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Congleton 750 Celebration

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:

Heraldic Flags

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.

Heraldic Flag Workshops

These will be open to the public to observe the flags in production, find out about the heraldic tradition and enjoy an exhibition on the history of Congleton since 1272. Young children will  have the opportunity to get creative by designing their own mini heraldic shield to take home. Workshops will take place in St John’s Community Centre, Bromley Farm Community Centre, St Mary’s Church Hall, Chappell Centre and the Electric Picture House, all from 10am to 3pm. Everyone is welcome to come and get involved in the project and find out about all the activities for 2022. For further information contact: jo@congletoncommunityprojects.org electricpicturehouse@gmail.com or mobile 07833742200.

Congleton Community Projects and The Electric Picture House will be creating, designing and decorating 80 beautiful heraldic flags to be displayed throughout the town centre in 2022. They are looking for volunteer artists who would like to take part in the design and painting processes. Ten workshops in community centres around the town are planned for Saturdays from the end of September through to December.

The first of many community workshops!

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.

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.

Medieval Banquet

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.

Get involved

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.

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Please note

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.

We will keep you informed with regular updates on online. Keep an eye on this webpage as more activities and events are added to the celebrations.

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