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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.

Chorlton Old HallChorlton Old Hall, interiorStanley 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.

The Mayor of Whitchurch 
at Heritage CentreOn 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.

The Quilt is presented to the 
Heritage CentrePresentation of Medal-winning Book to LibrarianAs 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.Interior of St. Alkmund's Church, Whitchurch

Brook House Farm, Caldecott's 
"House that Jack Built"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 famous attic.

OurTreasurer, Charles Caldecott, 
and Secretary, Kenn OultramAnother delightful day – thank you Kenn and all our hosts.


Report and pictures by our member George Ravenshaw Fowler, 1st July 2000.

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