Country and Town is keen to participate in community projects where time and resources allow. We aim to participate in one new initiative every six months and would be pleased to receive emails sent to from educational organisations in Manchester and Cheshire. Information on recent initiatives is provided below.


Victor and Percy offer global learning resource - Jan 2012

The Victor and Percy website has been redesigned and relaunched to provide free pre-school learning resources for parents.

The website features a range of learning resources in the form of activity sheets that parents with young children can download. The activities are divided into 12 different topics including numeracy, literacy and comprehension, which will enable parents to develop a fun home-based learning programme. The learning exercises feature Victor Voltage an electrician, Percy Pipe a plumber or René Renewable an advocate of renewable energy. Parents are invited to choose the character they think their child will like the most and then create a learning programme that suits their child’s needs and ability.

Since going live at the end of November the site now sees 30 activity sheets downloaded each day, receives 1000 likes a month on facebook and has created a following in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Europe.

For further information visit the Victor and Percy website.


Free books for schools Percy Pulls the Plug Offer - May 2010

Country and Town Maintenance is giving 250 copies of Percy Pulls the Plug, the first book in The Adventures of Victor and Percy series to schools.

The offer is being made to celebrate the launch of The Adventures of Victor and Percy series of children’s books and is on a first come, first served basis. The books are aimed at children starting secondary school and will typically contain 70 pages and 60 full colour hand drawn illustrations.

For further information see the May 2010 Country and Town press release.
Visit the Victor and Percy website.


Hallé Youth Orchestra Chair Endowment - July 2009 ongoing

Country & Town endow a chair in the Hallé Youth Orchestra.

The Hallé Youth Orchestra, founded in September 2002, is a symphony orchestra for talented young musicians across the region who do not benefit from the musical opportunities provided by full-time specialist music education. It offers a unique opportunity to local young instrumentalists, under the age of 19, to experience the challenge and satisfaction of rehearsing and performing classical music to a very high standard. The works it prepares draw on the same rich variety of repertoire - from classical and romantic to scores of today - that is performed by professional orchestras.

For more information and to see how you could get involved visit Hallé Youth

About the Hallé Orchestra

Founded in Manchester by the pianist and conductor Charles Hallé in 1858, Britain's longest established professional symphony orchestra gave its first concert in the city's Free Trade Hall on 30 January of that year. Following the death of Sir Charles Hallé, the orchestra continued to develop under the guidance of such distinguished figures as Hans Richter, Sir Hamilton Harty and Sir John Barbirolli. Last season, the Hallé and the Hallé Choir celebrated their 150th anniversary.


Sponsorship of a child in Uganda - January 2009 ongoing

Country & Town sponsor a seven year old girl who lives with her mother in Uganda, Africa. This is being done through ‘Plan’, a large international development organisation. We have included some information about Plan and the work they do in developing regions around the world in the paragraphs below. For more information and to see how you could get involved visit

About Plan

Founded over 70 years ago, Plan is one of the oldest and largest international development agencies in the world. Plan works in 49 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas. Plan directly supports more than 1,500,000 children and their families, and indirectly supports an estimated further 9,000,000 people who live in communities that are working with Plan. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.

Plan's vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies that respect people's rights and dignity.

Plan aims to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children in developing countries, through a process that unites people across cultures and adds meaning and value to their lives, by:

enabling deprived children, their families and their communities to meet their basic needs and to increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies

building relationships to increase understanding and unity among peoples of different cultures and countries

promoting the rights and interests of the world's children.

Child sponsorship

Plan's work is made possible thanks to nearly 1,100,000 people in 17 donor countries who support them by sponsoring a child. An average 80% of donations goes directly to support programmes benefiting children and families.


Image gallery for technical students - July 2008 ongoing

At the request of a number of technical colleges Country and Town has built a gallery of images that can be used by students studying to be plumbers and electricians. The images are shown under the gallery tab on this website. A particular request was made for CTM to record all of the faults that we encounter during the course of the working week. This is to give students an insight into what they might encounter.

Deposits on wall of 15mm pipe Code 1 Eathing arrangements

Deposits on wall of 15mm pipe

Code 1 Eathing arrangements

Book renovation at The Portico Library - February 2008

CTM is participating in the ‘adopt-a-book’ scheme by sponsoring books relating to nineteenth century plumbing and electrical engineering. The volumes in the collection date back to the nineteenth century and provide a detailed technical account of the Industrial Revolution. Many of these books now require extensive and expensive restoration to preserve them as a historic record and for future use.

Portico Library and Gallery Book plate

Portico Library and Gallery

Book plate

Portico Library and Gallery

The Portico Library was opened in 1806, following a decision taken by a group of Manchester businessmen in 1803 to found an institute uniting the advantages of a newsroom and a library. It is a listed Grade II* building of Runcorn stone, a fine example of Neo-Classical architecture designed by Thomas Harrison, architect of the earlier Liverpool Lyceum and a leading exponent of the classical revival of which the Portico is one of the finest examples.  

19th Century Guide to Plumbing Illustration from Practical Plumber

19th Century Guide to Plumbing

Illustration from Practical Plumber