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Northwich Chesire/Staffs

19 Feb 19 - 03:11 AM (#3977695)
Subject: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: GUEST,FloraG

Hi
The canal boat we share is moving to near Northwich and we'll be there from the 23 March for 3 weeks and again in June.
Mudcatters have been very helpful in the past letting me know how to find any folky events in an area and I wondered if anything - regular or special - is happening. I prefer joiny inny things but we are happy to go along and listen too.
Thanks.


19 Feb 19 - 03:29 AM (#3977702)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: Mr Red

mister.red (not Stafs/Cheshire) links to a of listing sites - see drop-down menus (North)

eg

Freddy Headey's map

North Staffs Folk Diary looks to be 3 years old but regular things may still be current.

not musch listed in Northwich, but there is the Anderton Boat lift to look at.

Freddy is pretty knowledgeable thereabouts - maybe he will post by.


19 Feb 19 - 04:49 AM (#3977716)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: FreddyHeadey

Thanks Mr Red.

No, that nrkarts page is a few years old now. :(

Peter Hopkins does the North Staffs[&beyond] diary and keeps it very up to date...
http://www.thefolkdiary.co.uk 
Type Cheshire into the 'Area' menu.

see the link there for
Northwich FC - has some good singers.

If you've got the means to head northeast the best info is on Pyramid
http://www.pyramidfolk.info/index2.htm 

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There are lots more Cheshire links
(for clickable links see below)

NEWS

"'Cheshire Folk' 
organises events"
+ some other folky events & news
www.facebook.com/groups/cheshirefolk 
nov2018
 
'Cheshire Folk Musicians' 
-everything folky
www.facebook.com/groups/cheshirefolk2/ 
 nov2018

'Cheshire Folkies' 
live folk & accoustic 
www.facebook.com/groups/509489002435593 
nov2018
 
'CheshireFolk Cat' (personal profile) 
www.facebook.com/cheshirefolk.cat
linked to a festival? -not much used
nov2018

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
CLUBS

Chester Folk - diary
www.chesterfolk.org.uk/events.html 
nov2018

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
OPEN MIC

Your Music Scene
"... UNPLUGGED ACOUSTIC NIGHTS, OPEN MICS, AND GIGS IN STAFFORDSHIRE & CHESHIRE..."
www.FaceBook.com/201583129884713 
seems to be. mostly rock type, in Staffordshire
nov2018

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GIGS

Mack's Music
Mid Cheshire live gigs 
https://www.macksmusic.co.uk/events
 (was previously "digadig")
https://m.facebook.com/macksmusicpromotion/posts/ 
jan2019

Crewe Gigs
... all music
www.crewegigs.com
nov2018

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DANCE

links on Mo Waddington's page 
www.mowaddington.plus.com/index_files/Page709.htm
nov2018

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SPOKEN

poetry with music, dance and visual art — in several striking settings in Manchester
https://poetsandplayers.co/future-events/
nov2018

Write & Release, Springbank Arts Centre · New Mills
+ posts about local events
www.facebook.com/pg/writeandrelease/posts
nov2018

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
MISC

Cheshire Folk Songs & associated traditions
Compiled and edited by Roy Clinging
Book & cd of basic tunes.
www.anneloaderpublications.co.uk/index/90125349/index.htm 
 nov2018    

AMRA -Cheshire Pubs with live music
www.outinncheshire.co.uk/articles/Music_Room.htm  
”Last Revised: February 6, 2018”
nov2018

Poynton Live 
www.poyntonlive.uk/whats-on.htm  
nov2018

 Cheshire Life
http://www.cheshirelife.co.uk/out-about/events#/cheshire-life/music/events/all
...I don't see any folk 
nov2018

Pop Choirs 
www.cheshirepopchoirs.co.uk
nov2018


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from
https://ukfolklinks.wordpress.com.
On the map tap the box in the top left corner, tap the 'counties' layer and find Cheshire.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


19 Feb 19 - 05:20 AM (#3977721)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: FreddyHeadey

These might not have anything local or current to the OP but could be handy for someone searching mudcat for 'Cheshire'.

Roger Liptrot's
Festivals
http://www.folkimages.com/WHATON.htm#fest 

Folk North West -clubs
http://www.folknorthwest.co.uk/club_page.htm 
& Facebook
https://m.facebook.com/groups/106718934422 

Folkus Folk Arts Northwest
https://m.facebook.com/folkusnorthwest/posts 

MaDFolk - Mersey and Deeside Folk(dance)
http://www.madfolk.org.uk 

There might be something on
North West Folk
but the current sessions page is empty
http://www.northwestfolk.co.uk/open_mic_list.php?start=0 


20 Feb 19 - 02:51 AM (#3977890)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: GUEST,FloraG

Thanks.
Its always a bit of a treat to find something happening near where we are moored.
FloraG.


20 Feb 19 - 10:53 AM (#3977967)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: Mo the caller

Where will you be moored? There is a folk session on Mondays in Audlem on the Shropshire Union (I think it's back in the Shroppie Fly, though it has been in other pubs) There are a lot of Folkies have or who live on boats in Audlem.

There are Folk Dance clubs in Stockton Heath Mon, Adlington (Ches) Wed and Hawk Green Fri. Maybe I could give you a lift. I certainly drive across Trent & Mersey on my way to all of those. PM me. Also Mon in Middlewich

Although Freddy says my website is 2018 it hasn't been updated for longer (refers to 2009 as a future booking), and some of the bands no longer exist, my blog has a few links

There is a Tuesday session, mostly in the Holly Bush on the A49 less than a mile from Acton Bridge (Trent & Mersey)

First Mon of the month a Euro Session in Chester, play or dance (dances taught)

Or if you want a pleasant stroll or a longer hike
Walks from the Door gives instructions for pub walks, in various counties, plenty in Cheshire


20 Feb 19 - 11:00 AM (#3977970)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: Mo the caller

March 23th - well you could come to Tatton Singers concert. OK, not folk but the Haydn Shubert and Vaughan Williams are a real joy to sing, our director insists on a high standard, and there will be professional soloists and orchestra, so should be good to listen to. And we have another concert in June as part of the Knutsford music festival


21 Feb 19 - 08:52 AM (#3978113)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: GUEST,FloraG

Thanks for all that. I'm seeing a hospital consultant this Tuesday ( lucky me ) and I'll find out if I have to return to Kent for treatment during the 3 weeks. We can then plan a route - short days in March so we won't go far.
The boat is in the Aqueduct marina.
Where is your concert - it sounds grand - and can we buy tickets on the door - in case we have hold ups on the way.
We have another 3 weeks in June.
FloraG.


21 Feb 19 - 04:02 PM (#3978203)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: Mo the caller

Good luck with the hospital visit.
The concert is in Knutsford (not far from M6 exit 19). Plenty of room in the church, always tickets on the door. There is a map on our website


21 Feb 19 - 04:27 PM (#3978205)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: Mo the caller

If you are going down the Shroppie I think there is also a session in Market Drayton Thurs?


21 Feb 19 - 05:19 PM (#3978213)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: GUEST,Ian Hendrei

Middlewich FAB 2019 isn't very far from Aqueduct Marina.


22 Feb 19 - 03:58 AM (#3978291)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: GUEST,FloraG

Ian - have you been to Middlewich Fab - there were not so many details on the web site. Is it a bring an instrument and join in sort of festival - or a sit and listen to sort of do?
Thanks.


22 Feb 19 - 05:47 AM (#3978319)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: GUEST,Ian Hendrie

Went a few times a few years ago. There did seem to be sessions (and concerts) in various pubs as well as the events in main arena. Plenty going on. I lost interest when they tried to get boats to book spaces in advance (they may have dropped this now). I also get the impression that the change to FAB rather than Folk and Boat has resulted in less folk and more 'pop' music. Don't know for sure. Details, as you say, are hard to come by.


22 Feb 19 - 10:26 AM (#3978377)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: GUEST,FloraG

Thanks Ian. There might be more details nearer the time.
We don't know the area as the boat has only just moved there. We have a 1/12 share in it so we can't always be there when things are on.
FloraG.


24 Feb 19 - 09:59 AM (#3978718)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: Ian Hendrie

Hi Flora
For info : there are two folk clubs, of which I have knowledge, within a reasonable cruising distance of Aqueduct Marina, which are accessible by boat. There is Lymm Folk Club just a couple of hundred yards from the main moorings in Lymm (Bridgewater Canal) and Bollington Folk Club a similar distance from the aqueduct in Bollington (Macclesfield Canal).
I run the Pyramid Folk Hub website which is a local folk guide and also the Songs of the Inland Waterways website which aims to collect songs about the UK canal system in one place. You may find these of interest.
Enjoy your boating in the NW.
Cheers
Ian


27 Feb 19 - 08:39 AM (#3979347)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: John J

June 21st: Chester > Knutsford Folk Train.


28 Feb 19 - 02:53 AM (#3979500)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: GUEST,FloraG

Tell me more about the train for an ignorant southerner please.


28 Feb 19 - 08:07 AM (#3979555)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: Mr Red

midcheshirerail.org.uk/news/mid-cheshire-line-music-trains-362/


01 Mar 19 - 09:07 AM (#3979730)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: Mo the caller

John, you seem to know something about this years folk trains that hasn't been revealed to Googlers.
What usually happens is an evening train has a group of musicians playing on the outward and return journeys, then people go to the pub for a meal and a session between. Or 'normal' passengers can enjoy the music on their one way trip.
Is it Plumley or some pub in Knutsford.
The pub session I went to was quite crowded. Didn't go on the train as I live nearer the pub than Chester Station, so I don't know if everyone on the train has a good view (what's the audio version of 'view'?) of the music.


01 Mar 19 - 09:36 AM (#3979732)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: Mr Happy

Here's a snippet of some local Chester folkies on the train some years back:Chester Folk Train


02 Mar 19 - 06:44 AM (#3979818)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: GUEST,Mad Jock

Angie Wright once a regular at many sessions around the area has just launched her last 2 CDs on Spotify and I Tunes. One of the tracks on CAPTIVE HEART is called The Cheshire Set and is well worth a listen. Angie sings it with Anne Taggart the other half of Taggart and Wright.

Enjoy.


05 Mar 19 - 03:05 AM (#3980256)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: GUEST,FloraG

Anybody know anything more about the Shroppie Fly session - It looks like a possible one without going down the locks.

Thanks everyone for your help so far. Still can't plan a route as I have a change of meds and at some point will have to return to Kent to collect them. Moving the boat further North sounded a good idea last year - best laid plans and all.
FloraG.


05 Mar 19 - 03:50 AM (#3980269)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: FreddyHeadey

Sorry, never been, so I don't know any more than the description on the 'thefolkdiary' link above
"All styles welcome. Jump in when you can!"

Will you have car transport available while you're there?
The Middlewich Sunday session sounds a bit more 'organised'.


06 Mar 19 - 03:01 AM (#3980437)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: GUEST,FloraG

We have cars while we are in the marina. We are likely to be in the marina more than on most holidays as I have to do a quick trip back to Kent in the second week for a hospital check up and our friends have to be back in Cambridge for an evening on the third week - but the boat is a bit like a luxury caravan - central heating and 2 loos - just a bit narrow -so we don't mind using it as a base for touring, especially as we don't know the area.
There looks like lots to do and see.
FloraG


06 Mar 19 - 08:27 AM (#3980508)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: Mo the caller

The Shroppie session is back in the Shroppie Fly pub (I had an email confirming that this week). Monday evening, it is a very varied session, singing and tunes, being on the canal it depends who drops in (no, don't - go safely along the towpath to your boat). Some of the singers tell the instrumentalists the key to join in. Some nights it's quiet and thoughtful - new tunes aired. Other nights it's play to the gallery. Depends who is in the pub. Very friendly and welcoming, probably hurdy gurdies, maybe small bagpipes (or even one-string fiddles) among the guitars.
The pubs facebook page says there is food - it has changed hands several times so you might want to confirm that they serve on Mondays. There are other pubs a step away.


07 Mar 19 - 02:37 AM (#3980656)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: GUEST,FloraG

Thanks Mo - sounds just like our cup of tea - new medicine permitting.
FloraG


07 Mar 19 - 09:40 AM (#3980741)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: FreddyHeadey

You might find the 'Folk Club Map' has the venues mentioned and it'll give you an idea of just where things are in relation to Northwich.
You might need to copy&paste the link into a browser, don't open it in 'maps', it doesn't work too well.
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1plE0C69JOiO8FotbmDlDvE2qxbM&ll=53.234%2C-2.54e&z=10

~~~~~~~
Shanties in Liverpool could be good, if they've got a venue ... it's been cancelled a couple of times this year :
Saturday 6 April
run by Trim Rig & a Doxy(Derek & Julia Batters)
http://www.liverpoolseashanty.co.uk


15 Mar 19 - 09:34 PM (#3982388)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: FreddyHeadey

The Cheshire Trains newsletter, March, has just come through from Michael Ross.
This is most of it


Cheshire Music Trains


There is no charge for the Music Train,
though there is a collection on the way back for the band
and you will need a train ticket.

At Chester you need to buy your ticket from the station ticket office or the ticket machine.
At stations with ticket machines you should use those - if they sell the ticket you need (they don't issue DUOs).
Otherwise buy your ticket from the conductor on the train.

No need to book – just get into the rear carriage.
(Music Train leaves Chester at 19:01
and return leaves Plumley for Chester at 22:29).   

2019 programme


2019 Music trains from Chester

Wednesday 24 April to promote Chester Folk Festival.
– to the Golden Pheasant at Plumley with Time Bandits, Steerage Class and Full House
Wednesday 29 May
– to the Golden Pheasant at Plumley with the Deportees
Friday 21 June
– to the Angel in Knutsford with Nelson Peach
Wednesday 10 July
– to the Golden Pheasant at Plumley with Pastry Shoes
Wednesday 7 August
– to the Golden Pheasant at Plumley with Terry Burgin Blues Band
Wednesday 4 September
– to the Golden Pheasant at Plumley with Port Sunlight Sea Dogs
Wednesday 2 October
– to the Golden Pheasant at Plumley with the Time Bandits

2019 Music Trains from Altrincham to Chester

Wednesday 22 May
– to Alexanders with blues from Herding Catz on the train
– and Dave Roberts Jazz Quartet at Alexanders
Wednesday 3 July
– to Alexanders with jazz from Loose Change Buskers on the train
– and Terry Burgin Blues Band at Alexanders
Wednesday 11 September
– to Alexanders with jazz from Marts ManJazz3 on the train
– and the Deportees at Alexanders

(You need to book the combination package of taxis to and from the station plus sausage'n mash at Alexanders through the Alexanders website
https://alexanderslive.seetickets.com)
Train times
The next newsletter, in April, will contain details.

Groups on Music Trains

Groups are very welcome to join the Music Trains.
If you plan to bring a group of 10 or more people on a Music Train from Chester to Plumley, please contact me in advance about your plans so that we can agree a date or dates. That way we can avoid having too many groups on one evening as well as the many people who come as individuals or in smaller groups – who can just turn up at a station on the night.

If you plan to bring a group on the Music Trains from Altrincham to Alexanders in Chester then just go ahead and book online with Alexanders. There is a maximum of 45 places available.

We are happy to arrange extra Music Trains for groups of 30 or more people on weekdays - five are arranged already.
They can be in the daytime or in the evening. In the daytime we mostly go to the Railway Inn at Mobberley.
The costs are the train ticket and a contribution to the band's fee – there is no extra charge for arranging the Music Train. Contact me to discuss arrangements and possible dates. It might also be possible to arrange a group Music Train by combining two groups, if between them they can bring 30 or more people.


Here's the page link again[currently showing 2018 info]
http://www.midcheshirerail.org.uk/news/mid-cheshire-line-music-trains-362/

musictrains@midcheshirerail.org.uk


03 Apr 19 - 10:32 AM (#3985661)
Subject: Mid Cheshire Music Trains
From: GUEST,Michael Ross

The Music Train link now leads to the 2019 programme. Lostock Gralam railway station is quite close to the canal so you could join the Music Trains to Plumley, Knutsford or Chester. Good music on the train and at the destination venue. Email me for more details.


15 Apr 19 - 07:53 AM (#3987469)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: Mo the caller

This facebook group may be able to answer questions for June. There is a list of sessions organised by the Canal Boat Crew - a holiday boat cruise, might even get to Barbridge myself.


15 Apr 19 - 08:00 AM (#3987470)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: Mo the caller

I've been to Middlewich FF, in the past. OK if you want to go to 'big name' concerts, or watch Morris dancers. There may be sessions but not always easy to find out about, and you can hang around in a pub with one guitar strumming singer song writer, when you really want to play tunes (or vv presumably). Some of the concert acts are now on the website. Some of the pubs book local artists who you've never heard of, or advertise something when the regulars would rather watch TV, or keep asking for Irish Rover.
Have you got a date for June yet?


18 Apr 19 - 02:29 AM (#3987932)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: GUEST,FloraG

We are there the first 3 weeks in June - and as far as I've been able to organise I don't need to go back for any hospital appointments.
FloaG


18 Apr 19 - 04:01 AM (#3987947)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: Mo the caller

Maybe we can meet in one of the sessions the Canal Boat Crew are organising, they are in the area June 1-14 (link above)


18 Apr 19 - 02:53 PM (#3988069)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: GUEST,FloraG

Mo - we came across the canal boat before - and managed a few sessions with them - when the home boat base was further south. However, they did seem to travel larger distances than we thought we could manage each day - so I think we did the first and the last - but we had a nice couple of sessions. Its always good to play with new people. Thanks for the tip.

We had been hoping to get to your choir do - but my new meds leave me a bit like the Duracell Bunny - fine until the batteries run out, which they do a bit more than I would like. I found today my blood pressure was 100/55. Oops.

The gent with the hurdy gurdy was there at the Shroppie but it was another gent whose fiddle I was lent. He also had a psalterie and accordion - but it was a really nice fiddle.   

Meeting up would be lovely - our friends have a complicated social life as they run the Cambridge club, so I'll know nearer the time when and where well be.
FloraG.


18 Apr 19 - 04:58 PM (#3988081)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: FreddyHeadey

,FloraG - which sessions did you get to\recommend?


18 Apr 19 - 04:58 PM (#3988082)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: FreddyHeadey

,FloraG - which sessions did you get to\recommend?


18 Apr 19 - 05:15 PM (#3988085)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: Mo the caller

Ah, That would be Bernard . He runs a monthly session in Nantwich.

I'm not surprised you didn't get to the concert if you were travelling. It was marvellous to sing, and our MD said it was our best for a while. Tatton Singers have another on June 22nd, this time we are singing Hiawatha's Wedding, Trois Chanson (Debussy), Torrent's in Summer (Elgar) and a couple of folk song setting (which are a bit too fancied-up for my taste). And the audience get a buffet after the concert.


19 Apr 19 - 03:15 AM (#3988130)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: GUEST,FloraG

Freddie
Just the shroppie Fly this time.


19 Apr 19 - 10:36 AM (#3988212)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: FreddyHeadey

ah yes, just seen your other post
thread.cfm?threadid=165976#3987430


30 May 19 - 09:01 AM (#3994456)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: Mo the caller

It's nearly June. So what are your plans Flora? Are you going to any of the Canal Boat Crew
sessions?
I'll pm you my email address and maybe we can meet at something.


30 May 19 - 09:11 AM (#3994457)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: Mo the caller

On June 22nd, 23rd and 29th Piva are at Little Moreton Hall Congleton CW12 4SD.
Another one of those 'wish I could be in 2 places at once' things.


30 May 19 - 09:36 AM (#3994461)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: Mo the caller

Ah, the concert is Thurs 27th, so maybe I can go.


31 May 19 - 04:45 AM (#3994623)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: GUEST,FloraG

Thanks for remembering us.

I had a bad week last week - side effects of the medicines I'm on - so we looked for a route that did not involve too many locks. We thought - arrive this Saturday - shop Sunday ( 2+ weeks of gin and tonic for the other 3) and aim for Manchester. Not sure of the mooring at Manchester but it might be near the football ground. If we make it by Thursday we might make the Dezzy Donnoly concert - I've never seen him live so that would be a real treat.

Do you know the number of a taxi firm in Manchester?

we then thought a few days sightseeing -48 hour hop on hop off bus - round Manchester.

Not sure what we are doing on the second week but hope to make the Shroppie Fly on the Monday of week 3.

Its a shame about the boat crew- we enjoyed their sessions before - but they dont seem to fit into what we can do. Before - they did long distances each day. We like to have leisurely breakfasts and potter a bit more.

If I give you my husbands mobile it would be nice if you could join us for a gin and tonic ( or cup of tea) - but we don't always get 5G
( Or 1G). 07729 036 287. The boat is blue - called Pendeford.

FloraG.


31 May 19 - 05:52 AM (#3994629)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: Stanron

Which football ground? If you mean Etihad, the City ground, try (0161) 223 1066. Guess what they are called, Hastings Taxis. They are a mile or so from the stadium. If you mean United's ground at Old Trafford I've no idea. Cheers.


31 May 19 - 09:08 AM (#3994654)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: GUEST,FloraG

Thanks.


01 Jun 19 - 06:57 PM (#3994841)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: GUEST,henryp

Manchester has very good public transport; trams and buses serve both football grounds.

Manchester City play at the Etihad Stadium beside the Ashton Canal. It has its own Metro tram stop - Etihad Campus - on the Ashton-under-Lyne line.

Manchester United play at Old Trafford beside the Bridgewater Canal. (The nearby Lancashire Cricket Ground is also called Old Trafford.)

It lies between two Metro lines. To the south, the nearest Metro stop on the Altrincham line is Old Trafford - which is actually beside the cricket ground (approx 1km walk). To the north is the Metro terminus at Media City, also serving the Lowry Centre (approx 1.5km walk).


15 Jun 19 - 06:09 AM (#3996516)
Subject: RE: Northwich Chesire/Staffs
From: Mo the caller

Nice to meet you at the canal boat crew session. You've sent me on a search for town bears (see other thread, which I can't link to as it's not posted yet).
The weather looks almost good today, hope you find lots of good folk and boats at Middlewich.