Baguley Hall's American connection

Baguley Hall was recently visited by Jon Blind, a deputy from the Pierce County Sheriff's department in Washington state, 30 miles south of Seattle. Jon is a Marine Corps veteran and says he has always had a sense of service to others.

Jon tells his story after discovering, through an online ancestry service, that his 18th great grandfather, Sir William de Baguley, had built Baguley Hall.

"After a visit to Ellis Island in New York, I started wondering about my heritage more. I assumed I had Swedish (Swanson was my mother’s maiden name) and German (Lawver) in my DNA, and that's all I knew.

"Following a DNA test, my heritage was shown to be 87% British, so I had to figure out why.

"I spent over 80 hours writing down each link, verifying it with documentation via birth and baptism records from the family tree data.

"I found the Bigelows in my tree on the American side. I had a Revolutionary war soldier, but before that there were Bigelows that served in the King's army in the colonies."

The name Bigelow was a transformation from the original name of Baguley. John Baguley moved to the colonies during the British Civil War and changed his surname to Bigelow.


Verastar goes green with business electricity

Northenden-based utilities and telecoms specialist Verastar has made the switch to green electricity. As of 1 September 2018, 100% of its electricity comes from renewable energy sources, which makes business electricity from its brands kinex and Clear Business, green and clean.

Recent research from USwitch in August, showed that 1 in 4 people think that green tariffs are more expensive. Verastar is working on dispelling that myth by giving green and clean energy to its customers as no extra cost to the usual tariff.

The switch forms part of a business focus for Verastar to sustain and protect the environment, through reducing the carbon footprint of its customer base of more than 90,000 small businesses. This same month, news has broken that the cost of power generation from gas has spiked above coal – which could see other operators revert to coal plant generation.

On the switch, CEO Chris Earle (pictured) says: "The switch to green was an easy decision for us to make as a business. Our customer base covers a wide range of sectors, from health and beauty to farming, and no matter what industry they’re in they'll now be reducing their carbon footprint which is a really positive step."

Verastar, through brands kinex and Clear Business, provides telecoms, broadband, mobile, energy and water services on a unique one bill solution.


The new emergency department at Wythenshawe Hospital

The £17 million emergency department (ED) expansion of Wythenshawe Hospital, which will significantly enhance patient experience and care, has been designed to improve the patient environment with larger colour-coded treatment rooms and cubicles, as well as more comfortable facilities for patients and their families from across south Manchester and Trafford.

The two-storey building will also house two additional resuscitation bays, two new X-ray rooms and the children’s emergency department will be improved and expanded – as part of further redevelopment work.

Improvements in this first stage include 25 new majors cubicles for patients with more serious injuries, plus a new reception and waiting area with improved triage and ambulance bays. There will also be two dedicated rooms for mental health patients and three new staff bases.

ED Matron Joanna Jarvis commented; "Designed with the patient at its centre, this new development will ensure that our clinical teams can deliver enhanced, high quality, emergency treatment in an improved environment, with state-of-the-art facilities."

This major expansion project is being delivered in three phases. The second phase is an internal refurbishment to the existing department to provide a new resuscitation area, Children’s Emergency Department and X-ray facilities, which is set to be completed in late 2018. The third phase concentrates on refurbishment works to provide relative’s facilities, offices and seminar rooms, due to finish in early 2019.


A successful season start for Wythenshawe Rugby

Wythenshawe Community Rugby Union Club made a flying start to their first ever league campaign, winning each of their first six games to leave them top of the league with maximum points, and the only team to remain unbeaten.

With wins over Heaton Moor (52-19), Bury (69-3) and Oldham (56-27), Wythenshawe are making their mark in the Sale Sharks Division 5 east. "Team morale remains high" according to club president Dave Birchenall, “but we appreciate that there is still a long way to go and we must focus on each game.

"We set ourselves some very high standards pre-season and to sit on top of the league is a credit to the hard training put in under the guidance of the experienced head coach Piat. The boys have responded well and given all he has asked."


'In The News' Win Northenden Boat Race 2018

In the News sailed to victory, despite tough weather conditions in this year’s Northenden Boat Race.

The victorious boat, crewed by boat race newbies Dom Bond and James Nightingale, managed a credible 14 minutes 45 seconds to take first place.

Last year’s winners Shaun Boater came in second at 15 minutes 32 seconds, and third place Hey! Boat Down! at 16 minutes 15 seconds. The canoe race was won by Dave Metcalfe and Geoff Paley in Wendy Wishes with a time of 15 minutes 5 seconds.

More than 30 boats entered this year, racing from Simon’s Bridge at Didsbury to the Tatton Arms bridge, Northenden.

Race winners Dom and James say they will be back next year to defend their title: "We are very pleased to have won in our first year competing, and glad to be raising money for a good cause. We’ll be back next year prepared for a tough showing!"

The very first boat race was between two friends, Andy Cameron and Mark Chapman. As with most stories it started in the pub, as a challenge. It took place just after the turn of the century in the middle of a torrential downpour; the result being a closely guarded secret! It wasn't until 2006 that the race took shape as a formal event. 

The boat race raises money each year for The Christie and as Andy says: "It's a nice event that brings the Northenden community together. We are all very proud to be involved in organising the race and there are many unsung heroes behind the scenes all working hard, doing their bit to make it a success on the day."

The final total raised for The Christie will be calculated after the presentation evening at the Crown Inn, Northenden on 27 October, and will be published in our next issue.


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