(The website link that was here no longer works) There's a full programme of events in the village to
celebrate the Cheshire Year of the Gardens this coming Saturday and Sunday. The weekend then culminates with the formal opening of the Weaver Way near the Shroppie Fly by Mike Cooksley, the chairman of the team running the new Weaver Valley Regional Park.
The historic Shroppie Fly boat "Saturn" is already moored at Audlem Wharf. It is to be loaded with a cargo of cheese, plants and local Cheshire artifacts before leaving for Middlewich at 2.00pm on Sunday under real horse-power – it promises to be a fabulous sight and Audlem's contribution to the Floating Garden Festival, itself part of the Cheshire Year of the Gardens Festival.
There will be exhibitions, music and drama too over the Saturday and Sunday in Audlem. The Crofters, Audlem's renowned and longest established band, will be playing on both Saturday and Sunday. The Day Star Theatre will be performing on Sunday at 12.30pm – please note this change from the previously advertised time of 1.00 pm.
The exhibitions will be in the Methodist Church Hall and the Mill Shop. At the Methodist Hall, there will be a display of children's art as well as an opportunity to see all the new Interpretation Boards that will be going up along the canal from Audlem to Nantwich – see story tomorrow with more details. At the Mill Shop, there will be a display of rag rug making. The RNLI will also be involved in what promises to be a fascinating weekend.
The Weaver Way Network will be completed between 2014 and 2018. It will allow walkers and cyclists to explore the full length of the valley from Audlem to Frodsham, near the banks of the River Mersey to the north. In places along the Network, there will be facilities for horse riders too.
The Weaver Valley Regional Park is seen as an important way to encourage economic, environmental and social regeneration in the area. It will certainly put Audlem on the map as the southern gateway to both the Park and the Weaver Way. It's opening on Sunday in Audlem is an important first step in this new venture for Cheshire.
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