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Spirit of Frodsham

It's there but you can't see it.
It turns the blades of the windmills
above the roofs of the houses.

There it is, walking the sandstone trail
then returning down Middle Walk
to the sound of bells.

It conjures chandeliers from bare trees,
turns the branches outside the church
into a festival. It whispers to the toddler

wobbling at the top of the high slide:
you can do this. You pass a friend
in Eddisbury Square - it flashes

from one face to another. There it is,
glancing along the bar in the Bear's Paw,
or the Ring O'Bells, passed over the counter

in Morrisons or Cowards. And here
the children come, full of it, out of school.
This is a place where it grows,

it's been growing a long time. Froda,
by the Weaver, building a stockade
for his beasts, edging his rough patch

with a hem of safety, wrapping it round
his children. The first shopkeepers,
setting out stalls on their burgage plots,

and the farmers bringing carrots
on a Thursday, to a street that was wide
enough to give it room to breathe.

Keep it breathing, keep it shining.
It's an earth-heart, a hearth. It's ours.

 

This poem was commissioned by Mallie Poulton
during his mayoral year


Reproduced by kind permission of
Andrew Rudd

April 2017

rsz frosty morning in castle park


Images reproduced by kind permission of local artists

rsz 1castle park house helena mullholland watercolour pen nov 2017 1


Castle Park House, Helena Mullholland, Watercolour Pen Nov 2017

Castle Park House   Winter Christmas Scene (Bernice Barrett Brown)


Castle Park House, Winter Christmas Scene, (Bernice Barrett Brown)

Neill Binns Weaver Bridge


Neill Binns, Weaver Bridge

Old Hall   painted by Claudia Cockcroft


The Old Hall painted by Claudia Cockcroft

rsz lamp in castle park


Fratsum Alphabet

A is fer Axin’ fer summat tha’s not got
B is fer Borkin’, childer do it a lot
C is fer Clawpin thee butter on bread
D is fer Dancers, tha goz to bed
E is fer ‘Essole, tha sits rind at neet
F is fer Flummoxed, tha can’t get it reet
G is fer Gawliss – actin’ th’ fool
H is ne’er used, except when in school
I is fer Ikin’, like a kie wi’ its ern
J is fer Juft, can fair gie thee a turn
K is fer Kebbly, it rocks quate a bit
L is fer Lossack – tha does nowt but sit
M is fer Mard, it means ‘soft as muck’
N is fer Nonk tha gets fer givin’ owd buck
O is fer Occud – not seef on thee feet
P is fer Puthree, tha can fair feel thee feet
Q is fer Quayat – shurrup an be still
R is fer Rammy, ne’er ‘as a swill
S is fer Slotherin’ thee feet on th’ flewer
T is fer Torm, that’s when tha faws o’er
U is fer Unyun, that likes boilt in a pot
V is fer Varmint, a mace or a rot
W is fer Weeges, when tha gets thee dosh
X is fer Hexlunt, when tha tries t’ talk posh
Y is fer Yoskin’ – can put thee t’ bed
Z if fer Zonk, means a clite ‘rind thee yed

This poem was kindly sent to the Frodsham Neighbourhood Plan by Martin Sadler.
His grandmother who lived in Five Crosses, Overton, used to recite it to him when he was a child.

Images reproduced by kind permission of local artists

Acrylic Painting by John Gallon (Main Street 2018)


Acrylic Painting by John Gallon (Main Street 2018)

Castle Park Arts Centre   watercolour by Brandom


Castle Park Arts Centre, watercolour by Roland Brandom

Castle Park House Watercolour by Bernice Barratt Brown

Castle Park House Watercolour by Bernice Barratt Brown

Neill Binns   Delamere at Sunset (2)


Neill Binns, Delamere at Sunset

St Laurence Church   watercolour by Anne Bonner


St Laurence Church watercolour by Anne Bonner

Thatched Cottages   painted by Derrill Walker


Thatched Cottages painted by Derrill Walker