Randolph Caldecott Soc UK Summer Event, 24th June 2000:
visit to Caldecott sites in Cheshire and Shropshire
The Summer Event 2000 once again followed a Caldecott trail through Cheshire
and Shropshire to the delight of everyone. The starting point was the Queen’s
Hotel, Chester, and under the watchful guidance of Secretary, Kenn Oultram,
the first stop was appropriately at the Bull at Shocklach near the hamlet
of Caldecott, for lunch.
Dimelow joined the party for lunch and afterwards hosted the visit to his home, Chorlton
Old Hall, the birthplace of John
Caldecott, Randolph's father. How
delightful it was to be greeted in such a friendly way and to see first hand,
not only the house but the bedroom of the event celebrated at this location.
next to the Whitchurch Heritage Centre
to be greeted by the Mayor, Cllr. Mrs Diane Gowen, and the staff of the Centre.
What a wonderful display of Randolph Caldecott's works and the local children's
drawings in response to the stimulation of his pictures.
a fitting conclusion to this part of the event, the opportunity was taken to
present the Whitchurch Caldecott Library with a copy of the Library
Association of America's Caldecott Medal for 1999
book: this was presented to the Librarian, Lynn Palmer-Paddy. A wonderful
commemorative quilt, hand worked by our Chairman, Margaret Tye, was also
presented to the Heritage Centre. The more energetic members of the outing then
took the opportunity to visit St. Alkmund's Church, at the top of the
hill, and some may even have witnessed a wedding.
Ever onwards, Kenn Oultram kept everyone
moving, this time to Brook House
Farm at Hanmer, the home of Jill and Brian Jones and family, which everyone
should know as "The House that
Jack Built". Cups of tea and other refreshments were well received
and the younger children of the household proved to be delightful guides to the
Another delightful day – thank you Kenn and all our hosts.
Report and pictures by our member George Ravenshaw Fowler, 1st