheshire Police CSOs Tom Reid and Tony Spruce launched the
VPX (Victoria Park Experience). The event, including coaching for
skating, skateboarding, bike riding, sport, dance and DJ-ing, operated every
Tuesday in August.
2007 AUG 2 Three year
old Ethan Connolly visited Berlin for the first in a series of operations to
remove a rare lymphangioma, a cist on his face which enlarges his features. The
treatment will cost £50,000 and many fundraising events are taking place to
complete the treatment. See more his on his myspace website.
2007 AUG 9 Fire Station
Open Day took place at Winwick Road. See photos in Peter's
2007 AUG 11
Warrington-born BBC Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans married for the third time at
Guildford registry office in Surrey. His new bride was golf professional Natasha
Shishmanian. He was previously married to Carol McGiffin (Loose Women,
ITV1) and Billie Piper (Dr Who, BBC).
2007 AUG 12 The annual Lymm
Rushbearing Festival took place. Read more about the ceremony here.
2007 AUG 12
Newlove, aged 47, from Fearnhead, who was attacked as he tried to prevent youths
damaging his car outside his home on Friday 10 August, 2007, died two days later
in hospital. Seven youths were questioned by police, four were charged with his
murder: an 18 year old, two 15-year-olds and one 16-year-old. The three others were
released without charge. The post-mortem result confirmed that Mr Newlove's death was
caused by "trauma to the head". A heartbreaking letter from his
daughter appeared in the national and local press soon after the tragedy.
2007 AUG 16
paid to Paul White, owner of Whites Sports Shop in Warrington Market who died on
this day. He received the accolade 'The Bird Man of Appleton Thorn' for the work
he did looking after injured and sick birds. He was described as a 'legend'
by many of the townsfolk.
2007 AUG 18
Scott Street Carnival takes place.
2007 AUG An
application from Biffa Waste Services was submitted to extend a landfill site at
Risley. A previous application last year was rejected. This latest application
was also rejected in October 2007.
2007 AUG 23
musician Acker Bilk performed at the Old Fish Market in
Golden Square in a free concert organised by the Borough Council. See Events
page for photos.
2007 AUG The Warrington
Guardian reported that Warrington Collegiate had received complaints for
featuring a child dressed in a military uniform holding a pistol. The
prospectus, which was promoting courses for students wishing to enter the armed
forces, was later withdrawn.
2007 AUG 30
in Latchford got their own back on a traffic warden by clamping his moped with a
bike lock chain through the front wheel.
2007 SEP 3 The funeral
of Garry Newlove, who was murdered last month, took place in Padgate.
2007 SEP 7 Volunteers
from Dallam Seniors Youth Club retired after 15 years of loyal service to the
2007 SEP 11
The Fairtrade stall in the market, Fair 4 All, celebrated its 5th birthday.
2007 SEP The annual
Woolston and District Show celebrated its 30th Anniversary.
2007 SEP It
announced that Woolston High School will close in 2012. Residents of the
area were fighting to keep it open.
2007 SEP The
Bechstein Model M grand piano in the Parr Hall was put up for auction in
2007 SEP The grave of
Warrington-born Joseph William is unearthed at the site of the former Liverpool
Castle. He was the man who created the Williamson Tunnel which ran under the
city. The site was opened to visitors on the weekend of 14 Sep 2007.
2007 SEP Stars from
TV's Hollyoaks and Coronation Street, including Warrington-born
Stephen Arnold (Ashley Peacock in the ITV1 show), took part in a charity football
match against Warrington bus drivers to raise money for the Shannon
Bradshaw Trust, for which Stephen is patron.
2007 SEP Peel
Holdings announced plans to invest over £4 million in improvements to the
site of a former timber mill off Chester Road in Lower Walton.
2007 SEP Sports
Minister Gerry Sutcliffe visited town to show his support for the £21 million
Orford Park Project, a scheme to regenerate a former landfill site between
Winwick Road and Orford Park into a leisure and sports facility. See more on the
Warrington Borough Council Website.
2007 SEP 9 Contact
Warrington, a one-stop-shop for all Warrington Borough Council services on
Horsemarket Street, was officially opened to the public by Mayor Cllr Celia
2007 SEP Labour
announced plans to fight the closure of Woolston High School, due to close in
2007 SEP 22
Male Voice Choir performed a Peace One Day concert at the Parr Hall for the UN
International Day of Peace. Terry Waite, Patron of the choir, gave a short
2007 SEP 22-23
Salvation Army celebrated 100 years since the inaugural Home League meeting in
Leytonstone in 1907 with a weekend of events at the Warrington citadel. The
object of the Home League was to combat the growing tendency to neglect the
fostering of true home-life and to encourage thrift and hygiene. See more at the
Salvation Army website.
2007 SEP Warrington
Older People's Forum received a £1,000 grant from the O2 "It's Your
Community" fund. The group, for people aged 50 or
over, meets at Warrington Baptist Church in Sankey
Street on the third Monday of each month from 1pm onwards, and currently has over 400 members.
2007 SEP Tracy
Buckley appeared on ITV1's Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway and
won a host
of prizes including two cars and three holidays.
2007 SEP Warrington
Hospital announced its finances should be back in the black after a deficit of
£8.5 million last year.
2007 SEP It
announced that a mix of houses and offices could be built on the site of
Greenalls when they move to Risley. See a photo of the former main brewery in Peter's
2007 SEP Warrington
Borough Council is in the clear after the accidental demolition of the listed
Bay Horse pub on Winwick Street, which is on the site of the proposed Wire
Works development. The demolition firm received a £15,000 fine for the
destruction of the building.
2007 SEP Ninety-eight
percent of people who wrote to Warrington, St Helens and Wigan councils were
opposed to the Parkside rail terminal north of Winwick. Of 3,000 letters, only
60 showed support.
2007 SEP 29
rugby league commentator and former Great Britain International Mike
"Stevo" Stevenson signed copies of his latest book, Looking Back,
at Borders bookshop on Riverside Retail Park.
2007 OCT 2 Diana
Youdale, aka Jet in the 1990s TV show Gladiator, launched her own Pilates health
classes at Great Oak Health in Lymm.
2007 OCT Former
Culture Club singer Boy George (O'Dowd) is forced to pay £31,000 in
compensation to a Warrington music promoter when he pulled out of a performance
at the opening of her GAY USA club in Los Angeles after he was arrested for
possession of cocaine. The non-event cost the club owner an estimated £100,000.
2007 OCT 2 Liverpool FC
Reserves were beaten 1-0 by Sunderland at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in the
first of nine matches to be played there in the 2007/8 season. 3,403 spectators
watched the match, in which kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes to get everybody
into the ground.
2007 OCT Peter
Bradley became the first person in the UK to crack the code in a game called
Isis which featured on BBC2's Dragons' Den. He won £500 for his trouble.
Learn more about the game at www.isisadventure.com.
2007 OCT 4 Justice
Minister Jack Straw visited Thorn Cross Young Offenders Institute at Appleton
2007 OCT 4
A vehicle exploded on land near Bewsey Old School. Residents were evacuated and
the army bomb disposal unit were called in. There was no trace of bomb materials
found and the residents were later allowed to go home.
2007 OCT The former
Bruche Police Training Centre could become the location for affordable housing,
the council has announced.
2007 OCT 7 The annual
Duke of Lancaster's Regimental Sunday parade took place. It features a march
past and a service at the Parish Church. A civic reception followed at the Parr
2007 OCT Paddington
Meadows nature reserve received a grant of £38,386 from Waste Recycling
Environmental limited towards the £54,000 cost of restoration. See photos of
the Meadows in Warrington
2007 OCT Tesco
announced plans to transport wine along the Manchester Ship Canal to cut down on
its carbon footprint.
2007 OCT Warrington
bus driver Nuala Callaghan set off for north Vietnam on a 700km bike ride to
raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
2007 OCT 20
Halliwell Jones Stadium hosted the Gillette Fusion rugby league match between the
New Zealand All Golds and the Great Britain Northern Union to celebrate 100
years of International Rugby League. The All Golds won 25-18.
2007 OCT Warrington
Borough Council announced a 300% increase in recycling rates since 2004.
2007 OCT Warrington
Borough Council announced a Park and Ride scheme for Christmas 2007. The scheme
would 800 extra spaces to the north and south of the town.
2007 OCT A planning
judge ruled that land near Peel Hall at Houghton Green is not greenbelt land.
The site had previously been earmarked for 1,000 homes. The council has now been
given permission to apply to the Court of Appeal.
OCT Dallam motorists and bus users faced 11 weeks of disruption when large
sections of Longshaw Street were resurfaced. Part of the work included a
reduction in the size of the roundabout to aid buses travelling around it.
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who lost his 12-year-old son Tim in the IRA bombing of Warrington in 1993, met
up with Sin Fein Leader Gerry Adams face to face for the first time since the
atrocity at a charity function in London. Mr Parry says it was not easy to
invite Adams to the event but it was infinitely easier than carrying Tim's
2007 NOV Local
communities in the town were bracing themselves for a decision on whether six
sub-post offices are to close. They are situated at Glazebury, Padgate, Winwick,
Lymm, Orford Lane and Lovely Lane, Whitecross. It was part of a national
initiative which could see over 2,500 small post offices closing. Update.
2007 NOV A decision
on the future redevelopment plans for Bewsey Old Hall are postponed as Urban
Splash need more time to provide information to councillors.
2007 NOV 2 Wire FM,
Warrington's first radio station, held its 5th annual Bring A Pound To Work Day
to raise funds for Warrington's St Rocco's Hospice and Runcorn's Halton Haven
2007 NOV 7 Warrington
Hospital's Radio General celebrated
50 years of broadcasting to the patients of the hospital, an operation which now
runs 24 hours a day.
2007 NOV 9 The
Birchwood Partnership launched a new website www.birchwood.org.uk,
which is aimed at strengthening links between schools, churches, business and
community groups in the Birchwood area. mywarrington has supplied photographs
for future use on the site.
2007 NOV The trial
for the alleged murder of Garry Newlove began.
2007 NOV 15
Christmas lights switch on took place at Golden Square. Former Blue
group member Simon Webbe performed at the event.
2007 NOV 19
Former Warrington Wolves star Mike Gregory died four years after being diagnosed
neurological disease. Read more in Warrington
2007 NOV 27
Lancashire Day' events take place across the county. Campaigners are hoping to
reinstate the traditional border of Lancashire. Warrington is now in the administrative county of Cheshire, but the original county border of Lancashire never actually
moved, so all in all, Warrington is STILL in Lancashire. See The
Friends of Real Lancashire website for more.
2007 NOV Pressure
from tenants and councillors forced a U-turn on the closure of allotments on
land behind Steel Street in Padgate. The land has been used as allotments
for over 30 years.
2007 NOV The world's
first professional qualification in Muslim youth work was launched at the
University of Chester Padgate campus.
2007 DEC 1 The Big
Wheel is opened on the Town Hall lawn for the Christmas season. See On
Top Of The World for photos.
2007 DEC 3 According to
Channel 4 current affairs programme, Dispatches, more than 7,000 homes in
Warrington are at significant risk of flooding - the seventh highest number in
the country. Read more here.
2007 DEC 8 The village
of Lymm hosted its Dickensian Festival.
2007 DEC 4 Nexum
Leisure, the new owners of Mr Smiths nightclub, announced that the venue will re-open in
2007 DEC Warrington
Borough Transport announced a night time bus service over the festive period to
get people home from pubs and clubs.
2007 DEC 4 Work
under way to install passenger lifts at Warrington Central Station after years
of campaigning from the public.
2007 DEC 11
Warrington preacher David Brash, aged 62, was said to have been murdered in the
Philippines by hit-men hired by his new wife ten days after he was reported
missing. His body was found in a swamp and looked as though it had been burned. He was
pastor at the Runcorn Independent Baptist church for 12 years. He had caused
controversy by saying the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 was God's punishment on
humanity. He was divorced and had two adult children.
2007 DEC The Pride of
Place poll for 2007 revealed the top ten attractions for Warrington residents.
The results were: The Barley Mow pub 51%, Trans Pennine Trail 31%, Halliwell Jones
Stadium 4%, Market Gate Skittles 4%, Risley Moss 3%, Walton Hall and Gardens 2%,
Town Hall and Gates 2%, Bridgewater Canal at Lymm 1%, Lymm Slitting Bridge 1%
and Bridge Foot 1%.
2007 DEC 14
celebrity Kerry Katona appeared on BBC1's Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.
On the show she confessed to taking cocaine drugs over 3 years ago, and admits
she cannot say she won't in the future, but hopes she doesn't.
2007 DEC 17
swing bridge caused chaos for drivers when it froze open for two hours.
2007 DEC Warrington
Cycling Campaign received national acclaim for their book about 'crap' cycle
lanes around the country, highlighting how local councils jump on the bandwagon
of eco-friendly travel and then fall flat on their faces with poor facilities to
help tackle the problems. The book is on sale at local bookshops.
2007 DEC 26
Wolves suffered a humiliating defeat when National League One side, Leigh Centurions,
beat them 38-18 in a pre-season friendly at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
DEC 28 John Hales, former owner of Waysiders store on Horsemarket
Street, and chairman of the Chamber of Trade, died aged 80.
JAN 1-15 J D Wetherspoon's pub, The
Friar Penketh, held a January sale. It reduced the price of drinks for a
7 Council Tax is set to increase
by £50 a year to plug a £10 million gap in council finances.
7 United Utilities announced pans
to improve odours at Gatewarth water treatment works. Residents in Sankey
Bridges have long complained about it.
Greenall's submitted new plans to redevelop their Loushers Lane site, which
includes nearly 200 new homes. A previous application in January 2007 was
Priestley House on Sankey Street was renamed Bank Quay House.
The Hatton Arms pub in Hatton, a listed building, was refused planning permission
to replace windows and to make internal alterations.
Curtis Jobling, Warrington creator of Bob the Builder, launched Animate IT!
2008, a competition for under 12s to design their own characters for an
animated ‘claymation’ film.
Storms battered the town. Flooding hit Hawleys Lane bridge and Densham Avenue,
JAN 7 A film entitled The
Most Important Question You Will Ever Ask was filmed in the Duckegg Bluu
restaurant in Culcheth. It was created by Warrington production company Storm56. Check
the website www.fuzzyduck.eu and view the
film at www.myspace.com/storm56 or
search the web for storm56. mywarrington
is not responsible for external websites.
13 Fans and players held a
minute’s applause for Mike Gregory during the testimonial match of Lee Briers
at the home game versus Wigan Warriors. Read more on Mike in Warrington
(14) The coroner at the inquest
of teenager Shafilea Ahmed, who died in Kendal in 2003, concluded she was
unlawfully killed but there was not enough evidence to say how she died.
14 Asda stores in Warrington
have started to impose £60 fines to inconsiderate drivers who park in disabled
and parent and child spaces.
JAN 16 Three youths were found guilty of murdering 47-year-old Garry Newlove, who was kicked to
death on 15 August 2007 outside his home in Fearnhead. Two other teenagers were
cleared of the crime.
2008 JAN (17)
The new owners of Mr Smiths night club, Nexum Leisure Ltd, announced the
new name for the club will be Synergy when it reopens later in the year. Mr
Smiths was founded by John Graham Smith, who died on 8 April 2005. He
transformed the former ABC/Ritz cinema into one of the most famous nightspots in
the North West.
26 Sky News videoed Saturday
nightlife in Warrington. It was described as ‘an ugly picture’ in the press.
30 The end of an era as the sign
for Mr Smiths nightclub was removed in preparation for its new life as Synergy.
30 The Health Protection agency
announced a reduction in superbug infections MRSA and Clostridium Difficile (C.
difficile) in Warrington.
(31) The Youth Justice Board
announced that youths under 18 years old will no longer be held at Thorn Cross
Offenders Centre in Appleton.
It was announced that schools in Warrington are ahead of the national
average for GCSE results.
Orford Park received £401,627 from the Big Lottery Fund to update the
Culcheth Methodist Church received a £6,000 grant towards the £17,000
cost of new furniture and rewiring the building.
Adrian Morley took over as captain of Warrington Wolves after Lee Briers
steps down from the role.
A memorial to former Warrington Wolves player Mike Gregory was unveiled at
Warrington Collegiate Institute on Winwick Road.
Post Office UK Ltd announced the closure of six local post offices in the
town from March 2008 – Booths Hill (Lymm), The White Horse (Glazebury), Orford
Lane, Church Drive (Padgate), Sankey Green (Lovely Lane) and Myddleton Lane
Back to first mention of story.
JAN Local band The White
Company celebrated their win in Climb The Tail, a national competition
for unsigned bands.
Plans are announced to transform the former Garnet cabinet works on
Barbauld Street and other buildings on Cairo Street into a café, office and
Warrington Market is runner-up in the National Market of the Year award
in Birmingham Town Hall. The award was for the indoor market category.
Teenager Johnny Scotland met the Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 10
Downing Street after campaigning to save Woolston High School.
Warrington Wolves opened a lounge at the ground in memory of former player
1 Champion swimmer and
fundraiser Aden Walker received the award for Warrington Sports Personality of
the Year 2007 from Warrington Wolves coach Paul Cullen.
8 The Duke of Kent officially
opened the new £2.35 million Broomhead Library at the University of Chester
Warington campus. It is named after Steven Broomhead, former principal of the
campus, and now chief executive of the Northwest Regional Development Agency. The Duke of Kent
also performed the official opening ceremony of the new
£27 million Warrington Collegiate on Winwick Road.
9 Radio One Dance DJ Judge Jules
performed at the opening ceremony of Apogaeum, a new store in Golden Square
selling Apple computer equipment.
11 The three teenagers accused
of murdering Fearnhead resident Garry Newlove in August 2007 were jailed for
20 BBC TV programme Crimewatch
showed a reconstruction in Cumbria into the death of Warrington resident Shafilea
Former Warrington student, Matt Greenhalgh, received the Carl Foreman
Award for Special Achievement by a British writer, director or producer at the
BAFTA ceremony in London for his work on the film Control.
Staging the giant Ferris wheel at the town hall last December resulted in
a loss of almost £30,000. For photos from the top of it, see On
Top of the Word.
BBC Celebrity Scissorhands presenter Lee Stafford visited Johnson’s
hairdressing salon on Sankey Street.
25 Champion English Channel
Swimmer, Sunny Lowry, died aged 97. She was the first English woman to swim the
Channel. Read her profile in Sporting People.
The former Police Training Centre at Bruche was transferred to English
An alcohol expert at Warrington hospital expressed concern over Synergy
bosses applying for a licence which would keep the Bridge Foot venue open until
6.30 a.m. on some days.
22 Granada TV's Paul Crone
attended a fundraising event at the Park Royal Hotel in Stretton for the Tim
Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace in Old Hall. A Harry Potter novel signed
by the author JK Rowling sold for £2,200 on the night.
24 A ceremony to commemorate the
Battle of Pieters Hill in the Boer War of 27
February 1900 took place in Queens Gardens, where a statue marks the event.
25 Work began on an upgrade to
Bank Quay railway station. The work was meant to start last September. In the
same month it was announced that more carriages will be introduced on the West Coast
Main Line and that lifts will be installed at Warrington Central station.
That just leaves the installation of lifts at Birchwood Station...
27 An earthquake hit
Warrington, measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale, the biggest in the town since
1984. It lasted for around 10 seconds at 1 a.m.
Campaigners fought to save Warrington Driving Test Centre. Closure would
mean drivers travelling to St Helens. The campaign was to no avail as the centre closed on 26 September 2008.
FEB Warrington Borough Council
approved the sale of the former Greenall’s land in Loushers Lane. Two hundred
homes will be built on the land as the company invests in a new distillery at
Warrington, Widnes and District Society for the Blind announced they are
looking for new premises, as the current venue is unsuitable. They were founded
in 1924 and have been based in Museum Street ever since.
5 The council announced that
Woolston High School will be closed in 2012.
9 BBC religious and ethnic
affairs programme The Big Question, hosted by Nicky Campbell, was
live from The Pyramid centre in the Cultural Quarter.
10 Olympic swimmer Duncan
Goodhew attended a Make Sport Your Business seminar at Birchwood Park.
Olympic chiefs announced that three venues in Warrington will be used to
train athletes ahead of the 2012 event. They are Halliwell Jones Stadium
(football), Birchwood Leisure Centre (indoor volleyball) and Victoria Park
Warrington charity JUMP (Jacob’s Unique Memory Pot) receives £9,000
when its patron and Hollyoaks star Rickie Whittle appears on BBC quiz
show The Weakest Link. www.jumpchildrenscharity.co.uk
Staff from Thorn Cross Young Offenders Institute received the Butler Trust
Award for Excellence from the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace.
Da Nico’s Italian restaurant on Lovely Lane was chosen as a venue to
film a piece for the BBC Mastermind Final featuring Warringtonian Derek
Moody, which was broadcast on Easter Monday.
The council asked United Utilities to sort out the flooding problem on
Hawleys Lane, Dallam when the area receives heavy rain. See my photos of it in My
Dallam Centre on Dallam Lane celebrated its 30th anniversary.
The centre provides care and support to adults with physical difficulties.
Warrington Borough Transport promoted ‘Our Routes Grow Trees’, a
scheme to help plant trees in African countries when passengers buy a Savercard.
14 Synergy nightclub opened. Carley Stenson and Rickie Whittle from
Channel 4’s Hollyoaks appeared.
19 Plans for £400,000
extensions to Winwick Primary School were announced.
23 Yates’s Wine Lodge on
Buttermarket Street closed after 12 years in business. It was built on the site
of the former Odeon cinema.
24 Lymm Duck Race took place at
the Dingle to raise cash for local charities.
Local authority workers went on strike in protest about a pay
freeze this year.
Bryan Lomax won the best documentary category in the Total Film
Short Film Awards for his 10-minute film Far From Home.
Warrington-based British Deaf History Society received a grant of £9,520
from the Big Lottery Fund.
The Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool, laid the foundation
stone for the new Fairfield Primary School in Howley. The old school will be
taken over by community groups.
The former Stockton Heath home of entertainer George Formby is to be
turned into a guesthouse. The property at 143 London Road was known as
Warrington author Andrea Gouk signed copies of her new book Tales of
the Smiling Buddha at Borders book shop.
Warrington Borough Transport managing director Nigel Featham announced he
is leaving the company for pastures new at Arriva Buses in West Yorkshire.
The council formed a new twin town partnership with Mwanza in Tanzania.
This is in addition to Hilden in Germany, Lake County in Illinois, USA, and Nachod in the Czech
The council approved an Auto Training Centre at Great Sankey High School,
one of only 47 RAC centres in the country which delivers practical lessons as
part of the school’s curriculum.
Warrington Primary Care Trust announced plans to upgrade Garven Place
6 Snow in Warrington.
APR Warrington Disability
Partnership received a £922,055 grant from the National Lottery to renovate
their Centre for Independent Living in Beaufort Street, Sankey Bridges.
A former doctor at Warrington hospital was jailed for 18 months for
withholding information about terrorist plots in London and Glasgow in June
13 Members of the Sikh community
celebrated the festival of Vaisakhi. It celebrates the day in 1699 when Guru
Gobind Singh, the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, turned them into Khalsa
Sikhs (The Saint Soldiers) to stands up against the brutal oppression practised
by the Mughal rulers of the Indian subcontinent, and to uphold the Sikh
religious values of equality, freedom of thought and worship for all faiths and
peaceful co-existence for all communities.
14 A pregnant woman escaped
serious injury when lightning struck a chimney in Chapelford village.
The Warrington Guardian
was named O2 Newspaper of the Year at the first O2
14 Conservative shadow foreign
secretary William Hague visited The Forge shopping centre in Stockton Heath.
16 Ted Lafferty, the first
Liberal Democrat Mayor of Warrington in 2004, died, aged 71. He was a borough
councillor for 21 years and also served on Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish
21 The first North West Fashion
Week took place at Golden Square Shopping Centre.
Swedish furniture store IKEA celebrated its 21st birthday. It
chose Warrington as the location of its first UK store.
Former US president Bill Clinton sent a letter of praise to Warrington
Male Voice Choir in recognition of their efforts to use their music to help
promote peace. It coincided with the 10th anniversary of the Good
Friday Agreement and the 15th anniversary of the Warrington Bomb. The
choir appeared on TV in Ireland.
Warrington author Steve Burke published his book Without Wings – The
Story of Hitler’s Aircraft Carrier. See his website www.withoutwingsonline.co.uk.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg visited the Warrington Guardian offices
in Bridge Street.
Plans are announced to demolish Culcheth High School and replace it with
a new £24 million state-of-the-art building.
20 The annual St George’s Day
parade and service took place. The event included a procession of Scouts from
the Town Hall to the Parish Church of St Elphin where a service was held.
22 A public inquiry began at
the Halliwell Jones Stadium into plans to extend Biffa Waste Management landfill
site at Risley. The plans were turned down in August 2008.
23 Warrington Borough Council
approved plans to rebuild Penketh Methodist Church.
26 Soloist Beverley Knight headlined
the finale in North West Fashion Week at the Old Fish Market in
Second World War evacuee and widow, Audrey Quirk, published her
autobiography Brywes for Breakfast, Pickelets For Tea.
28 The executive board of the
council approved a £2.2 million scheme to introduce bigger recycling bins to be
collected from doorsteps, starting in September 2008.
Bendy traffic bollards are to be trialled by the council. They have a
spring on the base so they can bounce back up and save money on replacing the
old type when they are hit.
Charity JUMP (Jacob’s-Unique Memory Pot www.jumpchildrenscharity.co.uk) receives a £22,500 grant
from the BBC Children in Need appeal.
1 40,000 residents voted in the
local elections, resulting in a continued power-sharing between Conservatives
and Liberal Democrats.
Former Manchester City players Tommy Booth and Peter Barnes helped to raise
£19,000 for Leukaemia Research and Manchester’s Christies Hospital in a
charity auction at the Park Royal Hotel in Stretton.
Warrington fire station took delivery of a new £140,000 vehicle to
replace one of their existing machines.
Former Warrington rugby league player Derek Whitehead became the latest
member of the Warrington Wolves Hall of Fame. He is the 28th player
to receive the honour.
The council spent a further £150,000 to improve the controversial
traffic lights scheme on Cromwell Avenue in Westbrook. The total cost of the
scheme has now reached £700,000.
(3/4) Former Editor-in-chief of
the Warrington Guardian, Trevor Buckley, died after a short illness, aged 76.
7 Princess Anne, the Princess
Royal, visited Thorn Cross Young Offenders Institution in Appleton Thorn.
MAY Pensioners in Whitecross
protested over new £3-a-day charges brought in by the council to travel on
minibuses to the leisure centre.
English Partnerships launched a sales brochure inviting developers to
submit detailed proposals and financial bids for the redevelopment of the former
National Police Training Centre at Bruche.
Plans were announced to demolish Legh Street baths and build a health
centre on the site.
The Talking Newspaper for the blind and partially sighted celebrated its 30th
anniversary. The service provides audio versions of the Warrington Guardian.
Author Stephen Gerard-Hayden published his book Cobblestone Kids,
a book about the results and pitfalls of a deprived childhood.
MAY Warrington Borough Transport
launched its own Eau de WBT, its on-board bus fragrance.
15 A Navy minesweeper passed
through Latchford Locks on its way to Salford Quays to search for unexploded
mines around the site of the new BBC Manchester studios.
16 Comedian Peter Kay filmed
scenes for his new Channel 4 TV show at Rixton.
The Ministry of Defence released secret UFO files, some of which include
reports of sightings over Warrington. But why do we never see these UFOs during
Or before 17 December 1903?
22 Former Busted band
member and winner of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Matt Willis,
Rock Café in Barbauld Street.
22 Anger erupted as the council
approves two controversial schemes in Croft for a chicken farm and a housing
Padgate-born former pop-star Kerry Katona was voted the fourth most
hated celebrity in the country in a survey for Marketing Magazine. Top of
the list was Heather Mills, former wife of Beatle Paul McCartney.
Curtis Jobling, Warrington-born creator of Bob the Builder
the Warrington Guardian as part of Local Newspaper Week.
Two of the convicted killers of Garry Newlove from Fearnhead were
given leave to appeal their sentences.
More than 1,500 council employees shared a £3.8 million payout
over equal pay. Each employee received about £2,400.
An estimated 14 million people have visited Golden Square
shopping centre since its redevelopment one year ago, it is reported.
26 The annual Warrington Horse
Show took place in Daresbury.
27 Paul Cullen left Warrington
Wolves ‘by mutual consent’.
Croft Youth Club celebrated its first anniversary. They meet at
Christchurch hall in the village every Wednesday and have around 50 members.
29 Warrington hosted a European
Market, giving townsfolk the chance to sample foods from across the continent in
a 4-day event.
30 A wind turbine was installed
at Centre Park at Arpley Meadows.
30 Peaches Geldof, daughter of
Sir Bob Geldof, created a reusable shopping bag for Golden Square shopping
centre as part of a Bin the Bag campaign.
31 The War in Warrington,
a cage-fighting event, took place at the Parr Hall. The sport, Mixed Martial
Arts (MMA), features a combination of boxing, Thai boxing, wrestling, Brazilian
jujitsu and judo.
Fourteen-year-old George Sampson from Birchwood won ITV1’s Britain’s
Got Talent and £100,000.
An 1850s billet cutter from the Stockton Heath Forge went missing from
‘safe storage’ for a second time. It first went missing in 2006. See a photo of it in the Stockton Heath section of the My
Warrington page. Linking story.
4 The council voted to remove a controversial bus lane on Winwick
Road by Tesco.
4 Warrington Radio General
secretary, Keith Inman, visited the Houses of Parliament and 10 Downing Street as
part of the NHS 60th anniversary celebrations.
5 Irish president Mary McAleese
visited the Tim
Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace in Old Hall as part of a
two-day visit to the region.
10 The Berlin Airlift’s 60th
Anniversary Exhibition opened at the RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre in Westbrook.
10 A fire at three business
premises in Bewsey Road caused an estimated £500,000 in damage. A teenager was
jailed for three years on 5 December 2008 for a ‘revenge attack’ on one of
Latchford couple Mario Marconi and Lisa Appleton appeared in Channel 4’s Big
Brother show. Neither of them made it to the final.
15 Staff and customers from
Birchwood Leisure and Tennis Centre took part in a dragon boat race on the River
Dee in Chester to raise funds for St Rocco’s Hospice.
Legendary Warrington rugby league star Brian Bevan was named in
Australia’s Team of the Century in an event to celebrate 100 years of the
sport in Australia.
St John’s United Reformed Church on Wilderspool Causeway
celebrated its 200th anniversary.
The 60th anniversary of the revival of Lymm May Queen took
place. The event originally started in 1879 but was halted during the Second
World War and revived in 1948.
18 A banjolele owned by
entertainer George Formby sold for £21,600 at a Bonhams auction in London.
20 Liberal Democrat leader Nick
Clegg visited the town.
20 More than 1,000 women took
part in the 13-mile Starlight Walk to raise £160,000 for St Rocco’s Hospice
21 Celebrations took place for
the opening of Bewsey Park Community Centre.
A Warrington writer published his action adventure novel The Patent of
Mann under the pen-name of George Dixon.
21 The 44th Thelwall
Rose Queen festival took place.
21 Padgate Walking Day took
21 The annual Bawming of the
Thorn ceremony took place in Appleton Thorn.
26- JUL 6 The annual Lymm Festival
took place. Events included a scarecrow trail and a performance of
Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
27-29 Burtonwood Art Show took
place at St Michael’s Church Parish Hall. 50 exhibitors displayed their work
for sale, with proceeds going to supporting the church.
28 The 40th
anniversary of the town’s twinning with Hilden, Germany took place. The last
remaining section of Golborne Street was later renamed Hilden Square. See Tour
2 for photos of the area.
Bewsey Lock Bridge received a £56,000 makeover with funding from
Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd. Volunteers at Sankey Canal Restoration
Society carried out the restoration.
bridge after restoration
and how it used to look (inset)
JUN Plans were submitted to
Warrington Borough Council to extend the former bungalow of Beatle George
Harrison in Appleton. He bought the property for his parents in the 1960s.
Warrington Borough Council considered the options for installing a waste incinerator in the town.
Passenger lifts were installed at Warrington
Ice Blok, a synthetic ice rink, opened in Cockhedge Shopping
It closed in 2011 when The Skating Academy roller rink opened on Academy Street.
Postal workers prepared to strike in protest at the possible
closure of the sorting office in Lymm village.
2 Plans to turn Bewsey Old Hall
into a hotel were rejected at a council meeting.
3 Culcheth Sports Club
celebrated its 50th anniversary. It was previously known as Daten
Sports and Social Club.
5 The first Warrington Market
Classic Car Show took place.
5 The annual Croft carnival took place. The event has run continuously since it was revived in 1972.
6 The annual Disability
Awareness Day (DAD) took place at Walton Gardens.
Warrington Borough Council approved plans for a new
state-of-the-art high school in Culcheth. Once the new school is open, the old
one will be demolished (sadly).
Trainee carpenters from Warrington Collegiate Institute solved
an anti-social problem at St Mark’s Church in Dallam by building doors across
a porch at the back where groups of people were congregating.
Pupils from Penketh High School filmed scenes on Sankey Station for comedy
film Louise, made by graemePRODUCTION.
The former home of TV writer Richard Curtis in Appleton was put on the
market for £2 million. His TV and film credits include Blackadder, The
Vicar of Dibley, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and
10-13 Stockton Heath Arts and
Culture Festival took place.
12 Warrington Music Festival
took place in Queens Gardens, Palmyra Square.
12 Stockton Heath Walking Day
took place. The weekend of celebrations concluded with a farmers’ market.
12 The 80th annual
Glazebury gala took place. The event started in 1928 when Ruth Peters was
crowned the first queen.
The government considers plans to relocate the fire control centre from
Cockermouth in Cumbria to Lingley Mere in west Warrington.
13 The annual Winwick Carnival
took place on Myddleton Lane. An estimated 6,000 people visited.
15 Pupils from Stockton Heath
Primary School dressed up in costumes from 1910 to mark the final week in the
school before a new building takes its place. See photos of the school on My
18 Former Big Brother contestant
Michelle Bass visited Total Fitness gym to sample a day in the life of Lisa
Appleton, who was in the current series of the reality show at the time.
18-19 Burtonwood library
celebrated its 40th anniversary.
19 The Amazing Maize Maze
returned to Apple Jacks Farm on Stretton Road.
19 Howley Carnival took place.
It started with a parade from Wellington Street and finished at Howley Park
where entertainment was provided.
19 Stretton Walking Day took
place with a summer fair afterwards on St Matthew’s Primary School field.
20 The 11th Westy
Carnival took place on Westy Park.
21 Warrington Borough Transport
introduced a new bus service to Chapelford village in west Warrington. The No 17
service will be known as the Chapelford Connector.
Birchwood Park celebrated its 10th anniversary. The business
park borders Birchwood Forest Park.
21 Former Conservative party
chairman and Shadow Cabinet Minister Francis Maude MP visited the Tim
Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace in Old Hall.
26 Hundreds took part in the
Cancer Research Relay for Life fundraising event by walking around the athletics
track at Victoria Park.
27 They have the Beast of Bodmin
Moor. We have a large black cat in woods near Walton Gardens that is as big as
a German shepherd dog, according to readers of the Warrington Guardian.
Three buildings and one structure in Warrington were put on the English
Heritage “at risk” register. They are Bewsey Old Hall, the Gate House to
Bradley Old Hall in Burtonwood, the north barn at Hurst Hall in Glazebury and
the transporter bridge over the Mersey at Bank Quay.
Students from Penketh High School received a Languages and Film Talent
Award (LAFTA) – the first of its kind - celebrating the linguistic talent of
young film-makers. Sir Trevor McDonald and comedian Eddie Izzard sat on the
31 The council announced plans
to close lower Bridge Street to traffic overnight on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to cut down on anti-social behaviour.
The street would close from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. each night.
9 Operation Checkpoint, a joint
initiative between police and licensees, was launched in a bid to make people feel
safer in the town centre.
10 The annual Lymm Rushbearing
Festival took place. The tradition remembers the time when villagers used to
change the rushes on floors before winter started. Read more about the ceremony here.
11 Residents in Orford opposed
plans to demolish Norris Street Methodist Church hall to make way for a nursing
16 The former Brickmakers Arms
pub on School Brow was renamed The Kandi Bar to become the town’s first gay
17 Warrington rower Richard
Egington won a silver medal with the British men’s eight at the Beijing
19 Lucy Meacock and Tony Morris
from Granada Reports visited Golden Square with the Junior Newsreader
Challenge, a roadshow to attract younger viewers to ITV Local shows.
21 Mark Morris, front man of 90s
indie band The Bluetones, opened the first Live in the Square music
event at Golden Square.
AUG The Rope and Anchor pub on
Manchester Road, Woolston, won August’s Quality Tracker award from brewery
industry magazine the Morning Advertiser.
Warrington Borough Council announced plans to sell off Risley police
station building, but the police will remain there after the auction.
6 The first Farmers’ Market
held in the town centre, attracting produce from a 30-mile radius.
6 Flash flooding hit parts of
Warrington, including Hawleys Lane bridge in Dallam.
7 The annual Woolston Show took
8 The owners of Fuss salon in
Great Sankey helped to prepare Coronation Street stars for the TV Choice
awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London.
8 Work began on a new
single-storey car park at Warrington Hospital, which will create 200 extra
13 The 60th Hatton
and District Show took place on Daresbury Lane.
14 Warrington police station on
Arpley Street staged an open day.
18 Celebrity Peter Andre visited
Chicago Rock Café on Barbauld Street.
18 Woolston Library celebrated
its 40th anniversary.
20 Home Secretary Jacqui Smith
visited the town to talk to constituents in the Orford area.
20 Bessie Ardern, founder of the
Warrington bakery, died aged 101. The Willis Street bakery started in 1932.
21 The annual Battle of Britain
Parade took place at Gulliver’s World, organised by the Burtonwood Branch of
the RAF Association.
Proposals for a Titan super-prison on the site of the Omega Business Park
in Burtonwood were announced.
25 Helen Newlove, widow of
murdered Garry, launched the Newlove Warrington campaign (New Warrington, Love
Warrington) in association with the Warrington Wolves Foundation, to improve the
future of the town.
25 Retired teacher Veronica
Millington from Warrington published her first novel Fanny Eliza
Johnson, a Thoroughly Modern Headteacher, an insight into one of Bolton High
School’s first headmistresses.
Warrington Borough Council said in a letter to Culcheth and Glazebury
Parish Council that the likelihood of reopening Glazebury railway station is
‘very slim’. The station closed 50 years ago but trains still pass through
it on the Liverpool to Manchester railway.
SEP The Warrington Partnership
set out a 30-year vision for the town in its draft Sustainable Community
Strategy. Link here
to read and download a copy.
Acker’s Pit in Stockton Heath is reopened after a clean-up is completed.
Peel Holdings announced plans to build Port Warrington at Acton Grange,
Moore, as part of their £50 billion Ocean Gateway project.
The plan was approved by Warrington Borough Council in March 2010.
Warrington Library closes for 3 months to allow for a £200,000
refurbishment. A temporary facility was opened in the museum while work got
4 Warrington rugby league legend
Harry Bath died in Australia, aged 83. Read his profile on the Warrington
Health bosses consider adding fluoride to the water supply. It comes
after a report says the dental health of children in Warrington is worse than
the national average.
Arriva reversed a previous decision to cancel the No 6 bus service to
Liverpool, which would have left residents in parts of west Warrington without a
5 Veterans gathered at the Parish
Church for the annual Regimental Sunday parade.
TV Soap stars from Hollyoaks, Brookside, Coronation Street
and Emmerdale took part in a football game at Warrington Town to support
Pathways to Work, an initiative to help people on health-related benefits back
12 A red triangular-shaped UFO
was reported flying over Asda in Westbrook at 9.13 p.m. It was probably taking
advantage of the 24-hour opening – well, don’t want to be seen during the day, do
they? Following on close behind was Lord Lucan riding Shergar…
13 Warrington Borough Council
agreed to spend £650,000 on repairs at Walton Hall.
13 A master plan to redevelop
the centre of Warrington over the next 30 years was unveiled by the council.
20 Former Warrington Wolves and
Great Britain rugby player, David Myers, died in a road accident on the M6
motorway. He was 37 years old.
20 The Sikh community in
Warrington celebrated the 300th anniversary of the religious
Bewsey Lodge Primary School received the DCSF International School Award
at a ceremony in London.
23 Ed Balls, Secretary of State
for Children, Schools and Families, visited the town to officially open the new
Sandy Lane Children’s Centre in Orford.
24 Penketh Library celebrates
its 40th anniversary.
25 M People group member
Heather Small performed at the Parr Hall.
OCT 29 The owners of Fuss salon
on Park Road in Great Sankey helped to prepare Coronation Street stars for
the National Television Awards at the Royal Albert Hall. They performed a
similar duty at the TV Choice awards last month.
8 The Halliwell Jones Stadium
hosted a gala dinner for the Newlove Warrington campaign. Bolton comedian Peter
Kay acted as MC, and 80s singer Rick Astley led the entertainment. The event
8 Warrington singer Kerry Katona
launched her own perfume at The Fragrance Shop in Golden Square.
Teenager Becky Arnold performed with the Stage and Singing Express School
in a charity version of the musical Hairspray at the Shaftsbury Theatre
in London’s West End. The NSPCC benefited from the event.
9 The annual Remembrance Day
service took place. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the end
of the First World War. On Tuesday 11th November, there was a
minute's silence in the town centre at 11 o'clock to mark Armistice Day itself.
10 The council agreed to invest
£1.2 million on improvements to the Parr Hall. At the same time they agreed not
to remove the historic Cavaille-Coll organ, thought to be one of only two in the
10 The last remaining hangars at
the former Burtonwood Air Base were demolished to make way for the Omega Business
Park. See photos of the hangars on the RAF
Warrington-born immigration officer Kay Lomas featured in the Sky One
documentary series UK Border Force, which follows the work of immigration
staff at Heathrow Airport.
13 Britain’s Got Talent
winner George Sampson switched on the Christmas lights at Golden Square. He also
switched the Birchwood Christmas lights on the following Thursday.
13 Two of the teenagers
convicted of murdering Garry Newlove in Fearnhead last year appealed against their
sentences. One successfully had his reduced, but the ringleader did not. The
third person convicted of the murder did not appeal his sentence.
18 Warrington Borough Transport
was named UK Bus Operator of the Year for 2008 at a ceremony in London.
The bus company also won the Shire Operator of the Year for 2008.
21 Boxing legend Sugar Ray
Leonard visited Bank Quay Social Club for a sportsman’s dinner.
21 Dignitaries marked the 50th
anniversary of hydrogen peroxide production by the auto oxidation (AO) process
pioneered by Warrington company Solvay in 1958.
28 Synergy nightclub at Bridge
Foot reopened as Halo under new management. Big Brother contestants Mario
Marconi and Lisa Appleton appeared at the opening ceremony.
29 Culcheth held a Victorian
Day, including its Christmas lights switch-on.
hundred and thirty runners dressed up in Santa outfits for the Santa Dash
event at Walton Gardens to raise funds for Birchwood-based charity Families
Plans were announced to turn the former airfield of HMS Blackcap in
Appleton into a motor sports and advanced driving academy. The plans were put on
hold in December 2008 when the application was withdrawn. Read more on HMS Blackcap on
the RAF Burtonwood page.
Radio 2 personality, and ‘Voice of the Balls’ on the National Lottery
show, Alan Dedicoat hosted a quiz at the Harrow Inn in Culcheth to raise funds
for Children In Need.
Warrington Hospital received foundation status. Its name will change from
North Cheshire Hospital NHS Trust to Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS
Foundation Trust. As a Foundation Trust it is responsible to the residents
rather than the government, whatever that means.
NOV It was revealed that Justice
Secretary Jack Straw paid a secret visit to the Omega Business Park site in Burtonwood in
connection with a proposed Titan prison. The council and
residents were opposed to the idea of a prison on the site.
Victoria Park Residents Association received a lottery grant of £4,405 to
turn waste land behind Enville Street into a nature and wildlife community
1-10 Warrington Market teamed up
with 6 other local authorities to appear in TV adverts promoting the use of
8 Warrington Borough Council
approved plans for the £28 million Orford Park Project to go ahead. The 50-acre
site on Winwick Road will be transformed into a sports village.
8 The council held secret talks
about new plans to breathe life into Time Square on Bank Street.
13 Lymm village held its 23rd
annual Dickensian Festival.
DEC 24 A ‘UFO’ sighting over
Chapelford turned out to be Chinese lanterns released to celebrate a wedding anniversary.
Warrington is named among six towns across the country to benefit from a
new £15 million flood management programme.
Plans to demolish the derelict Grade II listed Black Bear pub on
Knutsford Road and turn the space into 5 homes have been withdrawn by the
developers. Later in the month an electrical company made an application to
convert it into an office.
Secretary Jack Straw said in a letter
that a Titan prison on the Omega Business Park site in Burtonwood could bring in £15 million to the local economy.
This follows a secret visit he made to the area in November 2008.
5 Woolworth’s store on Sankey
St closed its doors for the last time after 90 years of trading in the town. 807
stores nationwide closed as administrators failed to find a buyer when the
company went into liquidation.
7 Hood Manor shopping area in
west Warrington is to receive a £50,000 makeover. Broken flags will be replaced
and the area will be landscaped.
8 Ed Milliband, energy and
climate change secretary, visited renewable energy company Novera at Centre Park,
9 Warrington comedian Jimmy
Bright, aka Dominick Reardon, pleaded guilty to importing a Class A substance into
Jersey and received a nine month jail sentence.
It was announced that the former Holy Trinity vicarage on Palmyra Square
was to be turned into a five-storey restaurant and office facility.
A commemorative bench is unveiled in Warrington Market in memory of
market trader Russell Willis who ran the Sausage Shop until his death in
14 Hall Motors on Folly Lane,
Bewsey, went into administration with the loss of 40 jobs. Sid Hall set up the
Peugeot franchise in the 1960s. The site has since been taken over by a new
The Co-op Late Shop in Fearnhead began to play classical music through
loudspeakers to disperse groups of teenagers who hang around the entrance.
A planning inspector gave permission for a private airstrip to be opened
in Rixton, overturning a previous refusal from Warrington Borough Council. The
site will be monitored for 18 months (until July 2010) to make sure there is no
disruption to wildlife or residents. The airstrip was made permanent in August
Police spoke out against a 99p-per-pint alcohol promotion by J D
Wetherspoon's The Friar Penketh on Barbauld Street. The pub hit back by saying they
were only trying to help
those suffering the economic slump.
17 Helen Newlove appeared on the
Noel Edmonds Sky One TV show Noel's HQ and was presented with £40,000
worth of equipment for a community radio station.
28 Billy Ocean performed at the
Parr Hall. He has sold over 30 million records worldwide.
29 Virgin Media chose
Warrington as the first place to launch its 50 megabits per second broadband
service. And I thought my 3.5 Mbps speed was fast!
JAN Royal Mail defended its
decision to move the post box in Winwick to a location on Golborne Road.
Residents said they now had to cross a busy road on a blind bend to use
it. Royal Mail eventually backed down and moved it to a different
30 Workers at Fiddlers Ferry
Power Station joined a national walkout in a protest against foreign workers.
Culture Secretary Andy Burnham MP visited Crosfields Sports Club to see
plans on expanding the leisure facilities.
Schools minister Jim Knight told Warrington Borough Council to use its
powers to claw back surplus money from schools after a Warrington Guardian
Freedom of Information request reveals £4.7 million was left in the bank at the
end of March 2008.
1 Snow fell in Warrington.
Steve Wakefield published his book Living The Dream, Moving The
Mendips, to highlight his life on the railway at Dallam shed. See photos of
Dallam shed in Making Tracks 1 and Making
Warrington Museum received a grant of £247,500 from Waste Recycling
Environmental Limited. The cash allowed the refurbishment of some of the
galleries and work started in the autumn of 2009.
Penketh High School became the first school in Warrington to sign up to
Sky Sports Living For Sport, a joint initiative between the Youth Sport Trust
and Sky Sports to give students an opportunity to learn new sports.
9 An 18-month trial on 140 of
Warrington’s roads began to see if a 20 mph speed limit helps to reduce
A £4 million primary school for Chapelford, west Warrington, is being
considered as part of council budget discussions.
12 The Warrington Guardian
reveals they have received a secret email saying talks have been held into
building a waste incinerator at the Omega Business Park site in Burtonwood.
13 The revamp of Bank Quay
railway station was unveiled by Warrington’s MPs Helen Southworth and Helen
Jones. At the same time a ‘kissing zone’ was set up for couples to say their
goodbyes, with a plaque being applied to a wall outside the station.
FEB BBC Radio 2 broadcaster and
writer Stuart Marconie visited Reactive Studios on Knutsford Road to record an
audio version of his best-selling book Pies and Prejudice.
Warrington Market is named the Best Indoor Market in the UK for 2009.
A 6-month £300,000 restoration project began on St Thomas’ Church,
Stockton Heath, which saw the roof replaced and internal repairs to the
building and organ.
Birchwood Juniors football club players protested when the Football
Association stopped two girls playing in their side. The FA eventually backed down
and blamed an admin error when insurance documents went missing.
Celebrity chef Mark Earnden returned to his roots at Bruche Primary School
to deliver his interactive ExpoChef lessons.
15 Warrington author Chris
Kirwan discussed his novel Shadowers Crossing on Roger Philips' BBC Radio
Merseyside’s show The Philips Hour. The story is about two young boys
separated by a river, who meet 1,000 years later to save their communities.
FEB 20 A 10,000-name petition
against a Titan prison being built on the Omega Business Park site in Burtonwood was handed in
to 10 Downing Street.
|2009 FEB 27 After 39 years of serving the district of Bewsey, R & J Allcock local food
store transferred the business to new owners. They were very well respected in the
community and mywarrington wishes the family all the best for the future.
St Mary’s Priory Church on Buttermarket Street introduced a junior
choir to join the established adult one.
Cheshire Police Authority announced plans to buy its first helicopter to
replace the aeroplane it currently uses.
MAR The borough council
announced plans to close Longbarn Primary School in August 2010.
MAR 7 The Warrington Fairtrade
Steering Group invited residents of the town to the Old Fish Market in Golden
Square to take part in a world record attempt at the most Fairtrade bananas
eaten in a 24-hour period. Groups from around the world are also taking part and
it is hoped 250,000 bananas will be eaten.
9 The new day unit at St
Rocco’s Hospice in Bewsey was opened.
Warrington Register Office was given top marks in an inspection by the
General Register Office for England and Wales.
Conservative MP, Baroness Warsi, shadow minister for community cohesion
and social action, visited the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sikh Temple on Dover Road in
Voters in Hatton will no longer be required to travel to Stretton on
election days as a campaign to set up a polling station in the Hatton Arms pub
The empty Railway Inn pub in Latchford could be turned into offices if
plans go ahead.
MAR 14 Comedian Jimmy Carr
performed at the Parr Hall.
4 TV antiques expert Adam
Partridge from the BBC’s Flog It programme attended a coffee morning at
Penketh Methodist Church in Penketh. He valued antiques at £2 per item with
proceeds going to the new church building fund.
APR 16 Conservative shadow
Foreign Secretary William Hague visited Warrington and added his support to the
campaign against a Titan prison.
APR 17 Twenty cars in Dallam had their windows smashed or tyres
slashed in a spate of vandalism during the early hours of the morning. At Warrington Magistrates' Court on 1 July, 2009, a 35 year old man was
found guilty of causing criminal damage. He received a four-week suspended sentence and a six-week curfew.
The car owners and other residents expressed their disgust at the verdict.
26 Warrington Rugby Union Under
13s squad won the Lancashire Cup for the first time in 90 years when they beat
Manchester Rugby Union Club 39-0.
27 Campaigners were celebrating
after Justice Secretary Jack Shaw announced the scrapping of a proposed Titan
prison at Omega Business Park in west Warrington.
27 The new fire service control
centre at Lingley Mere in west Warrington was officially opened.
APR Padgate High School is to be
renamed Lysander High School from September. The name was chosen because the
Westland Lysander was an aircraft used by the RAF and the school is built on the
former RAF Padgate site.
Shadow Work and Pensions minister Steve Webb visited Warrington Age
Concern to discuss requirements and concerns with senior citizens.
The council considers closing down the information centre at
Warrington bus station.
9 More UFOs are spotted over
Warrington, this time in Stretton. Next…
MAY 11-17 The annual Local Newspaper Week took place across the
country to highlight the important contribution these companies make to the
20 A party of visitors from
Lymm’s twin town Meung-sur-Loire spent 4 days in the village.
Pupils at St Matthew’s Primary School in Stretton brought the Kenneth
Grahame book The Wind in the Willows to life in a performance carried out by
touring drama group Image Musical Theatre.
Plans to reclaim derelict sections of the New Cut Canal in Woolston were submitted to the council. Permission was granted later in the year.
Birchwood Youth Club was handed a special award and £1,000 by the housing
group Frontis in recognition of work done in the community.
The legal aid bill for the three murderers of Garry Newlove in August
2007 totalled more than £500,000.
18 Ed Balls, Secretary of State
for Children, Schools and Families, visited Westy Sure Start Children’s Centre.
MAY A Laurel and Hardy Sons
of the Desert fan club opened at The Albion pub on Battersby Lane.
The Friends of Latchford Parks
was a new group formed by residents of the south Warrington village in
response to the Ranger Service being withdrawn from Black Bear Park.
23 Sinatra’s Bar and Grill
opened in the former Picturedrome/Cameo cinema on the corner of Sankey Street and Springfield
Four Warrington primary schools have been named on a list of the north
west’s outstanding schools. They are Cinnamon Brow CE Primary School, Gorse
Covert Primary School, St Monica’s Catholic Primary School in Appleton and
Thelwall Community Infant School.
25 The annual Warrington Horse
Show took place in Daresbury.
27 The former Silver Birch pub
on Dewhurst Road in Birchwood was converted into a new base for Birchwood
Community Church. Planning permission was granted in February 2009.
31 Fire destroyed Attic Studios
recording studio on Longford Street, Orford. The building was empty at the time
of the blaze.
A new play area opened up in Dallam on land by Massey Avenue which was
formerly occupied by garages.
MAY - JUN Route 29, an
exhibition of paintings by a local artist who travelled on the number 29 bus from
Warrington to Collins Green was exhibited at Warrington Museum. The paintings
were later sold, with proceeds going to St Rocco’s Hospice.
Warrington Museum won the 2009 Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence
for its Mr Smithies and the Lost Tombs of Peru exhibition last year. It
won the prize for the project on a limited budget section for its
Bringing the Wow Factor to Warrington Museum display.
Nine red squirrels were born at Walton Gardens Children’s Zoo, the first
since a breeding programme was set up in 2006.
Cheshire Dogs’ Home in Grappenhall celebrated its 10th
2 Sixteen-year-old Temi Abimbola
drowned in Appleton Reservoir. School friends at Sir Thomas Boteler High paid
tributes to the boy whose ‘smile could light up any room’. An inquest on 27
November 2009 gave the verdict of accidental death by drowning.
7 The annual HMS Blackcap
service took place to commemorate those who served at the Stretton base. Read
more about HMS Blackcap in RAF Burtonwood page.
7 Birchwood Carnival took place
at Birchwood Forest Park.
JUN Former Penketh High School
pupil, and now Warrington sailor on HMS Illustrious, Able Rate David Parr took
part in Fly Navy 100 in London, a celebration of 100 years of Naval Aviation.
Illustrious at Liverpool on 24 October 2009.
JUN 13 The annual Lymm May Queen
festival took place.
2009 JUN 15
& 17 Staff and pupils at a school in Warrington were given antiviral drugs after
two children contracted swine flu. Both children recovered from the illness.
2009 JUN 15 Warrington
South MP Helen Southworth announced she is standing down at the next general
election to spend more time with her family. She has represented the
constituency since 1997.
2009 JUN 18 Unofficial
strike action took place at Fiddlers Ferry Power Station in a row over job
losses at other plants in the UK.
20 The annual Bawming of the
Thorn ceremony took places at Appleton Thorn. Read more about the ceremony on
the Events page.
20 The Friends of Grappenhall
Heys Walled Garden held a Picnic in the Park concert. Bactiguard Wire Brass
performed at the event.
20 Warrington Wolves beat
Catalans Dragons in Barcelona by 24 points to 12 in the first-ever Super League
game played in Spain.
20 The annual Thelwall Rose
Queen crowning took place.
21 Orford Park Festival took
place. The event also included the annual Orford Walking Day procession.
A government report listed Warrington as the 10th most at risk
in the country from flooding.
23 Warrington fire service
off its latest piece of equipment at the Cheshire Show – a 40ft inflatable
fire engine to help teach fire safety.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service were forced to defend the £26,000
price tag in the face of £6 million budget cuts.
25 - JUL 4 The 10th Lymm Festival
took place. Link to their website here.
27 Warrington Market hosted the
annual Classic Transport Show. See photos in Classic
Motor Shows page.
27 Padgate Walking Day took
27-28 Burtonwood Art Show took
place to raise funds for St Michael’s church.
28 Woolston Eyes nature reserve
held an open day. Read more about the Eyes in Warrington
JUN 28 Newlove
FM, a community radio station set up by the widow of murdered Garry Newlove,
began broadcasts to Warrington from a unit in Golden Square shopping centre. It
presented a variety of programmes, with contributions from professional radio
presenters and featured an interview with Conservative leader David Cameron. It
ran until 12 July 2009.
Pupils at Padgate High School buried a time capsule covering life and
events in 2009, which will be opened in 2029.
The government announced that the Omega Business Park is being considered
as the Ministry of Justice looks at moving civil service
jobs out of London, which could create around 2,500 jobs.
The creator of Bob the Builder, Curtis Jobling, was guest of honour at The
Pebbles, a new child development centre in Orford.
JUN Lymm Oughtrington Park
Cricket Club celebrated 125 years by publishing a book 125 Not Out.
1 A new GP surgery opened at
Golden Square on Sankey Street.
2 The sixth annual North
Casual Classics car show took place at Fiddlers Ferry. For photos of the 4th
event, see the Classic Motor Shows page.
2 The Warrington Guardian
named Newspaper of the Year for the second year running at the O2 Media Awards.
2 Warrington Market manager
Steve Pickering won an award in the innovation category at the 2009 Council
Worker of the Year awards in Harrogate. He received his award from John Denham
MP, minister for communities and local government.
Cinnamon Brow Youth Club received a £4,600 grant from the
National Lottery to enable them to develop their film making skills and to
produce a DVD.
3 The annual Warrington Walking
Day event took place.
4 The annual Croft Carnival took place.
4 TV presenter and Warrington
author Mark Olly hosted the Party in the Park event at Queens Gardens.
Golden Square’s Ian Cox was named Marketing Manager of the Year at the
annual SCEPTRE awards ceremony in London.
6 McIntyre Learning Centre
received a £5,000 grant from the national B&Q One Planet Living Award to
help with the New Routes horticulture training site at Victoria Park allotments.
7 Torrential rain caused flash
flooding in Thorn Close, Penketh.
9 The 4-day annual Stockton
Heath Festival began.
11 Stockton Heath Walking Day took place.
10 Former world snooker champion
Dennis Taylor was guest speaker at the 10th Warrington Business Awards
at the Park Royal Hotel in Stretton.
11 Glazebury Gala and rose
queen crowning took place.
11 The annual Penketh Carnival
took place on Greystone Recreation Ground.
11 Warrington Music Festival
took place at Queens Gardens. The event featured performances from Exile
Parade, The Stocks, Black Manalishi, China White, The
Kingsway, The Jokers and The Collision.
11 Former Emmerdale
actress Roxanne Pallett and Calum Best, son of footballer George Best, appeared at
the finale of the Go Style Live fashion event at Golden Square shopping
12 The 18th annual
Disability Awareness Day took place at Walton Hall Gardens.
12 The inaugural Warrington Youth
Carnival took place in Queens Gardens.
Two Warrington sports clubs were awarded grants from the National Lottery
– Imagine 8 Netball Club received £9.637 and Cheshire Cats Rugby League
Football Club secured £7,224.
St Matthew’s CE Primary School on Stretton Road, Stretton, applied for
permission to erect a wind turbine. The plan was later withdrawn. The parish
council did not object to the application.
17 Colin and Wendy Parry received
doctorates from Bradford University for their work with the Tim
Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace.
18 The 10th annual
Winwick Carnival took place.
18 The 5th annual
Burtonwood Bridge five-mile road race and two-mile fun run took place.
18 The Hawthorn Centre in
Blackbrook was re-launched as Hawthorn Community Centre after being closed for 3
18 The 29th Howley
Carnival took place.
Walking Day and Rose Queen festival took place.
19 The 12th Westy Carnival
19 Former Warrington Wolves
coach, New Zealander Cec Mountford died, age 90, in Gold Coast, Australia. He
led the side to the Challenge Cup replay win against Halifax in 1954 and their
championship win in 1955.
Work started on solving the flooding problems at Hawleys Lane
bridge in Dallam. United Utilities announced plans for similar schemes in Penketh
and Great Sankey.
The Warrington Rugby League Referees' Society celebrated a £9,400
National Lottery Awards for All grant.
20 Campaigners say the fight
goes on as Warrington Borough Council votes to close Longbarn Primary School.
20 Fire broke out at the empty
Greenall's site in Loushers Lane.
25 Cast members from Hollyoaks,
Nathalie Emmanuel and Sasha Valentine played casualties cut from a car wreck at
the annual Fire Station open day on Winwick Road.
25 Oakwood Local Park was
officially opened after a £100,000 investment.
Part-time traffic lights are to be piloted at Cockhedge Green roundabout
by Midland Way and Brick Street.
27 The largest play area in the
town opened at Orford Park in a project funded by the Big Lottery, the DCSF Play
Builder Fund and Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN).
Lymm Dam retained its Green Flag status, first awarded to the beauty spot
last year. The Green Flag is awarded to parks or green spaces that meet a government
Old Hall Primary School received its second ‘outstanding’
OFSTED inspection. It was first awarded the accolade in March 2006.
29 A judge at Warrington
Magistrates Court ruled that Pink Ladies was operating without appropriate
licenses. The company had argued that it was not a taxi service, but a unique
club offering safety to women who were members. Since then the organisation secured licensing under Vehicle and Operator Services Agency standards (VOSA)
– a Government agency – rather than through the local authority, and operates as a
JUL Moss Side Farm in Rixton was
named supreme farm in the 2009 Cheshire Farms Competition.
1 TaskJesus, a festival
of music, fun and Christian praise, took place at Victoria Park. Charlie Hale,
Warrington comedian and evangelist, was the compere.
1 BBC rugby league commentator,
and former Warrington Guardian journalist, Keith Macklin died, aged 78.
Read his profile in Warrington People.
Winwick Athletic under 10s football club was named the National FA Development
Club of the Year for 2009 and are invited to Wembley Stadium. Link to their
Warrington Museum hosted the Reincarnated Rubbish exhibition which
featured objects made out of recycled materials.
Warrington Disability Partnership’s Wizard Narrow Boat received a £336
grant from Warrington Housing Association to help with running costs.
Housing minister John Healey announced a £1.76 million pedestrian and
cycle accessibility scheme for Chapelford and Bruche. It is one of 12 such
schemes across the country.
8 The first annual St
Rocco's Hospice Dragon Boat Race took place at Warrington
Rowing Club on the Mersey at Howley.
9 The traditional Lymm
Rushbearing Festival took place.
Read more about the ceremony here.
9 Former Lymm resident and
one-time hostage Terry Waite wrote in the Mail on Sunday against changing the
law on assisted suicides.
14 Former Mississippi Showboat
owner Paul Keepe began a new venture when Showbar and Secrets
opened at the former Brannigans bar on Friars Gate.
Fit Kidz, a community charity encouraging youngsters in Bewsey and Dallam
to keep fit and healthy, ran a summer-long series of sporting events.
Plans were announced to demolish Legh Street baths and to build a new
health centre on the site.
Similar plans were announced in May 2008.
Opendoors submitted an application to turn Patten Hall on
Winmarleigh Street into a shelter for homeless people.
15 The Scottish Brick Society,
a film written by 16-year-old Culcheth student George Atkinson, received its
premiere at the Pyramid centre in Palmyra Square.
15 Birchwood Fire Station hosted
an open day.
15 Scott Street Carnival took place.
AUG 15 Dallam Fun Day took
place – indoors due to the rain.
2009 AUG 16 Fusilier
Simon Annis, aged 22, was killed by an explosion in Helmand province in
Afghanistan. He attended Culcheth High School and had been married for just six
Members of Age Concern, Penketh, produced a DVD Penketh Past and
Present about life in the district.
22 Burtonwood Catholic Club
celebrated its 50th anniversary.
22 The former Kandi Bar gay pub
on School Brow re-opened as The Road House Classic Rock Bar. The building was up
for let when I passed by on 10 June 2010.
Christ Church CE Primary School on Station Road received an
‘outstanding’ award by Ofsted in an inspection carried out on 25 June 2009.
20 Inmates from Thorn Cross
Young Offenders Institute won the Brockhouse Trophy for their 1920s-themed
garden at the Southport Flower Show.
21 The second Stockton Heath
Library, in Alexandra Park, celebrated its 50th anniversary. The
first one on Carlton Street closed in 1957.
Network Rail announced its preferred route for a new high-speed rail
route from London to Scotland, with Warrington being one of eight locations
where trains will stop.
29 Warrington Wolves beat
Huddersfield 25-16 in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.
30 The Venerable Richard
Blackburn is named as the new Bishop of Warrington.
AUG Warrington Borough Transport
received delivery of 12 new Volvo buses.
2009 SEP 1 The
funeral of Fusilier
Simon Annis took
place. He died on 16 August 2009 while serving in Helmand
province in Afghanistan.
6 The annual Woolston Show took place in Woolston Park.
Lysander Community High School opened its doors to pupils in Padgate and
Woolston as Padgate High School is rebranded.
The council won a £1.9 million grant to build 30 affordable social
houses in the town.
8 TV personality Myleene Klass
visited Marks & Spencer at Gemini in a campervan to promote the store’s
11 Plans were unveiled which
would see Cockhedge Shopping Park transformed in a £3 million makeover.
11 Lord Hoyle stepped down as
chairman of Warrington Wolves rugby league club after 10 years. Steven
Broomhead, chief executive of the Northwest Development Agency, took his place.
11 Double gold-winning
Paralympian Ellie Simmonds visited William Beamont Community High School to
officially open a hall named after her.
12 Cairo Street Unitarian Chapel
opened its doors to the public for National Heritage Week.
12 Fearnhead Fun Day took place
at Padgate High School.
12 The 61st Hatton
Show took place.
14 Sky News presenter Dermot
Murnaghan stopped off in Warrington on his Economic Cycle from Liverpool to
Cleethorpes, where he asked questions about the recession.
17 The council’s development committee approved outline planning
permission for a £30 million scheme to regenerate Orford Park. The Orford Park
Project will include sports facilities, a health centre and shops. Final
planning permission is expected in December.
18 Lymm actor Chris Bisson joins
the cast of ITV soap Emmerdale. In a previous acting role he played
Vikram Desai in Coronation Street.
19 The Great Wings Duck Race
took place at Gulliver’s World in Westbrook to raise funds for the RAF
Association’s Wing Appeal, which supports serving and ex-serving members of
19 TV auctioneer Adam Partridge
appeared at Grappenhall Independent Methodist Church to value antiques.
Trinity church at Market Gate celebrated its 300th anniversary.
20 The annual Battle of Britain
Parade took place at Gulliver’s World in Westbrook.
20 Cairo Street Unitarian Chapel
hosted its annual academy service to remember its part in the development of
Construction work began on a £5.4 million further education centre
within the grounds of Birchwood High School. Birchwood College, as it will be
known, is scheduled to open in September 2010.
Warrington Band China White performed with New York acts The
Furious Five and Kurtis Blow on their UK ‘Legend to Legend’ tour.
25 Warrington Wolves and
Macmillan Cancer Support teamed up for The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Last
year’s event raised £20,000 in Warrington, and over £7.9 million nationwide.
29 Fair 4 All hosted a
fashion show at Hill Cliffe Baptist Church in Appleton to showcase clothing from
Fair Trade suppliers.
Stockton Heath Methodist Church received a grant of £50,000 from Waste
Recycling Environmental (WREN) towards redevelopment of the church hall on Walton Road.
SEP New play equipment was
unveiled at Sankey Valley Park. The £55,000 ‘space net’ replaced the
previous spider’s web, which was removed due to vandalism in 2008.
1 Soul singer Mica Paris
performed at the Parr Hall.
2 Former Warrington Guardian
reporter Mike Hall, and now the sports presenter on Granada Reports, was
named Sports Journalist of the Year at the O2 Media Awards in Manchester.
4 The New Balance English Half
Marathon took place.
4 The annual Regimental Sunday
event took place. The day included a service at the Parish Church and a parade
to the war memorial at Bridge Foot.
Students from three Warrington schools produced a film Behind the
Golden Gates, the story of Warrington’s links with transatlantic slavery.
The film was premiered at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool and was
partly funded with £17,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
11 Victoria Park staged an It’s
A Knockout competition.
14 Channel 4 show The Secret Millionaire
featured charities in Warrington.
16 Sir Bobby Charlton opened the
new Brainwave centre in Birchwood. The charity helps children with brain
difficulties. The Countess of Wessex unveiled a plaque on her visit on 18
19 The executive board of
Warrington Borough Council approved a consultation on redeveloping Walton Hall
Gardens with private money. But they were keen to stress that the grounds would
not be sold off.
28 The council approved plans to
demolish Legh Street baths and replace the building with a new health centre.
30 TV comic Al Murray ‘The Pub
Landlord’ signed copies of his new book Think Yourself British at Asda
Warrington Borough Council announced plans to invest up to £85,000 a year
to improve the condition of Warrington cemetery on Manchester Road, which opened
in 1857 and houses around 150,000 graves.
Appleton Thorn received a new village sign courtesy of Appleton Parish
Council (photo, right).
The Jungle Play Centre, based at Winwick Quay, was named Best UK Family
Entertainment Centre under 12,000 sq ft at the annual Awards for the Play
Industry Recognising Excellence (ASPIRE).
A government planning inspector ruled that the redevelopment of Bewsey
Old Hall can go ahead. Urban Splash plan to turn the Grade II listed building
into flats. Warrington Borough Council had earlier turned down the plans.
3 Warrington rugby league scrum
half Parry Gordon died, aged 64. He made 543 appearances for the club between
1963 and 1981.
3 John White, former co-owner of
White sports shop in the town died peacefully in his sleep, aged 74. The shop
moved into Warrington Market when Golden Square shopping centre was built, and still trades to
this day. The Sankey Street shop is featured in a photograph in Memory
Lane under the section Walking Through Time (Part 3).
7 Warrington Hospital's Radio General
request service celebrated its 50th anniversary. Link to
their website here.
8 The annual Remembrance Day
Parade took place in the centre of town.
NOV 12 It was announced that the person who switches
on Warrington’s Christmas lights this year will be a reject from The X
Factor! It turned out to be Lucie Jones, who was voted off the show, while
Jedward stayed in…
NOV 14 A fundraising walk took
place between Warrington and Irlam in memory of former Culcheth High School
pupil, Fusilier Simon Annis, aged 22, who was killed by an explosion in Helmand
province in Afghanistan on 16 August 2009.
16 A new bus service between
Warrington, St Helens and Skelmersdale was launched. The Strawberry service runs
an hourly service from Monday to Saturday.
16 The executive committee of
Warrington Borough Council unveiled a £27 million master plan to regenerate
Sankey Valley Park. The scheme included holiday homes, an indoor play park and
an expansion of Gulliver’s World theme park.
16 The council announced Project
Victoria Park, a vision for the future of the Warrington beauty spot. The scheme
included a city farm, a waterfront promenade, formal gardens and a sports
18 The Countess of Wessex,
Sophie Windsor, officially opened the new day centre at St Rocco’s Hospice in
Warrington Bank Quay was named the fourth-worst English railway station in
a government report.
New electronic flood alert signs were installed on Hawleys Lane
Dallam. Sensors should alert the system and display a warning message,
but one local resident made the following point: by the time you get to
the signs you are right on top of the problem area. He suggested they
should be positioned further away at both ends of the road as it would
give drivers more time to take action.
23 Planning permission was
granted to spend £1.2 million redeveloping 400 metres of the New Cut canal in
Woolston. Did you know there was once a glue factory close to the site? I
25 Birchwood based dance group IndepenDANCE
appeared on BBC TVs Blue Peter.
Penketh swimming pool received a makeover with a £30,000 grant from the
27-29 The town hosted its first
Made in Cheshire Christmas Market.
28 Culcheth held its annual
Victorian Day. The event was organised by Culcheth Lions.
NOV 28 Warrington Market staged
an outdoor festive market, which included camels.
2 Phoenix Nights comedy
star Dave Spikey signed copies of his new book He Took My Kidney and Broke My
Heart at Waterstones in Golden Square.
5 X-Factor duo
Jedward appeared at Halo nightclub as part of the X-Factor finalists live
Santa appeared in his grotto at Hancock & Wood’s store on Bridge
Street for the first time since the 1970s.
5 Asco supermarket opened in the
old Woolworth’s store on Sankey Street.
5 Britain’s Got Talent 2009
finalists Stavros Flatley performed at Cockhedge Shopping Park.
The Strawberry Bus Company introduced a novel marketing campaign – red
heads travel free until 15 December 2009.
Pupils at William Beamont High School took part in Operation Herrick,
a scheme for sending Christmas boxes to troops in Afghanistan.
DEC 8 Artist Brenda Shaw, died in St Rocco’s Hospice, age 71.
She raised thousands of pounds for the charity, especially with her calendar of
paintings of old Warrington. Link to St Rocco's website here.
The Albion pub on Battersby Lane wins the CAMRA
Cheshire Pub of the Year award.
DEC 11 TV celebrity Katie Price,
aka Jordan, signed copies of her new book at Waterstones in Golden Square.
DEC 12 The 24th
place in Lymm.
15 Warrington residents Steve
Wakefield and Dawn Bodey appeared in the BBC4 documentary Hop, Skip and Jump:
The Story of Children’s Play.
DEC Warrington Borough Council
announced proposals to plug a £30 million shortfall in funding over the next 3
years by cutting budgets for things like recycling centres, swimming baths and
DEC 15 Twelve staff at the newly
opened Asco store were told they no longer have jobs, less than two weeks after
the store opened. Bosses say they took on too many workers.
DEC Students from Warrington
Collegiate organised a flashmob at Golden Square by placing buckets on their
heads and danced to a track by Bucketheads to highlight climate change. A flashmob, for those not in the know, is a group which performs an unusual
action for a brief period of time.
DEC 18 Santa took
St Paul of the Cross Catholic Primary School in Burtonwood, to the delight of
DEC 19 Heartless vandals set
fire to Christmas decorations, tree and nativity scene at St Andrew’s Church
on Poplars Avenue in Orford.
DEC 19 Snow in Warrington.
DEC 20 The council took
decision to temporarily close Fox Covert cemetery because there was no salt to grit the
paths during the latest cold snap.
DEC Warrington Borough Council
announced a junction improvement scheme on the A49/A50 at Longford roundabout.
The work would involve removing the roundabout and installing traffic lights at a
new crossroads junction, as well as making improvements to the approach roads. A
consultation period will take place in early 2010. The
photo shows the roundabout junction on 7 March 2001, taken from E floor of
Warrington Collegiate (my classroom in those study days).
DEC The Home Office agreed to
take up 157,000 sq ft of office space at Birchwood Park as it created a regional
hub for the Whitehall department.
DEC Despite a public campaign,
Warrington Borough Council made a final decision to close Longbarn Primary
School in August 2010.
DEC 28 Former Victoria Park High
School pupil Alison Burrows joined the cast of Channel 4's Hollyoaks as
part of the McQueen family.
JAN 4 A public inquiry began
regarding a United Utilities plan to build an underground storm water storage tank
on Stocks Lane Recreation Ground in Great Sankey. The plan was refused on 4
19 Warrington-born BBC
journalist Clare Matheson won the Online Journalist of the Year Award at the 23rd
Workworld Media Awards in London.
What is the difference between a journalist who writes online and any other
kind of journalist?
26 The access road leading to
the Halliwell Jones Stadium was renamed Mike Gregory Way after the former player
who passed away in 2007.
26 Old Hall’s Foundation for
Peace and the Warrington Wolves Foundation launched a two-year partnership project
after securing a £394,000 Big Lottery Fund grant. The project will give 60 young
people the chance to learn skills that make a positive difference in the
27 Coronation Street cast
members Julia Howarth and Warrington-born Steven Arnold visited St Rocco’s
Hospice to mark the start of the charity’s silver jubilee celebrations.
The Wire Works project for Winwick Street was put on hold as the developer
submitted a planning application to extend the life of the current car park on the
site for up to five years.
Warrington-based charity SPARC (Supporting People Achieving Real Choice)
received a National Lottery grant of £9,760. The group supports people with
learning difficulties in the area of employment, health education and travel training. They are based at Warrington Collegiate on Winwick Road.
The John Holt Cancer Support Foundation, who featured on Channel 4’s Secret
Millionaire programme in 2009, received a grant for £22,500 from the
Chester-based Morgan Foundation. Link to the
Warrington Borough Council began a study into the creation of a leisure trust that would
take over the running of leisure centres and libraries as part of a spending
review to save £30 million over three years. Other plans include closing
recycling centres in Woolston and Stockton Heath.
Work began on a £75,000 Playbuilder transformation of Elizabeth Park in
Thelwall, which would include a zip wire and climbing wall.
Thelwall Mummers, a branch of Thelwall Morris Men raised over £7,000 for
the Samaritans in Warrington, St Helens and Halton by performing at different
venues across the town. Read more about the group
Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of
£33,700 to help restore the Victorian glasshouse.
31 Two kind-hearted Great Sankey
children raised £335 by selling their toys to aid the Haiti earthquake appeal.
Work started on the £30 million Orford Park Project. The site will be transformed into community, sport and health
facilities and is due to be completed in January 2012.
Sue Blyth MBE, a dedicated YMCA worker for over 29 years, met Prime Minister
Gordon Brown at a community heroes reception at 10 Downing Street. Read more
about the Warrington YMCA on the Community page.
2 Heavy rainfall caused the
River Mersey to flood at high tide at Bridge Foot.
4 Lesley Sampson, mother of Britain’s
Got Talent winner George, was acquitted of fly tipping fan mail in April
2009. The case was dropped because the council failed to produce evidence.
The Environment Agency announced £800,000 of funding to help tackle the
flooding problems. The announcement coincided with a public consultation on
flooding in the town.
Warrington North MP Helen Jones was cleared of any wrongdoing in the
expenses scandal, despite paying back £840.
Parents, medical experts and teaching union NASUWT expressed concern over
plans to change study patterns at Birchwood Community High School which would
leave schoolchildren eating lunch as late as 1.50 pm.
FEB 7 Irish pop due Jedward from
TV's X-Factor appeared at the Warrington Wolves ground for the first match
of the season against Harlequins. The Wolves won the match 58-0.
FEB 7 Warrington-born footballer
Steve Kindon was guest of honour at a fundraising event for Help For Heroes
organised by Warrington Freemasons. £3,000 was raised from auctions, including a
boxing glove worn by Mike Tyson and a framed set of photos of former British
heavyweight boxing champion Henry Cooper.
FEB 8 The Warrington
Guardian reported that a water pump has been found by archaeologists in the
grounds of Walton Hall Gardens. It is thought it served the 19th
century Greenall’s estate. Read more about the archaeological group here.
Pupils at Woolston Community Primary School raised £250 for the Haiti
earthquake appeal by baking cakes.
It was announced that Warrington is set to receive £45 million towards new street lighting.
This comes at a time when the council is considering switching them off at night to
The former Railway Hotel in Latchford would be turned into three separate
units under plans submitted to Warrington Borough Council. See a photo of it in
the Latchford Village section on the My Warrington
of Fairtrade Fortnight hoped the public would take part in the ‘big swap’ by
changing their usual brand of tea for a Fairtrade version to promote the 15th
anniversary of Fairtrade. Other events included a Mad Hatter’s Fairtrade Tea
Party and a Strictly Fairtrade tea dance.
The 6th Warrington (1st Thelwall) Scout Group
celebrated its 60th anniversary.
25 Recycling centres in
Warrington were saved from the axe as the council backed down on plans to close
Woolston and Stockton Heath sites. At the same time the Rangers Service was also
saved from £51,000 of cuts.
26 J D Wetherspoon's opened a new pub
on the site of the Odeon cinema in Buttermarket Street. The former Yates’s
Wine Lodge was renamed The Looking Glass in memory of Lewis Carroll who was born
in Daresbury, just outside Warrington. Wetherspoons also has The Friar Penketh
on Barbauld Street.
Oasis Warrington 21st Century Church in Callands applied for a
change of use for an empty business unit as the base for their meetings. The
plan was rejected on 13 May 2010.
The council released a list of sites, including Bewsey Old Hall and Lymm
Youth Club, which could be sold off to raise money.
27 The Greenwood family from
Warrington won £46,000 on the Ant and Dec Push the Button show on ITV1.
28 The Warrington branch of the
Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment Association held a service in Queens Gardens to
mark the 110th anniversary of the Battle of Pieter’s Hill, one of
the most significant battles in the Boer War in Africa.
4 Unions expressed their fury at
Warrington Borough Council’s decision to save £30 million from the budget
over the next three years as the council reveals it spent £28 million on
consultancy fees in the past three years.
9 Identical twins Mark and Ian
Lees took part in a celebrity cook-off with I’m A Celebrity winner Gino
D’Acampo on ITV1’s This Morning programme.
Public services union Unison condemned plans to transfer NHS admin
work to India to save money.
13 Paul Keepe, the owner o the former Mississippi Show Boat in Howley and Showbar and Secrets Nightclub in
Friars Gate, died, aged 61.
15 Warrington Museum closed for
a refit – but staff are reluctant to move a figure of a Buddhist monk, which
is said to be cursed! Apparently, all staff that touched it in the past have had
15 Bolton comedian Peter Kay
performed at the Pyramid to raise funds for the Haiti earthquake appeal.
17 The fire authority approved
plans to change the working pattern of Birchwood Fire Station from 24-hour cover
to 12-hour cover with retained firefighters being called in at night. Residents
had campaigned against the plans since 2 February.
Secretary Jack Straw visited the Warrington Wolves Foundation and later gives a
speech at the Peace Centre in Great Sankey.
24 The Budget promised £100
million to repair potholes after the winter freeze – Warrington is to receive
(25) Dr Liam Fox, shadow defence
secretary, showed support for Armed Forces Identity Cards to be used as official
proof of age. He hoped to see a pioneering scheme launched here in Warrington
rolled out nationwide.
25 Comedian Frank Skinner
George Formby’s grave in Warrington cemetery as part of a TV programme about
the ukulele-playing entertainer.
26 Skate Academy, a new roller-skating
rink, opened in the former Kwik Save building on Academy Street.
27 The Letter Box Study Group
met at the Gateway on Sankey Street. They have 700 members and share stories
about post boxes from around the world.
29 Rosie Winterton MP, local
government and regional economic development minister, visited the head office of
the North West Development Agency at Centre Park, Arpley Meadows to discuss last
Cheshire Police purchased a new helicopter, which will be used to cover
the Warrington area.
5 The annual Lymm Duck Race took
7 Defence minister Bob Ainsworth
visited Sure Start Children’s Centre in Latchford to help Nick Bent kick off
his campaign to become MP for Warrington South.
Warrington Wolves player Vinnie Anderson showed his support for the Stroke
Association’s awareness campaign one month after his father-in-law died from
It is announced that £1 million is wasted in Warrington each year on
prescription medicines that are not needed or not taken by patients.
8 Warrington Borough Council
announced that following a ballot of all tenants, the council’s housing stock
will be transferred to Golden Gates Housing Trust. Turnout for the ballot was
63.13%, with just 8.1% voting against transfer, meaning the group will become a
registered social landlord.
13 Asco supermarket on Sankey
Street closed down after less than 5 months of trading.
14 Human remains were discovered
by Environmental Agency workers alongside the River Mersey in Latchford. They
confirmed to be Culcheth resident Sarah Kershaw, who went missing in
14 A herd of 12 cows was on the
loose in Bruche, Howley and Latchford. Some of the cows were later seen near McDonalds at
Riverside Retail Park.
Link to the Warrington
Guardian news story.
16 Liberal Democrat leader Nick
Clegg visited the Wolves Foundation at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in his first
public appearance since the historic first televised leaders’ debate. Baroness
Shirley Williams was also in town.
16 Education minister Ed Balls
visited Penketh High School with Warrington South Labour candidate Nick Bent.
20 Shadow business minister
Kenneth Clarke visited Stockton Heath in an election campaign walkabout.
A consultation began on the future development of Bennett’s Recreation
Ground in Padgate.
27 – May 9 Circus Mondao
visited Church Street, Howley. The circus is one of the few remaining in the
country to feature
animals. The Captive Animals’
Protection Society (CAPS) called on families to boycott the show.
APR 27 Former
Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe visited Stockton Heath on the election campaign
APR Stockton Heath Parish
Council quashed rumours that Ackers Pit is to be sold off.
APR St Oswald’s church officials
Winwick announced that the building is under threat from deathwatch beetles. The oak beams
had been gnawed
at and the damage could cost £1 million to put right.
30 Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills
Mojo Bar on Cairo Street for the launch party of Golden Square’s fashion
1 Jenny Williams from Warrington
took up the challenge to go naked for the latest photo shoot of American
Spencer Tunick. An exhibition of photos will go on display to celebrate the 10th
anniversary of the Lowry gallery in Salford Quays.
2 Stockton Heath Primary School
celebrated its first 100 years. The original building was demolished in 1997.
See photos on My Warrington page.
3 Culcheth Community Day took place.
4 Former Liberal Democrat leader
Lord Ashdown visited Golden Square shopping centre on the election trail.
2010 MAY 7
General Election results:
8 TV and radio presenter Timmy
Mallett visited Liberty Galleries at the Forge Shopping Centre, Stockton Heath,
as part of the 40th anniversary of The Railway Children film.
Six paintings and three limited edition prints by him were unveiled at the
gallery. He became famous as a Piccadilly Radio
presenter in the 1980s and for his Wacaday TV show, which ran from 1985
The developers of Omega Business Park on the former Burtonwood Air Base
announced plans to appoint a house builder to build homes on the site as they
reviewed the master plan approved in 2006.
MAY 11 Paul Deighton, chief
executive officer of the London organising committee of the Olympic and
Paralympic Games (LOCOG) visits the Halliwell Jones Stadium. It was announced in
March 2008 that three Warrington venues would be used to train Olympic athletes,
including the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
(13) Plans to demolish Legh
Street baths and build a health centre on the site were scrapped by NHS
Warrington to plug a budget deficit of £24 million.
The plans were later put back on the agenda after consultation with the
developers (Sep 2010).
14 TV comedian, actor and
presenter Stephen Fry, who suffers from bipolar disorder, boosted the 5 Boroughs
Partnership NHS Foundation Trust ‘Stamp Out Stigma’ campaign by mentioning
it on his Twitter site. Read more about the campaign here.
14-15 The 14th
Grappenhall Beer Festival took place in the old barn at Grappenhall Community
Centre on Bellhouse Lane.
16 The Lancashire Lads Memorial
Garden and Garden of Remembrance was officially opened at the Peninsula Barracks
on O’Leary Street. The garden is in memory of those who have served their country from 1945
to the present day.
and Liberal Democrats agreed by just two votes to continue power sharing at
Warrington Borough Council. Labour had the largest number of seats at the local
elections but not the biggest overall majority. Labour 27 seats, Lib Dems 24,
Stockton Heath Dramatic Society celebrated its 60th
/JUNE The former Lymm post
office was painted pink and turned into a film location for a BBC drama based on
the tale of the launch of a pink-themed taxi company. Meanwhile another BBC crew
were filming in the village for the daytime show To Buy or Not to Buy.
22 18-year-old former Penketh High School student Danielle Hope
won the BBC1 Over the Rainbow
show to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End musical The Wizard of Oz, to
be staged next year.
22 Over 6,000 residents have
signed a Facebook campaign opposing the council’s plan to enter into a
long-term lease with a company for Walton Hall Gardens. The deal would see the
hall turned into a hotel. The council said it would go ahead with the plans
despite the opposition.
28 Panama Jacks nightclub on
Bridge Street was rebranded as Oscars.
28-29 Warrington Market and
Golden Square shopping centre host Warrington Food Festival.
Warrington band Exile Parade performed at the Zebra Music Festival
in Chengdu, China in front of 20,000 people and an estimated live television
audience of 100 million. Follow them online.
Lymm and District Round Table announced they had raised £8,000 for
local charities last year. Link to their site here.
Coronation Street scriptwriter Christine Marshall from south
Warrington showcased her short film Pram at the Cannes Film Festival.
31 The annual Warrington Horse
Show took place at Hall Lane Farm in Daresbury.
6 The 22nd annual
service to commemorate the men and women who served at HMS Blackcap in Stretton
took place at the St Cross Church in Appleton Thorn.
6 BBC show Occupation
received a BAFTA for best serial Drama.
12 The annual Birchwood Carnival
took place in Birchwood Forest Park.
12 The annual Lymm May Queen
festival took place.
13 The annual Civic Sunday event
took place. The procession from the Town Hall to the Parish Church of St Elphin
marks the beginning of the new Mayoral year.
14 Protesters descended on the
Town Hall to hand in a 7,000-name petition protesting against the council’s
plans for Walton Hall Gardens. The council agreed to a public consultation.
The Trans Pennine Trail, which passes through Warrington on its route
from Hornsea to Southport, celebrated its 21st anniversary. A baton
relay was staged across the route.
The official handing over of the keys ceremony took place at the new
Culcheth High School, which opens in September.
2010 JUN 14
Tributes have been paid to Marine Steven Birdsall, aged 20, from Great Sankey,
who died today in Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham. He was shot on Sunday 13 June
2010 by insurgents while protecting a group of Royal Engineers in
Helmand province, Afghanistan. He attended Great Sankey High School.
18 The 5th St
Rocco’s Hospice Starlight Walk took place as 2,000 women walked the 13-mile
route to raise funds for the charity. This year the charity celebrated its
19 The annual Thelwall Rose
Queen festival took place. This year’s event included, for the first time, a
walking float and pram float.
19 The annual Bawming of the
Thorn ceremony took place, raising £3,647 for village projects.
20 Walter Chadwick’s
fairground set up on Orford Park for Orford Park Community Festival and Orford
22 Firefighters attend a scene
near Oughtrington Lane close to St Peter’s Church in Lymm as 17 acres of hay
22 Halo nightclub at Bridge Foot
closed down due to the economic climate.
The government announced that the North West Development Agency, based at
Centre Park, Arpley Meadows, will cease to exist in April 2012, just 4 weeks
after business secretary Vince Cable visited the offices to say it would remain
The Blessed John Henry Newman Roman Catholic Church opened on Knutsford Road in Latchford,
the first new catholic church in the town for about 50 years. It combines the
parishes of Our Lady’s and St Augustine’s.
Warrington Borough Council announced it is considering a Warrington Youth Zone
in the town centre, which would include sport and activities.
23-27 Planet Circus presented The
Globe of Death show at Victoria Park.
25 Labour Party leadership
contender and former foreign secretary David Miliband visited town to give a
speech at Holy Trinity Church.
26 Residents, parents and pupils
were given one last look inside Culcheth High School building before it was
demolished. The new building opens in September.
26 Grappenhall Walking Day took place.
26 Padgate and Woolston Walking
Day took place.
27 St John the Evangelist Church
in Higher Walton celebrated its 125th anniversary.
27 Warrington Borough Transport
discontinued all Sunday evening bus services from today due to cuts in funding
from Warrington Borough Council.
JUN The Samaritans celebrated the
40th anniversary of their first Warrington phone call. The charity
was started in London in 1953 by vicar Chad Varah.
JUL 1 The funeral of Marine Steven Birdsall took
place. He died on
14 June 2010 after being shot the previous day while serving in Helmand province.
Sandy Lane Nursery in Orford received an ‘outstanding’ achievement
from OFSTED after an inspection in April.
2 The annual Warrington Walking
Day took place. The event was introduced by Rector Horace Powys sometime
between 1832 and 1834 as a counter-attraction to Newton Races.
3 The annual Croft Carnival took
place at Croft Park.
5 Six schools in the district were set to lose £80 million of
investment as the new government freezes the Building Schools for the Future
(BSF) scheme set up by the previous Labour government. Culcheth High School is
safe, but six others promised cash will see it taken back. They are William
Beamont, Penketh, Lysander, Sir Thomas Boteler, Green Lane and Fox Wood Special
Schools. The cash freeze was announced by the Government in May.
JUL (5) Warrington Wolves star
Matt King shaved off his trademark hair to raise £1,245 for local charity
JUL 5 Private Thomas Sephton from Great Sankey, died, aged 20. The member of the 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment was on foot
patrol in Helmand province on 4 July 2010 when he was injured by a roadside
bomb. He died the following day after being flown home to the UK.
He attended Great Sankey High School.
6 TVs Secret Millionaire
Charlie Mullins re-visited town to perform the official opening ceremony of the
new John Holt Cancer Support Foundation headquarters on Palmyra Square. Link
to the charity.
8 Sir Thomas Boteler High School
hosted its third annual music festival, Boteler Out Loud.
2010 JUL 8-11
The 3rd annual Stockton Heath Festival took place, which
included Stockton Heath Walking Day on Saturday 10th July.
2010 JUL 10
The annual Glazebury Gala took place.
10 Manchester charity Animals in
Distress presented a fun dog show at Penketh Carnival on Greystone Recreation
10 The annual Stockton Heath
Walking Day took place.
11 The 19th annual
Disability Awareness Day took place at Walton Hall Gardens, attracting over
The event began in 1992.
Warrington Borough Council was forced to pay out £83,475 after its failed
appeal against turning Bewsey Old Hall into seven separate apartments.
Some of the town’s historic sites were listed on the English Heritage
at-risk register, including the Town Hall, Bridge Street, Buttermarket Street,
the north barn at Hurst Hall in Glazebury, Bank Quay transporter bridge, Bewsey
Old Hall, Bowl Barrow off Highfield Lane in Winwick and the entrance to Bradlegh
Old Hall in Burtonwood. Some of these were featured in 2008 and 2006 and the
council is looking at ways to fund their protection.
Lymm Parish Council received a Big Lottery Fund - Awards for All grant of
£6,350 towards the cost of a new kitchen and disabled toilet at the village
Essential strengthening work began on Liverpool Road bridge near
Bank Quay Station.
Results of a public consultation over the revamp of Bennetts
Rec in Padgate were published. Suggestions include better pathways, more parking
provision, improvements to nature sites, site safety and access and promotion of
the heritage of the site.
JUL Everton football star Jack
Rodwell performed the opening ceremony on the new Cuerdley 18-hole True Fit golf
JUL 15 Helen Newlove announced she
will become the ‘voice of the people’ as she takes up her seat in the House
of Lords to become Baroness Newlove of Warrington in the County of Cheshire.
She has campaigned tirelessly against alcohol-related violence since her husband
Garry was murdered in Fearnhead in August 2007.
JUL 16 Warrington Wolves beat
top of the table Wigan Warriors by 23 points to 16 in the first-ever televised
rugby league match in 3D on Sky Sports. Sorry Sky, but the technology isn't
quite up to perfection yet - but ok for its novelty value.
Joseph’s Amazing Racing Pigs took part in Winwick Carnival in
honour of the legend of the Winwick Pig. Read the story of the Winwick Pig on
the History page.
The sixth annual Burtonwood Bridge Five Mile Road Race took
The annual Stretton Walking Day took
place in the village. The event
dates back to the early 1880s.
17-18 The 4th annual
Warrington Music Festival took place in the Old Fish Market at Golden Square.
18 Warrington Youth Carnival
took place in Queens Gardens. Events included music, a climbing wall, BMX
challenges, jewellery making and a recyclable fashion show.
19 Work began on a £500,000
makeover for Warrington Central Station. All we need now is lifts at Birchwood
Station and we are getting close to life in the 21st century!
20 The final assembly at
Longbarn Primary School took place prior to the school being closed down.
The council approved a controversial plan to extend a landfill site in
Risley. Collier Industrial Waste Ltd can now develop the site and process waste
JUL Figures released show that
the damage caused by last winter’s freezing conditions amount to over £400,000,
with over £250,000 being provided by central government for repairs.
JUL 21 Baroness Helen Newlove
wrote a guest column in The Sun newspaper.
JUL 22 The funeral of Private
Thomas Sephton, aged 20, from Great Sankey, took
place at the Parish Church of
St Elphin. He died on 5 July 2010, the day after he was injured in Helmand
province in Afghanistan.
24 The 30th annual
Howley Carnival took place.
Knights in Battle re-enactment society showed pupils at Lysander High
School what it was like to be a knight in days gone by. See Warrington
Market page for photos of their visit to the market's 750th
anniversary event in 2005.
Culcheth Royal British Legion was presented with certificates that
honoured outstanding achievement in the D-Day landings in the Second World War.
24 Birchwood fire station held
an open day to publicise fire safety.
20-25 Four Warrington schools
received awards at the annual Tatton Show for their garden creations. Woolston CE
Primary School received a gold award, with honours for Evelyn St, St Oswald’s
and Appleton Thorn schools. Making Space charity in Allen Street received a
2010 JUL 27 – Aug 7
Scouts from Warrington joined others in the 13th World Scout
Moot in Kenya, part of which involved building a dam to improve life for
villagers. The Warrington team raised £44,000 to fund the trip. Read more about
the event here http://scouts.org.uk/wsm2010.
31 Laura Harrison sang at the
BBC Proms concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. Her contribution celebrated the
work of American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, famous for Sweeney
Todd and West Side Story.
Fifteen staff from Golden Gates Housing completed the Three Peaks
Challenge to raise £4,500 for Birchwood charity, Brainwave. The event
involves climbing the three highest peaks in the UK within 24 hours: Ben Nevis,
Scotland (1,344m), Scafell Pike (England, 978m) and Snowdon in Wales (1,085m).
They achieved it with just two minutes to spare.
29 Hotel group Contessa pulled
out of plans to convert Walton Hall into a 5-star hotel.
VPX (Victoria Park Experience) took place throughout the month.
The event included coaching for skating, skateboarding, bike riding, sport,
dance and DJ-ing.
2 Warrington Borough Council
hosted Fun Day Monday in Time Square and market areas. Market stalls, donkey
rides and children's entertainment were part of the attractions.
4 Warrington Borough Council
hosted National Play Day in the town centre. Activities included face painting
and children's entertainment.
7 The second annual St
Rocco's Hospice Dragon Boat Race took place at Warrington
Rowing Club on the Mersey at Howley.
Asco supermarket, which took over the vacant Woolworth’s store in
December 2009, went into administration.
AUG Part of the Greenalls site
on Loushers Lane was sold off for office space.
7 Burtonwood village held its
first scarecrow competition. Visitors walked round the village to score each of
the nineteen scarecrows and raised funds for St Michael and All Angels Parish
AUG 8 Warrington Wolves beat
Catalans Dragons 54-12 to reach the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final at Wembley for
the second year in a row. They meet Leeds Rhinos on Saturday 28 August 2010.
8 The annual Lymm Rushbearing
Festival took place. Read more about the ceremony here.
Stockton Heath Methodist church received a ££2,000 grant from the
Veolia Environmental Trust towards the upgrade of the church hall.
Alexander Park in Stockton Heath received a Green Flag Award. Meanwhile,
Walton Gardens’ Walton Lea Project receives a Green Pennant Award for the
9-14 The Youth For Christ
organisation hosted family fun days across the borough. The days included Penketh
(Aug 9th), Stockton Heath (10th), Dallam (11th), Lymm (12th),
Birchwood (13th) and Orford on the 14th.
10 Christine Cullen, wife of
former Warrington Wolves coach Paul Cullen, died after a long battle with
cancer. She was 48.
14 Scott Street Carnival took
place on St Peter’s Way Park. All proceeds were donated to Green Lane Special
TV actor Max Beesley, who appears in Sky drama Thorne visited the
Café Salar in Lymm. He previously appeared in Hotel Babylon as Charlie
17 Arsonists set fire to the
bandstand in Walton Hall Gardens, totally destroying it.
Labour Party leadership candidates Ed Balls and Ed Milliband visited the
28 Warrington Wolves beat Leeds
Rhinos 30-6 in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley. The club makes history for
itself – it is the first time they have had back-to-back Final victories in
the competition, having beat Huddersfield 25-16 last year.
28 Warrington Borough Council
hosted an Armed Services Day on Bridge Street and Horsemarket Street in support
of Help for Heroes.
2 Two people were arrested
and released on police bail over the murder of Shafilea Ahmed in 2003 in the
2 Vandals strike at Oakwood
Avenue Junior School in Padgate as over £10,000 of play equipment is destroyed
in a blaze which started in one of the wooden out-buildings.
4 Warrington Borough Council
hosted the Annual Farmers Market in the town centre.
5 The annual Woolston Show
took place in Woolston Park. Attractions included a circus skills workshop,
donkey rides, dog show, vegetable competition and a fairground. Read about the
history of the park in Warrington Green 2.
Shoppers and traders were disgusted with the announcement that council
employees can use the market car park at heavily discounted rates. They will pay
60p per day, a fraction of the £5.70 cost for more than four hours.
The council announced they will need to make an extra £20 million of
cuts in public spending over the next three years, on top of the £30 million
Fair 4 All Fairtrade stall in the market was named as Divine chocolate
company’s Stockist of the Month. The prize is a bucketful of gold coins (made
Businesswoman Sue Thomason launched Beautiful magazine, which is
aimed at women who are size 12 and over. Read more at www.beautifulmagazine.co.uk
Former Warrington Wolves player Paul Derbyshire is diagnosed with motor
neurone disease. He served the club for 18 years.
SEP Rixton Methodist Church on
Chapel Lane becomes The Bikers Church after members of the Christian
Motorcyclists’ Association began to hold meetings there.
Warrington Borough Council approved planning permission to convert
the former tram shelter outside St Elphin’s Park into a new entrance at
the beauty spot. See photos, right. See On The
Buses page for the story of the trams.
4 Grappenhall Community Centre
hosted a village fete to celebrate the re-opening of the Bellhouse Lane centre.
It is announced that the life of Arpley landfill site at Liverpool Road,
Sankey Bridges could be extended for a further 12 years until 2025. It was due
to close in 2013.
Residents began a campaign against the plan.
6 Birchwood College opened. The
official opening ceremony was performed by the Mayor, Clr John Joyce, in
7 The former Bruche Police
Training centre site was used as the base for an emergency services training
exercise to test how they would respond to a biological or chemical attack.
11 Cairo Street Unitarian Chapel
opened its doors to the public for National Heritage Week.
11 The 62nd annual
Hatton Show took place in Daresbury. Attractions included Golborne Brass Band,
Cheshire Wood Turners, a pet show, a horse show and a real ale tent.
11 Fearnhead Fun Day took place
at Lysander High School. Attractions included Warrington Pipe Band, Cheshire
Cadets, street dancers, gymnastics, boxing and cheerleading.
SEP 11-12 Warrington Fire
Station on Winwick Road hosted a charity car wash day in aid of Help the Heroes
and The Firefighters Charity, followed by an Open Day on the Sunday.
16 A new toy shop, The Entertainer,
opened its new store in Golden Square. Meanwhile, Marks and Spencer unveils its
revamped store and Poundland opened in the former Woolworth’s/Asco store on
18 Warrington Market hosted a vintage
day and craft fare.
18 The Piano Bar opened on Bold
Street. Entertainment included a live pianist and vocalist.
18 Fairfield and Howley
Neighbourhood Project held its first open day at the former St Elphin’s
Fairfield Primary School on Fairfield Street. The event featured birds of prey
and karate demonstrations.
SEP 18 Warrington Wolves were
beaten 34-22 by Huddersfield Giants to end their run in the 2010 Super League
SEP Warrington's Museum
of Policing at Arpley Street received a grant of £21,000 to make
is revealed that Warrington Borough Council has paid out around £2.5 million in
personal injury claims in the past three years.
SEP Warrington Borough Council announced plans to regenerate areas
around the market and Bridge Street into office space.
SEP Warrington history lecturer
Dr David Harrison of Liverpool Hope University published his book The
Transformation of Freemasonry, which includes stories of how the
Freemasons movement played a part in education at Warrington Academy.
SEP Lakes Centre Nursery on
Sandy Lane, Orford, received an 'outstanding' award in every category in a
recent Ofsted report.
SEP An application by Howards
Environmental Services to build a recycling plant on land off Folly Lane,
Bewsey, was refused by Warrington Borough Council.
SEP It is announced that Stockton
Heath Festival has made a profit for the third year in a row. The four-day event
cost £29,500 to host and brought in revenue totalling £31,000.
2010 SEP 24 Warrington
charity fundraisers took part in the 10th annual Macmillan Cancer Support
'world's biggest coffee morning' event.
2010 SEP 25 Warrington
Borough Council hosted the Warrington Disability Partnership Mobility Show in the
of the Talents event took
place at Christ Church, Croft. The event included
dancing, art and crafts, pottery and corn weaving. It also featured a barn dance
at Croft Memorial Hall on the Saturday night.
2010 SEP 26
Starr performers put on a show on Church Street car boot site to raise funds for
Claire House Children's Hospice.
2010 SEP 26 Warrington
Wizards defeated Huddersfield Underbank Rangers 23-18 to be crowned 2010
Champions of the Co-operative Rugby League Conference National Grand Final at
the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
2010 SEP 26 The
Halliwell Jones Stadium hosts the Co-operative Conference
National League One grand final between Halifax and Featherstone. Halifax won the match
23-22. However, a fire was deliberately started in toilets beneath the west
stand which delayed the start for an hour and a man was seriously assaulted
after the game on Dallam Lane, requiring hospital treatment.
2010 SEP A
four-year-old child from Great Sankey received a reply from the Queen when she
asked her to attend her princess-themed 5th birthday party.
2010 OCT 1 Former
Liverpool and England World Cup footballer, Roger Hunt MBE, officially opened the
new £28 million Culcheth High School.
2010 OCT 3 The
New Balance English
Half Marathon took
place, leaving Victoria Park and following a route around
south Warrington streets. Over 2,500 runners took part to raise money for local
2010 OCT 3 The
annual Duke of Lancaster's Regimental service took place at the Parish Church.
The usual parade from the town hall to the church was cancelled due to bad
weather. The event dates back to 1938 and takes place on the first Sunday of
October each year.
2010 OCT Commonwealth
Games flyweight boxing champion Stephen Smith visited St Barnabas Primary School
to talk to pupils about his achievements.
2010 OCT Department
of Transport figures show that Warrington had a 50% higher rate of road
casualties than towns of a similar size in 2009. Six were killed and 87 were
seriously injured out of a total of 989.
2010 OCT Steven
Broomhead, chief executive of Warrington-based Northwest Development Agency,
announced his retirement. The agency itself will be scrapped by
the government in 2012. Mr Broomhead is also the chairman of Warrington Wolves
and has previously served on Warrington Borough Council.
2010 OCT 18-19 Bolton
comedian Peter Kay returned to the Pyramid arts centre to perform two sell-out
2010 OCT Warrington's
Fairtrade steering group was named overall winner of the national 2010 Fairtrade
Fortnight Awards. Events included a Mad Hatter's Tea Party and a Strictly Tea
2010 OCT The
annual Oughtrington Community Centre fun run took place. Part of the race
included the Spud Run through Spud Wood in the village. Read more about Spud
Wood in Warrington Green 2.
2010 OCT 19 A
new Guinness World record was set at the Parr Hall when local resident Sandra
Whitfield sees her image made out of 9,852 slices of toast to celebrate her 50th
2010 OCT Warrington
resident Eric Lowe received the Government Code and Cypher School award for his
work in morse code on HMS Warspite during the Second World War.
2010 OCT A
£30,000 revamp of Warrington Baptist church was unveiled by the Mayor, Clr John
2010 OCT 21-23 Oktoberfest
14 beer festival took place at the Pyramid arts centre. The event, hosted by
Warrington Rotary Club, has so far raised £160,000 for charities. This year's
event raised £17,000.
2010 OCT Plans
to upgrade thousands of street lights in Warrington were scrapped by the
2010 OCT 26 A
fashion show formed part of the first Ladies Evening at the Peace Centre in
Great Sankey to raise over £2,500 for the Tim
Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace.
2010 OCT A
planning application was submitted which would transform derelict land
behind St Mark's Church in Dallam into sports pitches and playgrounds. The Dallam
Park Project would also improve links to Sankey Valley Park.
2010 OCT 31 The
first Mercian Marathon took place between Warrington and Chester town halls.
The marathon was the idea of Warrington soldier Private Amir Unsworth, an army
physical trainer with the Mercian Regiment, who has served in Afghanistan.
Proceeds went to the Mercian Benevolent Fund.
2010 NOV Boxing
legend Frank Bruno launched this year's Poppy Appeal in Warrington where he met
the Mercian Regiment at the Royal British Legion.
2010 NOV It was
announced by the government that a Local Enterprise Partnership will replace the
Northwest Development Agency in the Cheshire and Warrington areas.
2010 NOV Lord
Hoyle and Sue Johnston each received a Doctor of Letters from Chester University
for their services, Lord Hoyle for services to the borough and Sue Johnston for
services to television, drama and the performing arts.
2010 NOV Liberal
Democrat Jo Crotty resigned as councillor for Bewsey and Whitecross. A
by-election will takes place on 9 December 2010.
2010 NOV The
Coach House Brewing Company, based in Howley, won a gold award for their
Blueberry Classic Bitter at the SIBA North Beer Competition in Manchester.
2010 NOV 5 Warrington
Wolves player Jon Clarke graduated from the University of Chester with a
Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Science.
2010 NOV 5 Latchford-born
jockey Paul Hanagan was named Champion Jockey after winning at Doncaster. He had
won 191 of 1,102 rides this season.
2010 NOV 11 The
town stood silent for the annual two-minute silence for those who gave their
lives in the wars.
2010 NOV 13 TV
comedian Al Murray visited Asda Cockhedge to sign his new book The Pub
Landlord's Great British Pub Quiz Book.
2010 NOV 14 Remembrance
services took place across the borough to remember those who lost their lives in
2010 NOV 15 TV
comedian Dave Spikey visited Waterstones in Golden Square to sign his new book Under
2010 NOV 15 Warrington
Borough Council announced that plans to outsource the planning department are to
be scrapped and the service will remain in-house. The executive committee heard
that moving the service outside of the council does not offer value for money,
when compared to running it from the town hall.
2010 NOV A
group of mums from St Elphin's Primary School launched the Yummy Mummy calendar
to raise money for Help for Heroes. Link to the charity here.
2010 NOV Plans
are once again put on the table to redevelop the site of the former Holy Trinity
vicarage on Palmyra Square into a five-storey restaurant and apartments complex.
The vicarage would be demolished. A similar scheme to include a restaurant with
offices on upper floors was put forward in 2009.
NOV A group of youngsters from 2137 Squadron of the
Air Training Corps in Lymm visited
the Omaha Beach cemetery in France as part of a battlefield tour to remember
those killed in the Second World War.
2010 NOV 18 The
town's Christmas lights switch-on at Golden Square was performed by yet another
reject from the X-Factor TV series. This year it was Treyc Cohen.
|2010 NOV Former
public toilets on Winwick Road opposite Tesco were sold by the council to a
property developer for £37,000. It begs the question, what on earth are they
going to do with the building?
2010 NOV 19 Warrington
Wolves assistant coach James Lowes announced he is leaving the club to pursue
other ventures (at Leeds Rhinos, in fact, the day after). The 41-year-old took over when Paul Cullen left and reverted to assistant
when Tony Smith arrived in 2009.
2010 NOV 22 Warrington
Wolves announced the appointment of Willie Poching as the new assistant coach to
2010 NOV 23 Latchford
History Group launched its new book Bridge to Bridge at St Hilda's
Mission church on Slater Street. The publication charts the history of Knutsford
Road from Warrington Bridge to the village centre.
The John Holt Cancer Support Foundation, which featured on Channel 4’s Secret
Millionaire programme, received a grant of £9,800. Link
to the charity.
BBC Radio Manchester’s Takeover Taxi scheme called into town to give
listeners a one-minute audition in the back of a taxi in order to win the chance
to present a one-hour radio show on 3 January 2011.
2010 NOV 28 'Voice
of the Balls' Radio 2 announcer Alan Dedicoat hosted the annual BBC Children in
Need quiz at the British Legion Village Club in Culcheth for the eighth year in
29 Golden Gates Housing Trust
officially took over the housing stock from Warrington Borough Council. The
Trust will invest £530 million over the next 30 years to improve the quality of
over 8,700 properties.
NOV 30 Thousands lined the
streets of Warrington to greet soldiers from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment
as they returned home from their tour of duty in Afghanistan.
|2010 NOV 30 Snow
in Warrington. Sankey canal at Bewsey Freezes over.
DEC 1 Coronation Street regular Katherine Kelly (Becky McDonald in the soap) was on hand to
launch a new production line at distillers G & J
Greenall in Birchwood.
2010 DEC 2 Credit
where due: thanks to Warrington Borough Council for gritting the footpaths on
the side streets in my area of Warrington during the icy weather.
Warrington Wolves and the council announced they were bidding to host one
of the games in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
2010 DEC 3
Culcheth Primary School Christmas Fair took place. Attractions included
Santa’s reindeer, tombola, raffle and maggot racing!
2010 DEC 4
Newchurch Parish Church in Culcheth announced a £22,000 revamp to the
parish hall. Parts of the building date back to 1821 when it was used as the
village school. The work was completed in March 2011.
DEC Golden Square shopping centre hosted a Santa training day
as it emerged in a national survey that parents were avoiding grottos because
stand-in Santas didn’t look or sound right.
Children from Cobbs Infant School dressed up in Victorian costumes to
raise money for the school.
DEC Hatton Parish Council purchased the red BT phone box outside
the Hatton Arms pub and, after consulting the public, turned it into a book
2010 DEC Warrington Wolves Halliwell Jones Stadium received a licence to hold
wedding ceremonies. The first marriage service took place in August 2011.
DEC The Looking Glass pub on Buttermarket Street received
the Loo of the Year Award for 2010.
DEC 8 The Hoop and Mallet pub in Callands celebrated 25 years of
existence by charging 1985 prices. A £2.55 pint of lager was on sale for 85p
and bitter was reduced from £2.20 to 75p.
Councillor and Honorary Freeman,
Violet Ivy Edwards died aged 85. Read more about the honour here.
DEC After a funding crisis in the NHS, a revised plan to build a new Garven
Place medical centre on the site of Legh Street Baths is finally approved. Work
started in 2011 and the centre should be open in 2012.
DEC Greenalls Band from Great Sankey won first prize in the North
Wales Brass Band Championships with its renditions of The Wizard by
George Allan and Music for a Festival by Phillip Sparke.
DEC 9 Warrington Hospital’s A&E unit experienced one of its busiest days
since opening in the 1970s due to the bad weather. 330 patients attended for
The Peninsula Barracks on O’Leary Street, Orford,
held its annual carol concert, featuring Warrington Male Voice Choir, Lancashire
Artillery (Volunteer) Band and Warrington Pipe Band.
2010 DEC 10 Hundreds took part in a Santa Dash to raise money for Birchwood charity
Brainwave, the Warrington
Guardian charity of the year for 2010. The Brainwave Centre opened on Dewhurst Road in
Andrew Leicester, a stallholder on Warrington Market, was named BBC Young
Fishmonger of the Year in a BBC Three TV competition. Link here
for the BBC North West Tonight
DEC 14 A unit in Golden Square shopping centre at Market Gate opened as a police
drop-in centre. Dare I say it - welcome to the Cop Shop!
DEC 16 Warrington Lantern Parade took place in
the town centre as part of the Christmas festivities,
with the Salvation Army Band providing music.
2010 DEC 17 Snow in Warrington.
2010 DEC – FEB 2011 New York artist Elbow-Toe (Brian Adam Douglas) chose Warrington Museum to
showcase his Due Date exhibition of work, the first time he has displayed
his creations in the UK.
2010 DEC A letter sent from The Beatles manager Brian Epstein to Warrington
resident Norman Partington in 1966 sold for £850 at Bonham’s auction house in
DEC Shoppers are annoyed when they see Easter eggs on sale in December. I had
to chuckle when an anonymous reader of the Warrington
said “I find it very disturbing. We have just celebrated the
birth of Jesus Christ. We shouldn’t be marking his death already”. I won’t
spoil it then by saying Jesus wasn’t even born in the winter…
011 JAN 2 Warrington-born
actor Pete Postlethwaite died aged 64. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer
in1990 and passed away peacefully in his sleep after a lengthy illness. Read his
profile in Entertaining People.
2011 JAN 4 Former Radio City and Rock FM DJ Roy Basnett took over the breakfast show
on Wire FM, the radio station for Warrington, Runcorn and Widnes, which
broadcasts from Wigan.
2011 JAN 5 Plans to reopen Kenyon Junction rail link were discussed at a meeting.
JAN 6 Bob the Builder creator,
Curtis Jobling, a former Penketh High School pupil, released Rise of the Wolf,
the first book in his Wereworld series.
2011 JAN It is announced that Warrington Borough Council spent £14,000 on 24 i-Pad
computers last year to save money on printing costs.
|2011 JAN Oliver Cromwell’s statue at Bridge Foot has been repainted. It was cast
for the International Exhibition in London in 1862 and stood behind the gates
rejected by Queen Victoria – our Golden Gates outside the town hall. Read a
profile on Oliver Cromwell on the Warrington People
2011 JAN Plans to divert 999 calls to a centre at Lingley Mere are scrapped by the
Government. Delays and increasing costs amounting to a reported £3 million
forced the decision to close the building, which officially opened in April
2011 JAN 9 Warrington celebrities Kerry Katona, Steven Arnold, Denise Welch and
Radio One DJ ‘Comedy Dave’ Vitty took part in ITV’s Dancing On Ice.
2011 JAN 10 An edition of BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time was
recorded in the BT call centre at Gemini Business Park.
2011 JAN 10 Birchwood fire station began operating part-time. This came a week after
the fire service defended its decision to spend £26,000 on an inflatable fire
engine in 2009 for use as a teaching aid.
2011 JAN The Lower Angel pub on Buttermarket Street set up a micro brewery.
The pub was one of Pete Postlethwaite’s favourites.
2011 JAN Work begins on replacing escalators in Golden Square after they were out
of action for about eight months. Some shoppers told me personally that during
the period of shutdown they turned around and shopped out of town.
2011 JAN Pupils from Dallam Primary School produced their own internal newspaper, The
Dallam Planet, with tips from journalists at the Warrington
2011 JAN A Freedom of Information request by the Warrington
Guardian reveals that more than 5,000 crimes have been dealt with through
restorative justice (RJ) since the scheme launched in 2008. RJ allows the
criminal to apologise to the victim rather than face prosecution.
2011 JAN Warrington’s Youth Council, Impact, received the
Diana Certificate of Excellence, a national award which
recognises the outstanding contribution of young people, aged 12-18, who work
together in groups to improve their communities, organisations or schools.
The award was set up after the death of the Princess of Wales in 1997.
2011 JAN A local resident spotted an otter sheltering at
Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve. The ranger said they have no previous records
of such an event at the reserve but say otters are shy
nocturnal creatures, so could go unnoticed. See photos of the Claypits in Warrington
2011 JAN 17-year-old former Great Sankey High School pupil Jack Worden picked up
the Bentley Apprentice of the Year 2010 award. He was chosen from all first year
apprentices over 20 dealerships across the UK.
2011 JAN Councillors voted to
close down three libraries in the town from 1 April 2011 to save money. Those
affected were Grappenhall, Great Sankey and the mobile service.
2011 JAN 17-year-old former Birchwood High School pupil released his five-track
album Goals and Ghosts under the title of Rainbow Daize, which he
2011 JAN 13 Former Penketh High School pupil and creator of Bob the Builder,
Curtis Jobling, returned to the school to showcase his first novel, Wereworld:
Rise of the Wolf.
14 Former Warrington rugby league player, Fred
Higginbottom, died aged 91 from a brain tumour. He
played 90 games for the Wire between 1939 and 1947.
2011 JAN St Oswald’s Church in Winwick launched an appeal for funds to save the
13th century church after death watch beetles infested the
building’s nave and wooden roof structure last year. The estimated cost of
repairs is £200,000 and by September 2011 £47,860 had been raised.
|2011 JAN 17 Warrington Wolves rugby league club became only
the fifth to be made honorary citizens of the borough of Warrington for winning
the Challenge Cup two years in succession. At the same time, images of the Welcome
to Warrington: Home of Warrington Wolves sign were revealed.
Welcome to Warrington sign on Winwick Road
2011 JAN Actor Pete Postlethwaite was nominated for a posthumous BAFTA after his
death earlier this month.
2011 JAN Parents began protests over the council’s decision to close Westy Sure
Start Nursery in March 2011 due to the budget crisis. At a meeting in March 2011
a vote of 29 votes to 28 sealed the centre’s fate.
2011 JAN Former Warrington model, Amanda Davies, who featured in many national
magazines and newspapers, and was once managed by model Linda Lusardi, launched
her Lush Modelling Agency. See more at www.lushmodelagency.org.uk.
2011 JAN The Cheshire Police Museum, based at Arpley
Street police station, received a £37,000 cash injection from the
Landfill Communities Fund, Biffaward and WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental).
2011 JAN 27 The first international conference organised by the
Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace took place. The event, International Approaches to
Building Peace: From Global to Grassroots, had speakers from South Africa,
Norway and Northern Ireland.
2011 FEB 9 Two pubs, The Howley in Howley and The Poplars in Orford, teamed up with
the NHS Warrington and Cheshire and Merseyside Partnerships for Health to offer
men free cholesterol, weight and blood sugar level tests, with further advice
12 Nicola Long appeared on ITV dating show Take Me Out. Later in the
series Dan Foden, a property developer, also appeared on the show and was linked
with Kerry Katona when they we seen together at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Kerry later confirmed they were together.
2011 FEB Britain’s Got Talent winner George Sampson hung up his dancing shoes
to walk the boards into BBC drama Waterloo Road.
2011 FEB Warrington Borough Council
announced it will make £50 million in cuts over the next
FEB 12 Pop mogul Pete Waterman visited Penketh Model Railway Centre on Maple
Crescent to perform the opening ceremony of the shop’s extension.
NHS Warrington has approved the finances to build the Orford Park Primary
Care Resource Centre in the Orford Park Project.
FEB 12-13 Former Liverpool FC player John Barnes chatted to
members of Eagle Junior Football Club in Penketh at the launch the FA Community
2011 FEB The future of Europe’s biggest disability
awareness event, Disability Awareness Day, was thrown into doubt when its main
sponsor, the Northwest Regional Development
Agency, cut funding by £45,000. However, NHS Warrington later gave £10,000
towards costs and by May 2011 it was just £3,000 short of its target.
2011 FEB Unions began advising teachers of the perils of using social networking
2011 FEB Bents Home and Garden presented a cheque for £11,722 to Ronald McDonald
House at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool after a record-breaking
year of fundraising.
|2011 FEB Little Acorns Children’s Day Nursery on Stocks
Lane, Penketh, received a YMCA Employer of the Year award.
60th anniversary celebrations of the
Mencap charity in Warrington began with a
2011 FEB 21 Warrington Wolves apologised to fans for the delay in entering the ground
for the match against Hull KR due to a change in policy on checking tickets.
Season ticket holders must now bring the whole booklet with them and not just
the ticket for that day’s match.
2011 FEB Warrington Borough Council received a £5,000
fine from the Health and Safety Executive for failing to ensure the safety of
children when a glass beaker containing ethanol exploded during a chemistry
lesson on 16 June 2009. Eleven pupils were injured in the incident. The council
also had to pay costs of
2011 FEB 28 Fairtrade Fortnight began in Warrington. The movement ensures producers
from developing countries get a fair price for their goods and labour. See more
2011 MAR Warrington Wolves announced a £2 million plan
to increase the seating capacity of the stadium to
15,000 by filling in the two east corners. Work started in the summer of 2011.
2011 MAR PTS Properties applied for planning permission to demolish Garnett’s
Water Tower in the centre of town. The tower is connected to the former
Garnett’s Cabinet Works whose showroom was later used by Woolworth’s on
2011 MAR Three Penketh High School Year 13 pupils (Chris Bingham, Callum Anderson
and Louis Dougherty) won a once-in-a-lifetime chance to teach football skills in
the United States of America in the summer of 2011 after impressing the David
Campbell Soccer School.
2011 MAR The
council announced two memorials to actor Pete Postlethwaite – a room dedicated
to him at the Pyramid Arts Centre and a willow statue in Orford Park. A reader
of the Warrington
Guardian later described it as “a pathetic gesture”.
2011 MAR 5 Three
Bonzos and a Piano, a trio featuring three of the original members
of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band from the 1960s, performed at the Pyramid Arts
Centre on Palmyra Square. See www.threebonzosandapiano.co.uk.
2011 MAR Warrington’s first 24-hour gym, Pure Gym, opened at Chetham
Court at Winwick Quay.
2011 MAR 6 Warrington
Hedgehog Rescue charity organised a fundraising session at Lymm Youth
Centre to buy new cages in time for spring. I bet you didn't know the
charity existed, did you? Neither did I.
2011 MAR 6 Twenty-one-year-old fashion student Lucy Lambert appeared alongside Gok
Wan on his Channel 4 show Gok’s Clothes Roadshow.
2011 MAR Warrington-based
specialist theatre drapes company Cameo Curtains were called upon
to run up some 24-foot curtains for the latest Boyzone tour. The
company has also made drapes for Cliff Richard and Strictly Come
2011 MAR Penketh High School pupils interviewed Bob the Builder creator
Curtis Jobling on Radio Warrington. Tune into the online station at www.radiowarrington.co.uk.
2011 MAR Four-piece band The Fireflys, fronted by Great Sankey guitarist
Matthew Chapman, recorded their second album Cathedral For Your Ashes
after being signed up to Ravenheart Management. Their first album, Better
to Burn Out is still available. See www.thefireflys.co.uk.
2011 MAR St Helen’s Church of England Primary School in Hollinfare received a
silver medal from EDF Energy as part of their eco-schools initiative.
Warrington Borough Council confirmed that a waste incinerator would not
be built in the town.
2011 MAR A baby memorial garden in Fox Covert cemetery at Hill Cliffe was spruced
up after visitors complained to the council about its shabby state.
2011 MAR Plans to create a £10 million solar farm in the town
were put on hold. Councillor Mike Biggin said: “The solar farm was an
aspiration at one time and a useful way of looking at a business plan but as
it’s turned out it’s not viable at the moment, but it is viable in the
2011 MAR 14 Police are hoping that new scientific techniques will lead to the killer
of “Baby Callum” who was strangled and dumped in woodland at Callands 13
years ago to the day.
2011 MAR 16 Young people and members of Unison demonstrated outside the Connexions
office on Sankey Street over funding cuts. The service helps young people into
education, employment and training.
2011 MAR 17 The mother and sister of Tim Parry, who was
killed in the IRA bomb in 1993, set off to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania,
Africa, to raise funds for the Tim
Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace.
2011 MAR 21 Warrington Wolves achieved their highest score to date at the Halliwell
Jones Stadium when they beat Harlequins 82-6.
2011 MAR 24 Halo nightclub was put up for sale at auction in
London with a guide price of £500,000.
It eventually sold for £1 million and reopened as Mr Smiths on 1 October 2011.
2011 MAR Warrington Wolves announced plans to create another tribute wall after
fans presented requests for the current Brian Bevan Wall to be ‘unsealed’ so they can add
2011 MAR 27 Cast members from Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks took part in a charity
match to raise funds for Broomfields Youth Project and Warrington Town Football
2011 MAR BBC TV show Cowboy Trap visited Warrington Collegiate. The show
aims to catch out rogue traders guilty of shoddy work and also offers tips and
2011 MAR All 130 market traders sent letters of appeal to
the Valuation Office Agency, part of the HM Revenues and Customs, over plans to
increase business rates by a massive 79%. The charges were previously levied on
the building as a whole and paid by the landlord (the council), but now it is
calculated on a stall-by-stall basis.
|2011 MAR It
was announced that Collins Green play area is to be revamped after it was
awarded a £40,000 grant from Waste Recycling Group Ltd.
2001 MAR Penketh Pool is now the only swimming pool in Great Britain owned by a
parish council, according to the minutes of Penketh Parish Council for March
2011 APR 1 Tributes were paid to musician Eric Pepperall who
died today aged 84. The Eric Pepperall Band was well known
on the 1960s Warrington music scene. The talented
pianist, organ and keyboard player put together arrangements for Harry Goulden
(another local bandleader) and for the weekly Billy Mayer BBC Radio Merseyside
2011 APR 2
“They came, they raved, they cleaned up after themselves”. So said
the headline in the Warrington
Guardian to describe a ‘free party’ underneath Thelwall Viaduct.
Revellers enjoyed themselves and cleaned up the site themselves in a peaceful
event, although readers of the Warrington Guardian dispute this. The event was
publicised secretly via phone and text messaging.
2011 APR Warrington Borough Transport (Network Warrington)
purchased six Optare Solo minibuses for use in the Penketh area at a total cost
of £750,000. The low-floor buses have space for a wheelchair/buggy and give a
very comfortable ride.
2011 APR Swedish Furniture store Ikea has applied for planning permission to
install 16 solar panels on its Westbrook store to generate electricity. The
council later granted permission. I only mention that because it seems bizarre
that you must get permission from the local council to save the planet!
2011 APR An investigation took place to discover why parts
of the site of the Orford Park Project have experienced
subsidence. My source informed the authorities that
the site was a former landfill site.
2011 APR Protesters descended on the Bobby Roberts Circus
when it visited Glazebury to object to the treatment of animals, after footage appeared
on the national news showing an elephant being abused.
2011 APR Planning permission was granted for construction of a residential home on
the site of the former G & J Greenall’s brewery on Loushers Lane in
2011 APR 16 Demolition of Legh Street Baths began. A new £7 million Garven Place
medical centre will be built on the site. See Legh Street Baths page for more.
2011 APR 16 Nineties boy band 911 performed at the Parr Hall to celebrate the
15th anniversary of their first single. Group member Simon
“Spike” Dawbarn is from Orford and went to William Beamont School.
2011 APR (18) Warrington Borough Council backed a plan to transform Walton Hall and
Gardens into three leisure facilities. The hall itself was originally built and
occupied by the Greenall family of brewers. See more in Warrington
2011 APR 18 Residents of the town expressed concern over plans to expand Gulliver’s
World theme park into Sankey Valley Park. They said they had no idea about the
proposed £27 million plan which would also see holiday homes built. The scheme
was scrapped later in the year.
2011 APR University of Chester at Fearnhead announced they would
charge the full £9,000 annual fee for tuition from September 2012. MPs and
unions criticised the idea.
2011 APR 26 Budget cuts of £2.2 million at Warrington Collegiate on Winwick Road
will mean the loss of 30 jobs.
2011 APR The Local Government Ombudsman condemned and fined Warrington Borough
Council for destroying some planning records from pre-1996. Some people said the
police should also have investigated the matter but the council later said they
would be holding their own internal investigation. An independent inquiry into
the event began on 3 December 2011.
2011 APR Pupils and teachers at Penketh Community Primary School created a
memorial garden dedicated to former pupil Private Tom Sephton of 1st
Battalion Mercian Regiment, who died in July 2010 whilst serving in Afghanistan.
2011 MAY St Rocco’s Hospice held a Will Week where supporters had their will
drawn up with participating solicitors and the fee was donated to the charity.
MAY The council agreed to tidy up the Forget-Me-Not baby garden at Warrington
Cemetery on Manchester Road after parents complained about its poor condition.
2011 MAY 5 Local
election results give Labour overall control at the town hall for the first time
since 2006. Daniel Price, aged 21, became Warrington Borough
Council’s youngest councillor when he was voted as representative for Great
Sankey North. In the referendum on the Alternative Vote for the way MPs are
elected to Parliament in a general election, the town echoed the national trend
with a 2 to 1 vote against any changes. Warrington's results are as follows:
on Alternative Vote
Votes Cast in Referendum
|The total number of votes cast in the
local election is as follows:
|% of Votes
2011 MAY 11
The Co-operative group hosted its annual members meeting at the Village Hotel
in Centre Park.
The mystery creator of a website claiming to have new plans for Arpley landfill
site apologised for any upset caused to opposition groups in raising awareness and
initiating debate on the possibilities for the site.
If you are interested, the site is still online (at the time of publishing). See
Golden Square shopping centre took part in national event to celebrate the 400th
anniversary of the King James Bible. Members of the public were guided into
creating a Bible for the People using recycled paper, which would then be bound
into a number of hard-back copies
with approximately 8,000 other pages from around the country.
MAY Kristian Poyner, a 21-year-old student at Warrington Collegiate, won the
UK Plumber of the Year Award in London in an event organised by Heating
Installers and Plumbers UK.
Construction began on Warrington Town Football Club’s ‘Centre of Footballing
Excellence’ after Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN) awarded £50,000
towards the cost of building two 3-G
all-weather pitches at the Cantilever Park stadium.
2011 MAY 29
Warrington Wolves took on St Helens in a dragon-boat race
on the Mersey to raise funds for the Steve Prescott Foundation. Steve, a former
St Helens player, was
diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei, a rare form of cancer, in 2006. He
received an MBE in 2010 for his services to
Rugby League and charity work.
football coaches Julian Gbdago and Les Foster visited Golden Square shopping
centre to offer free sessions for children aged three to eleven.
JUN The council took ownership of a new electric van for use in its courier
service. The council estimated it would save £1,700 a year in fuel costs as
well as 1.5 tonnes of carbon.
JUN Sixty fundraisers took part in a kayak challenge to raise £2,500 towards
the ongoing costs of hosting Disability Awareness Day.
JUN Warrington Wolves majority shareholder, Simon Moran, was named in the top
10 of the Music Power 100, the first list of the most influential people in
music, produced by the Guardian newspaper in London.
2011 JUN 4 Samantha Collins and Tim Tate became the first couple to be married at
the Blessed John Henry Newman Church in Latchford. The church opened in 2010.
2011 JUN 5 The annual Birchwood Carnival took place.
2011 JUN 8 Warrington’s Centre for Independent Living on Beaufort Street reopened
after a £1.2 million refit. Warrington Disability Partnership received £922,055
from the Big Lottery Community Assets Fund towards the work.
2011 JUN 11 The annual Lymm May Queen parade took place.
JUN 12 Over 200 runners took part in the new 5K Legacy Event
at Victoria Park to raise money for local charities.
2011 JUN 17 The annual St Rocco’s Hospice Starlight Walk took place. The 13-mile
route started and ended at the Halliwell Jones Stadium and took in town centre,
Latchford, Padgate and Orford to raise £167,000. Over the past six years the
event has raised over £1 million.
2011 JUN 18 The annual Thelwall Rose Queen gala took place.
This year the title went to 12-year-old Clair Berry. See photos on Flickr.
18 Christ Church, Latchford, celebrated its 150th anniversary.
The event at the Wash Lane church included the crowning of the Rose Queen.
2011 JUN 18 St Oswald’s church held a fun day and gala, which included the crowning
of the Rose Queen.
2011 JUN 18 The annual Bawming of the Thorn ceremony took place in Appleton Thorn.
See the Events page for the story of this unique event.
2011 JUN 18 57-year-old Dallam family man Harry Morris was
attacked and drowned whilst taking part in a fishing match in Sankey Valley
Park. Anthony Ogburn, 41, was later arrested for his murder. On 12
December 2011 Mr Ogburn pleaded guilty to manslaughter
on the grounds of diminished responsibility after the
court dropped the murder charge due to his mental condition. He is being held in
a secure mental health unit.
2011 JUN 19 Orford Walking Day took place. Music was provided by the Red Rose Brass
Band from Preston.
2011 JUN Britain’s Got Talent stars Kate and Gin the dog ran a series of dog training sessions
in the town.
2011 JUN 20 Former Warrington Wolves player and coach Paul Derbyshire died peacefully
in his sleep eight months after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease. He
2011 JUN 23
MUSE Developments Limited is named as the
development partner in the plan to regenerate Bridge Street. The scheme will
involve demolishing and rebuilding the market and will create a new
a new shopping area, restaurants, cinema, cultural
centre and council offices. Work could begin in 2013.
2011 JUN Danielle Brookes, a stylist at MC2 in Stockton
Heath, won the under-25 award at the Société Française de
Biosthétique (SFB) Young Total Beauty Awards 2011.
2011 JUN The future of the Cavaillé-Coll organ was in the balance as Sheffield
Cathedral had expressed an interest in buying it. It was installed in the Parr
Hall in 1926 and valued then at £2,000. It is thought to be one of only three
left in the world. In September 2011 it was reported that talks between the
council and the cathedral had collapsed.
2011 JUN Golden Gates Housing Trust was named as Human Resources Team of the Year
at a ceremony organised by Inside House magazine and the Chartered
Institute of Housing.
2011 JUN Villagers from Lymm
marked the 43rd anniversary of their twin town partnership with
Meung-sur-Loire in France by taking a group of visitors from their twin town to
Warrington Town Hall and then on a trip to the Lake District.
2011 JUN 25 Padgate Walking Day took place.
2011 JUN 25 Grappenhall Walking Day took place.
2011 JUN 25/26 Burtonwood
Art Show celebrated its 10th anniversary.
2011 JUN Former Warrington rugby league player Tommy Sale was awarded an MBE in
the Queen’s Birthday honours. He played for the club from 1945-46 and is a
member of the Past Players’ Association.
Picton and Sons Highfield Farm shop on Waterworks Lane, Winwick received a
prestigious Food NW Gold Heart Award for its best-selling product of dry-cured
bacon. It also won a Food NW Heart Award for its T-bone steak. Other Food NW
Heart Award winners were Home2Home dining for its Champagne pâté,
Kenyon Hall Farm for its Seville orange marmalade and Pam’s Jams for its rum
and blackcurrant jam.
Postlethwaite’s autobiography, A Spectacle of Dust, was published by
2011 JUN The Driving Standards
Agency considered a U-turn on taking driving tests in
Warrington after high demand in the area. They closed the original centre on
Long Lane in 2008.
2011 JUN Former Warrington
rugby league player John ‘Jack’ Norburn died aged 95. He played for the club
between 1946 and 1947.
sector workers from the Crown Court, Job Centre, Government pensions offices and
schools staged a one-day strike over pensions.
The Fiat car spares
warehouse on Winwick Road closed. Nearby Alban Retail Park owners, Derwent
Holdings Ltd, later applied for planning permission to extend the shopping park
into the space (Aug 2010).
2011 JUL 1 Warrington Walking Day took place.
2011 JUL Plans were submitted to build a clay pigeon shooting range close to
Risley Moss. Residents opposed the idea saying it will disrupt wildlife.
2011 JUL The
Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace at Old Hall will receive
£300,000 from the Big Lottery Fund over the next two years.
2011 JUL The new £1.2 million Penketh Methodist Church building was officially
opened to the public.
2011 JUL MPs and members of the public expressed their disgust at a £7,105 pay
rise for Warrington Borough Council’s chief executive, Diane Terris, when
millions are being cut from budgets. Warrington North MP Helen Jones described
the payout as ‘scandalous’.
2011 JUL 2 Croft Carnival and Rose Queen crowning took place.
JUL 7 Bob the Builder creator,
Curtis Jobling, a former Penketh High School pupil, released Rage of Lions,
the second book in the Wereworld series. The first was called Rise
of the Wolf.
2011 JUL 7 Warrington cyclist and cycle shop owner, Ron Spencer, died aged 69. The
owner of Ron Spencer Cycles on Orford Lane was a former GB international rider,
who cycled the Tour of Holland in the 1960s and president of the Warrington Road
Club until his death.
2011 JUL 7-10
The four-day Stockton Heath Festival took place. Events included Stockton
Heath Walking Day on the Saturday (9th), an outdoor showing of Toy
Story 3, Warrington Male Voice Choir, a fashion show, a Ceilidh band and hot
2011 JUL Warrington rock band
Exile Parade provided the
soundtrack to the film Screwed, a story of life in Britain’s prisons,
released by Liongate.
The band’s website is www.exileparade.co.uk.
2011 JUL 9 The Glazebury Gala Queen was crowned at the annual village celebrations.
2011 JUL 9 Stretton Walking Day and Rose Queen crowning took place.
2011 JUL 9 Warrington Market’s Classic Transport Show took place. See
Shows page for more.
2011 JUL 10 The 8th Annual Fiddler's Ferry Classic Vehicle Show took pace near
Fiddler’s Ferry Yacht Haven. See photos of the fourth event in Classic Motor
2011 JUL 10 The 20th annual Disability Awareness Day
event took place at Walton Hall Gardens. Part of the spectacle included a
flypast by an RAF Dakota bomber.
2011 JUL Reception class pupils at Penketh Primary School were delighted to
receive a written reply from Prince William and Kate Middleton when they sent a
good luck message to the Royal couple for their wedding.
2011 JUL 14 Staff at Warrington-based Bessie Ardern bakery agreed to take over the
business after the recession threatened to close it down. It now trades as M
& K Bakery.
2011 JUL A report published on behalf of the Department of Health revealed that
5,985 children in the town live in poverty and the life expectancy of men in
deprived areas is 9.3 years less than in wealthier parts of the borough.
2011 JUL Transport minister Theresa Villiers MP officially opened the revamped
Warrington Central Station. That just leaves Birchwood to upgrade now…
2011 JUL Lysander High School became the third school in the town to apply for
academy status, along with Culcheth and Woolston, who announced their intentions
earlier in the year.
2011 JUL Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP visited
Warrington Disability Partnership headquarters at Beaufort Street in Sankey
2011 JUL 16 Christ Church, Latchford celebrated its 150th anniversary.
2011 JUL 16 Stretton Walking Day and Rose Queen ceremony took place.
2011 JUL 16 The annual Winwick Carnival took place, attracting over 3,000 visitors.
Howley Carnival took place at the same time.
2011 JUL 16-17 The fifth annual Warrington Music festival took place in Queens Gardens
and the Old Market Place in Golden Square. Performers included Exile Parade,
Dientes, The Animus, Chaos in the Rain, The K’s, The
Ambersons and The Stocks.
2011 JUL Golden Gates Housing Trust announced a green plan to
install solar panels on 600 properties, which was expected to save each resident
£112 a year in fuel costs.
2011 JUL 21-24 Stockton Heath Festival took place.
2011 JUL 22 Stockton Heath Primary School became the first school in Warrington to
fail an Ofsted inspection twice. Its first failure was in 2008 but performance
improved by 2009.
2011 JUL Woolston Community Primary School pupils won an award at the RHS Flower
Show at Tatton Park with their Russian creation in the international-themed
front-to-front gardens section.
2011 JUL 24 Warrington Ethnic Communities Association held a Mela festival in Queens
Gardens. A Mela is a cultural festival consisting of music, fashion, food, dance
and other entertainment. A Mela is traditionally an Asian festival but the
Warrington event was open to all.
2011 JUL 31
Stockton Heath fire station staged an open day. The event included a
dramatic chip pan fire demonstration. See the Events page for photos of a
similar demonstration at Winwick Road fire station.
2011 JUL 31 The
third annual St Rocco's Hospice Dragon
Boat Race took place at Warrington Rowing
Club on the Mersey at Howley.
|2011 AUG 3 National Playday event took place. In Warrington the
market featured a helter-skelter and a replica Spitfire. See the Events
page for more.
AUG 11 Churches Together Lymm and District organised a family fun day at
Ridgway Grundy Park in the village.
11 KW Golf shop in
Bewsey became the victim of arson for the second time in three years after
fire raged through the shop at 2 a.m. Two men were later arrested and
2011 AUG 14 Warrington Fire Station on Winwick Road staged an open day.
2011 AUG 14 The annual Lymm Rushbearing Festival took place. Read more about the ceremony here.
2011 AUG 16 A Warrington man was jailed for four years for inciting riots through the
Facebook social networking site. It followed scenes of rioting and looting in
London earlier in the month. Some said the sentence was too harsh. Others said
throw away the key.
|2011 AUG 18
Yours truly featured in a Warrington Guardian story about a plaque
presented to me by the demolition crew at Legh Street Baths. The plaque
commemorated the visit of Olympic swimmer Adrian Moorhouse in 1994 when he
opened a new gymnasium at the centre. But don't look on the Warrington
Guardian website - it was only in the printed edition. However, the photo
I supplied to them (seen right) is on Page 2 of my Warrington
Worldwide Forum thread about Legh Street Baths memories.
requests from fans, Warrington Wolves rugby league club announced plans
for a second commemorative wall when the new corner extensions are
completed in early 2012. The first one features the face of club legend
Warrington Borough Council announced plans to build a new primary school
in Chapelford Urban Village, west Warrington, by 2013. It will replace the
existing Sycamore Lane Primary School. It was suggested in October 2011 that the
site of the Sycamore Lane school should be used for allotments after the pupils
St Oswald’s Church in Winwick received £17,759 from Warrington
Historic Buildings Trust towards their £200,000 appeal to restore the nave
A Bikini car wash was organised at the Dog and Partridge pub in
Paddington to raise £1,000 after 26–year-old Candice Roberts from Appleton
died from Guillain-Barre syndrome. See also
the entry for 30 Aug 2011.
2011 AUG 21
Risley Police Station on Delentry Drive staged an open day.
|2011 AUG Network Warrington (Warrington
Borough Transport) announced a free bus service from the rear of
Warrington Market on Academy Way to the bus interchange.
|2011 AUG Warrington Disability Partnership’s mascot, Ollie the Owl, took on the
role of Warrington Town Football Club mascot for the 2011/12 season when the
football club’s original mascot, The Legend, went missing after being lent out
to a former sponsor.
2011 AUG 26 Department store TJ Hughes on Sankey Street closed its doors for the last
time as the recession continued to bite.
2011 AUG 26 The Postlethwaite Studio opened at the Pyramid Arts Centre on Palmyra
Square South in memory of the Orford-born actor who died in January 2011.
|2011 AUG 30 England cricketing legends Michael Vaughn, Andrew Flintoff and David
Lloyd visited Grappenhall Cricket Club on Broad Lane to play in a charity match
which also featured former Pakistan player Wasim Akram. The event raised £10,000
for the Andrew Flintoff
Foundation and the Candice
Roberts Foundation. See also the entry for 20 Aug 2011.
2011 AUG A temporary airstrip built alongside Marshalls Farm at
Rixton Moss in January 2009 was made permanent by Warrington Borough Council,
2011 AUG The once-polluted River Mersey is named in the
Environment Agency Top Ten most improved rivers in England and Wales after 20
years of clean up operations with the Mersey Life project.
2011 AUG Simon and Deborah Chappel became the first couple to be
married at the Warrington Wolves Halliwell Jones Stadium since it received its
licence to hold marriage ceremonies at the ground in late 2010.
2011 AUG Derwent Holdings Ltd, owners of Alban Retail Park at Hawleys Lane,
Dallam, submitted a planning application to extend the shopping park into the
former Fiat car parts warehouse next to the centre.
2011 AUG Police confirm that Nick Bent, the Labour parliamentary spokesman for
Warrington South, was targeted by phone hacking at the News of the World
newspaper in 2005. The newspaper was closed down in 2011.
2011 AUG Former Greenall Whitley employee, Tracy Banner, who emigrated to New
Zealand in 1994, and now that country’s leading woman head brewer, picked up
the biggest haul of medals at the International Beer Awards for any New Zealand
brewery. She is the co-owner of the Sprig and Fern Brewery and picked up 10
2011 AUG Work was completed on a £40,000 revamp of the children’s play area in
Collins Green. Funding was provided by Waste Recycling Group (WRG) landfill
operations via the Landfill Communities Fund. Groups hoping to benefit from the
fund must live within ten miles of a WRG landfill site.
2011 SEP 1 Warrington-born actress Sue Johnston (Brookside, Royle Family)
published her autobiography Things I Couldn’t Tell My Mother. Read her
profile in Entertaining People.
It was reported that talks between Warrington Borough Council and Sheffield
Cathedral over the sale of the Cavaillé-Coll organ in the Parr Hall had collapsed.
2011 SEP 2
Residents were moved out of Hollybush nursing home on Lovely Lane, Whitecross,
after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in July revealed poor
care practice. The news item featured on the two local TV news programmes and in
|2011 SEP 3 The annual Farmer’s Market event took place at Warrington
2011 SEP 3 The annual Grappenhall Village Fete took place at Bellhouse Lane
Community Centre (photo, right).
2011 SEP 4 The annual
Woolston and District Show took place in Woolston Park. The event is organised
by the Friends of Woolston Park and Woolston Parish Council.
2011 SEP 4
The neonatal unit at Warrington Hospital held its 20th annual
fun day at Callands Primary School.
|2011 SEP 4 An arson attack destroyed the roof of Bewsey Old Hall. The hall was the
home of the Boteler family from the 12th century. It was also the
place where James I knighted Thomas Ireland in 1617.
caused to the roof of the historic hall.
SEP 7 The parents of 17-year-old Shafilea Ahmed, whose decomposed
body was discovered in the River Kent, Cumbria, in 1994, were charged with her
murder. The couple deny the charges. They were initially arrested on suspicion
of kidnapping her in 2003 but later released|