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News Archive 2005


On-line Shopping - Development In Progress (29th December 2005)
Development of our online shopping service is in full swing. Once fully operational, customers will be able to purchase fresh meat - and other produce - from the comfort of their own homes.

We will be running a trial, of a basic service, starting sometime in Spring 2006. A second trial, featuring a much more sophisticated service, will hopefully be conducted late Autumn 2006. The fully operational service is then expected to be available before the end of 2006.

Both trials will be open to a select number of customers located throughout the UK. Details of when these trial will start, and how to join them, will be posted here at a later date.

Also, for those who are technically-minded, and interested in how the development of this service is progressing, why not read this blog Leave our Web site over at ingeniosys.

Online Shopping - Development Underway
MERRY CHRISTMAS! (17th December 2005)
May we take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We would like to remind customers that turkeys will be ready for collection from Friday 23rd December. As ever, you will receive a free cooking guide to help you cook the best turkey ever! For more information, please click here.

Also, don't forget, we will be selling the usual accompaniments for a traditional Christmas dinner including chipolatas, streaky bacon, stuffing, Christmas puddings and cakes, and fine English and Scottish wines.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year From The Chadwick Family's EMPORIUM OF FINE FOODS
Christmas Menu Available (14th November 2005)
We have now added our Christmas Menu to the 1817 section.

This is a fantastic menu which caters for both lunchtime and evening diners. And, unlike other restaurants, we do not - and will not - increase our prices during the Christmas period. You can enjoy the same quality and prices throughout the festive season.

Click here to get our Christmas Menu now.

Christmas Menu Available
Meat International Feature (12th October 2005)
"Thirty years ago it was possible to make a comfortable living as a high street butcher in the UK. However the relentless rise of the supermarkets has spelt death to many small butchers. Innovation, vision and determination is required to survive in the cut-throat world of UK meat retailing." [Meat International - 2005 Vol. 15 No. 6]

Meat International is a meat industry publication, available throughout Europe. The above quote was taken from a recent article entitled John Chadwick - Passionate About The Meat Business. You can read it now over at our Forum. Please feel free to leave your comments.

Meat International Feature
Wensleydale Promotion (7th October 2005)
As you may be aware, our delicatessen has sold Stinking Bishop cheese for some time. You may also be aware that this cheese features prominently in the forthcoming animation film Wallace & Gromit: Curse of The Were-Rabbit Leave our Web site. Due to huge demand for the cheese because of the film, we are currently unable to replenish our stocks.

So, to make up for any disappointment, we are running a promotion. If you purchase 200g - or more - of special edition Curse of The Were-Rabbit Wensleydale cheese, you will be entered into a prize draw for a family ticket to see the new Wallace & Gromit film!

[The promotion will run while stocks last. The draw will be made on 22nd October 2005, at 5:00pm. No purchase is required - ask staff for more details]

Wallace & Gromit - (c) Aardman Animations Ltd
(c) Aardman Animations Ltd
Christmas Turkey Orders Now Being Taken (3rd October 2005)
With Christmas rapidly approaching, and so many things to remember, donít forget to order your Christmas turkey.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept telephone orders, nor do we provide an online ordering service.

If you want a turkey from us this Christmas, please call in to our shop and we will be happy to take your order personally.

Christmas Turkey Orders Now Being Taken
Standish in Bloom 2005 - WINNER! (19th September 2005)
We are pleased to announce that Noel Chadwick Ltd was recently nominated as the winner of the Best Commercial Premises Display category for Standish in Bloom 2005.

This competition recognises the efforts of Standish residents and businesses in brightening up the village and maintaining the best displays during the year.

Standish in Bloom 2005 - WINNER!
New Scales And Tills Installed (30th August 2005)
This week marks the beginning of a new look behind our meat/delicatessen counters and checkouts.

We are very pleased to announce that - over the Bank Holiday - we installed brand-new, state-of-the-art weighing scales and tills.

This substantial investment in technology and training demonstrates our commitment to excellence, and to continually improving the efficiency of customer service.

New Scales And Tills Installed
Supermarket Secrets - Watch The Video Now (24th August 2005)
In case you missed Dispatches' Supermarket Secrets Leave our Web site - a two-part programme aired recently on Channel 4 - we have made available a short video for you to watch. The video shows John casting his expert eye over meat purchased from his local supermarkets. Unsurprisingly, all is not as it seems...

Note: To watch this video, you will need the latest version of Microsoft's Windows Media Player Leave our Web site. Click the thumbnail on the right to begin watching.

If you have any feedback about the video, please click here and leave your comments.

Supermarket Secrets - Watch The Video Now

Windows Media
[00:03:14, 9.22 MB]
On-line Shopping @ Noel Chadwick (29th July 2005)
We have had a number of enquiries recently asking whether we provide a mail order service.

At the moment, no we don't. However...the good news is that we have started the process of extending our Web site so that customers can purchase our meat (and other shop produce) on-line and in the comfort of their own homes!

More details about this exciting development will be posted here very soon.

Online Shopping @ Noel Chadwick
Channel 4 Dispatches - Supermarket Secrets (19th July 2005)
We are to be featured in part one of a two-part documentary, entitled Supermarket Secrets, made by Dispatches Leave our Web site - Channel 4's flagship current affairs programme. 

This was to be aired on Monday 18th July, but has been rescheduled to be shown on Thursday 28th July (9:00pm - 10:00pm) instead.

In this first part, Dispatches investigates how supermarkets have radically changed how and what people eat. With a combination of undercover filming and scientific analysis, the programme aims to find out whether food quality is as good as it seems, and what happens behind the scenes in the production of supermarket food.

(29th July 2005) Updated news item! If you missed Part 1, and you happen to be an early bird, the programme is due to be repeated on Tuesday 2nd August 2005 at 04:05am.

Channel 4 Dispatches - Supermarket Secrets
The 60th Anniversary of the end of WWII is fast approaching. The Royal British Legion Leave our Web site is fulfilling its duty as the national charity of Remembrance by organising The Nation's Biggest Thank You Leave our Web site, scheduled for Sunday 10th July 2005.

In Standish, the day will be celebrated starting with a walk from St. Marie's church, via the cenotaph to lay flowers, and on to St. Wilfred's School. Then, a gala will be held on the school's playing fields which includes stalls, refreshments, and activities. Winston Churchill's car will be on display, too. And to top things off, The Red Arrows will perform a fly-past.

Wherever you are, please support this important day.

Daily Telegraph Article (22nd June 2005)
Yesterday, we featured in the Daily Telegraph's Business Club section.

The article explored the current skills shortage in UK industries, and the benefits that apprenticeship schemes could offer. Please click here Leave our Web site to read more.

If you have any feedback about the issues raised, please click here and leave your comments.

Daily Telegraph Article
Channel 4 Filming (14th June 2005)
Yesterday, we opened our doors for a film crew from Channel 4 Leave our Web site. The programme, which is due to be aired on Monday 18th July, investigates issues regarding the meat that we eat.

Come back soon for more details about the programme. Better still, subscribe to our newsletter, and we'll let you know via your inbox.

Channel 4 Filming
Hygiene Section Updated (9th June 2005)
We have now updated the Hygiene page of our Abattoir section.

Here, you will lots of information about the extensive meat hygiene regulations that we must observe. These, together with our own very high standards, enables us to provide you with the safest, highest quality meat available.

Hygiene Section Updated
Car Parking - An Update (1st June 2005)
Since Saturday 2nd April, members of the Chadwick family have taken on the additional role of 'car parking attendants'. This is in line with our policy of never employing anyone to do a job that we wouldn't be prepared to do. Also, it has given us valuable, first-hand experience of the problems that our customers have faced when finding spaces to park.

In view of this, we have prepared an update of the situation for you to read - over at our Forum.

Included in this update is a proposal for Wigan MBC and Standish businesses to alleviate the shortage of parking spaces in the village.

Car Parking - An Update
Sausage Making Videos (16th May 2005)
Have you ever wondered how sausages are made? Well, we've just added a selection of short videos showing you how it's done.

These are well worth taking a look at. Alternatively, if you visit our shop, you can watch them being made in our sausage room while you shop!

Sausage Making Videos
Radio 4 Farming Today Features (12th May 2005)
Should we know more about how our meat is killed? How important are the last few hours of life to the quality of the meat? These were some of the questions being asked recently on Radio 4's Farming Today Leave our Web site.

Noel Chadwick Ltd was featured on two programmes to help answer such questions. The first, aired on Monday (9th May), included an interview with John Chadwick. The second, aired on 12th May, broadcasted the lamb slaughtering process. We recommend that you watch this video to better understand what is being described by the presenter.

You can listen to Part 1 and Part 2 by clicking the links on the right. Please visit the Farming Today Leave our Web site Web site (and our Forum) and leave your comments.

Note: These clips are provided for informational purposes only. They are for personal - not commercial - use. To listen to them, you will need the latest version of Microsoft's Windows Media Player - which is downloadable free of charge.

Radio 4 Farming Today

Listen to Farming Today Listen now...

Part 1: 9th May
[00:06:17, 6.86 MB]

Part 2: 12th May
[00:10:47, 10.7 MB]
English Wine Week (9th May 2005)
Did you know that 28th May to 5th June is officially designated English Wine Week? Leave our Web site No? In fact, did you know that England even has a wine industry significant enough to merit an entire week all to itself? Well it does, and it is growing in confidence.

We at Noel Chadwick Ltd are no strangers to the virtues of English wine, which you will find on sale in our shop, and served in 1817.

To promote this auspicious occasion, we intend to give customers the opportunity to try some of these wines in our shop. So, come along and have a taste - you may be pleasantly surprised!

English Wine Week - 28th May to 5th June
Veteran Vintage Classic Car Run 2005 (12th April 2005)
On Sunday 12th June, the Lancashire Automobile Club Leave our Web site will be holding its 43rd consecutive Manchester to Blackpool Veteran Vintage Classic Car Run. And, just as we did last year, we will be opening our doors to serve food and refreshments for the participants.

So, feel free to come along - starting around 09:00am - and check out some fine examples of vintage automobiles.

Veteran Vintage Classic Car Run 2005
Meat Preparation Videos (31st March 2005)
We would like to thank everyone who has taken an interest in our Abattoir section (especially the slaughtering videos), and we are grateful for the positive feedback received. Your suggestions will be used to improve our Web site further.

We have had a number of enquiries about the availability of the meat preparation videos. We are pleased to report that they are in the process of being made, and will be uploaded soon.

Following this, the hygiene page will be updated with information about the regulations that we adhere to which ensure that our working environment practically meets surgical standards.

Meat preparation videos
Lord Rooker to Visit (10th March 2005)
We are delighted to announce that Lord Rooker Leave our Web site will be visiting our premises on the morning of 22nd March.

Jeff works in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister Leave our Web site, a department responsible for policy on housing, planning, regional and local government, and other areas.

We met Jeff in Parliament offices several years ago, when he was Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (better known now as DEFRA Leave our Web site). After our meeting, we invited Jeff to visit us if ever he was in the area - an opportunity which he is now taking.

Lord Rooker to visit The Chadwick Family's Emporium of Fine Foods

Lord Rooker to visit The Chadwick Family's Emporium of Fine Foods
A Trip to New York (10th March 2005)
John and Maureen Chadwick have just returned from a 5-day stay in New York.

This tailor-made business trip was organised as part of the prize for winning the British Small Business Champions 2004 award.

For more information about the trip, including the Daily Mirror article, click here.

A Trip to New York
New Forum Section Launched! (4th March 2005)
We have now introduced a Forum section to our Web site.

Here, you can post your comments and suggestions about various aspects of our business, and join in topical debates and polls.

So, what are you waiting for? Head off their now!

New Forum section!
HAPPY EASTER! (23rd March 2005)
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers a very happy Easter.

Please note: our shop and 1817 restaurant will be closed over Easter on the following days: 25th March (Good Friday), 27th March (Easter Sunday), and 28th March (Easter Monday).

Happy Easter
St Patrick's Day at 1817 (4th March 2005)
We are pleased to announce our first official 1817 Theme Night of 2005. The occasion...St Patrick's Day. The date...Thursday 17th March 2005. For those who cannot attend, you will be pleased to learn that the Theme Night is also being held on Friday 18th March!

For more details about this Theme Night (including the menu), please click here.

1817 is always popular on Theme Nights, so please contact us now and book your table to avoid any disappointment. Alternatively, you can book your reservation through our Web site via our on-line booking form.

St Patrick's Day at 1817
Red, White & Blue Ball 2005 (23rd February 2005)
On the evening of Saturday 19th February, Noel Chadwick Ltd hosted a special Red, White & Blue Ball for its suppliers and employees at Haigh Hall Leave our Web site.

The evening was held to celebrate the business winning British Small Business Champions 2004. Read on...

Red, White & Blue Ball 2005
Sudan 1 Food Scare (23rd February 2005)
In view of the recent Sudan 1 food scare, we would like to take this opportunity to reassure our customers that none of our meat produce, ready-made meals, or any other products, contain this illegal dye.

For the latest information about retailers and products affected by Sudan 1, click here.

Sudan 1 food scare - latest information
Breakfast at Number 10 (10th February 2005)
This morning, Rebecca (John's daughter) visited Number 10 Downing Street Leave our Web site - together with other small business leaders and representatives - for breakfast with Patricia Hewitt MP (the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry).

The meeting provided an opportunity for those present to air their views about the problems and challenges facing Britain's small businesses.

Number 10 Downing Street
BBC2 Money Programme Feature (1st February 2005)
We are excited to report that Noel Chadwick Ltd will be featuring on the Money Programme Leave our Web site - the BBC's flagship business show.

The programme's cameramen and producer were here yesterday (31st January) interviewing John Chadwick, and filming our premises.

Part I of the show is being aired on BBC2 on Friday 11th March at 7:00pm. Part II is being shown the following week on Friday 18th March at 7:00pm.

Noel Chadwick Ltd to feature on BBC's Money Programme!
Valentine's Day at 1817 (27th January 2005)
We are pleased to announce that we have now added our Valentine Menu to the 1817 section.

As you will agree, this is a fantastic menu - featuring fresh, local food at a very reasonable price.

1817 is always popular on Valentine's Day, so please contact us now and book your table to avoid any disappointment. Alternatively, you can book your reservation through our Web site via our on-line booking form.

Valentine's Day
Abattoir Section Updated (27th January 2005)
We have just updated the Abattoir section of our Web site.

Here, you will informative and educational materials (including videos) about how our meat is slaughtered and prepared for sale.

Updated Abattoir section!
Cash For Schools Initiative (5th January 2005)
In December 2004, Noel Chadwick Ltd wrote to 10 local primary schools in the Standish, Shevington, Wrightington and Appley Bridge areas, and offered them the opportunity to apply for a share of £3000. This money was being donated to celebrate the businessí success at winning the British Small Business Champions 2004.

Press release (.PDF) [29.6 KB] Download the press release to find out more. Note: to read this PDF, you will need Adobe Reader - which is downloadable free of charge.

Cash For Schools Initiative

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