You can enjoy outings and social events and meet new people. There are coach outings & holidays to National Trust properties & gardens and other places of historical interest. You can take part in group activities such as Christmas and Pub Lunches. A series of talks take place during the winter months at The Burley Memorial Hall, Waverton.

National Trust Chester Centre June Outings

Tuesday 12th June there will be a coach outing leaving from Chester Station at 9.40 to visit the Museum of Liverpool then onto the World Museum to view the Terracotta Warriors. Cost is £29.00.

Tuesday 26th June a coach outing leaving Chester Station at 9.00 to Moseley Old Hall followed by Afternoon Tea at Hatton Grange. Cost is £33.00.

New members are always welcome, for details of membership please ring Vanessa Stevens on 0151 336 2156 or Carole Walker on 01928 723389.

On Thursday 19th April we ran the inaugural Chester Police North Rural Football Tournament. This was a local schools football tournament at Frodsham Leisure Centre.

Ten primary school attended the event which ran from 4pm – 7pm. Teams were put into 2 groups of 5 with the winners and runners up of the groups going forward to the semi-finals. The winners of each semi-final then battled it out in the final.

The eventual winners after a penalty shoot-out in the final with St. Luke’s RC Primary School was Kingsley C.P School.

All participants received a medal at the end of the tournament and the winners and runners up each received a small trophy.

The winners also collected a schools world cup style trophy and a £100 voucher to spend at Best Sports Ltd., Runcorn.

The event was organised by the local Police Community Support Officers and was designed to provide closer links between the schools, young people and Cheshire police in the local area.

May 16th, Frodsham Community Centre

Cathy Stone, Group President, welcomed visitors and members and led us all in singing ‘Jerusalem’. She then introduced the speaker, Lucy Adlington, an author of many books, both history-inspired fiction and social history, actor and costume historian. Her talk was entitled ‘Bad Girls and Bonnets’.

Lucy made an impressive entrance to the stage in a Georgian style gown complete with an elaborate bonnet. She berated the audience for not wearing hats as no respectable lady should be seen out without one! The first thing she said was that we were there to ‘smile and enjoy ourselves’, and we certainly did that.

Once again, Rotary In Frodsham & Helsby will be involved with Frodsham’s “Festival in the Park”, which entails working very closely with Castle Park Arts Centre, members of Frodsham Town Council and of course Cheshire West and Chester Council in order to put together this wonderful Community Project.

Sunday the 1st of July is the chosen day, and bearing in mind the good weather last year, we are trying to arrange another fine day so everyone can enjoy a day at the Festival!

The event will be “Officially Opened” at 12.30pm by Frodsham’s recently appointed Town Mayor, and as with previous years the event will have three focal points.

Successful projects from the third round of applications for funding are revealed.

A diverse range of community projects have been awarded just over £71,000 in the third round of awards since the Marshes Community Benefit Fund was established.

The Marshes Community Benefit Fund (MCBF) Panel reveals the projects which have been awarded funding from the annual £120,000 community payments made by Frodsham Windfarm Limited.

The application process attracted a lot of interest with seventeen applications, totalling just over £216,000 competing for a total of £72,000 of funding available in this round. The independent Panel of local residents agreed to award £71,451 to seven projects which in the views of the Panel best met the requirements and objectives of the Community Benefit Fund.

The Rotary Club of Frodsham and Helsby is launching Rotary Challenge 2018; it is a scheme designed to offer individuals and groups within Frodsham, Helsby and the surrounding area the opportunity to apply for funds to support a specific project or activity.

The Club has a long history of being active and supportive in the local community and decided to trial this scheme as a way of furthering this support.

We are an extremely successful Scout Group, with waiting lists very long, but we are presently struggling with voluntary help to keep the Group open.

It is our 40th Anniversary this year, and rather than be worried about closing, we want to celebrate and look forward to the next 40!

We have many roles available within the Group, from Group Scout Leader, Secretary, Treasurer, Scout Leader, to Occasional Helper.

The commitment can be as little as 1 hour a month or as much as you are able to give.

If you are interested in helping please contact John Nicholson for more information on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Captains Dave Owens and Carol Whitehouse raised £6,500 during their year with monies going to the Warrington Disability Partnership.

The grand total was raised through the number of events including the Sutton Hall Charity Golf Day, raffles, auction prizes, Ikea Customer collection and a wheelchair basketball.

Money will go towards helping young disabled people with an apprenticeship, getting them into work.

Both Dave and Carol would like to express their thanks to those who helped organise the event, Sutton Hall Golf Club, members and friends and to those who kindly donated towards the charity during their Captains year.

Frodsham Juniors Football Club is a much loved and respected sporting institution in the local area. Established in 1979, the Club will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019 and is seeking to mark this milestone with an exciting new project.

The Club was awarded FA Community Status in 2016 – the highest Standard for an FA club, and in 2017 formed a partnership with Helsby High School for the use of the school playing fields, creating a ‘home’ for the Club.

Best Western Forest Hills Hotel has won the Making a Difference Locally Award sponsored by BWBCT at this year’s Best Western Awards, which recently took place in Brighton.

The awards, sponsored by Brakes, now in their 40th year, celebrated the largest collection of independent hotels in GB, and saw 14 hotels from across the country crowned as worthy winners. The team at Best Western Forest Hills Hotel were presented with their award at the Best Western Annual Members Conference at the Grand Hotel in Brighton.

A snaring incident is the latest in a long line of badger persecution incidents reported to The Wirral & Cheshire Badger Group since the start of the badger cull here in Cheshire.

Fortunately, on this occasion, the snare was empty. All the sett entrances had been blocked except one, this had a snare set just inside with the intent to trap a badger. This would inevitably result in an slow & painful death.

2016 marked a wonderful year for Kelsborrow Choir. We celebrated our 60th anniversary, in style, with a concert at Chester Cathedral. Our other notable occasions were concerts at the Kings School Chester, Eaton Hall, and on the River Dee. We were delighted to perform at Kelsall Methodist Church Bicentenary celebrations. During the year each performance was used as an opportunity to raise money for a range of local charities including The Hospice of the Good Shepherd, The Countess of Chester Baby Grow Appeal and the Samaritans. We raised over £8000.

2018 promises to be another exciting year so why not think about getting involved? We are a friendly choir of over 50 singers and our mix of gentlemen and ladies means we benefit from a range of harmonies. We perform a wide selection of vocal delights, from classical to modern and include the musicals, spirituals, and pieces written specially for the choir.

To find out more come along to our open evening at The Old School, Ashton Hayes, on Tuesday 17th April and give it a try. No audition or previous experience is required and everyone is welcome, particularly basses and tenors.

For more information contact:
Jim Edwards - 01565 228235
Isabelle Hughes - 01829 740131
Or the website - www.kelsborrowchoir.org

Gyles Brandreth and Ian McMillan lead impressive line up.

TV broadcaster and writer Gyles Brandreth and poet Ian McMillan head up an impressive programme of talks, events, workshops and competitions for Frodsham’s fourth Weaver Words Literature Festival, Wednesday 25 April – Sunday 29 April.

Supported by the Arts Council England, the Marshes Community Benefit Fund and Frodsham Town Council, the festival will again feature two writing competitions. £500 prize money is on offer for writers of the best adult flash fiction story (under 300 words) and for local children, patron Tim Firth will again be judging the Great Weaver Words Writing Prize.

Helsby Golf Club’s Powered Wheelchair Appeal recently held their annual Black and White evening at the Towers Lane club. There were around 100 Appeal supporters who followed the dress code of black, white and a touch of red and they enjoyed an evening of great food, drink and music. However the undoubted highlight of the evening was the presentation of three powered wheelchairs to local deserving youngsters.

Horn’s Mill Pre-School in Helsby has been awarded a £10,000 Big Lottery Fund to enhance their outdoor environment.

The official opening took place on 18/1/2018 in the presence of Councillor Alan McKie.

Equipment bought were as follows:

Mud Kitchen, water wall, chalk board, black board, sand pit, mirror, bucket pulley and a sun canopy.

Manager Sue Huntbach and her staff would like to thank the Big Lottery Fund for giving them this amazing outdoor area that serves our community.

Horn’s Mill Pre-School is a charitable organisation based on the site of Horn’s Mill Primary School and has children aged 2 to 5yrs of age.

The Pre-School have also received a cheque from Waitrose (Chester branch) for £265 towards a specialist swing which they intend to purchase for the children with additional needs at the setting.

Marshes Community Benefit Fund reveals the successful projects from the second round of Community Projects

A diverse range of community projects have been awarded just over £45,000 in the second round of awards this year.

The Marshes Community Benefit Fund (MCBF) Panel reveals the projects which have been awarded the second award of the annual £120,000 community payments made by Frodsham Windfarm Limited.

The application process attracted a lot of interest with sixteen applications totalling just over £200,000 competing for the second tranche of funding available (£60,000). The independent panel of local residents agreed to award just over £45,000 to nine projects which in the views of the panel were in accordance with the requirements of the Community Benefit Fund constitution.

RSK has sponsored the printing of Weaver and Sandstone Cycle Forum’s Frodsham cycle map, a local initiative close to the environmental consultancy’s head office in Helsby.

The maps provide family-friendly cycle routes across north Cheshire. With RSK sponsoring the print run, the forum has distributed hard-copy cycle maps to a variety of local businesses and establishments. The group also hopes to provide maps to local schools.

Interested cyclists can plan safe and convenient routes using the free map.

“RSK’s involvement reflects our commitment to promoting environmentally-friendly travel options and our dedication to improving health and wellbeing,” comments RSK corporate responsibility and sustainability director Sue Sljivic.

“Furthermore, it has been a great opportunity for us to support our local community, something that remains an important part of the RSK ethos.”

You can download a digital copy of the cycle map from the Cycle Forum website. For a hard copy of the map, please use the ‘contact us’ form on the website.

The Powered Wheelchair Appeal from Helsby Golf Club recently celebrated the donation of wheelchairs, including the 365th to deserving youngsters at a “Glitz and Glamour evening” at Chester racecourse.

Everyone enjoyed a fun filled evening - a champagne reception, dinner, table magician, live musical entertainment, photo booth, casino tables, raffles and a grand charity auction.

The highlight of the evening however was the presentation of 3 powered wheelchairs to:

1) Natasha Boothman from Frodsham
2) Arriella Burn from Bebbington
3) Amy Warburton from Macclesfield

Captain Neil Johnson and Lady Captain Gill Smith, presented the wheelchairs and the excited youngsters are now very much looking forward to enjoying the independence their new powered wheelchairs will give them.

We would like to pass on thanks to our sponsors and supporters for being so generous with their time and money, a fantastic £7,400 was raised on the night – Many thanks to all!

The generous customers of Sutton Hall Golf Club have been raising money for a charity skydive, which was recently completed by one of its staff in support of Huntington’s Disease Association.

To date over £1,000 has been raised by Sutton Hall kitchen team member Tara Goldsmith, with some help from her mother Debbie Wright, who also works at Sutton Hall Golf Club as General Manager.

Tara decided to do the jump in memory of her father, Roy, who passed away as a result of Huntington’s Disease. Tara also carries the faulty Huntington’s gene that causes the degenerative brain condition. The money raised will go towards providing better treatments and hopefully one day finding a cure.

Tara completed the daring 11,000-foot leap on 23rd August in Lancaster. She was joined in the tandem jump by her fiancée Alex McConnell and his 82-year-old grandmother Shirley, who fulfilled her lifelong ambition to jump out of a plane.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so by dropping in at Sutton Hall Golf Club, or online at http://www.justgiving.com/hdaskydive

Since its formation in 1962 by workers at the village's BICC factory, Helsby Rugby Club has established a firm reputation as one of the most sociable grass roots clubs in the region. Almost sixty years on, the club today offers opportunities to old and young alike – from six year-olds to veterans – and also family Touch Rugby every summer.

The club currently runs two senior teams which both play in the North West Raging Bull Leagues. In 2015-16, the 1st Team came within minutes of achieving a League & Cup double – crowned champions of Division Five South but agonisingly losing out in the LBS Plate Final. This season saw more success, with an impressive 3rd place in the league seeing the 1st Team once again secure promotion, whilst the club’s newly formed 2nd Team by no means disgraced themselves with a 7th place finish of their own.

Teenage racer Luke Browning produced his best performance of the year to date as the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship headed to Oulton Park for the fourth round of the season.

Luke, from Kingsley, went into the weekend seeking to impress at his home circuit and showed he would be in the mix towards the sharp end of the grid with an impressive performance in free practice, where he lapped within seven-tenths of a second at the wheel of his Richardson Racing-run car.

A change in weather conditions provided a fresh challenge for qualifying on a damp circuit, with Luke posting the tenth quickest time to put himself in a solid position for the opening race of the weekend.

“Qualifying was tricky with the conditions but from tenth on the grid I felt confident going into race one,” he said. “The pace was really strong at the start but then I got forced wide and dropped places which left me with work to do. However, I kept pushing hard and was pleased to finish up with a top eight finish and it was good to be on the rookie podium.

That result gave me more confidence going into race two but unfortunately I was tipped into a spin when someone else turned in on at me at the chicane and it meant I lost loads of time and dropped to the back. From then, I just pushed really hard to close the gap to the guys ahead and I knew when I caught them that I had to get past as quickly as I could.

To get back up to twelfth place having been as far as behind as I was after the first lap is really good and I think there are a lot of positives to take away from the weekend. If things had gone my way, I know that we could also have taken a lot more away from it, and I’ll look to build on these performances when we go to Croft for the next meeting.”

Luke ended the weekend just ten points away from the top ten in the championship standings.

KDE Ltd are proud to announce a major growth plan and expansion of its service offering thanks to the acquisition of a leading North West provider of industrial electrical and hazardous area services.

The acquisition of Electrical Project Installations Limited (EPI Ltd) will boost staff numbers significantly, and bring a new suite of services within KDE’s remit to complement the electrical, fire alarm, plumbing and heating services already delivered by the team at KDE.

KDE has been in discussions with EPI for some time to identify how each company can improve services for clients and generate opportunities for employees across the board. It has been established that the services are a good fit and KDE will acquire an impressive group of individuals to bolster its already experienced, talented and knowledgeable team.

Probus is a fellowship organization for retired or semi-retired men, usually with a business or professional background, who enjoy meeting monthly to maintain and make friendships.

There are four clubs in Frodsham, averaging about 40 to 60 members each, and we are always keen to welcome new members. (Beacon Hill club is currently full with a waiting list of 6.) Members come from Frodsham, Helsby and the surrounding villages.

Monthly meetings take place at Frodsham Community Centre, starting at 10 am, and lasting about two hours. There is usually a guest speaker covering a wide range of topics considered of general interest.

Regular social activities are open to all members and partners including long and short walks, golf, theatre visits, trips to museums and also occasional UK or overseas holidays. There are also meals out including the Annual Dinner, less formal meals at local restaurants and pubs and specific “ladies’ lunches” for members’ spouses. Although the clubs are restricted to men, the spouses of club members and widows of former members are encouraged to participate in these many social activities.

If you are interested in learning more, or attending a meeting to see if it is for you, the meeting dates of each club, and contact person, are as follows:

 
Date 
Club 
Contact 
Telephone 
email 
1st Thursday 
Overton Hill 
Peter Marsh 
01928 724654 
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2nd Tuesday 
Beacon Hill (FULL) 
Mike Neale 
01606 74939 
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3rd Tuesday 
Foxhill 
Guy Garfit 
01928 734658 
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Last Tuesday 
Eddisbury Club 
John Drake 
01928 561133 
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A message from Richard & Meryl -

Following our celebration of 25 years in business, we are now enjoying our retirement.

We would like to thank all of our clients for your support and friendship over the years and we wish Trevor and his team many successful years to come.

Thank you and good bye!
We will miss you all,

Yours Sincerely,
Richard & Meryl
xxx

Now open as Peers Hairdressing

Trevor Peers brings Peers Hairdressing to Frodsham, fresh from six very successful years running a hair and beauty salon in the Midlands - Peers Hairdressing. Trevor is now returning to his roots to realise his dream of owning a salon in this area.

Formerly of Denton & Hyde, Hoole, Trevor would be better known in the Chester area but fell in love with Merricks Hair Studio and indeed Frodsham.

“I very much look forward to welcoming clients old and new to Peers Hairdressing and would like to thank Richard and Meryl for their co-operation, opportunity and support.

I look forward to seeing you soon,
Best Wishes,
Trevor"

42 Main Street, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 7AU
Tel: 01928 739062

Helsby Community Centre is managed, on behalf of the Parish Council, by Helsby Community Association, a Committee made up of representatives from organisations that are members of the Association, and volunteers. It is a well-used asset to the Village. We have 6 meetings per year, on the fourth Wednesday of alternate months, beginning in January.

We are now looking for some more volunteers to join our Committee, and help with the running of the Centre. If you have a couple of hours to spare 6 times a year, and would like to join us in running the Centre, please contact John Carter, General Secretary on Helsby 723441 or email him on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. He will be pleased to hear from you, and answer any questions you may have about joining us.

Throughout September a survey of residents’ attitudes towards Shale Gas Fracking was conducted in the Frodsham and Helsby areas. The survey was conducted by local residents group ‘Frack Free Frodsham and Helsby’, and supported by Frodsham Town Council. Guiding the process was an internationally renowned data analyst who ensured that the survey was undertaken in a fair and transparent way according to best practice guidelines.

Results for the Frodsham area have been analysed and published in a comprehensive report. 77.7% of respondents believed fracking would be a bad thing for the area, 9.1% believed fracking would be a good thing for the area, and 13.2% did not know or had no opinion. Results have been announced to Frodsham Town Council, who will make the report accessible on their website. Helsby residents and councillors will be notified of Helsby survey results in the next couple of weeks.

Fracking surveys in neighbouring areas show similar results – 76% against fracking in Guilden Sutton, 81.7% against fracking in Mickle Trafford, 86% against fracking in Upton, Chester.

The Frodsham survey highlights the growing concern of many residents regarding the threat of Unconventional Gas Extraction – ‘fracking’, in their area. The survey follows seismic testing, which was undertaken in Helsby and parts of Frodsham by TESLA, acting on behalf of IGas to determine the viability of ‘fracking’. In March 2016, IGas signed a £30 million deal with INEOS, in a tie-up designed to expand IGas’s exploration efforts. INEOS have also launched a series of private meetings with parish and town councils, to promote its interest in shale gas fracking.

Katy Case, a Year 13 student at Helsby High School, is hoping to compete in the semi-finals of Miss England in June at Kelham Hall, Nottinghamshire.

Katy, 17, plans to study Drama and English at Loughborough University. Katy has co-written several plays, has performed at Chester’s Open Air Theatre and works as a TV extra.

Katy feels it’s important that people understand that Miss England is about helping and inspiring young women. Katy is going to run the Chester half marathon in order to raise money for the pageant’s charity ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ and will hold other local fundraising events.

The semi-finals consists of four categories; the Evening Gown, Eco Fashion, Sports and Talent rounds. If crowned Miss England, Katy would have the opportunity to support charities and community groups around the country.

Voting for the girls begins at the start of February. Katy would like people to support her to help others. To vote for Katy visit the Miss England website.

http://www.missengland.info/regionals/semi-heat-4

Forest Hills Hotel has been announced as the winner of Outstanding Contribution Award, at the prestigious 2017 Best Western Awards, supported by Taittinger. The awards were announced by BBC’s Nigel Barden at the group’s Annual Members Conference at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, on Tuesday 24th January.

Forest Hills Hotel in Frodsham, a 58 Bedroom Hotel with Wedding and banqueting facilities for up to 200 won the Award by working closely with Best Western to their core values, branding and promoting the “Hotels with Personality”.

The Hotel were also shortlisted for a charitable contribution award for the fundraising for the Brides Night Out in 2016, where £1287.50 was raised by the Hotel and Kym Lawson for Halton Hospice and Cancer Research.  Also for the Frodsham Music Festival, that is back again this year on the hill on the 24th June.

Kieran McCabe, General Manager and Director of Best Western Forest Hills Hotel said, “Winning this is a great achievement for our Hotel and very much to do with the hard work all the team put in to deliver the best hotel experience for each and every customer. All the Best Western Hotels are independently owned and managed, but all flying under the Best Western Brand, and we have embraced this and take pride in achieving the high standards expected by the group. A huge thank you to all our customers and friends who voted for us.”

Rob Payne, CEO of Best Western GB said: “Forest Hills Hotel is a worthy winner in the Best Western GB Awards which celebrate our great properties and the brilliant people that help make us such a special collection of independent hotels.”

For more information about the hotel please contact:

KIERAN MCCABE, General Manager/Director Or HELEN DAVENPORT, Sales Manager

Best Western Forest Hills Hotel, Overton Hill, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 6HH 

Tel; 01928 735255

E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / www.foresthillshotel.com 

Cheshire West and Chester Council are working in partnership with Kier and The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to encourage people to recycle their food waste. We throw away over 20,000 tonnes of food waste every year in Cheshire West and Cheshire! So recycling food waste is a priority for us.

We provide a weekly collection for food waste along with your other recycling. Simply put all your food waste including plate scrapings, tea bags, peelings, bread and gone off food into your brown food recycling bin. You can use any type of plastic bag to contain the food waste e.g. supermarket carrier bags, pedal bin liners, nappy bags or the bags your fruit and veg comes in.

All the food waste we collect gets recycled into energy to power our homes and fertiliser to help our farmers grow more crops.

If food gets disposed of in the black bins it can increase greenhouse gas pollution which is its bad for the environment and costs the Council millions of pounds a year – money which would be better spent on local services.  So it’s cleaner, greener and more efficient for everyone if we all recycle our food waste every week.

Did you know – for every six tea bags you recycle we can generate enough green energy to boil a kettle!

To order a free kitchen caddy or brown food recycling bin visit our website: 

www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk  

Is your community project eligible for the new Marshes Community Benefit Fund?

The Marshes Community Benefit Fund (MCBF) launches on 22nd November 2016. Community projects near the Frodsham Wind Farm could share benefits of up to £120,000 a year.

Governed by an independent panel made up of local individuals, the Fund will distribute a grant from Frodsham Wind Farm Limited of up to £120,000 a year across approved projects in Frodsham, Helsby, Elton and surrounding areas. The MCBF coverage area is identified by the map on the website www.marshescbf.uk which will go live shortly after the 22nd November 2016.

Community groups, charities, schools, businesses and clubs may apply to the MCBF governing Panel for funding towards not-for-profit projects which are designed to benefit the local communities. Guidelines for applications and details of the award process are available on the MCBF website.

The launch of the MCBF runs ahead of the anticipated final commissioning of Frodsham Wind Farm in December this year.

The deadline for the first round of applications will be 28th February 2017, all applications for grants will be assessed by the Panel.

For details of the Fund and information on the application process you can visit the new website www.marshescbf.uk which will open after the 22nd November.

Thirty Scouts, Explorer and Network Scouts aged 12 to 18, from Mersey Weaver Scout District have been selected to attend the world’s northernmost Jamboree in Bodø, Norway.

A key aspect of the expedition is that contingent members must raise all the funds themselves. The challenge is on to raise £33,000 in eight months! The group are seeking sponsorship and donations from individuals and local businesses. Opportunities include t-shirt and kit sponsor, both of which will feature prominently the sponsor’s name and logo. To discuss please call Michelle on 07856 177517.

The Jamboree is the opportunity of a lifetime for the contingent who will spend the second week of their trip with a Norwegian host family. Situated 67 degrees north, above the Arctic Circle with beautiful mountain views. Bodø is the capital of Nordland county and surrounded by some of the most pristine wilderness in Norway. In the summer weeks, the sun never sets, providing a unique light, day and night!

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