President Kathleen Wilkinson is the first Lady President at Helsby Golf Club, she is a past Lady Captain and has been a member of the Towers Lane Club for 50 years. Her family also has strong link to the club: her husband Colin is a past Captain, and her daughter Julia came through the junior ranks and her mother was a Past Lady Captain.

Due to the impact of the Coronavirus on the golfing season this year, Kathleen and the Captain, Chris Stubbs and Lady Captain, Chris Marsden will stay in office for the 2021 season too.

Older People Active Lives

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We are a family owned and run business, who have been delivering excellent care and support to adults in their own homes or other settings throughout Runcorn, Widnes and Liverpool since 2011. We are proud to have been recognised and rated as ‘Good’ by CQC at our inspections, and know that this is in part due to the lengths that we go to in providing an amazing service, first time, every time.

Winners of the Great Weaver Words Writing Competition (junior section) have been announced and awarded certificates plus £200 worth of book token prizes.

Norley and Helsby Horn’s Mill primary schools both have a winner and five runners-up in the competition, which was sponsored by the Frodsham and Helsby Rotary Club.

Judged by award-winning writer and festival patron Tim Firth, the creative writing competition winners would normally have been announced at a special schools event as part of the five day Weaver Words Literature Festival, which was due to be staged in Frodsham at the end of April this year.

Sadly it was postponed until early May 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak but festival organisers were keen to award the prizes before the end of the summer term when some children are due to change schools. The senior school key stage 3 prize will be held over and awarded at the 2021 festival.

From 13 March 2021 to 30 March 2021 they will take part in Everest Base Camp Trek with Discover Adventure.

Everest Base Camp, perched on the Khumbu Glacier at the foot of Everest is at an altitude of 5600 metres. The entire trek is 130 km (80 miles) round trip. Matt is a Personal Trainer and is qualified in Sports Massage so he will be able to offer his 79 year old Grandad advice, help and support prior to the trek and also along the way.

Alan’s niece, Izzy McEgan, after finishing her first year at Liverpool University in July 2019 was working at Camp America when she was diagnosed with stage 4 renal cell carcinoma. She flew home to immediately begin treatment, despite being told the condition was too advanced to be curable.

On 25th June and after 8 years of great service, the Helsby Golf Club secretary Steve Collins retired. There was a socially distant presentation to Steve by Captain Chris Stubbs and Club Director, Christian Lindley. They both thanked Steve for his help and support over the last 8 years and wished him many years of happy retirement. Numerous gifts from the members were presented to Steve and some flowers for his wife Jane.

The new secretary is Kieran McCabe and after joining the club in June, Kieran worked closely with Steve before assuming full control when Steve left.

Kieran is a seasoned hospitality professional with 40 years experience in the Golf, hotel and leisure industry and has taken up his new role during what can only be described as an extremely busy and demanding time for the Industry. Kieran’s experience within the sector is extensive, starting his career with the De Vere group of Hotels and recently managing a large hotel locally.

Kieran said “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity at one of Cheshire’s most prestigious courses and having had a long relationship with Helsby GC in terms of being a playing member and supporting all the charities the club is involved with - it’s a very exciting time to join the team and it’s really like coming home!”

Opening Late 2020

Progress on our new clubhouse is continuing well and our new facility remains on track to open later this year. With a new 3G pitch, artificial bowling greens, tennis courts and the clubhouse itself offering three bars/function rooms, a snooker lounge and a meeting room available for hire, we hope to be able to offer something for everyone.

Home to Football, Rugby, Running, Tennis and Bowls clubs – along with snooker and darts teams – we have a number of affordable membership packages available. For more information give us a call, visit the club’s website or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The long-awaited opening of the new Clubhouse gives the local community an opportunity to come together under one roof. To take part in new activities together, build new friendships and a stronger community.


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Lady Captain of Helsby Golf Club, Christine Marsden, has named the Neuro Therapy Centre as her charity of the year.

She said: “My father had Motor Neurone Disease and I have friends and relatives with MS, Huntingdon’s Disease and other neurological conditions, so I realise how important exercise and socialising is to people with these health concerns. The centre and its staff provide the facilities and support whereby people with neurological conditions can join in various fitness classes and meet up with friends.”

We are all invited to become maniacs on the floor next year when Runcorn-based The Zodiac brings the critically-acclaimed Flashdance The Musical to The Grange Theatre, Hartford, Northwich, in April 2021.

The Zodiac, an award-winning local musical theatre society with members from across Cheshire, is the first amatuer group to receive the rights to perform Flashdance The Musical in the North West.

The show is based on the 1983 movie of the same name, which follows the story of steelworker Alex Owens as she auditions to get into the prestigious Shipley Academy to follow her dream of becoming a professional dancer.

Evie’s NHS Rainbows

At the beginning of lockdown, 8 Year old Evie from Manley raised an incredible £2,000 in just 17 days by selling hand made little wooden rainbows from an honesty table.

Evie’s Mummy, Susannah takes up the story “Evie started off with a table at the top of our road but sadly it was stolen during the first week! So her Grandad (who she calls Pops) made her a new one and set it up at the end of our drive, chained to a tree!

We had so many orders for the rainbows and were very grateful for help in making them from children and staff from Horn’s Mill Primary, Alvanley & Manley Federated School and Homestead Nursery. That’s how the amazing amount of £2000 was raised.

Helsby Tennis Club, Frodsham Youth Association and Horn’s Mill Preschool are among the community projects that will benefit from the latest series of grants.

A variety of community-based projects have been awarded just over £73,000 in the latest, the fifth, round of awards since the Marshes Community Benefit Fund was established in 2016.

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 Wind Farm Limited.

During lockdown Dawn, who owns the Elizabeth Arnold Sewing Studio at Lady Heyes has used her time and skill making much needed scrubs and face coverings for careworkers. Assisted by her sister Sandra, who happily stepped in to help, they have so far donated 352 sets of scrubs and 352 wash bags for the scrubs to be safely transported home. Dawn has also made over 200 face coverings for care homes. Fantastic effort ladies.

Initially Dawn made scrubs for friends and family who work in the NHS then some fabric was kindly donated by John at Perfect Floors & Interiors. It was then that Sandra started to help with the cutting out but 10 days later production ground to a halt when Dawn’s overlocker broke down. Local resident, Phillipa Cowley organised a ‘go fund me’ page and within hours there was more than enough money to buy a new machine plus more fabric and elastic so they carried on.

The Coronavirus Covid-19 has brought a great deal of uncertainty to all our lives. Many of you will be self-isolating or have friends / family that are doing so. We are here to help.

We are a group of local volunteers based in and around Frodsham and the local area who, together with representatives of Churches Together and Frodsham Town Council, have come together during a time when some people are finding it hard to access the help that they need. We would like to support the community we live in and ensure that no one is left isolated or without support.

Your first port of call for support will be your network of family, friends and neighbours and for most this will be sufficient. There are also a range of goods and services available locally that can provide deliveries and we have left space on the contacts list for you to add these as they start to provide services in the coming weeks.

If you are not able to access these local networks or services for any reason, we are here to help.

The Rotary Club of Frodsham and Helsby is launching Rotary Challenge 2020; 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. This is the fourth year the scheme has been operated.

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.

In the application process, the applicant(s) will need to demonstrate that there is a benefit to them and/or the local community, which is derived from the activity or project for which funds are being sought. However, the application cannot be part of on-going funding for a project.

Closing date for applications is 30th April 2020. Applicants under the age of 18 will require parental consent. The successful applicants (max 2 representatives per application) should be available to receive their awards at the Rotary Club meeting on 11th June 2020.

For further information regarding the application process, full terms & conditions plus details of the assessment criteria, please go to where you will also be able to download an application form.

Application forms are also available from Ian Tickle Estate Agents, 108 Main Street, Frodsham.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or queries regarding the application process.

Weaver Words Literature Festival, which was due to be staged in Frodsham from 29 April – 3 May, has sadly been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The five day programme for the biennial festival at Frodsham Community Centre will now be moved to Wednesday 5 – Saturday 9 May 2021. The deadline for the Flash Fiction Competition, sponsored by FDR Law, will be extended by 11 months to 28 February 2021, and the winners announced at the new festival in 2021.

The Great Weaver Words writing prize for children, sponsored by Frodsham and Helsby Rotary, will be judged next month as planned, and prizes awarded in a new ceremony to be arranged later this year.

Weaver Words festival manager, Lynn Pegler, said: “We are extremely disappointed we’ve had to postpone the literature festival but given the current health situation, we felt this was the only responsible course open to us.

“The intention is to move the whole programme forward by a year, subject to availability of speakers. We have deliberately extended the deadline for the Flash Fiction competition to be in line with the new festival dates in 2021. With everyone confined to their homes for weeks, perhaps this is an ideal time to try your hand at writing at a bite-sized story – only 300 words! More details are on our website.”

Any tickets already booked through the website will automatically be refunded. People who bought tickets at the Community Centre or Dandelion will be contacted separately to arrange refunds.

For more details see the festival website

Kingsley Players have enjoyed record success at the 2020 North West awards from NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association).

At a glittering awards dinner and ceremony at Knutsford’s Mere Golf and Country Club, the group beat off stiff competition from other theatre groups to win four awards from an outstanding total of 14 nominations.

Colin Smith, Kingsley Players chairman, said: “The NODA awards are a phenomenal achievement and a fantastic tribute to the whole team, both on stage and behind the scenes, who work so hard to bring our theatrical productions to life”.

The Zodiac was also honoured at the awards with an award for ‘Services to Inspiring Musical Theatre’ – given for their hard work and dedication to inspiring local amateur theatre.

This surprise award was given to The Zodiac at the District 8 Awards, where they were nominated in six categories, of which they won Best Musical Direction for their 2019 production of Monty Python’s SPAMalot.

Craig Price, resident Musical Director for the society, was delighted to win the award. He will now be entered into the NODA Regional Awards in May. Chairman of The Zodiac, Jude Kenyon, said: “We are absolutely over the moon to be recognised again by NODA for our efforts to bringing local audiences top-quality musical theatre”.

On a crisp wintery day, the new officials at Helsby Golf Club took part in the annual Club Drive In competition recently.

Captain Chris Stubbs from Kingsley, Lady Captain Chris Marsden from Chester and President Kathleen Wilkinson from Ellesmere Port were delighted to hit drives more or less down the middle of the fairway in the traditional start to their year in office!

Captain Chris Stubbs has been a member at Helsby for 39 years, is a retired Commercial Manager and former Secretary of the Towers Lane Club. Lady Captain Chris Marsden joined Helsby 6 years ago and is a retired Research Chemical Manager who counts bridge, tennis, skiing and theatre amongst her hobbies. President Kathleen Wilkinson is the Club’s first Lady President and is a past Lady Captain and member for 50 years. Her family has strong link to the club: her husband is a past Captain, daughter Julia came through the junior ranks and her mother was a Past Lady Captain.

The chosen charities for the year are - for the Captain, Claire House Hospice and for the Lady Captain, The Neurotherapy Centre in Saltney Chester. Both will be raising money for these very worthwhile charities with a variety of events planned throughout the year.

Congratulations to Noemi Hawkin who recently celebrated her 100th Birthday and received a beautiful flower arrangement from Breda Lawson at Frodsham Foot Clinic.

Many thanks to Noemi’s daughter, Francis for sharing this fascinating story...

Since my mother Noemi reached the incredible age of 100 years old recently, I have had requests from a few people asking to know more details of her life. During the years I grew up, I always felt I knew too little of her early life in Germany – she would not be persuaded to talk much about it nor write it down. Much of what I know and have written here, comes from my memory of several hours of a videotaped interview with the Holocaust Foundation (Shoa) that my mother finally agreed to do in the late 1990s – as a way of preserving the past to honour those 6 million who perished. I should apologise if there is too much detail here for some, but I am writing it with a few different purposes in mind.

Frieda (aka Noemi – her non-official, non-Germanic/Jewish name, assumed from the date she arrived in Palestine) was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1919, the second child of three. (Her father had served in WW1 for the Kaiser’s army. Somewhere we have a photograph of my grandfather in uniform with his spiked helmet on). Noemi’s family was Jewish, but not Orthodox. They did not keep strict Kosher but celebrated the traditional Jewish festivals. They lived in an apartment overlooking the city zoo in a ‘mixed’ area (i.e. living alongside people of other faiths). While Noemi’s father was still alive (he died of an illness in the 1930s) they lived quite well, employing a maid to help with housework. What few goods and chattels she still has from that era is very good quality, saved by relatives who were able to leave Germany before the start of WW2 – for instance silver fish knives, and large damask tablecloths from my grandmother’s trousseau. Noemi’s parents used to go away on their own in the summer (e.g. to a Health Spa), sending the children separately – each to stay with one of their three aunts. Noemi has fond memories of her holidays ‘in the country’ with one of her aunts who lived in a relatively simple, farming community.

2020 promises to see a new dawn for Helsby Community Sports Club, with the long-awaited opening of our new Clubhouse. With it, the local community has an opportunity to come together under a new roof. To build new friendships. To take part in new activities together. To build a stronger community.

Helsby Community Sports Club is an entirely volunteer-run organisation that for thirty years have operated out of the former BICC Sports & Social Club – much of that in a building that has become increasingly dilapidated. Nevertheless we have survived and prospered. The move to a new clubhouse offers a new beginning, but in order to fulfil the potential, we desperately need new volunteers NOW, to help us start the journey to our new home.

During an evening of “Glitz and Glamour”, the Powered Wheelchair Appeal from Helsby Golf Club recently celebrated the donation of 5 wheelchairs including the milestone 400th to local deserving youngsters.

The celebration was held at Chester Racecourse and was organised by the Powered Wheelchair Committee and supporters. Around 230 guests attended a fun filled evening including a champagne reception, three course dinner, live musical entertainment from singer Jess Malone and band The Singles Table. There were also casino tables, raffles and a grand charity auction.

The highlight of the evening however was the presentation of 5 powered wheelchairs to;

Schools in Cheshire are being urged to join the fight against cancer by adding Cancer Research UK's Race for Life Schools to the timetable.

The charity is inviting primary and secondary schools across the country to hold their own Race for Life events and help fund vital life-saving research.

Every day, 110 people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West. And that's why Cancer Research UK is calling on school across the region to sign up now at Race for Life Schools is completely free to enter and participating schools can choose a day that fits with the term calendar, and a distance which suits the age and abilities of all pupils. Every school that signs up will receive a free resource kit specially created by the charity. The kit includes everything schools need to plan their own Race for Life Schools event such as posters, top fundraising tips, assembly plans and a special medal for every pupil that takes part. Participating schools are encouraged to fundraise and money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping to save more lives.

North Cheshire’s award-winning Highfield Male Voice Choir is re-locating to a new rehearsal venue in Frodsham and has launched an appeal for new singers and an accompanist.

The choir performs up to 15 concerts a year, many in association with local schools, but membership has fallen to less than 40 singers in recent years and the choir feels it would benefit from an injection of new blood.

After Christmas, the Highfield changes its rehearsal to Frodsham Community Centre and hopes to reinvigorate membership by recruiting new singers and an accompanist.

For more information visit the website: 

Or contact John Powell on tel: 07514 529995

Anniversary celebration logo competition

At our recent Macmillan coffee morning a local resident, Mrs June Carrington came to Helsby High School to judge our 70th Anniversary logo competition. We were particularly proud to have June attend as it had been 70 years since she had stood in our main hall and her memories of helping bring books to Helsby Grammar School (at the time) from the previous Runcorn school came flooding back.

Helsby Grammar School was built as the replacement site for the Runcorn school 80 years ago but during WW2 the Army took over the building as war broke out. After 10 years and some refurbishments, it became Helsby Grammar School for Girls and Helsby Grammar School for Boys. As part of the comprehensive agenda the school changed names to become Helsby High School in the 1970’s. It was June that contacted the school to reminisce about her visits to the school and confirm this momentous year for Helsby High School.

A magical evening awaits you at Chester Cathedral on Friday 29th November

For many in Cheshire, The Spirit of Christmas at Chester Cathedral signals the start of Christmas. Now in its 24th year, this spectacular star-studded event has seen an array of popular television and film actors take to the stage to perform festive readings and songs. Previous celebrities have included Jim Broadbent, Alison Steadman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Carey Mulligan and Imelda Staunton to name just a few!

The concert is hosted by Matthew Kelly of Stars in Their Eyes fame and is in support of the Neuromuscular Centre in Winsford, a charity that provides a range of specialist services and unique opportunities for people with muscular dystrophy, a progressive and debilitating muscle wasting condition with no known cure. Matthew brings along his friends from stage and screen, and we’re very excited to announce the first two to join this year’s line-up: David Morrissey and Selina Cadell*.


It was a day of celebrations on Saturday 19th October as Les Harris Jewellers marked 50 years of business in Frodsham.

The fizz was flowing and the shop was full of customers, friends and family enjoying the occasion. We were all delighted to see the main man himself and many people were reminiscing with Les about visiting the shop since their childhood. Happy memories of adding to their charm bracelet or to choose a gift with a parent.

On the day there was a visit from the Mayor of Frodsham, Councillor Liam Jones as well as exclusive offers to take advantage of and one lucky winner went away with the Golden Ticket in a prize draw, winning £50 worth of jewellery!

Many of you will know that when Les retired he handed the reins over to daughter Niki and son in law, Andy. Ably assisted by Sophie and Claire.

Following several days of prolonged heavy rain, Helsby Golf Club managed to hold their annual golfing “Wheelchair Classic” charity fundraiser. Despite unseasonally wet conditions and as a result of fantastic work round the clock by the Club greens staff and volunteers, the competition was held over 16 holes. Approximately 120 golfers took part in the competition, dried off and then enjoyed a meal back in the clubhouse!

Undoubtedly the highlight was the presentation of 5 wheelchairs in the evening to deserving local youngsters. Finally a raffle and charity auction took place and a fantastic total of just over £15,000 was raised on the day for the charity!

Frodsham Community Association (FCA), a group of volunteers based in Frodsham, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Frodsham Community Association provides safe, accessible and friendly facilities for community groups to meet and interact, to the benefit of participants’ mental and physical wellbeing and social cohesion. A volunteer committee of dedicated (in all senses), local people, who are also involved in the groups, ensure efficient and cooperative operation to sustain this very large community centre providing excellent facilities for groups, clubs, stage productions, meeting rooms, family events and occasions.

The Centre opened in 1969 is celebrating 50 years with a week end of activities in October and with this award has even more to celebrate.

Our clubs in Helsby and Frodsham are desperate for volunteers.

We could really do with more drivers, cooks and volunteers to help run the club. If you have any spare time on a Tuesday or Thursday and want to help out in your local community, please get in touch.

Contact Zoe Blocksidge on 07562 619 275.

A variety of community-based projects have been awarded just over £63,000 in the latest round of awards since the Marshes Community Benefit Fund was established in 2016.

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 independent Panel agreed to award £63,000 to eight projects which, in the views of the Panel majority, best met the requirements and objectives of the Community Benefit Fund.

The successful applicants are:-

Admission is free, however donations will be welcomed and will be put towards funding our Rotary Club’s chosen Local, National and International charities and good causes.

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.

Huge congratulations to Bob Day who last month won the Frodsham and District Billiard League, receiving The Catherall Cup for Individual Merit. An award that he first won 66 years ago in the 1951-1952 league, aged 22 years.

The Catherall Cup was first presented in 1939 by AJ Catherall Esq. and Bob was also the proud recipient in the 1966-67 league and also in the 1967-68 league. It is a massive acheivement to win it once again, especially at 88 years; infact he is the oldest person to have ever won the cup - well done Bob!

Bob started playing billiards at the age of 14 and currently plays for the team at Manley Village Hall. He is now the proud Captain of the team and still plays with the same cue that he has had for 70 years, after aquiring it for the pricely donation of £2!

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