UK puts forward Jodrell Bank Observatory as 2019 World Heritage nomination

Congratulations to Teresa Anderson and all her team – Jodrell Bank Observatory has been chosen as the UK’s nomination for World Heritage site status in 2019, Heritage Minister Michael Ellis announced today.


The Observatory, part of the University of Manchester, is home to the Grade I Listed Lovell Telescope and is a site of global importance in the history of radio astronomy.  Founded in 1945, it is the earliest radio astronomy observatory in the world still in existence and pioneered the exploration of the universe using radio waves. (Photo credit: Anthony Holloway, whose stunning photos were used in the submission. Click to enlarge)

The UK currently has 31 World Heritage Sites, with The Lake District having been inscribed in 2017.  In order to be inscribed as a World Heritage Site, nominations must show that they possess Outstanding Universal Value, which transcends borders.

(As of July 2017, 1,073 sites are listed: 832 cultural, 206 natural, and 35 mixed properties, in 167 states.[4][5] The Table of World Heritage Sites by country lists Italy as the home for the largest number of sites with 53, followed by China (52), Spain (46), France (43), Germany (42), India (36), Mexico (34) and United Kingdom and British Overseas Territories (31).)

The nomination will now be formally assessed by the International Council of Sites and Monuments before the World Heritage Committee decides whether it will join the likes of The Great Barrier Reef, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China as a designated World Heritage Site.

Jodrell Bank is the only site in the world that includes evidence of every stage of the post-1945 development of radio astronomy. As well as the Lovell Telescope, it also includes the Grade I Listed Mark II Telescope and the Park Royal building, which was the control room for the Transit Telescope, whose detection of radio waves from the Andromeda Galaxy confirmed that the Universe extends beyond our own galaxy.

Michael Ellis, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, said: “Jodrell Bank played a central role in transforming our understanding of the Universe and is therefore a site of global importance.  The nomination process for UNESCO is rightly thorough but I believe Jodrell Bank deserves to be recognised.  The diverse heritage of the UK is world renowned and the observatory would be a worthy addition to our list of World Heritage Sites.”

Professor Teresa Anderson, Director of Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre said:  “The Jodrell Bank Observatory, and Lovell Telescope in particular, have become icons of science and engineering around the world and we’re delighted to reach this milestone. We have been preparing the case for nomination for inclusion of Jodrell Bank on the World Heritage list for several years now and we look forward to showcasing its rich scientific heritage on the international stage.”

Professor Tim O’Brien, Associate Director of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, said:  “Jodrell Bank really is an iconic site and institution, not just here in the northwest of England but to people around the world.  It is the one remaining site, worldwide which has been a working observatory from the very first days of radio astronomy to the present day. It’s important that we protect its rich heritage as we celebrate its current and future work.”

Last year the Government announced it will award £4 million to Jodrell Bank to help fund its new interpretation centre project, promoting the historically significant scientific work.

Saltersford Corner closed for 2 weekends

Saturday 3rd/Sun 4th February 2018 and Saturday 10th/Sun 11th February 2018.  3am Saturday to 5.30am Monday.

A535 Macclesfield Road:  Saltersford Corner, at the junction of Manor Lane, will be closed for the next two weekends so that the roundabout can be constructed.

If you have any enquiries relating to the works please contact Blue Arrow on telephone number 01928 751761.


M6 overnight closures this week

“Smart” motorway – The following M6 overnight closures are planned this week, from 9pm to 6am:
• Monday, January 29, junctions 17 to 16 southbound

• Tuesday, January 30, junctions 16 to 17 northbound

• Wednesday, January 31, junctions 19 to 18 southbound

• Thursday, February 1, junctions 18 to 19 northbound

• Friday, February 2, junctions 19 to 18 southbound

• Saturday, February 3, junctions 18 to 19 northbound

• Sunday, February 4, junctions 17 to 16 southbound

Brereton Hall plans for hotel withdrawn

The planning application to change the use of Brereton Hall from a private home into a wedding/conference centre with 12 bedroom hotel has been withdrawn.  There had been substantial opposition locally as well as from Fiona Bruce MP.  The EA had suggested refusal over its worries for the local water vole population as the proposals also involve constructing a new access road.

A local resident had said, “This is our Parish’s ‘Jewel in the crown’, one of the last few restored privately owned grand houses with a Grade 1 listing within Cheshire East”.      Link to Brereton Life webpage.

Link to planning application/CEC


Tithe maps

Thought you might find it interesting to see the comparisons in Tithe Maps online:

(click to enlarge)


Bluedot18 initial line up announced

Bluedot18 Thursday 19th July added to 20-21-22 July 2018

Link to Bluedot website for tickets and information: Bluedot Festival 2018

(in the past local residents have been granted a discount, available from the Discovery Centre)

Bluedot18 lineup

Bluedot18 Halle + Blue Planet

Goostrey FoGS win award

Goostrey FoGS win award

Congratulations to all involved in Friends of Goostrey Station (FoGS) for winning The Diversity Award; the award for involving people with different cultures, abilities and backgrounds.


Frodsham was the overall winner.  Cheshire is unique in that it is the only county to have a Best Kept Stations award.  Their aims are :

To promote, publicise and encourage community involvement to improve railway stations by holding an annual competition, and by other means, to find the Best Kept Station in Cheshire and other examples of good practice
To hold an annual event to support this aim by recognising and publicising such activities by giving Awards and to promote these stations and the railway industry in Cheshire.
To encourage community involvement and recognition of the significance of their railway stations, particularly by young persons, through conservation, environmental projects and associated education, artworks, at the stations and their environs.
To work in partnership with the railway industry, Local Authorities, Parish and Town Councils and other relevant stakeholders to achieve these aims.

Well done Goostrey…..and don’t forget FoGS are always looking for more volunteers.  Working party mornings are on second Sundays.