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: www.highfieldmvc.co.uk 

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*.

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS
IN FRODSHAM

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!

Steve Nash was a truly inspirational man to everyone who met him. He was an intrepid adventurer, an experienced paraglider pilot and a world-class athlete. Above all else though, Steve was a humble, kind and compassionate man who would offer help wherever and whenever he could. Steve was best known for his love of life, making the most out of every single minute. His genuine and infectious positive attitude would encourage people to strive for, and achieve just a little more than they thought they ever could. Steve’s wonderful smile would light up any room.

In August 2016 Steve returned to Mongolia to paraglide and hike/run 400km across the Khangai Nuruu mountain range, where he’d been 10 years earlier with his friend. On 31st August while Steve was on route to his next destination point he was targeted and murdered by a local man for his money and passport.

Hi. My name is Tom Lowe, I live in Helsby and am in year 10 at Helsby High School. I have been a Fire Cadet with Cheshire Fire & Rescue for the past three years.

In October 2020 I will travel to Nepal for 16 days to help complete the build on an earthquake proof school in a remote village.

I will be fundraising throughout 2019/20.

A Frodsham-based home care company has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Home Instead Senior Care received the award following a detailed inspection by the care industry’s regulatory body.

Home Instead provides care and companionship to older people in their own homes, allowing residents of Frodsham, Runcorn and Widnes to live independently for longer. In the CQC report, a client’s family member is quoted as saying, “It’s the excellent support that my father receives that enables him to continue to live in his own home.”

Helsby resident, Amelia Standing, has been selected to row at this year’s Boat Race in the stroke seat for Oxford.

Amelia has lived in Helsby since she was little and had many fun days at Alvanley pre-school, before going to Queens/Kings schools in Chester. You may have met here as a young leader in the Scouts or as part of the Scouts’ activities in the village, such as HoHo Helsby, Jamboree fund raising or even delivering Helsby to Hand!

Amelia rowed for Great Britain at the Junior Euroupean competition in 2017 winning 2 golds and a silver. She is in her first year at Oxford studying for a Masters in Engineering Science and is the youngest of the two womens crews!

The boat race is on Sunday 7th April and the women start at 14h13. Wish her luck!

On the 27th March, 2019 Frodsham’s Townswomen’s Guild will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary.

The Guild was formed under the Chairmanship of Mrs Elsie Greening on March 27th 1944 after a meeting at the Bourne Methodist School in Main Street Frodsham.

Over the years, many charities have benefited from the money we have raised at our Guild concerts and the choir is still entertaining local groups and churches.

Members will enjoy a celebratory cake at their AGM meeting on the 19th March, followed by afternoon tea at the Old Hall Frodsham on the 27th March.

Visitors are always welcome at our Guild meetings. These take place on the third Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm in Frodsham Community Centre and include presentations from a wide variety of speakers.

For further information contact Linda Thomas (Guild Secretary) on 01928 733061

The Powered Wheelchair Appeal from Helsby Golf Club recently held another fantastic fundraising Chinese Banquet evening at the Fortune Palace in Delamere Forest. Around 100 club members, friends and supporters attended and saw the 382nd chair presented by the registered charity to 12 year old Emily Jayne Coulthard from Morecambe.

Emily received a wheelchair from the Appeal 6 and a half years ago and since then has loved using the chair but has now outgrown it. She attends Our Ladies Catholic College in Lancaster and when not at school, she enjoys Wheelchair Basketball and swimming and her sporting hero is Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds. Emily was accompanied on the night by her parents John and Janet and brother James and is looking forward to the further independence her new chair will bring.

Eleanor Johnson, Ward Councillor, held an awards evening at the Boshaw Centre, Dunham Hill on Friday, 14th December.

Alvanley Parish Council nominated villagers who have served our community for over forty years and still do so - Mrs. S. McCue (Church), Chris Fletcher (Cricket Club), Bob Hughes (Alv. Parish Council and Alv. Village Hall) and the Noden family for all their devoted efforts to our village life.

Manley Parish Council nominated Mrs. Irene Moore (Church) and Anthony and Catherine Lewis for their efforts to organizations in Manley.

It was a delightful event that was enjoyed by all.

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

A Defibrillator is now available at

The White Lion Pub in Alvanley

Accessible 24 hrs

If needed, please take a phone with you to collect the defibrillator & ring emergency services for the access code.

Defibrillators are stored at Helsby Health Centre, Helsby Community Sports Club, Helsby High School, Tesco’s and Loxley Hall Nursing Home.

Residents are strongly advised to call 999 immediately if they suspect someone is in Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Defibrillators are designed for treating life-threatening heart beat irregularities if you can access a unit before the emergency services arrive.

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