Six community-based projects have been awarded £44,000 in the latest, ninth, round of awards since the Marshes Community Benefit Fund was established in 2016.

Guidelines for applications and details of the award process are available on the MCBF website.

Closing date for the next round of awards is the 31st August 2021.

As we all start to take a few tentative steps out of lockdown, Frodsham Players are pleased to announce that they are back in rehearsal (Covid safe of course) for their next production.

An outdoor production, The Players will perform Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind in the Willows”.

Many will be familiar with the Alan Bennett version of this classic tale, but this is a new version by Mike Kenny. Toad Hall is “in need of renovation” the Weasels are in occupation, and favourite characters Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad, re-tell their previous adventures, with a supporting cast of colourful characters.

Performances will be staged in front of Castle Park House, Castle Park, Frodsham in the evenings of July 7th - 10th (7.30pm), with additional matinees on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th (2.30pm).

Tickets (£10 adult, £5 children, under 4’s free) are available at www.frodshamplayers.com or by calling the Box Office on: 07775 211836

Why not bring your picnic rug or picnic chairs, your refreshments, and join us for what promises to be a fresh look at a much- loved story and support live, local theatre?

Frodsham based One Voice Community Choir has been awarded a £3,000 grant from The National Lottery Community Fund to help with its relaunch.

One Voice now hopes to return to weekly rehearsals from the 23rd June at Main Street Community Church, Main Street, Frodsham at 7.15pm. The choir will be led by their new highly experienced Musical Director, Joe Mann, who is known for his involvement in the Chester Mystery Plays and fringe productions.

The choir is open to everyone and all singing abilities. There are no auditions required and anyone interested in joining One Voice should either go along to rehearsal or get in touch via the choir’s website www.onevoicecommunitychoir.org or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you John for being my very first advertiser!

I wish you health & happiness in your well deserved retirement.... Enjoy!

John Pendleton or as many of you know him as ‘Odd Jobs John’ is retiring at 72yrs and I’m sure that you will join me in wishing him all the very best. It seams really surreal that he was my first ever advertiser back in May 2005!

John has advertised with me ever since and over the years I’ve heard from so many people how happy that they have been with the work that he’s done for them.

John and his lovely wife, Eileen celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary last August and although sadly it wasn’t on a cruise as planned, they had a fabulous holiday in the Lake District.

John, thank you for encouraging me with Helsby To Hand, I will always be grateful to you and thanks also for this wonderful poem which made me emotional but also laugh out loud when I recall us chatting away so well that we almost departed without paying the bill!!

Enjoy your retirement John, spending time with your family and friends, singing with Runcorn Community Choir, painting, writing poetry and going on lovely walks with little Harriet, your gorgeous dog.

From John to me....

New services in Frodsham Helsby and Elton

Employment Support Link Worker

The employment support pilot scheme aims to provide emotional and practical support to individuals registered with a GP surgery in the Frodsham, Helsby, and Elton areas who have been affected by employment-related issues due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.

The Employment Support Link Worker can provide practical support in the form of job searches, CV and cover letter review and writing guidance, interview skills, creating a vocational profile to help understand a person’s skills and strengths, along with identifying any possible barriers on the road to employment.

The Employment Support Link Worker can also provide information and advice on employment rights, in-work, and job seeker benefits, signpost to other agencies to provide more specialised support.

By providing this service to those struggling with unemployment-related issues, we feel we can empower those accessing the service to achieve positive outcomes to their employment issues and as a result improve their overall health and wellbeing.

We live through troubling times with the pandemic and an economic recession. Climate change is bringing other dramatic impacts including a warming world, threats to people’s health and livelihood, melting ice and rising sea levels and extinction threatening many species of our planet.

‘Climate Action Frodsham’ (CAF) is a concerned Frodsham community group which is ready, when Covid-19 regulations allow, to circulate thousands of leaflets in Frodsham to promote what the community can do to counter Climate change.

The CAF leaflet encourages Frodsham residents to make their voices heard by the local MP, the CWaC climate emergency task force who support community action and local CWaC councillors.

The leaflet also contains 9 good ideas to reduce your carbon footprint and encourages residents to speak with family and neighbours about working together towards a better future for all creatures and plants that live on the Earth.

A good example is the work being done by the CAF group is to encourage CWaC to give serious attention to installing solar panels on the roofs of Frodsham primary schools. Your ideas and contribution will be welcomed by the group who can be contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PEOPLE across the region are being encouraged to look beyond lockdown by making a date to join Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Cheshire.

The charity’s much-loved events are aiming to return to the area later in the year but with socially distanced measures to help keep participants safe.

COVID-19 has caused a devastating loss of research funding. Cancer Research UK is predicting a staggering £300 million drop in income over the next three years which could put future medical breakthroughs at risk.

That’s why the charity is calling on men, women and children to fight back against the devastating disease by entering a Race for Life event. Money raised will help scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, helping to save more lives.

Every year around 42,300 people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West* and one in two people in the UK born after 1960 will get cancer in their lifetime.**

The Race for Life events take place at Tatton Park on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June, and at The Cheshire County Sports Club, Chester on Sunday, July 18, and are open to people of all ages and abilities.

Plans for new cycle paths have been proposed for more areas in Cheshire West and Chester.

The new cycling infrastructure is planned for Frodsham, Helsby, Hartford, Weaverham and Northwich.

There are three new schemes proposed as part of plans to make cycling ‘safer’ and “encourage more people to consider this as an option for both leisure and commuting.”

The three schemes are:

Hartford / Weaverham: B5153 Northwich Road (part) – linking Hartford and Weaverham and serving local schools.

Northwich: A559 / A533 (part) – improving links to Northwich town centre.

Frodsham / Helsby: A56 corridor (part) – improving links between the two villages and to Helsby High School.

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Launching post-lockdown, the new Helsby Community Sports Club aims to be THE place to go for sport, recreation and leisure activities for the people of Helsby, Frodsham and the surrounding rural villages.

Catering for all ages we currently are home to Football and Rugby Teams, resident Bowls, Running and Tennis clubs and our social membership also includes snooker and darts teams. The facilities that our new clubhouse offers will be amongst the best of the country – a state-of-the-art 4G pitch that in addition to providing a great venue for Helsby Football Club, will also serve as a fantastic training facility for Helsby Rugby Club’s Senior and Junior teams; two new artificial bowling greens will enable all-year-round bowling; and in addition to catering for Tennis on the club’s four adult courts, the club will also be able to accommodate Netball matches on one of the courts.

This has been a difficult year for everyone. In a year when we should have come together to remember the anniversaries of VE Day, The Battle of Britain and VJ Day it was important to make the ‘poppy’ available to people. Sadly 2020 has also seen the Royal British Legion’s Welfare Department receive more requests for support from veterans self-isolating or suffering hardship so fund raising was never more important.

I am grateful to everyone who felt able to support the Poppy Appeal this year; to Tesco (Helsby) for allowing us to have our regular stand; to the schools and businesses who displayed our boxes but most importantly to the volunteers who gave up their time so willingly to collect, not to forget those volunteers who were self-isolating for their encouragement and good wishes. The final village total for the 2020 Poppy Appeal was £9,000.76.

Thank You to you all!

‘Every Poppy Counted'

Fiona Purcell - Poppy Organiser for Helsby

On Sunday 17th Jan it would have been the 38th Essar Four Villages Half Marathon. As you will know the majority of running events have had to be cancelled this year. Unfortunately our race has fallen victim to the pandemic too.

As well as giving the running community a great race, one of our key objectives is raising money for our local hospices - Halton Haven Hospice and Hospice of the Good Shepherd. Whilst Covid 19 curtails our ability to race, it does not reduce the need for the Hospices to raise money.

So on the intended date of the 2021 race, we set up a Just Giving page for these Hospices. The Just Giving page can be found here www.justgiving.com/team/4VHM

Helsby Running Club have donated £1,000 from our own funds (£500 for each hospice) and we are asking the running community to consider using some of the race fees they are saving to help out the Hospices.

We appreciate the fact that the pandemic is causing a lot of hardship for individuals too, so understand if people are not a position to donate but if you are able to that would be fantastic.

We are hoping to back in January 2022.

Dear Resident,

I hope you are well in these challenging times. I am writing to you today to ask you to support Helsby Post Office. As you may be aware, some time ago following a public consultation, Helsby Post Office moved into Thrifty’s Convenience Store 205 Chester Road.

You can now access a wide range of Post Office products at two open plan modern serving points open from 09:00 to 17:30 Monday to Friday and 09:00 to 15:00 on Saturday.

Helsby Parish Council has very kindly supplied the following information that details the history of our Post Office:

Runcorn Rowing Club has been established since 1894. We are a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) that ‘encourages life styles and values that benefit the local community’ (RRC development Plan Aug 2018). Our members include Liverpool University Rowing Club, Runcorn Canoe Club and the Runcorn Rowing Club (all ages from 11 - over 80, as well as beginners, schools and adaptive squads). We are run and coached by a committee of volunteers.

Our gym changing rooms and boat/canoe storage facilities are in serious need of urgent repair.

We have been working with Architects Glancy Nichols and Cost consultants Certo on preliminary designs for an ambitious project (£1-2m) to develop a new clubhouse, that will provide changing facilities, social area, kitchen, adaptive toilets, gym and additional boat storage.

In December 2020, Helsby resident Norman Littler celebrated 70 continuous years service as a member at Helsby Golf Club. To the best of our knowledge, this is a record achievement and during those years, Norman has shown a lifelong commitment to the Towers Lane Club.

Not content with being a playing member, Norman has also held the following positions:

  • Captain in 1964
  • Club President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Organiser for the Juniors for 35 years
  • Life member
  • Club Trustee and Board director

Alvanley and Manley Pre-School, Elton Community Centre and Frodsham Allotments 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 £72,000 in the latest, the eighth, 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.

Helsby Golf Club is delighted to announce the appointment of John O’Neill as the new Head Professional at the Towers Lane club.

John replaces the former Professional, Chris Cousins who along with Anthony Dempsey (Assistant Professional) has moved to a new role at Beau Desert Golf Club in Staffordshire. We thank Chris and Anthony for all their hard work at Helsby over the past few years and wish them both all the best in their new roles.

The draft appraisal of the proposed Helsby Hill Conservation Area, designed to protect and enhance the areas special architectural and historic interest, will be available to view for six weeks from 4th January 2021 on the Helsby Parish Council website.

Or at the Parish Council Offices, 200 Chester Road by appointment, Covid restrictions permitting, by phoning Claire on 01928 726433

You will be able to voice your views by post or email to Helsby Parish Council and there will be opportunities to discuss issues online with representatives from Helsby Parish Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Runcorn Rowing Club are planning a virtual escape from lockdown to raise money for their new boathouse. We are rowing, paddling, running, walking and cycling the 16,521km from Runcorn in Halton to Runcorn in Brisbane, Australia. Our just giving event site is https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/VirtualRowtoAustralia.

Our target is to raise over £8,000 - £10,000 towards the planning application for our new clubhouse (overall we need in the region of £50,000 to cover planning fees, architects and baseline surveys).

Our Rowing squads, Canoeing and University teams will compete for the most miles as we are planning a beach virtual party for Christmas.

Pupils learn from local seniors’ memories of wartime

Pupils at Helsby High School and The Heath School in Runcorn recently had the opportunity to ask local seniors their memories of wartime through Home Instead’s ‘Living History’ project.

Taking a trip down memory lane, they shared their experiences of life as a child during World War Two, giving the children a first-hand account of wartime Britain on the run up to Remembrance Day.

Local Seniors discussed rationing, including what they used to eat for school meals, the fashion of the era, experiences of air raids and hearing war updates on the radio, or the ‘wireless’ as it was called then!

In a mission to help create a little happiness in our community and spread some positivity during unsettling times, our ‘’Outstanding’’ rated Home Instead Senior Care office launched the campaign ‘Letter to a Senior’. Local primary school children drew a picture or wrote a letter to our wonderful Clients.

Our Community Relations Coordinator, Jane Pinnington, invited primary school children from Manley, Alvanley, St Clements school in Runcorn and Holy Family school in Cronton to get creative.

The results have been brilliant; the children’s letters and drawings were adorable, and we know that they put a smile on the faces of our Clients.

I am optimistic that we will be able to participate in the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in Helsby, providing there are no further changes to Covid 19 regulations.

There will be a stand at Tesco (Helsby) and I am hopeful that some local businesses and shops will be able to support us.

Anyone requiring a wreath or wooden crosses, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will arrange to get them to you.

Fiona Purcell Tel: 724412
Hon. Poppy Appeal Organiser for Helsby.

Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have taken the decision to cancel all meetings for the rest of 2020. We hope to start again in January, and hopefully 2021 will be better for all of us.

As you will have had no benefit from your membership this year, we will automatically renew it for 2021, and hope to see as many of you as can make it! We will be sending out a newsletter in November, with updates on the situation.

Keep well, and stay safe!

Update on what the Youth Club has been up to during the pandemic lockdown....

As you may be aware the Youth Club, like many other businesses and services, has been closed during the lockdown, much to the frustration of staff and young people alike. We have run a very successful summer program up at Castle Park, although running just for three weeks we put on a varied schedule of activities and saw a large take up for those sessions. We are pleased to announce that we reopened in September, initially on Wednesdays, for Duke of Edinburgh sessions, and our usual Friday night sessions. Our sessions will be Covid safe and are in line with measures for schools reopening, so parents and carers can be assured that our environment is consistent with those measures and familiar to young people.

Frodsham & District History Society is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £5,000 from the Marshes Community Benefit Fund (MCBF) to enable it to make its archive collection searchable online.

The Society, which is approaching its fortieth year, has a significant collection of documents, maps, posters, books, journals, artefacts, historic images and photographic slides.

Working with Cheshire Archives & Local Studies, and based at Frodsham Youth Association, a team of ten volunteers will work through the collection. They will create an improved catalogue that will be searchable online, enabling researchers to check quickly what is available. The volunteer team will also re-house the items, some of which are fragile, in specialist archival document boxes, which have been funded by MCBF, thus ensuring that the collection will be preserved for future generations.

The Scarecrows are coming back to Helsby for the annual Helsby Scarecrow Trail. With a new Covid-safe trail that will delight the kids and bring back fond memories for the rest of us. The theme for this year is Children’s Books. The Scarecrows will be on display around the village from Saturday 24th October through to Saturday 31st October.

The Scarecrows will mark the beginning of the Ho Ho Helsby season. With other Covid-safe activities planned up to and over the festival season.

Residents, community groups, and local businesses are all invited to take part. There will be no charge made this year to take part, as we believe that there are other organisations that deserve the money more at the moment. Although, if anyone would like to make a donation to our festive activities you can be sure that it would be very gratefully received.

After much careful consideration and review of the current guidance for road racing we have taken the difficult decision not to put on the 4 Villages Half Marathon (4VHM) in January 2021. This is obviously hugely disappointing but we hope you will understand this decision in the current climate.

Under current COVID guidelines and requirements from Athletic governing bodies we are not able to put on the 4VHM in its usual format. The social distancing requirements and need for staggered starts make putting on a half marathon race for over 1500 runners from Helsby impossible.

Due to the lead time required to organise the race we have had to make a decision now based on current guidance and can’t speculate on how guidance may or may not change over the coming months.

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

Are you ready to give back and make a difference to older people in rural West Cheshire?

Have you got 1-2 hours spare a week?

OPAL provides a range of services for older people in rural West Cheshire.
We are urgently looking for new Volunteers for a variety of roles including supporting carers and our members, drivers, fundraising, publicity and more.

If you’d like to help, we have a role to suit you!
Get in touch to find out more....

Contact: Janet Handley
Phone number 07592 464856
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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.

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