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July 18th 2011

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The most work has been around the cafe and the Boar war statue you wouldn't believe the difference to the area in a few short days.

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The lions have returned back to the original position from years ago as they have for many years been to high.

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The side of the cafe has been landscaped over looking the woodland walk.

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This is the view from the cafe veranda looking out onto the lake

 

5the June 2011

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Inside the new cafe the situation is similar with the doors going on and minor work inside to finish off.

The cafe is different in that once its finished it still cant open as the building will be finished but the new

management will then need to install the kitchen equipment  before it can open.

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It does look nice an bright inside with all the windows letting the sun in.

 

 

 

24th April 2011

 

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The cafe roof is now all but finished and the scaffolding is slowly coming down and the fence is going up for the veranda on the lake side both these projects are due to finish in May

 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Name the new Cafe

 
With work well underway on the new cafeteria pavilion in Queens Park, the Chronicle would like to offer readers a chance to name the building, which is to replace the 34-year-old Jubilee Cafeteria.

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The impressive timber structure is now in place and the design will enable users to view the internal timbers when using the new facility.

 

The wall materials, on both the cafe and games pavilion, have been carefully chosen to match the sandstone on the two lodges located at the park’s main entrance, where possible.

 

Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, said: “Queens Park, as the name implies, has many royal connections with a history to suit. Readers may wish to name it after a royal event, maybe one that is taking place this year or even a past occasion.

 

“The details of the winners will be engraved on a plaque within the building and they will also be invited to be the first people to enjoy a meal in the new facility, together with up to five of their friends and family.”

 

Readers are also invited to suggest ideas for what items they consider should go into a time capsule, which will be buried in the park grounds. Those with the winning suggestions will receive a voucher for coffee or tea and cake for two at the cafe.

 

Councillor Roy Cartlidge, ward member for Crewe West, said: “This is a quality facility which will be the hub of activities within Queens Park and a focal meeting point for many years to come.

 

“We obviously can’t keep referring to it as the new pavilion and so would welcome readers’ ideas. The idea for the time capsules is a fun one which will provide much enjoyment when it is unveiled in years to come.”

 

Queens Park, once renowned as one of the finest parks in the North West, is undergoing a �6.5m transformation to bring it back to its former glory. The Heritage Lottery Fund is providing a �2.7m support grant with the rest of the investment coming from Cheshire East Council.

 

Within the park’s 45 acres are walkways, trees, shrubs, planting, children’s play area, crown green bowling, putting, boating lake (currently drained for construction works), grassed areas, memorials and cafeteria.

 

For more information on the Queens Park restoration project, visit the Queens Park web pages at: www.queensparkcrewe.com or www.cheshireeast.gov.uk – then click on ‘leisure, culture and tourism’, then follow links to the park pages.    

 

Those without online access can request a paper copy from Queens Park manager Elaine Dodd, on 01270 537896.

 

SEND YOUR ENTRIES TO:

 

Suggested capsule items can be sent on a postcard to:

 

Elaine Dodd, Pym’s Lane Depot, Pym’s Lane, Crewe, CW1 3PJ.

 

Entries to be received no later than Friday, March 18.

 

Don’t forget to include your name, address, daytime telephone number and email address if you have one.

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This week has seen the new steps go in and part of the roof going on

 

Sunday, February 27, 2011

 

 
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The cafe you can just see the bricks on the front triangles but there is still so much scaffolding that its hard to see but once again the flowers brighten the place up

 

 

February 12 2011

 

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The cafe mean while is going more and more pink as more roofing goes on in a nice pink colour

 

Jan 29th 2011

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The cafe has had lots of glass put into the roof and really taking shape at last once the roof is on the weather wont effect the work so bad. With all that glass its will be nice and bright inside.

 

23 January 2011

 

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The cafe is also getting its roof put on and the glass windows at the top can be seen going in.

 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A new year begins

 
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After the snow and ice and the break for new year work is slowly getting started again with the cafe roof boards starting to go on.

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From across the lake you can now see the cafe emerging from the trees. Picture taken with a Finepix HS10 with a 30x optical zoom from the golf coarse.


The Jubilee Pavilion

December 5th 2010

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Work has been hampered all week with snow and ice but they have managed to do some more woodwork on the cafe with the centre roof going into place slowly.

 

November 20th 2010

 

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The Cafe work has mostly been on the west side roof getting the beams in place.

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You can now start to see the view the cafe will present on the horizon taken from the lake

 

Park development rises to the occasion  20th November 2010

 
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The new cafeteria at Queens Park has reached a milestone – with the impressive timber structure soaring into place.

A specialist company has been involved in installing the timbers due to their size, weight and complex fixing arrangement. The design will enable users to view the internal timbers when inside the new building.

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The wall materials, on both the caf� and games pavilion, have been carefully chosen to match, where possible, the sandstone on the two lodges located at the Crewe park’s main entrance. The dark-red St Bees sandstone is the same as that which forms the sea cliffs of St Bees Head, near Whitehaven, in Cumbria.

Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, said: “The pace this building is going up is satisfying to see. But the really great thing is that you can now visualise what it will finally look like once completed and see the scale of the new facility.”

Work on the project began in July. It is hoped the construction will be completed by February.

Crewe West ward member Councillor Robert Parker said: “I am delighted with the building work on the new cafeteria. The attention to detail is particularly inspiring and I feel, once the whole restoration project is finally complete, Queens Park will be a major tourist attraction in the North West and a magnet for visitors to Crewe.”

Queens Park was renowned as one of the finest parks in the North West. It is undergoing a �6.5m transformation to bring it back to its former glory. The Heritage Lottery Fund is providing a �2.7m support grant with the rest of the investment coming from Cheshire East Council.

Within the park’s 45 acres are walkways, trees, shrubs, planting, children’s play area, crown green bowling, putting, boating lake (currently drained for construction works), grassed areas, memorials and cafeteria.

For more information on the Queens Park restoration project visit the Queens Park web pages at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk – then click on ‘leisure, culture and tourism’ and follow links to the park pages.

If you don’t have online access, you can request a paper copy from Queens Park manager Elaine Dodd, on 01270 537896.

 

13th November 2010

 

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The cafe wood work is progressing but its a big job like a giant jigsaw but a lot of the beams are in and you can see the structure taking place

November 5th

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Most of the work on the cafe has been around getting the wooden beams in place. Its a complicated structure and the crane has been here all week off and on lifting the beams into place each beam cost about �1,00.

 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

October in the Park

 
The main work you can see has been the cafe getting the wooden post put in place with a crane being on site most of the week. You can now begin to see the structure of the wood at last

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Park Meeting

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This week we had the Friends meeting which was postponed from July and details can be found on the Friends of Queens park page

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A lot of work has happened around the Cafe this week. The new steel work arrived and was put in place with a crane

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As you can see the cafe is now taking shape  with the basic walls and steel work in place you can appreciate the size of it now 

 

 

4th Spetember 2010

The cafe is beginning to take shape  as the wall near the lake is being built up

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28th August 2010

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The Cafe now has the floor in and a few bricks

August 20th 2010

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All go this week as a crane was on site putting up steel work for the Cafe

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You can now start to see something happening with the cafe as it slowly starts to take shape

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

 

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The main work on the cafe is the old flower beds at the back has been removed and new foundation are being installed. It has involved moving a lot of soil from the raised flower beds so the foundation could be laid

6th August

The Cafe the first layer of bricks is going down at a rate of knots so we can see things moving once more

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Cafes last Days

 

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The Cafe saw its last this week The roof tiles were removed in the week and by Thursday (above) they were removing the roof

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Pavilion Design

 

The new pavilion design is finalized and presented here. Work will start around Easter

 time on the new pavilion which is highly energy efficient and can be divided into areas

so it can be used for small groups

It is designed to mimic the main entrance which has a lodge each side and the tower in the middle.

 The pavilion has the same two structures and the war memorial in the middle. Being mostly glass

 it will give a great view through it onto the lake

The Boer war statue will be restored and the base will be dug out as the original footing are still there.

 This will mean people can then read the names of the fallen.

What is interesting is there will be guns brought back like the original inn the picture above.

 But it will be interesting to see what we get the was a lot of controversial talk about the guns

as at the time the guns used were not the type used in the Boer war and a lot of complaints

 were voiced at the time. So will we get Boer war guns or just old ones we will ask at the next meeting

 

 



The Cafeteria standing behind the Memorial is aptly named the Jubilee Cafeteria to commemorate the Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, being officially opened on 12th June 1977.

This modem structure along with the bandstand was built to replace the Victorian Pavilion which unfortunately had burnt down. The front page of Crewe Chronicle told the sorry tale about the original Pavilion on Thursday 4th January 1973 with the following report. A Senior Fire Officer told the Chronicle that possibly an electrical fault was the cause of the fire, early on Friday morning, 29th December 1972, that had destroyed the Park Pavilion.
To make matters worse, it seems that water mains had been fractured by frost and, although firemen pumped water from the lake, it was to no avail and by the grey light of dawn very little was left of the 1887 Pavilion.


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Pavilion and statue 1963 Continuing along Central Drive, built for horse drawn carriages, the South African Memorial stands impressively in front of the Pavilion. Flanked by a sloping bedding display the statue is 31ft high and made of Labrador and Aberdeen Grey granite. Topped by the life-like figure of Tommy Atkins. The north facing side is the only place where the former Arms of the Borough with the moto "Never Behind" can still be seen.
The Copper bronze plaques on the four sides of the monument give the names of the railway volunteers who served in the Boer War (1899 - 1902). Crewe can quite rightly feel proud that through the railway volunteers they were able to send more men to the Boer War than any other town in England or Wales of comparable size.

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The pavilion 1904 from across the lake



1910 the pavilion and the war memorial which was unveiled in 1903 the pavilion was burnt down by arsonist in 1970


The result of the fire December 29th 1972 and the pavilion burnt down

Children playing out side the original pavilion

Queens park Cafe Queens Park Cafe taken 7/10/2008 taken from the lake