Obituary for Janice Kay “Jan” Delaney
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2nd November 201526th May 2016

Obituary for Janice Kay “Jan” Delaney

Obituary for Janice Kay “Jan” Delaney Janice Kay “Jan” Delaney was born July 8, 1941 at Flora, Illinois. She was the eldest of four children born to Robert Francis Delaney and Helen Gladys Boze. Jan received her education at Flora, where she graduated from high school in 1959. She continued her schooling at the McKendree...

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12th June 201526th May 2016

Acknowledgements

Lesley Savage Martin Sykes David Mountain Alan Weeks Jane Williams Pam & Martin Mincher John & Dorothy Kent Dave & Chris Copeland Alan Allmark George Timbey Jane Price Brian Radcliffe Chris Bowers Roger Wilkinson Dave Perry & Suze Goring Geoffrey Fisher Vincent Smith Peter Durnall Ray Perry Glassball

Schools of Rudyard
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23rd January 201526th May 2016

Schools of Rudyard

Horton St Michael’s is a small rural village First School set in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands, close to Leek.  It currently has 82 pupils on roll, from a varied catchment of mixed socio-economic groups, largely consisting of a farming community, drawing on the two villages of Horton and Rudyard.  Increasingly, pupils are attracted from further afield from...

The African Blondin
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23rd January 201526th May 2016

The African Blondin

In September 1864 Carlos Trower, an Afro-American tight rope walker who called himself ‘The African Blondin’ was engaged by the North Staffordshire Railway to walk across the lake on a rope suspended some hundred feet above the water.  This was the first major event organised by the NSR.  Special trains were run from nearby towns and...

Rudyard Kipling
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23rd January 201526th May 2016

Rudyard Kipling

The famous author Rudyard Kipling owes his name to Rudyard Lake.  His father John Lockwood Kipling was working in Burslem and met Alice MacDonald in 1863 and courted her at Rudyard Lake in Rudyard, Staffordshire.  Alice was one of the Macdonald sisters, talented beauties, four of whom married remarkable men:  Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Sir Edward Poynter,...

History of the Dam
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23rd January 201526th May 2016

History of the Dam

  The Dam was designed by John Rennie and construction started in 1797 with Hugh Henshall as resident engineer.   Shortly after the Dam was completed, cracks were found at its ends necessitating the Dam to be extended with wings at each end to reinforce the structure.  The Dam incorporates a ‘spillway’ which determines the...

Trip Boat
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23rd January 20159th June 2016

Trip Boat

Our trip boat ‘Honey’ is from HMS Obdurate and was built in 1942.  She is run and lovingly maintained by volunteers who give up their time every weekend to ensure that visitors are able to enjoy a trip around the lake with ‘Captain Ray’ providing a live commentary. ‘Honey’ can accommodate up to twelve people...

Lake Users
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23rd January 201526th May 2016

Lake Users

For its first fifty or so years the reservoir must have been a tranquil place with perhaps just a few local landowners and a small number of people walking to the lake from local villages and towns. With the arrival of the North Staffs Railway in 1849 the future of Rudyard reservoir was changed since the...

Walking
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23rd January 201526th May 2016

Walking

Rudyard lies in the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands and provides walkers with many opportunities, including a brief stroll along the shore and a walk all the way round the lake.  Convenient car parking is provided, much of it free! The walk around the lake is about five miles long and divides into two parts. The west side of the...

Fishing
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23rd January 201526th May 2016

Fishing

photo of a Pike caught on Saturday 12th March by Sebastian  Kondratowicz 27lb Pike The North Staffordshire Railway, always looking towards increasing passenger traffic, saw the potential for offering fishing at Rudyard Lake and first introduced a stock of fish in the 1860’s.   Day fishing permits were advertised as being obtainable from all station masters en...

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