A diverse range of community projects have been awarded just over £66,000 in the fourth 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 twelve applications, totalling just over £238,315 competing for a total of £67,000 of funding available in this round.

The independent Panel of local residents agreed to award £66,919 to five projects which, in the views of the Panel majority, best met the requirements and objectives of the Community Benefit Fund. The successful applicants are:

  • Frodsham Junior Football Club £40,000 towards a 3G pitch at Helsby High School.
  • Helsby Hillside School £7,123 for a running track
  • Helsby Parish Council £2,000 for two defibrillators
  • Frodsham Castle Park Arts Centre £15,000 for a new elevator
  • Frodsham Film Society £2,796 for a new projector lamp

For details of the Fund and information on the application process you can visit the website www.marshescbf.uk applications for the next round of funds will re-open on 1st December 2018 and close on 28th February 2019

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019 Frodsham Juniors Football Club, a much loved and respected sporting institution in the local area has received fabulous support for its 3G at 40 fund raising campaign with over £100,000 secured for the project.

The 3G at 40 Campaign is raising funds to enable the build of a 3G-football facility at Helsby High School in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The realisation of this project will not only provide Frodsham JFC with a state-of-the-art, safe and secure all weather pitch for training and match days, it will also provide Helsby High School and local primary schools with exclusive use of the facility during school hours. The wider Helsby & Frodsham community will also benefit with access to the facility for social usage.

Our new Panto is ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’. The script has been written by Ben Crocker and we will be producing this script by arrangement with Ben Crocker Pantomines in January 2019. Performances run from Sunday 6th January 2019 to Saturday 12th January 2019 (no performance on Wednesday 9th January 2019) at Frodsham Community Centre. Booking forms available at the Centre.

Boe Kilshaw, aged 13 from Helsby has undertaken a huge challenge, to read 50 books by Christmas. She is a very keen reader & has been inspired to use her hobby to raise money for a very worthy cause.

Her cousin, Jessica was born 16 weeks early last year & received amazing life saving treatment in the neonatal intensive care at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester for many months. Jessica is now home & recently celebrated her first birthday.

Boe has decided she would like to raise money for the unit as a thank you for the miracles they performed for her cousin. So far Boe has raised £1060 and is still accepting sponsorship donations until Christmas. If you feel inspired to donate please visit the following just giving page, every single pound will make a huge difference for this amazing cause.

Thank you. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sharon-cowap

The total profit raised this year at the 8th (and last) Frodsham Charity Music Festival was £12,483. This brings the total profit from all of the Festivals to a huge £106,515!

At the start of the Festival’s a target was set of £100,000 to raise for local good causes. To reach and exceed the initial target on this the last Festival is fantastic - congratulations and a massive well done to all involved and supported the Festivals.

Helsby GC recently hosted their 17th Merseyside Entertainers Golfing Association (MEGA) Day. After everyone had enjoyed a fine afternoon of golf, the highlight of the day was the presentation of powered wheelchairs to 2 local youngsters.

The first chair was presented to 10 year old Isabella Gray from Liverpool. The second chair went to 14 year old Tom Gate from Rostherne near Knutsford. Both Isabella and Tom are enjoying the independence their new wheelchairs are providing.

Sue Huntbach Manager / EYP Horn’s Mill Pre-School takes up the story...

“These two Mums Helen Reynolds and Debbie Waterson ran the Helsby Half Marathon in January, they were fundraising for a specialist swing for Horn’s Mill Pre-School.

We have quite a few children with complex additional needs attending Pre-School and we all thought it would be a very worthy cause to give these children a resource that they would enjoy and they certainly do!!

The mums raised over £400 in sponsorship and the remaining money after purchasing the swing went to buy resources for our on-going sensory room for our children with SEND (Special Education Needs and Disability)

So all the children and staff at Pre-School would like to say a great big thank you to Helen and Debbie!!”

Kingsley Players stormed to success in the 2018 Cheshire Theatre Guild awards by winning the county’s Best Overall Production for Goodnight Mr Tom, plus four other awards.

The Kingsley Players Youth Theatre production of Arabian Nights was presented with a special Adjudicator’s Award and Eleanor Roberts, who played Shahrazad, was named Most Promising Young Female Actor.

Matthew Betteridge and Ben Mather Dodd, who played the young boys William and Zach in Goodnight Mr Tom, were jointly awarded Best Young Actor in a Senior Production, and Cinderella was given the Best Costume Award and named Best Panto runner-up.

The Richardson Racing team added more silverware to its ever-growing tally as the Ginetta Junior Championship headed for Oulton Park for the fifth round of the year.

Qualifying for the opening race of the weekend saw Luke Browning who is from Kingsley storm to pole position on his local circuit. The opening race on Saturday afternoon would prove to be a strong one for Luke, who maintained his position out front at the start and was never headed as he crossed the line for a fourth victory of the season. Unfortunately however, a kerb strike during the race damaged the diff on the car, which resulted in it losing oil – meaning that the required amount of fluids weren’t in the car when post race checks were carried out.

On Saturday 9th June staff from Rowlinsons Solicitors successfully walked the arduous 34 mile/55 kilometre Sandstone Trail in aid of OPAL Services in just one day. 25 people started the challenge from Whitchurch at 7:15am with the first finishers reaching the firms Frodsham office, 11 hours 30 minutes later at 6:45pm!

OPAL Services, Rowlinsons’ charity of the year in 2018, provide services for elderly people in Frodsham and the surrounding areas, many of whom are war heroes, that often get forgotten about. They aim to prevent loneliness and isolation by enabling those elderly people that have little or no family and friends to get out and socialise with others.

Huge congratulations to Jim and Barb McGrath from Complete Security Service of Frodsham as this month they celebrate 35 very successful years in business.

Following a career as an electrician working on oil rigs and power stations Jim, along with his wife Barb set up Complete Security Service, or CSS as most of us refer to it on 4th July 1983. Over the last 35 years the business has grown substantially, covering the whole of the North West and employes over twenty local staff, including both daughters; Lyn is Accounts Manager and Sue is the Senior Administrator and so it has become a true family affair.

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.

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