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.

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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