As a young boy he attended Sutton St. James’ C.E. Primary School and he went on to win a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London.
In 1947 he moved from Manchester to a cottage called "Shorelands" on the estuary of the Afon Cefni on Anglesey, where he lived until his death in 1979.
In time the farm Charles lived on as a boy was sold and much of the land bought by Cheshire County Council, where Hollinhey Primary School was built and still stands.
Whilst Charles and his wife Winifred left their hometown and spent many happy years on Anglesey, many of their family members lived their lives close to where they spent their childhood.
After his death in 1979 his sister Dorothy, who lived close to Hollinhey Primary School, felt there should be a lasting memorial to her brother.
Dorothy, along with Margaret Simpson and Jack Campey (Charles Tunnicliffe’s nephew) felt an annual art competition would be a long lasting memorial to Charles and his wife Winifred.
Chris Knowlson the Headmaster at Hollinhey at the time was approached and the Charles and Winifred Tunnicliffe Memorial Art Competition was formed in 1982.
It was decided that the competition should be a none profit making competition and any monies needed would be donated by the family. The initial money donated by the family was entrusted to the custodians (Dorothy, Margaret, Jack and Chris) of the Charles and Winifred Tunnicliffe Memorial Art Competition.
With great thanks to Charles and Winifred’s decedents, in particular the Campey and Wonnacott family, the art competition is still going strong and allows us, as a school to incorporate a local artist into the art curriculum and gives us many hours of pleasure throughout the school year.
I would also like to add that Mr. Richard Campey and Mrs. Olive Llewellyn two of the present custodians are as committed now as the custodians of twenty six years ago to ensure the Charles and Winifred Tunnicliffe Memorial Art Competition remains as important as the day is was conceived.
Hollinhey would like to thank all who are involved with the Charles and Winifred Tunnicliffe Memorial Art Competition and will endeavor to ensure the competition lasts another twenty five years.
Please see below past winners of the competition and competition rules.
1982 Nicola Mitchell
1983 Timothy Doggett
1984 Penelope Martlew
1986 Philip Cunningham
1987 James Beresford
1988 Hannah Birtwistle
1989 Shelley Scott
1990 Rebecca Thatcher
1991 Philippa Stead
1992 Bethan Sayer
1993 Oliver Barber
1994 Claire Hamilton
1995 Katharine Caesar
1996 Darren Jones Gee
1997 Hayley Wood
1998 David Cusick
1999 Sarah Barber
2000 Esther Burt
2001 Nicola Lewis
2002 Philip Waite
2003 William Holden
2004 Katie Shaw
2005 Rhea Millward-Thompson
2006 Kieran Hickey
2007 Alana Bibby
2008 Zoe pearce
2010 Abbey Barnard
THE CHARLES AND WINIFRED TUNNICLIFFE MEMORIAL ART COMPETITION
Aim: To encourage original creative work.
Entry is open to any child of Primary school age attending Hollinhey or living within the Civil Parish of Sutton.
Each entrant may submit only one piece of work.
The subject-matter may be anything from first-hand, observational experience.
An entry- may be in any art medium;
- may be prepared in school and/or at home;
- may be presented in any way, representing the best efforts of the entrant;
- may have a title;
*- may not be a copy of another picture or work of art, or a poster,
photograph or cartoon;
*- must be the child's own, original and unaided work in its entirety and,
if prepared at home, countersigned by the parent to verify this.
Each entry should have the artist's name, address and date of birth written on the reverse side.
Age categories for entry:
(4 - 7 years)
(7 - 9 years)
(9 - 11 years)
as of 1st September
Prizes shall be endowed from the Charles and Winifred Tunnicliffe Memorial Fund administered by the Custodians. Their nature and value may vary annually.
Judging will be carried out by a person(s) independent of the school.
The judge(s) may decide to award or not award the prizes, depending upon the merits of the entries.
The judge(s)' decision shall be final.