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.

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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.

WHO ARE WE?
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 www.frodshamhelsbyrotary.org.uk 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 www.weaverwords.org.uk

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 raceforlife.org/schools. 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.

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