It’s not long now until Congleton comes together to celebrate its 750th birthday!
A full calendar of events is shaping up for 2022 to mark the 750th anniversary of the town gaining its charter. Granted by Henry de Lacy in 1272, the charter enabled Congleton to hold fairs and markets and elect a mayor and ale taster!
This is a great chance to bring the people of Congleton together to celebrate our town, its history and all the many things that are special about Congleton. It will hopefully offer an opportunity for the town to come back together after months of social distancing and cancelled events.
Next year, the celebrations will open with a real medieval feel, proposed activities include:
Town centre buildings will be adorned with heraldic flags during the summer months and Mountbatten Way will be decorated with colour as heraldic banners fly high.
The Thirteenth Century was a golden age of heraldry and we’re planning to observe heraldic tradition. Bright strong colours will be used along with the Henry De Lacy colours of purple and gold. The town centre flags will be purely symbolic without words or numbers, they will be very pertinent to Congleton, using a modern twist which reflects the market town.
Local businesses are welcome to be a real part of it, as the flags and banners will be available to sponsor. We’ll be developing a trail for people to discover the flags and the businesses they represent, which thousands of visitors will come to follow and enjoy.
If you fancy wielding a paintbrush, look out for flag making workshops, hosted by Congleton Community Projects. A great opportunity to learn more about heraldry and assist with the design and production.
Town Centre Entertainment
Shoppers will be treated to performances of music, art or street theatre with a medieval theme. Monthly entertainment will be held in the town centre from April – October as part of the year-long celebrations.
Community competition for a Catchpole(s) and Ale Taster(s)
These are two of the roles that the Charter gave the town permission to appoint. They will be ceremonial roles with no powers or pay, but just to add to the fun and sense of occasion of 2022. Traditional costume will be compulsory! Watch this space…
Week-long schools and public showcase event in the Town Hall
Plans to hold a living theatre event for schools and the public in the Town Hall are being developed. School children and adults alike can learn more about medieval times and experience what life was like in Congleton in 1272.
100 Important Items for Congleton
Congleton Museum is intending to produce a new history book, based around 100 objects which have a particular resonance with aspects of the town’s history. The museum has already received several suggestions as to what might be included and are keen to hear what you think is important.
Medieval Festival Day in the Park
Envisage a special festival day with medieval acts – jousting, long bow archery, costumes, jesters, music, food and drink and side stalls.
Plans are afoot for a hearty feast fit for a king and queen washed down with vast quantities of ale. The Town Hall will be beautifully dressed in medieval splendor for the occasion.
Congleton Community Projects and Congleton Town Council are busy behind the scenes developing exciting events for residents and visitors to enjoy in 2022. But we are keen to hear from more local groups, organisations, businesses, schools and residents who are interested in adding an event to the programme.
- Jo Money, Congleton Community Projects. Email: email@example.com or call: 07833 742200.
- Congleton Town Council. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 01260 270350.
- For sponsorship enquiries please contact Congleton Town Council.
Event postponements and cancellations due to a change in COVID-19 regulations may occur. We will be following government guidance to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors at all times.
The programme of events is provisional and subject to change. The final line-up will be confirmed closer to the time.