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Chapel Past and Present a Other Blog

Posted on Fri 13th Jul 2018 @ 14:43. Contact: Fred for more information

The 7th and 8th July saw a wonderful weekend celebrating Chapel Past and Present. Organised by volunteers with  the Chapel Arts charity working with a large number Chapel of organisations. It allowed current residents to take a peek at the long and illustrious history of the town.

The Playhouse had displays from a host of local groups who displayed memorabilia and old photos from their origins to the present day. Also on display at the Playhouse was the 'Gallopers' a scale model of a Victorian carousel build by local shoe-maker Herbert Slack in 1951. Over the weekend at least 700 adults and countless children visited the hall and the feedback was fantastically positive.

Showing at the Town Hall and Rems was a film Neil Hawtin had produced of scenes from Chapel then and now. The film was very popular and extremely well received with people queueing to get in.

St Thomas Becket church was open for tours of this ancient building and its graveyard with refreshments served in the Becket Room. The Old Cell showed people round the old cells where prisoners were kept before going before the local magistrates. What a dark and foreboding place it must have been.

Many shops and pubs displayed pictures of how they were then in contrast to how they are now. Of particular note, were the displays in the Hall's Mica window of the old brands they used to sell, the business ledgers and photos of their delivery vehicle, while in the old Redfearn's bakery the knitted cakes looked very tempting!

Chapel Arts would like to thank all their volunteers for the hard work in organising the event, all the organisations who stepped up and put on the displays and to Neil for the fabulous film. All the displays were tremendous and involved a lot of hard work - in the case of the 'Gallopers' two days to put up and two days to take down so thanks Kath and Chris. Thanks to CJK packaging and to HD Sharman for their sponsorship of the event. Your generosity is much appreciated.

Finally a big thank you to all those who visited the the exhibitions and film show. Without your support everyone who contributed to the event wouldn't have gone home on Sunday evening tired but happy that the event had been such a great success.

Fred Pickering

Chapel Past and Present Quiz Answers a Other Blog

Posted on Fri 13th Jul 2018 @ 17:48. Contact: Anne for more information

There were six correct entries to the quiz and the first one pulled out of the hat was Dilys Belfield who has won the prize of £25. Congratulations Dilys.

Below are the quiz answers:

  1. Implore a mark here? (8, 4) (anagram) - Memorial Park

  2. Which house in Chapel did Dr. Kennedy hold his surgeries? (7, 5) - Burbage House

  3. Which sitcom once used scenes filmed on the ChapelWhaley Bridge bypass? (3, 5, 6) - The Royle Family

  4. As to steam at the back it depends on the temperature of the words at the front of this building (5, 6, 1, 6) (anagram) - St Thomas a Becket

  5. L. G. Williams led which organisation in Chapel for many years? (6) - Scouts

  6. Matthew Longson owned an iron foundry behind which pub? (7) - The Roebuck

  7. Parked the school on licensed premises (3, 3,9) (anagram) - The Old Packhorse

  8. Which company once sold meat in the Insurance man’s shop? (6, 7, 4, 7, 7) - London Central Meat Company Limited
  9. Older people learned to swim in Johnny Middleton’s swimming pool. On which farm was it located? (7) - Roeside
  10. Before S.T.D. telephones which Haulage contractor had telephone no. Chapel 98? (3, 7) - Sam Longson
  11. William Perks often performed as an actor with Chapel Amateur Players. What was his day job? (6, 7) - School teacher
  12. Which football team played their home games on a field near Bowden Lane? (6, 6) - Chapel United
  13. During the 1940’s and 50’s children in their last year at Town End Junior School were taught away from the school – in which building? - Guide hut
  14. What year was the fatal train crash at Chapel South Station? - 1957
  15. Where did the Queen go for a hug? (5, 4) - The King's Arms
  16. Did Oliver ever live here? (8, 5) - Cromwell House
  17. Place for the poor on Eccles Fold site (9) - The Workhouse
  18. No gold coins made at this factory (9, 5) - Sovereign Mills
  19. Food eaten here in the 60’s but not for 5 farthings (5, 8) - Penny Farthing
  20. Chimera award for this shop (4, 8) (anagram) - Mica Hardware


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Posted on Thu 26th Jul 2018 @ 18:22. Contact: Jean for more information

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Posted on Thu 26th Jul 2018 @ 18:22. Contact: Jean for more information

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Third Chapel Arts Annual Writing Competition a Literary Arts Blog

Posted on Fri 20th Jul 2018 @ 13:45. Contact: Jean Cooper for more information

Third Chapel Arts Annual Writing Competition

Congratulations to Stephanie Billen, the winner of the Third Chapel Arts Annual Writing Competition. The theme for our competion was “Invisible Friends” and Stephanie has kindly given us permission to reproduce her entry here, on our blog. Thank you Stephanie.

There are photos Stephanie receiving her Award in the Gallery under Literary Arts.

Invisible Friends

Helmut and his Alsatian storm through technicolour German woodland. Ocean_Dreamster buries her toes in the sand taking picture after picture of the Florida coastline with its streaky sunsets and lonely heron. Makisumi Crafts hones centuries of Japanese tradition. Mister Hangman dips his brush in blood.

And I upload my paintings in groups of three.

Crocodile-Dundee has fallen in love with a bearded dragon with a lazy eye. PediCure draws the underside of his foot. Richandkitsch has assembled seven plastic pandas in height order. Celebrity.cook has backlit seven poached pears. Pedro_el_perro is cavorting with his fellow beagles on a Malaga beach. Turkey-to-go offers a glass of wine on a hotel terrace overlooking a panoramic vista of Cappadocian rock formations.

I have uploaded nothing today. I keep staring at the canvas.

Ocean_Dreamster gives a tour of The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in 40 photographs. MicrolabSW is swimming in an intricate, seaweed-sprawling assemblage of polyelectrolyte-capped gold nanoparticles. Makisumi Crafts folds 1000 paper cranes for a wedding. Mister Hangman blurs his mustard-coloured still life of thistles. Richandkitsch finds two mustard-coloured teddies having tea.

Three more go up. Six likes. I smile despite myself.

Turkey-to-go posts Hagia Sophia Museum with Byzantine towers like rockets reaching up to a red and pink sky. Crocodile-Dundee meets a kangaroo on his way home from the office. Helmut and his Alsatian are on the road underneath a brooding Leipzig sky. Luccadeluxe has put a box on her head and is posing beside a Cubist nude in a dimly-lit Iranian art gallery. Pedro_el_perro is inside a jumbo cereal packet.

The lump feels bigger today. She said it could be a cyst.

Makisumi Crafts creates a Japanese thread ball in gold and silver. Ocean_Dreamster draws her fingers through the soft fur of a cat luxuriating in the sun beside an overgrown cactus in the garden of The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum - it takes 14 pictures and a video to express its full beauty. Mister Hangman finds beauty in the rotten flesh of a fallen peach. Crocodile-Dundee is having a beer.

I shouldn’t drink so much wine. It could be a factor.

MicrolabSW’s Lucinda is synthesizing functional microgel in a test-tube. Richandkitsch has made a three-tiered, multi-coloured jelly. Luccadeluxe is pasty white with a gash of red from her face to her toes against a wall of red and white zigzags. Turkey-to-go takes a balloon flight over the caves and rock-face churches of Cappadocia. Celebrity.cook takes an aerial shot of his pistachio shortbread with rose petals.

Three more paintings, wintry landscapes. This is what I will leave behind.

PediCure lovingly shades in the part where the big toe makes a valley with the next. Helmut can see his Alsatian reflected in a puddle. CarynCreative is back online with a new exhibition in Miami. Mister Hangman magnifies the frightened gaze of a small boy in a dark corner. Crocodile-Dundee is eyeballing an emu. Makisumi Crafts has a string art show in Tokyo. Richandkitsch is talking to Plastic_fantastic about a joint exhibition of toys from 1970s’ cereal packets.   

I am under the duvet. I will know on Monday. I must keep myself distracted.

CarynCreative has been interviewed for the Miami Herald. MicrolabSW’s image of supramolecular polymer vesicles looks like a giant sun. Celebrity.cook is making sunny-side-up eggs with shredded beetroot. Mister Hangman has painted a noose hanging from a bridge. Makisumi Crafts has made pendants from traditional string artworks. Turkey-to-go is praying to the Virgin Mary at the Sumela Monastery with its glittering cliff-face frescoes. Ocean_Dreamster is sitting in deep shade under a turtle-shaped cliff on Hutchinson Island. Pedro_el_perro is under his mistress’s duvet. Helmut’s Alsatian is resting his chin on Helmut’s black BMW motorbike. Nica-Svetlana, the Russian baby, pops up with multi-coloured hand prints. Swipe right for her footprints. PediCure is drawing the creases on the soles of his feet. Ocean_Dreamster is tracking an actual turtle. 21 images follow its progress to the sea. Richandkitsch has cut out and dressed three paper dolls from a 1968 Twinkle annual. Turkey-to-go offers lamb dumplings like three little parcels. Celebrity.cook has charred his beetroot stalks with lemon and parmesan. Ocean_Dreamster takes 42 pictures of pebbles. Mister Hangman has had an occult ram’s head tattoo. CarynCreative says Don’t Wait for the Perfect Moment Take the Moment and Make it Perfect. Crocodile-Dundee says Make That Another Tinnie #NewSouthAles. Richandkitsch has started an A-Z of knitted animals.  Luccadeluxe presents a time-lapse video of herself being painted gold. Ocean_Dreamster likes 48 of my paintings. The Makisumi Crafts team is suddenly on the streets having a party with drumming, bells and incense.

It is a cyst! I post two paintings and an inspirational message for all my invisible friends out there. I don’t know what I would do without you.

I unfollow Mister Hangman.

Creative Writing Course - Further Details a Literary Arts Blog

Posted on Sat 28th Jul 2018 @ 15:24. Contact: Mark for more information

Chapel Arts Open Art & Photography Show 2018 a Visual Arts and Crafts Blog

Posted on Fri 20th Jul 2018 @ 13:53. Contact: Val for more information

Chapel Arts - Chapel Open Arts Show 2018 - Call fo a Visual Arts and Crafts Blog

Posted on Fri 7th Sep 2018 @ 16:00. Contact: Val for more information

Chapel Arts - Open Art Show 2018

Friday 9 November (evening) - Sunday 11 November

Entries are welcomed for our annual open arts show 2018. Entries are encouraged in a wide variety of media. Please read the attached application for for more details of how to submit your entry. If you have further questions about submitting entries please contact Val at

*Chapel Arts values your privacy. By submitting an entry form you are giving permission for Chapel Arts to contact you about the Art Show, its organisation and its outcomes. Prior to the show your data will be held securely. After the Art Show closes your entry data will destroyed.

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