VillageArena

History and mystery night

Home » News » History and mystery night
Jeffrey Minshull & Mary Fitton
History & Mystery Night
HIstory & Mystery 010

Over 50 people attended the first Church Minshull History & Mystery evening. Starting at the village hall with hot soup, cheeses and pate, the group were introduced to 'Mab', a fabled witch who allegedly placed a curse on the Landed families of Church Minshull.

The story of these curses moved across the road and continued in a darkened and moody church where the group were taken back a few hundred years to meet the tragic Jeffrey Minshull and his one time sister-in-law, the ghostly Mary Fitton, a woman of dubious repute and even lower virtues. 'Mab' also reappeared in the church balcony to remind everyone that her 'hex' was not yet finished. Outside, at the tomb of Thomas Brooke, the group learned of even more tales of the unexpected, before returning indoors to see 10 year old Frances Rebecca Sandford, born in 1846, daughter of Reverend George Sandford, talk of how her father, a keen historian, made copious records of Church Minshull and also of her departed sister Alice Mary, buried in the churchyard.

History & Mystery Night

Next stop on the mystery walk was to the banks of the River Weaver and the story of the 'red scarfed' suicide from the river bridge, before returning to the rear of the Badger Inn for the trial of two miscreants, caught by a 19th century bobby. This is where an old tradition was revived for the first time in 100 years. In these bygone days, visitors to Church Minshull were always offered 'Rosemary' biscuits by the local villagers, as a gesture of welcome and good wishes; so the audience were treated with the same offerings, as thank you for supporting the event.

This was a CM Vision event written and produced by John Headon, based on an original idea by Kerry Bannon. Many thanks go out to all the cast, the helpers and most of all to the ticket buyers, for making it such a great event.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Five gold rings
Arena Webteam: Thu 23 Nov 8:00am

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me.... five gold rings!Who wouldn't be delighted to receive such a gift? Did you know that the world's most expensive engagement ring was given to Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Burton. This dazzling ring is encrusted with a diamond that weighs 33.19 carats and was sold at an auction by Christie's in December 2011 to an Asian collector...

christmas fayre pic pub
Arena Webteam: Tue 14 Nov 12:32pm

Our Annual Christmas Fair at St Bart's Church, Church Minshull will take place on Saturday 25th November 2017- Doors Open at 2pmThe Stalls include: Bric — a — brac, Good as New, 2nd Hand Books, Craft Stall and featuring a TOMBOLAand as always...

Community Grants
Meikle Carss: Tue 14 Nov

What's the offer?Each year, Church Minshull Parish Council makes a budget provision of funds that may be used to provide financial assistance for community improvements and activities. Although the financial value of such assistance is generally small — usually no more than a few hundred pounds — this can make a tremendous difference locally. These small grants have previously helped to...