Silhouettes exhibition commemorates Churchill

As part of their commemorations to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill, the Friends of Handforth Station are hosting a "Silhouettes" exhibition.

In partnership with Age UK Cheshire East's Men in Sheds Project, "Silhouettes" features three memorable silhouettes of the war time Prime Minister.

Mike Bishop, Chair of the Friends of Handforth Station said. "Following our critically acclaimed commemoration of the first world war last year, for which we have been short listed for two national awards, we believe these commemorations of Churchill will similarly appeal to all ages in the community. For the first we are particularly pleased to work with another new partner, the Men in Sheds Project."

Silhouettes have been created by members of the Men in Sheds Project which is based in Macclesfield and run for men over 50yrs. It is a place where they can meet up for social, practical or cultural activities. Based around the garden shed and set up for woodworking activities the men can make, mend, paint or be creative in any way they wish. There is support from staff and volunteers to enable a quality project to be produced with the professional equipment they have in the workshop.

The events at Handforth Station also publicise the Churchill Travelling Fellowships, which were set up as a permanent national memorial and living legacy following Churchill's death. The Trust was created in 1965 and since then has given grants to thousands of people enabling them to travel and study their chosen subject abroad, then return to the UK and use their new-found knowledge to the benefit of the country.

Last week the Friends of Handforth Station had an exhibition of Travelling Fellowships on display at the station which showcases Trust fellows from the North West – each in 50 words. This travelling display is currently at Handforth library and after that to local Handforth primary schools, before continuing to Manchester Central Library.

Photo: Local resident John Lowe - designer and fabricator of the Silhouettes with SHED and James Mander, member of FoHS Arts group. Photo by Malcolm Spence.

Friends of Handforth Station, Handforth Station