The Summer of 2014

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Audlem view from Church tower

Today, we continue our review of a busy 2014 by focussing on July and August:

July 2014

  • Road signs changed in Audlem reflecting de-priming of A525
  • Audlem Drawing the Street prints of Audlem go on sale at Williams' newsagents
  • George Clark's Amazing Spaces on Channel 4 features Dave Lowe who is a VW specialist on Wood Orchard Lane did the refurb and Julian Adair who did the respray of a camper van
  • Packed Party on the Park organised by ASET enjoys fabulous night of music and dancing
  • BCBM Boat Share Ltd gives their village centre premises a face lift
  • Sizzling Sausage competition launched as Oxtail & Trotter celebrates its 2nd birthday
  • The van driver who died in a collision with a milk tanker on the A529 has been named locally as 34-year-old Ben Murphy
  • Packed Public Meeting to discuss Neighbourhood Plan
  • Post-16 student transport costs a major local issue
  • New Audlem FC strip launched, sponsored by The Lord Combermere
  • Donna Louise Garden Party, shortly after the untimely death of joint organiser May Hunter, raises £900 despite appalling weather
  • Audlem school's roving reporters produce an end of year school newspaper
  • Air ambulance in village to attend to an injured boater
  • Sisters Emma and Tricia Boffey from Burleydam organised a '30k for 30 years' event in memory of their brother, Will, on Saturday 19th July
  • Audlem Parish Council's Planning Sub-Committee met to discuss the way forward in preparing a 'Residents' First' Neighbourhood Plan voted for by themselves and the public
  • Perplexing foul smell affecting Buerton traced
  • Over forty historic narrow boats fot The Gathering on the canal organised by Audlem Mill
  • A record turn out of vintage cars, bicycles, motorbikes, commercial vehicles and farm tractors for Audlem Transport Festival
  • Geoff Farr's aerial photos save a life — a newly born calf in distress spotted as he took off to film the Transport Festival
  • Webteam release film of the Transport Festival and Historic Boat gathering of the previous weekend

August 2014

  • New Audlem Traders leaflet published
  • 4th August, 100 years from the Britain's declaration of war in 1914, sees a WW1 commemoration at St James' Church
  • Janice Spibey announces she raised £1,305 for St Luke's at the Midnight Walk, her 10th walk
  • Audlem Public Hall granted a sum of £4,500 from Cheshire East's Community Grants Scheme towards the cost of renovating the stage
  • Fancy dress party in all three pubs on Saturday 16th August to raise funds for local resident Chrissie's breast cancer charity
  • Gardeners' World presenter Carol Klein films locally last visiting Martin and Janet Blow's National Collections of Heleniums in Hankelow
  • Audlem W. I. held their annual garden party at a garden in Hatherton in glorious sunshine
  • Audlem Methodist Church Treasure Hunt and BBQ
  • GoFundMe website for Mend our Mum first announced leading to the Amazing Grace video later in the year
  • Audlem Beer Festival over Bank Holiday weekend sees wide range of beers and ciders (and music) on offer
  • News that Audlem tennis courts are to be resurfaced
  • Break-in at Audlem's co-op store on 25th August
  • ADAS' Young Citizen of the Year, Laura Bentley, reports on her work in Tanzania teaching First Aid
  • Towpath Task Force report on wide range of Canal works in Audlem planned and completed
  • Idea of Audlem Arts Group first floated by Christine Johnson, later launched successfully in October