Leigh Spinners Mill is a fascinating place, the history of which is being saved from extinction by 50 volunteers. It houses still the two massive steam engines which always powered the mill. Named the “Mayor” and “Mayoress” they gleam, green and impressive at the base of the engine hall, a tribute to the dedication of the team of restorers. It is also becoming a vibrant centre for the local community and for the next month, a super home for the L&CPU annual exhibition.

This afternoon the lofty engine hall and its resident green monsters formed a backdrop to the presentation of certificates and medals earned in the L&CPU competitions this year. Crewe members know that we did well as a team in the club competitions and that Ian Whiston was the winner in the PDI Nature section of the Individuals Competition and Ian was with me to receive his awards. He is seen above with the L&CPU President Ian Aldcroft.

The Individuals’ competition had over 1,000 prints and 2,400 PDI entries and some 150 of the best prints can be seen in the exhibition in another part of the building. Featuring work by members Wallace Baxter, Ray Hill and Kath Hill it looks really splendid and a tribute to the careful crafting of the authors.

PAGB awards were also made to L&CPU Club members who had gained APMs this year. These are the CPAGB, DPAGB and MPAGB awards which are made by assessing work that you submit at the two or three occasions during the year. The L&CPU run a mentoring scheme to help you to choose the work you submit and this process, organised by Christine Widdall, has seen a  100% success rate from candidates in recent assessments.

You can look at the Mill here. Don’t be alarmed by the fact that the website says that it is only open for two hours per week! That is just for guided visits to view the engines etc, the community centre, where you will find the exhibition, is open from 9am until 5pm every day of the week.