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Countdown DELAMERE FORTUNE PALACE Pekinese, Cantonese & Thai Cuisine

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Hatchmere Cross Road, Delamere Forest, School Lane, Norley WA6 6PB On B5152 to Frodsham

Christmas & New Year Menus now available

Bookings being taken for Christmas

Call: 01928 788293 Booking Essential www.delamerefortunepalacerestaurant.co.uk

Christmas Delights

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ith the countdown to Christmas 2008 well underway, now is the time to make sure you have all your festive fun organised.

You can never start planning too early and this is certainly true when it comes to organising going out over the festive period. Whether you are planning a huge family reunion or an intimate gathering of close family and friends, it is best to start as soon as possible as all the good venues tend to get booked up early. First of all, have a think about what kind of event you are planning. Know your audience and make sure that the party is appropriate to the people attending. Your idea of a great night out might be a wild night of clubbing but if you are meant to be catering for Great Aunt Maud, then something a little more sedate might be a better idea. Next, do your research. Check out as many potential venues as you can and where possible, visit them in person to get a feel for the atmosphere and the service. If you are wanting food to be provided then make sure you do a taste test, so you know the food is up to scratch and to your taste.

CELEBRATE: Book early and you can look forward to your Christmas party.

Christmas at the Grosvenor Nelson’s Bar – Christmas Menu

£16.95

served throughout December – usual menu also available

Ciro’s Brasserie - Christmas Menu

This December Bring Your Party to Our Party The Molly B has some great parties for you throughout December and we can promise you and yours a really good time. There is still room in December and the cost is only £19.95 for the lunches and £29.95 for the Dinner Dances, including VAT. The menu is mouth-watering, the setting is super and the parking is free. So bring your friends and colleagues along for one of the high spots of the year.

Mollington Banastre Hotel & Spa For tickets, contact... Cheryl on 01244 851 471

Best Western Mollington Banastre Hotel & Spa, Parkgate Road, Mollington, Chester CH1 6NN

£17.00 2 course lunch / £22.50 3 course lunch £27.50 3 course dinner served throughout December – usual menu also available

Christmas Eve Menu

£29.95 Served in Ciro’s Brasserie

Boxing Day Carvery

£27.50/£17 under 12 years £10 under 5 years Served in Ciro’s Brasserie

New Year’s Eve £45.00

Champagne & Cocktail Bar in Ciro’s Brasserie Disco in Nelson’s Bar, Buffet served from Ciro’s Brasserie Menus can be viewed online in our Christmas & New Year brochure or you can request a copy by telephone.

To make a booking please contact our events office on 01244 570 560 Wrexham Rd, Pulford, Chester, Cheshire CH4 9DG events@grosvenorpulfordhotel.co.uk. www.grosvenorpulfordhotel.co.uk


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to a festive feast Discuss party arrangements with the venue of your choice and make sure that it is clear what is being provided. Is the venue providing food? If so, for how many people? Is there any entertainment on offer? How should the evening be paid for? These are all important details you need to get ironed out, so you can make an informed choice and make the right decision about the perfect venue for you. Having established where you are having

your event, make sure you let everyone know in plenty of time where and when it is being held and keep the venue informed about numbers as you go along. It is worth contacting the venue a few days before the party to confirm numbers and to make sure that everything is on track for the evening. Finally, having organised the party in plenty of time, you can sit back, relax and look forward to an evening to remember.

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CHRISTMAS

2008

Party do’s and don’ts

● Do give yourself enough time to plan the party properly – booking a venue as early as possible is the best idea. ● Do stick to your budget and remember that unless you are generously paying for the whole event yourself, you have to take into account other people’s budgets too.

● Do ask around before booking anything and know your audience. You might really fancy a curry for a change but everyone else might be expecting something more traditional. ● Do take a camera to preserve the evening for posterity and to make sure you get to take maximum credit for the event’s success.

● Don’t leave it too late to let everyone know the arrangements for the event and to help things run even more smoothly, it might be worth helping people out with travel to and from the event. ● Don’t get too drunk – you want to be able to remember the event you have painstakingly organised.

HOTEL & LEISURE CLUB

Party Prices from £8.95 per head Brochure now available : Book early and receive complimentary bedroom on your party night Call 01244

830332 or contact Tracy on tracy@gatewaytowales.co.uk

MACDONALD PORTAL HOTEL CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHTS

MACDONALD PORTAL HOTEL GOLF & SPA TARPORLEY It’s the most wonderful time of year and what better way to celebrate than at the luxurious Macdonald Portal Hotel. From the moment you enter our sweeping drive you will instantly feel that you are going to have a very special experience.

BRING YOUR PARTY TO OUR PARTY

• Disco Party Nights and Boogie Nights available throughout December

• Prices from only £27.50 • Fantastic food prepared by our award winning Chefs • Stay overnight in one if our luxurious bedrooms and enjoy full use of our stunning leisure facilities and spa

Hotel Group of the Year Winner 2007-8

Call our Christmas Co-ordinator now and you will receive one free place for every ten booked! www.MacdonaldHotels.co.uk/ThePortal Telephone

0844 879 9082

Remember to quote ‘Chester Chronicle’ when you call


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Celebrate‘08 Events & Parties

This year there really is something for everyone!

Glamour & Glitz Party Nights

Turkey & Tinsel Inclusive Party Nights

Enjoy a 3 course meal with dancing to our resident DJ until 1am. Friday and Saturdays in December £38.00 per person

3 course meal and inclusive drinks from 8 until 11pm. Music from our resident DJ until 1am. Friday 28th & Saturday 29th November Thursday 11th December £49.50 per person

Tribute & Cabaret Party Nights 3 course meal followed by entertainment from the tribute act and music from the resident DJ until late. Thursday 18th December - Robbie Williams Sunday 21st December - The Cheatles Monday 22nd December - Lionel Ritchie £35.00 per person

For further information call us on 0844 815 9001 ‘option 3’

or email us at csales.chester@ramadajarvis.co.uk

Ramada Chester, Whitchurch Road, Christleton, Chester CH3 5QL

Get party fit at the Ramada Advertiser’s announcement

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our best.

ith the festive party season on the horizon, it is a time when we all want to look and feel

To ensure that party-goers are ready to take to the floor with bags of confidence and energy, the Sebastian Coe Health Club at the Ramada Chester is setting a six-week fitness challenge to get party fit. Join now, and pay no joining fee before November 16. Make more than 15 visits during the first six weeks of joining, and you’ll receive a free Dance-ometer to help count your steps to party fitness and get you on your way to being the master of moves. What’s more, to reward all that hard work, you will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win £1,000 to kit out your wardrobe with some fabulous new party clothes. The Sebastian Coe Health Club at the Ramada Chester offers a relaxed environment, open to people of all ages and fitness levels. You can unwind and take a swim in the indoor heated pool, relax in the steam and sauna rooms after a hard day’s work or alternatively, enjoy being pampered by the hotel’s health and beauty team. Membership also includes added benefits such as five free one-to-one training sessions with a Seb Coe personal fitness instructor, six complimentary day membership passes for

Look what’s going on this Christmas at Crowne Plaza Chester!

LEADING THE WAY: Lord Coe at the Ramada Chester Sebastian Coe Health Club. friends and family, as well as discounts in more than 40 Ramada Jarvis hotels and restaurants around the country. In order to get party fit, the Sebastian Coe Health Club team recommends the following top 10 tips to help you on your way: 1. Stretching – warm up slowly. Stretch after you finish your exercise too. 2. Stay hydrated – always keep water close to hand whenever you are at the gym.

3. Keep it short – when working out, frequency is almost more beneficial than duration. 4. Be stable – sit on a stability ball rather than a bench when doing free weight exercises for your arms. That way you strengthen your core muscles at the same time. 5. Set targets – achievable targets help your motivation. Don’t forget to reward yourself when you reach them. 6. Have fun – if you don’t enjoy yourself at the gym, it’s hard to keep going. There are lots of ways you can exercise, so don’t give up if lifting weights or doing crunches aren’t for you. 7. Get a ‘Gym Buddy’ – working out with a friend can boost your commitment. 8. Stress relief – exercise releases endorphins and can be a great way to relieve stress and improve your mood. 9. Don’t over-do it – take it easy and progress slowly and safely. Your body responds better to subtle changes so keep that in mind when increasing weight, running more miles and trying new stretches. 10. Start slowly – many beginners make the mistake of doing too much when they first start. ● To find out more log onto www.sebcoehealthclubs.co.uk or call +44 (0)8448 159 001. The Sebastian Coe Health Club at Ramada Chester is located at Whitchurch Road, Christleton.

MACDONALD CRAXTON WOOD

Christmas Parties

It's never too early to start planning your Christmas party or event, so why not save your time later in the year and book now. With a winning combination of exciting menus and great entertainment you won’t be disappointed.

Make your Christmas Party a boogie wonderland! Come and join us for a fun filled party in the afternoon, guaranteed to brighten up any winter’s day. From £16.95 per person including a three course party lunch and a disco. 28 and 29th November and 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th and 20th December 2008

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme and night to remember! It’s time to get out your flares and platforms as we take you back to the 70’s this Christmas. Join us to celebrate the timeless hits of the Swedish super group Abba with our tribute band ‘Mama Mia’. It promises to be a glittering, non-stop, fun-filled party! From £24.95 per person including a three course meal and a disco. 28 and 29th November and 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th and 20th December 2008

Whether you are looking for an intimate meal for two, a private Company Christmas Party for 300 or whether you want to join one of our superb fun packed Christmas party nights, we will do everything possible to make Christmas and New Year an enjoyable and memorable one.

New Year’s Eve Gala Ball

Join us in the Kings Suite for this exclusive event. See in 2009 in style with superb food, fine wine, a live band ‘Perfect 10’ and our resident DJ. Price includes a Champagne and canapé reception, five course gala dinner, entertainment, novelties and a piper to see in the New Year. Dress code Formal.

Book your Christmas Party for 10 or more and get a FREE bedroom for the organizer plus receive 1 FREE place for every 20 places booked

Christmas Party Accommodation rates from £65.00 Bed & Breakfast in a Double or Twin Room

15% off Beauty Treatments (pre-booked) during your stay

Bar open from 7pm, dinner served at 8pm and carriages at 2am £75.00 per person

New Year’s Eve overnight package From £145 per room based on two adults sharing a standard twin or double room and brunch the following morning.

Crowne Plaza Chester

Trinity Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 2BD www.qmh-hotels.com/christmas/chester

01244 899988

To book call our Christmas Co-ordinator on quoting ‘Christmas Chronicle’ or email: christmas.cpchester@qmh-hotels.com

BOOK NOW Call us on 0844

879 9038 quoting Chester Chronicle.

Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel, Ledsham www.MacdonaldHotels.co.uk/CraxtonWood Hotel Group of the Year Winner 2007-8 Terms & Conditions. Accommodation rates are subject to availability, treatments must be pre-booked.


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Let the experts take the strain Plas Ifan Hotel

Christmas Party Nig hts

23rd cember 1st to December Christmas Menu Servedthe DeDay

DINE IN STYLE: Eating out on Christmas Day can save a lot of stress.

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e all look forward to Christmas. It’s a magical time of year – but our attempts to make things perfect can often lead us to feeling stressedout.

The highlight of the season is Christmas lunch, but with so many people to cater for and mountains of food to prepare, it can seem overwhelming. That’s why opting to eat this special meal in one of the area’s

restaurants is the ideal solution. If you decide to eat out, get the date – and restaurant – reserved, and also make sure the choice is right. Do not automatically assume that because it is Christmas, every hotel and restaurant will be bursting at the seams with people. Large hotels which normally bustle with reps and business groups during the year, may be quiet at Christmas.

NOW OPEN

So decide whether it is a busy atmosphere you are after, or a more intimate, cosy setting. Examine the menus – the last thing you may want is turkey and plum pudding. Make sure that there is something to suit everyone, including vegetarians and any children you may have with you. And once the meal is over and everyone is sitting back relaxing, there is an added bonus – no washing up! The perfect Christmas treat.

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Soup of with Fresh Bread r & Mango Chutney, Pea te, Pa er Liv en rb Butter Chick He y nd Bra h wit Chestnut Risotto Cake lnut & Stilton Salad Poached Pear with Wa stard & Lemon Butter Mackerel Fillet with Mu Leaves with Tartare Sauce ch ina Sp of Cod Fish Cake on a bed * * * eat Stuffing ipolata & Sausagem Roast Turkey with Ch Green Peppercorn Sauce h 10oz Rump Steak wit Cumberland Sauce with Stilton Mash & ges usa Sa ar Bo ld Wi Sauce rb uba Rh h wit Confit of Duck Leg wn & Dill Sauce Pra h wit Cod d ste Roa ssoulet Vegetarian Sausage Ca Cheese Mash ats Go h wit Pie s erd Vegetable Sheph *** with Rum Sauce Christmas Pudding ant Crumble urr ckc Bla & ple Ap eesecake Ch nt Mi e lat Choco vlova Pa ry Ber Mixed t on Shortbread Biscui Lem h wit set Pos on Lem *** Coffee & Mince Pie

Disco, Fun Casino & Full Christmas Menu £28 per person

Christmas Day 5 course Dinner £55 per person £30 Children under 10

Village Road, Northop Hall, Near Mold, Flintshire Tel : 01244 831717 www.plasifanhotel.co.uk

£20.95 Evenings £17.50 Lunchtimes

Let Amantola put the sparkle in your Christmas Enjoy our mouthwatering dishes in friendly surroundings and let us bring the festive spirit of Christmas to your table…

Christmas Lunches & Christmas Parties

Christmas Day ★ ‘All You Can Eat’ Buffet ★ Over 60 choices ★ ★ Traditional turkey dinner ★

Exciting Lifestyle Exciting Food Intimate Surroundings

★ Available from 1st-31st December excluding Christmas Day ★

£14.95 per person

Adults £19.95 • Children (under 10) £9.95

In the centre of the Latin American Dance Capital of Chester on the River Dee

All-inclusive Party & Disco Nights

New Year’s Eve

★ FREE BAR* until midnight ★ Three course menu ★ Disco ★ ★ Friday 28th November ★ Friday 5th, 12th, 19th December ★

★ FREE BAR* until 11.30p.m. ★ Six course menu ★ Disco ★

The ultimate Amantola Christmas party!

Bring in the New Year with great entertainment and superb food – what a fantastic combination…

£35 per person

£49.95 per person

Hire us for your special occasion with just 30 covers La Boca is perfect for a very different experience Open Wed - Sat, 6pm till late We advise booking as we are only a small restaurant

La Boca is the ‘Tango of food’ - us and you Souters Lane (on the River Dee), Chester

Tel: 01244 311518 www.labocachester.com

★ Six course Christmas banquet menu ★

With three sittings, 12p.m., 2.30p.m. and 5p.m. – it is advisable to book early!

* Does not include Champagne and premium spirits, which will be charged at usual prices. Single measures only.All drinks will be charged for at usual bar price after midnight.

To book, call 01244 811324 Open 7 days a week throughout December THE AMANTOLA – INDIAN RESTAURANT & BAR Welsh Road, Deeside, Flintshire CH5 2RF 01244 811324 FAX 01244 811383 EMAIL info@amantola-restaurant.co.uk WEB www.amantola-restaurant.co.uk

CALL

From Chester – 10 minutes from Chester Race Course along Sealand Road opp RAF Sealand • From The Wirral – 10 minutes from Two Mills Garage follow A550 to Deeside opp RAF Sealand • From North Wales – follow A55 to Deeside just past The St. David’s Park Hotel, opp RAF Sealand • Ample Parking


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STAR BRIGHT: Clutch bag with crystal embellishment. £199 from Kaleidoscope.

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Christmas Bookings now being taken

Eat as much as you like for a fixed price

hether you're looking for a sophisticated outfit to wear to the office party or a glittery dress for a festive night out, this season's hottest trends will have you spoilt for choice when choosing your key party pieces.

and sumptuous deep reds. The gothic look is another key trend this season and surprisingly wearable – think Victorian gothic rather than attempting to transform yourself into Marilyn Manson. Look for well-tailored pieces in black with lavish lace detailing or layering to add a touch of gothic glamour. From statement coats to retro When it comes to accessories folk, couture-like this season – bigger is embellishment and better. From chunky super-sized acwrist cuffs to supercessories there are sized necklaces the plenty of trends to shops are packed full of choose from to make oversized jewellery. Resure you’re the belle member to keep it of the ball this Christsimple though, and mas. wear just one piece of The festive party statement jewellery at a season wouldn’t be complete without a GORGEOUS GEMS: time to avoid looking like Pat Butcher! sparkly dress or two, Multi-row pearl Whichever trend you so make the most of necklace ,£20 from choose to wear this this season’s embel- Dorothy Perkins. party season top it off lishment trend. Think oversized bows, structured ruffles, em- with a fabulous evening bag. Bags broidery and beautiful gem stone this season are either super-small or adorned with over-the-top dedetailing. Complementing the embellish- tailing and embellishment – from ment trend, ravishingly rich gem leather fringing to frills, jewel destone colours are the hues of au- tailing, beading and pom-poms – tumn/winter 08/09. Look for vi- this trend is the perfect way to add brant tones of purple, luscious the finishing touches to any festive emerald greens, sapphire blues outfit.

Over 60 Chinese Dishes, Teppanyaki & Sushi Dishes

MONDAY - THURSDAY

Lunch £6.90 11.30am - 6pm Dinner £12.90 6pm - 10.30pm

FRIDAY

Lunch £6.90 11.30am - 6pm Dinner £14.90 6pm - 11.30pm

SATURDAY

Lunch £8.50 11.30am - 6pm Dinner £14.90 6pm - 11.30pm

SUNDAY

£9.50 all day 11.30am - 10.30pm

★Private Function room available for over 30 people ★ 25 Newgate Street,

Valid until 31/12/08

Bring this Coupon & receive 10% off your food bill

Off Pepper Street, Chester Buffet City 01244 403838

Christmas Delights

LOVELY LACE: The latest goth trend features lots of black, lace and structured tailoring. Black pencil dress with lace neckline from Freemans.

❆ ❆ Glamour and sparkle

with De Vere St. David’s Park this Christmas

❄ Comedy Wednesdays ❄

❆ ❄ Seventies Thursdays ❄

Have a laugh this Christmas with our hilarious comedians and 3 course meal

3rd, 10th, 17th December - £20.00 per person

This December Bring Your Party to Our Party The Crabwall Manor has some great parties for you throughout December and we can promise you and yours a really good time. There is still room in December and the cost is only £19.95 for the lunches and £29.50 for the Dinner Dances, including VAT. The menu is mouth-watering, the setting is super and the parking is free. So bring your friends and colleagues along for one of the high spots of the year.

Crabwall Manor Hotel & Spa For tickets, contact... Julie on 01244 851 666

Crabwall Manor Hotel & Spa, Parkgate Road, Mollington, Chester CH1 6NE

Put on your flares and get down and boogie to the sounds of the 70’s plus a 4 course meal and disco

4th Dec – Fake Bee Gees, 11th Dec – Gimme Gimme Abba tribute, 18th Dec – Monarchy Queen tribute - ALL £38.00 per person

❄ Disco Weekends ❄

Great food, great atmosphere, great price Every Friday and Saturday from 28th November – 20th December

4 course choice meal and disco - £38-£39.95 per person

For our full Christmas events details visit: www.devere-venues.co.uk

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❄ NEW EVENTS ❄

Ratpack special – Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th December Frank Sinatra tribute, casino and disco night with 4 course choice menu. £38.00 per person

Call now and quote “Glamour” for a £5.00 discount offer on all party nights.

❄ St David’s Park Hotel, Ewloe, Nr Chester, Flintshire CH5 3YB ❄ ❄ Tel: 01244 528 529 ❄ Web: www.deverevenues.co.uk ❄


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AFONWEN

CRAFT & ANTIQUES CENTRE

SHEER GLAMOUR: Beaded evening bag from Accessorize.

STRIKING: Chunky necklace from Accessorize.

◗ Huge range of quality Antiques, furniture and collectables

RED HOT: Red one shoulder rose jaquard dress £89 from Principles.

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◗ Stunning range of gifts for Christmas, Cards, handbags, jewellery, ladies & gents jackets, fleeces and gillets

Belles of Chester

Designer Evening Dress Hire Fabulous new stock Evening & Weekend appointments available Get the red carpet look for a fraction of the cost (hire from £45 - £85) Free parking at rear

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

EXHIBITIONS DURING NOVEMBER

15th & 16th • Homemade Dolls, Clothes and Embroidery 22nd & 23rd • Handmade Cards, Handbags and Paintings

Homemade is our speciality ◗ Book now for Christmas Lunch served from Nov 25th to Dec 23rd ◗ Daily Specials, light bites for all appetites and Traditional Sunday Lunch ◗ Morning Coffee and Afternoon Tea d

n ets, afoods ◗ Take home buffet party s, h jack and Christmas cakese-ns m made to order

Craft Centre 01352 720965 ◗ Delivery throughout Wales

and borders ◗ Free Parking

Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30 - 5.30

Boughton Chester, Cheshire CH3 5BH www.bellesofchester.co.uk

Call now for an appointment

Tel: 01244 348889

www.afonwen.co.uk antiques@afonwen.co.uk edenshine@afonwen.co.uk

Afonwen, Nr Caerwys, Mold, Flintshire.

Restaurant 01352 720797 Signposted off A55 jct 31


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HOTEL ROMA

51 Lower Bridge Street, Chester CH1 1RS Tel: 01244 325091 Fax: 01244 315628

Dino’s & La Fontana Christmas Lunch Menu

Farmhouse Lentle Soup - Served with homemade Garlic Bread Traditional Roast Turkey - Served with Cranberry Sauce & Chipolata Sausages or Fillet Tails Medallion - Cooked in Red Wine, and Mushroom Sauce (The above are served with fresh seasonal potatoes and vegetables) or Vegetarian Lasagna al Forno - Baked Lasagna with Soy Beans and Fresh Vegetables Traditional Christmas Pudding - Served with Brandy Sauce or Coupe Romano - A selection of Italian Ice-Cream Including a complimentary glass of wine

£12.90 per person Dino’s & La Fontana Christmas Dinner Menu

Minestroni Soup - A delicate vegetable soup or Garlic Mushrooms - with White Wine and Cream sauce or King Prawns in Fennell - Cooked in a White Wine and Cream Sauce Traditional Roast Turkey Served with Cranberry Sauce, Chipolata Sausages with Stuffing or Lamb Rossini - Lamb topped with Cheese served in a Madiers Sauce or Grilled Rump Steak - Cooked to your liking All served with fresh seasonal potatoes and vegetables or Oven Baked Vegetarian Kiev - Filled with garlic, carrots, sweetcorn, green beans, red peppers, garlic and cheese sauce Christmas Pudding - Served with Brandy Sauce or Lemon Roulade - served with fresh cream Fresh Coffee

£19.90 per person Special prices for accommodation from November to December 08. Double rooms £58.00 Single £42.00 including breakfast, also free parking available.

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ost people love to party, especially at Christmas time. Whether it’s the office bash, a huge gathering of work colleagues or a dinner party for close friends, you want it to be a night to remember.

But you want to remember the event for all the right reasons. And if you want to ensure that your party goes with a swing, it may help to follow this 10point plan. 1. If you are on a tight budget, get the balance right between food and booze. People may prefer to have another pre-dinner drink rather than an extra round of mints and coffee. 2. Try to choose a venue where you can stay in one place – the mood will be lost if you need to trek from dinner to dancing. It is ideal if your venue can arrange entertainment after the meal as this will stop the crowds migrating to the nearest nightclub. However, such venues tend to be the most popular so you will need to book early. 3. Take a vote before the party on whether partners are invited and what contribution they should make towards festivities if funds are limited. There is bound to be a mixture of singles and couples, so everyone’s feelings should be taken into account. 4. Keep the speeches short. While it is important to thank all the people who count, make sure that you keep the event low-key and relaxed. 5. Introduce some party games to involve the whole team. 6. Remember that not everyone will want loud music or dancing, so make sure that there is a flexible agenda that caters for all

tastes and needs and a quieter area where people can escape for a bit of peace and quiet. 7. Have a seating plan. Make sure that everyone mingles. Don’t let the usual suspects huddle together for the whole evening. A solution could be to arrange a swapping system where people can change places after every course. 8. Research shows that not all age groups enjoy the Christmas party as much as each other. Structure the even-

ing so that people can slip away discreetly after the main meal, without feeling like Scrooge. 9. If you are the boss, then go home early. Allow your team to take advantage of your absence and let their hair down. 10. Make sure that everyone gets home safely. Either arrange transport with the venue first or make sure that your team and colleagues have a local taxi number.

Christmas at the Pheasant Christmas Fayre Menu

2 Course including coffee and mince pies £17.95 3 Course including coffee and mince pies £22.95 Menu available 26th November – 24th December Festive dining at The Chester Grosvenor and Spa There is no tastier place to dine during the winter months... Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor will open for festive lunches Tuesday to Friday from 3rd December. Three fabulous courses for just £35* per person. La Brasserie From 1st December a festive lunch menu will be offered at £27.50* per person with dinner at £29.50 per person (£39.50 on Friday and Saturday evenings). Live music will keep you entertained on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

For reservations please call 01244 895618 or email restaurants@chestergrosvenor.com

Our usual bar food menu will also be available throughout this period

New Year’s Eve

Bring in the New Year at The Pheasant Inn with a five course meal and dance the night away into the early hours with our after dinner disco. £65.00 per head Dress Code – Smart Casual Menus can be viewed online or you can request a copy by telephone www.thepheasantinn.co.uk

*supplement applies on Christmas Eve.

Our festive brochure and menus can be downloaded from www.chestergrosvenor.com THE CHESTER GROSVENOR AND SPA EASTGATE, CHESTER CH1 1LT T:01244 324024 F:01244 313246

For further information or to make a booking please call

01829 770434

Higher Burwardsley Tattenhall Cheshire CH3 9PF


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FLYING HIGH: Manchester celebrity hairdresser Nicky Oliver with one of Cheshire Waterlife's eagles.

Unique gift experience

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heshire Falconry is a well established business based in the heart of Cheshire, offering unique Experiences with Birds of Prey that make ideal Christmas gifts.

They have just announced a special Christmas offer in which they are offering 50% off the second voucher when two of the same kind are purchased together. Available in carded gift voucher form, each entitles the recipient to attend their centre, just outside Northwich, to handle and fly some of the most mag-

Advertiser’s announcement nificent animals in the world. Their collection of trained birds includes eagles, vultures, owls, hawks and falcons and others and these are the very birds that voucher holders will be flying throughout their Experience session. They cater for children up to 12, with their Junior Owl Experience but for adults the choices range from half-day handling sessions with a variety of raptors known as “Meet the

Birds” sessions to three-hour “Owl Encounters” that have proved extremely popular with lovers of these wonderful nocturnal beauties. For those wanting to spend even more time handling and flying the birds they can select a Full Day Falconry Experience or even an Eagle Encounter! ● Cheshire Falconry has an Experience session for everyone and their impressive list of testimonials endorses the quality of their service – an deal for those seeking a Christmas present with a difference.

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BOOK YOUR FREE CHRISTMAS PARTY

AT THE HOLIDAY INN CHESTER SOUTH

Offer includes free 3 course dinner and disco when you purchase one bottle of wine per person priced at £11.75 Remaining dates include: 28th & 29th November 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th December

To book call 01244 688 790 HOLIDAY INN CHESTER SOUTH www.holiday-inn.com terms and conditions apply

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Sunday 14th December SANTA’S PHOTO SPECIAL

£37.00 per person on Friday and Saturday 5th, 12th, 13th & 19th of December £31.00 per person on Thursday and Sunday 11th, 14th & 18th of December

3 Course lunch inclusive of coffee, a photograph taken with Santa and a treat for every child.

FESTIVE BUFFET PARTY NIGHTS £27.00 per person, 5th, 12th, 19th and 20th December

A glass of mulled wine and festive melodies from our resident pianist before and during lunch. Both £23.50, per adult, £14.50 per child (under 12)

CHRISTMAS DINING

CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER

From 1st December 2008 3 Course lunch, coffee and a glass of mulled wine £18.50 per person 3 course dinner, coffee and a glass of mulled wine £29.50 per person

Wednesday 24th December £29.50 per person

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Sunday 21st December MULLED WINE AND MELODIES

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HALF DAY £75 • FULL DAY £139 • JUNIOR OWL £29 EAGLE ENCOUNTER £250 • OWL ENCOUNTER £105 FAMILY EXPERIENCE (1HR) £125 Cheshire Falconry, Blakemere Craft Centre, Chester Road, Sandiway, Northwich, CW8 2EB.


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Christmas & New Year at

Ruthin Castle

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• Mediaeval Banquet pre-Xmas party nights £42.50 • Mediaeval Banquet New Year’s Eve party £65.00 • Pre-Xmas Seasonal lunch or dinner in Bertie’s from £25.00 • Xmas Breaks from £420.00 • Xmas Day lunch £65.00 • Boxing Day lunch (Sunday lunch style) £18.95 • New Year’s Eve Celebration Dinners & Breaks with Live Jazz, Dancing, Fun Casino and Fireworks from £99.00 • New Year’s Day Brunch £21.95 Open fires, twinkling Christmas Trees, food from award-winning Chefs and lots of seasonal fun!!

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e Three Loggerheads, on the Ruthin Road near Mold, is a traditional coaching inn with a cosy bar and an ambient candlelit restaurant at the rear.

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Owners Lynda and Paul Wyatt pride themselves on offering traditional home-made food, and their Christmas menus are no exception. However, the couple knew there would be competition for Christmas business and had to come up with a unique selling point, to set them apart from the rest. After much research, they came up with the idea of an alternative Christmas pudding menu, to complete your Christmas meal. There will be a choice of Pimms and lemon, apple and cider,

COSY ATMOSPHERE: We Three Loggerheads offers comfort and home-made food. macadamia and brandy, rum and raisin, date and toffee, chocolate and orange and, of course, the ever-popular traditional plum pudding. All the puddings are home-made to unique, secret recipes from various families, and if you can't make up your mind which one to choose, then Lynda and Paul say their chefs are happy to put together a trio of puddings for you to sample a few flavours. This year, We Three Loggerheads’ Christmas fayre menu will run from the last week in November, through to December. Early booking for lunchtimes and evenings is recommended and any size party can be catered for, so give the team a call on 01352 810337 or contact them via the website: we-three-loggerheads.co.uk

This year why not book your Christmas meal with friends, family or colleagues at

Pacinos Christmas Party Menu 2008 3 Course £22.95 Starters Chefs Homemade Soup of the Day

“We Three Loggerheads” Sample the amazing selection of speciality Xmas puds Macadamia & Brandy, Date & Toffee, Pimms & Lemon, Chocolate & Orange, Rum & Raisin, Apple & Cider or Traditional - all served with a choice of cream, ice cream or brandy sauce.

Goats Cheese Cheesecake with Beetroot & Apple Relish Crab & Prawn Cocktail with Brown Bread & Butter Sardine Fillets on Toast with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Beef Satay Skewers with Peanut Sauce Mains Lamb Shank braised in Red Wine, Tomato & Peppers Sliced Breast of Goose with Black Cherry & Port Sauce

Our Christmas Fayre menu is available from the end of November - small and large parties catered for

Chicken Breast with White Wine, Cream, Wild Mushrooms & Tarragon

Adults £19.95 - Children (under 12) £10.95

Grilled Fillets of Seabass with Lemon & Dill Butter

Contact us on either 01352 810337 or email to enquiries@we-three-loggerheads.co.uk

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1 New Town Close, St Annes Street, Newtown, Chester, Cheshire CH1 3HE T: 01244 322639 day 01244 372252 eve E: enquiries@pacinos-restaurant.com

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hristmas is the busiest party season of the year, and as your diary is probably bursting with assorted work dos, family parties and nights out it’s only natural that you want to look your best. Unfortunately, the harsh winter weather can play havoc with your beauty regime and from frizzy hair and chapped lips to sallow

skin and pasty arms a girl needs all the tools she can to help fight her way through the pitfalls of the season. But don’t worry, there are a number of easy steps to help you look great. For skin, the mantra of cleanse, tone and moisturise is even more essential through winter and products with an SPF15 or above are vital to protect

skin from unseen damage. Illuminating foundations or moisturisers, together with subtle fake tans and soft pink cream blushers are a great way to give dull winter skin a radiant glow, and remember to keep skin smooth and cellulite at bay with a daily dose of sea salt scrubs and firming lotions. In addition, hair conditioning masks or hot oil products

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Successful therapies

ARE you are suffering with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, IBS, insomnia and many more psychological or emotional problems, and want to be happy again? The Hypnotherapy Clinic specialises in treatment of these symptoms by combining psychotherapy (analytical therapy) with hypnosis. ● For more details call 01352 759962 or visit the websites: www.hypnotherapy-mold.co.uk or www.depression-anxiety.co.uk

Successful Therapies for Depression Anxiety Phobias IBS Insomnia Panic Attacks

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Varicose veins can be treated using techniques avoiding the

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these treatments around Chester, Wirral and North Wales. All treatments are performed in BUPA recognised hospitals and include foam sclerotherapy and endo venous laser therapy (EVLT). A chemical foam injected into the veins glues the walls together. Under local anaesthesia, this takes about an hour. Laser therapy uses heat to glue the walls and is also undertaken under local anaesthesia. Early results after two to three years are very encouraging with success rates comparable to standard surgery. Surgery is still occasionally required and is under general VEINS offered anaesthesia.

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need for general anaesthesia, with patients walking out of the clinic after treatment. Having introduced these techniques regionally, Prof Edwards has had significant experience over the past few years and most patients return to work within two days. Driving,leisureactivitiesandmost other pursuits can be resumed almost immediately. Hundreds of sufferers have now benefited from

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A balanced way to good health Advertisers’ announcements universal energy which, in the West, we call bio-electricity in the human body. If Qi flow is blocked or restricted, imbalance arises within the body and illness results. Tai Chi and Qigong exercises unblock obstructions, restore the smooth flow of energy allowing the body to re-balance.

Let Mac colour you beautiful IF YOU’RE tired of guessing what style or colour will suit you best, Mac Tompsett of Colour Me Beautiful, could help. Mac, pictured, has helped thousands of women look good and dress for their shape, age and budget. ● Contact Mac for a consultation on 01978 852816.

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Many of the movements also ‘massage’ internal organs by compression or relaxation of the body cavities and by stretching then relaxing the muscles covering an organ. To improve posture, breathing, coordination and balance then Tai Chi is for you. When key benefits combine with the meditative aspect of Tai Chi you have a therapy that acts positively on many chronic health conditions, including stress.

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Elegantly Packaged Skincare Gift Sets Gift Tokens – the most luxurious Christmas gift call us on 01745 561310 to confirm your attendance We will be delighted to assist you with your Christmas Shopping throughout November and December when Gift Tokens and Christmas Gift Sets can be posted or collected

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Santa’s on his way THE ULTIMATE GIFT EXPERIENCE.... Our Activity Vouchers make great gifts for the more ADVENTUROUS members of your friends & family !

Quad Trekking

Our non stop action trek takes you on a mind blowing journey of absolute highs. Tackle tough woodland terrain, water jumps, mudbanks & stunning rolling fields. Voucher: £50

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Hugely popular with all ages. The 2 hour session includes expert coaching which will have you hitting a variety of targets within minutes! Highly satisfying experience. Voucher: £45

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f you don’t want to be running around the shops in a blind panic on Christmas Eve desperately trying to get those must-have presents for the kids, then make sure you are ahead of the game this year and check out the latest predictions for the top toys for children this Christmas. The UK market for toys and games is worth over £2bn a year, with half of those sales taking place

in October, November and December, so the top 10 toys list is always highly competitive. According to one of the UK’s biggest toy retailers, Woolworths, the return of 80s classic the Rubiks Cube, toys from the new Star Wars and Indiana Jones films, a pen that reads books to children and Upsy Daisy from In The Night Garden are set to be the hottest toys this Christmas. One of the most eye catching is the return of the Rubiks Cube. Invented in 1974 and massive in the 1980s, the Rubiks Cube is the puzzle where players battle with colours and cubes to get all nine squares on every side to match. It fell out-of-favour in the 1990s but is experiencing a revival thanks to the popularity of competitions, brain teasers and speedcubing – how fast you can complete the Rubiks cube. Guaranteed to keep the kids quiet on Christmas Day you could be onto a winner with this one. See if they

can break the current world record set in May this year by Yu Nakajima from Japan – just 8.72 seconds. If you were a kid in the 1980s you will also recognise two other entries in the top 10 list – Star Wars and Indiana Jones toys. With the release of a new animated film in August, Star Wars toys will be on most wanted lists again this Christmas. Lego Star Wars toys are expected to be the most popular with new ‘Clone Wars’ ranges set to hit stores next month. With Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull already topping the UK box office charts, toys from the film will be big sellers this Christmas. The most hi-tech entry this year is a toy that makes reading fun for young children. The Leapfrog Tag is a pen-shaped instrument that uses computer and infrared technology to read to children as it runs over specially created books. It also

www.forumshopping.co.uk Chester’s Premier Model Centre We specialise in RC Aircraft, Helicopters, Cars, Trains and Boats We also stock a wide range of Plastic Kits, Rockets, Tools, Paints and lots lots more including Repairs and Servicing.

Christmas Opening Hours:

Mon - Sat 9 till 6 Saturday 12 till 3 Late Night Thursday till 9pm

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Birthdays • Boots the Chemist • Claire's Accessories • Coffee Republic Desire • Greggs • Half Price Jewellers • Julian Graves • Martins McDonalds Restaurant • Northgate Information Riley's Health Foods • Somerfield • Stead & Simpson T J Hughes • Textiles Direct • Warren James • Yeomans Outdoors Shopping Hours - Open until 8pm every Thursday from 13 Nov to Christmas plus Sat 20th, Mon 22nd & Tue 23rd Dec. Sundays 11am - 5pm • Boxing Day 11am - 4pm • Closed New Year’s Day. Santa’s Grotto - Open 11am - 3pm Daily (12 noon - 3pm Sundays) Proceeds to local charities. Some stores opening hours may vary.


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Check out seasonal savings at Debenhams

STAR THRILLER: Left, Lego Star Wars V19 Torrent, £49.99. ALL CHANGE: Below, Ben 10 deluxe Omnitrix £15.99.

Advertiser’s announcement

TIME FOR BED: Far lLeft, In the Night Garden Upsy Daisy In Her Bed, £34.99.

POPULAR PUZZLE: Right: Rubik’s Cube, £9.99.

plays reading games that work on vocabulary, comprehension and rhyming letters and sounds. The continued popularity of BBC TV show In The Night Garden means that for the second year running a character from the

show is in the top 10. Hot toys for boys this year include theBen10deluxeOmnitrix,Bakugan Battle Arena and Catcha Beast. For girls this Christmas it’s all about Meebas and sing-a-long High School Musical Dolls.

Top Ten Toys – 2008 In no particular order: • Rubik’s Cube, £9.99 • Star Wars Clone Wars Lego, from £34.99 • Meebas, £16.99 • Ben 10 deluxe Omnitrix, £15.99 • High School Musical Sing To-

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gether Dolls, £20.99 • Bakugan Battle Arena, £29.99 • Leapfrog Tag, £39.99 • In The Night Garden Upsy Daisy In Her Bed, £34.99 • Indiana Jones Whip, £19.99 • Catcha Beast, £19.99

DON’T miss out this season on the Debenhams up to 25% off* Event. Save up to 25% off* everything including Designers at Debenhams from Wednesday, November 19 to Friday November 21. Winter is here so why not go to Debenhams for all the latest looks this season? Whether you need the perfect party outfit, cosy cardigans, essentials for all the family, must-have accessories for your home or items for those Christmas parties, you’ll find it at the Debenhams Event. With up to 25% off* everything, you can achieve stunning looks this season. Find cutting edge styles and must-have fashions to suit all shapes and sizes, as well as gorgeous accessories and lingerie. You can also get 10% off all cosmetics and designer fragrances, to help you complete the look. Be sure to arrive early to get the bonus offers. *Selected concessions are not participating. Ask in store for details.

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For Her

MAGIC MOMENTS: Capture favourite memories of family and friends with this 9ins Sony digital phototframe costs £169 from Debenhams.

Buy direct and S ave

We are a well established UK based upholstery manufacturer producing top quality products for leading major high street retailers. Following on from the success of our recent sale we are again offering cancelled orders and excess stock at our low prices. We want you to enjoy our furniture for many years to come so our standards are very high.

SPECIAL TREAT Give her a distinctive Crabtree & Evelyn Hatbox this year costing £32.50.

GEM OF A GIFT : This red jewellery box from marks & Spencer costs £39.50.

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A VISIT to Voirrey Embroidery in Brimstage, is a must at this time of year as it’s full of Christmassy temptations The centre has a range of beautiful fabrics and tablecloths, kits and decorations, calendars and cards, as well as numerous unusual needlework gift ideas There’s the latest in a wide range of knitting yarns and patterns to tempt you, or why not treat your-

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For Him

PICTURE THIS: Sony Camcorder £249, from a selection at Debenhams.

CHECK MATE: Chess set from Marks & Spencer, £15

TIMELESS GIFT: Philip Stein watches not only look stunning, but also contain wellbeing technology which emits a natural pulse into the arm of the wearer that actually helps you to sleep better, be less stressed and have more energy . Prices start from £400.

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Grove Park Theatre Hill Street,Wrexham, LL11 1SN presents

Sleeping Beauty takes centre stage at Floral Pavilion Advertiser’s announcement

POPULAR children’s TV presenter Dave Benson Phillips of Playhouse Disney, Playdays, Fun Song Factory and Get Your Own Back will star in the first pantomime at the new Floral Pavilion Theatre at New Brighton.

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11th December 2008 to 3rd January 2009

Box Office 01978 351091

Registered Charity No: 505339 Panto Box Office opening times up to Sunday 2nd November bookings can be made during normal Box Office hours Monday 3rd November 2008 to Saturday 3rd January 2009 Mondays 12 noon to 2.00pm Saturdays 10.30am to 2.30pm Monday 3rd November 2008 to Wednesday 10th December 2008 Tuesdays and Thursdays - telephone bookings only between 7.00 and 8.30pm Also open for 30 minutes before each Panto performance Extra: Late night shopping evenings - open 7.00 to 8.30pm

www.groveparktheatreco.uk

He will take the role of the Court Jester in Sleeping Beauty alongside Mike Holoway, star of Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Tomorrow People and the group Flintlock, as Prince. Leanne Campbell from 107.6 Juice FM will take the role of Sleeping Beauty and there will be a special guest appearance of Fifi from Fifi & The Flowertots with the voice of actress Jane Horrocks. ‘The classic pantomime is produced and presented by Pantoni Productions in association with Wirral Council. Producer David Lee promises the show will be a fabulous treat for all the family. Ticket prices are £12 for adults, £10 for juniors and pensioners and £38 for a family ticket. Call the box office on 0151 666 0000

PANTO TIME: Stars of Sleeping Beauty at the new Floral Pavilion (right) in New Brighton, left to right Dave Benson Phillips (Jester), Peter Tilly (the King), Mike Holloway (Prince Rupert) and Aiden Bell (Queen Hilda ).

Curtain up on Aladdin TICKETS for Aladdin, this year’s pantomime at Grove Park theatre, are on sale now with some performances already close to selling out. For the third year in succession this year’s production will be directed by Rob Stevens. Grove Park’s

intimate theatre is situated in the centre of Wrexham and is easily accessible. Last year nearly 4,000 local people saw Jack and The Beanstalk at Grove Park and early ticket sales suggest that this year’s production will be another success. With more than 26 per-

formances during the festive season audiences have a wide choice of dates to choose from but are still advised to book early to avoid disappointment. As always the cast will meet the audience after the show and will be happy to sign souvenir programmes.

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A festive shopping experience to savour W hether you are a keen collector of antiques, or looking for a ‘nice run out’, head along the A51 towards Nantwich and turn left at Alpraham. Just over two miles along this road you will find The Chase, a superb

ANTIQUES BARN

Displaying a variety of date-lined stock from 1 4 local dealers, all under one roof. Including Gorgeous Victorian Mahogany Fold Over Tea Table £345.00

ARTS, CRAFTS, and GIFT CENTRE

Come and see our display of new and unique stock, from 16 local dealers! Christmas Stock Now In. Inc. Christmas Cards, bags, decorations, and giftware. AT THESE PRICES YOU CAN BEAT THE CREDIT CRUNCH!!

FA R M S H O P

We have a selection of award winning jams, chutneys, pickles, condiments, pates, crisps, and biscuit selections to tempt your taste buds. Gift Hampers and Speciality Christmas Stock now in!!

GARDENERS CORNER

Christmas Trees grown locally and local Handmade Christmas Wreaths coming in First Week DECEMBER!! Order yours before 1st December and get 10% off!!!!!

A GREAT DAY OUT FOR ALL!!!! OPEN 10 am until 6 pm seven days a week!!

Call Alison or Becky on 01270 528449/528092 The Chase, Long Lane, Wettenhall, Cheshire CW7 4DN

Advertiser’s announcement

Georgian pine dressers, all at prices too good to miss. For a gift that is different and unique place to visit, set in beautiful counthis Christmas, look no further than tryside, open 10am-6pm every day. The antiques barn plays host to a The Chase Antiques Barn. Moving next door, at the Gardeners' variety of furniture, pottery, glass and works of art. It stocks a great Corner, you will find a stunning range range from painted shabby chic to of shrubs ready to plant for autumn colour and greenery. The first week of December will see the arrival of local Christmas trees, and locally hand-made wreaths. The crafts barn is packed to the rafters Saturday 29th November ZAPPY CHRISTMAS! with everything from 10.30am-4.30pm Christmas decoraSANTA VISITS EVERY tions from just £1.25 Kelsall Community Centre to gift baskets from CHILDRENS PARTY IN DEC! £4.99. Come along and pick up Beautiful handKAOS CLUB EVERY DAY some bargains for made Christmas Christmas cards from just £1.25, OF THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS! and stunning jewOVER 30 UNIQUE CRAFT STANDS WIN PRIZES FOR SHOOTING SANTA! ellery, scarves, pash● PRIZE RAFFLE ● TOMBOLA minas, and handbags ● MULLED WINE AND REFRESHMENTS. from White Ideas, BOOK SIGNING BY LOCAL KELSALL which can be gift CHILDREN’S AUTHOR ● GOODY BAGS wrapped on pur● FACE PAINTING AND LOTS MORE!! chase. This is a special fundraising fair for With more than 16 Ashworth Time Bank local dealers displaylinking rural people together ing arts, crafts and gift ware, you will find For further information contact all that you need for Susan 01829 751398 TO BOOK YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY those special birthday or email: CALL NOW ON 01244 400 500 gifts or early Christash-worthtime@hotmail.co.uk 74058049mb42 mas bargains.

KELSALL

Christmas Craft Fair

West Mid Showground, Shrewsbury May 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th, 2009

New Dawn Events ay 2009 Friday night 22nd M 6:30pm to 11:30pm.

KILLER QUEEN LETZ ZEP PINK FLOYDS IN THE FLESH.

09 Saturday 23rd May 20 2:00 to 11:30pm.

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Special fireworks display with Killer Queen.

ay 2009 Sunday night 24th M 6:00 to 11:30pm.

TCHIACOVSKY NIGHT NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA RHOS MALE VOICE CHOIR JONATHAN ANSELL

Ticket price: £22.00

BOUGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS OFFER, £17.00 (Plus £2.95 Postage and Packing) NO BOOKING FEE HIDDEN.

Support: RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC. LOGICALTRAMP. ABBA GOLD.

More artists will be added to the afternoon programme. A full gala fireworks display will be at the finale with all the artists on stage. Bring your table and chairs to see the best gala proms night ever.

Ticket price: £25.00

BOUGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS OFFER, £20.00

Ticket price: £25.00 Box Office: 0845 0508252

Email: brian.davies82@btinternet.com www.new-dawn-events.co.uk

BOUGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS OFFER, £20.00 (Plus £2.95 Postage and Packing) NO HIDDEN BOOKING FEE

(Plus £2.95 Postage and Packing) NO HIDDEN BOOKING FEE

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A Clause for celebration W

hen the stress of Christmas gets too much – just remember that Chester and the surrounding area has much to offer in the way of restaurants, caterers, pubs and delicatessens to help you ease the load.

From Silver Service to Indian or Chinese; from good value to special treat, Chester, Wirral, Wales and the surrounding areas has an eaterie to suit every pocket. Whatever you’re looking for over the festive season, there’s bound to be a

Let a new dawn rise on your special events NEW Dawn Events is widely acknowledged as one of the industry leaders in event consultancy, organisation and promotion. With a team consisting of professionals from within the leisure, tourism, entertainment, marketing, public relations, events and IT fields, New Dawn Events is one of the most comprehensive resource for event organisers in the UK. The clients it represents are predominantly stately homes and sporting stadiums, in addition to sports clubs looking

Advertiser’s announcement to optimise their assets and create revenue stream. Lighting, sound and visual displays give events colour, vibrancy and spectacle, making them unforgettable. But every event organiser knows that hassle-free, smooth-running, reliable services are just as important to success. Extensive experience and professional solutions is the level of service that clients have come to expect. New

venue to suit every taste and budget – and the menus are just as diverse. So, if you want to recover from the strain of cooking Christmas lunch, you can dare to be different on another day over the festive period and treat yourself to a meal out. The choice is yours!

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Dawn Events’ many years of experience, has seen it deliver outstanding audio, lighting and sound creating outstanding performance quality. From the most exclusive product launch to the largest outdoor music festival, itstailored solutions, specialist technicians and state-of-theart equipment ensure impressive results for every occasion. ● Contact New Dawn Events on 0845 0508252 or visit the website: www.new-dawnevents.co.uk find out what they can organise and promote for you.

Past customers have congratulated us on keeping the old ambience and delicious home-made food - with added introductions to follow. Serving ‘value for money’ snacks, salads, cream teas, speciality teas and coffees from around the world. Courtyard ‘Al fresco’ Treat a friend or relative to a cream tea decorative voucher on sale for £4.90 9 0 / 9 290/92 L O WLower E R B RBridge I D G E Street, S T R E EChester, T, C H E S T E R (nexttotoBear Bear& & Billet Billet Public Public House) (next House)

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A place for serious fun NORTH CLWYD ANIMAL RESCUE

Registered Charity No: 515195 Maes Gwyn, Trelogan, Nr. Holywell, Flintshire, CH8 9BD Tel: 01745 560546 Web: www.ncar.org.uk E-mail:animalrescue@btconnect.com

CHRISTMAS OPEN DAY

Sunday, 7th December 2008 Come and join in the fun at our Festive Open day! There will be many gift stalls, Santa’s grotto for the Children & animals & Hot Toddy & mince pies.

All the animals will have their stockings up, waiting for treats and goodies for Christmas day! We have many animals here needing homes,

but please remember that an animal is for life not just for Christmas!

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ACTION PACKED: Quad-biking is just one of the activities available at Catton Hall.

Online retail and wholesale pet supplies This Christmas, why not treat your pet to something special?

We can supply single items - or in bulk for wholesale. Either way you will find our quality and prices very appealing AND competitive. NO MINIMUM ORDER REQUIREMENTS Simply order as much or as little as you need. Product range includes items for Dogs and Cats Toys, Bedding, Grooming items, Feeding bowls place mats, collars & Leads Plus a new range of cat scratch trees and catnip toys. Remember - pets like presents too!

www.pupsandpets.co.uk enquiries@pupsandpets.co.uk

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atton Hall specialAdvertiser’s ises in outdoor adannouncement venture activities and is located in more cluding activities such as clay than 200 acres of stunning shooting, paintball, quadCheshire countryside. biking and archery, available Within easy reach of Chester, Manchester and Liverpool, Catton Hall is the ideal location for businesses throughout the North West seeking a venue to host corporate Activity days, teambuilding events and use of conference facilities. Catton Hall offers a variety of events and packages in-

as either single event packages or part of multi-activity days. Catton Hall is also an extremely popular venue for Hen & Stag parties, private groups and birthdays. Choosing gifts for family and friends is no mean feat at times. What do you get the person who has everything or

the adrenalin junky who just can't get enough action? Catton Hall activity vouchers could solve that problem. They offer quad-biking, clay shooting, falconry, archery and air rifling gift vouchers as individual activity vouchers or as part of a multi-activity, where you can purchase two or three activities – perfect if you want to give them a fun packed day to remember. ● To purchase gift vouchers for all activities, log onto www.cattonhall.co.uk or call 01928 788 295.

Monday 1st December Monday to Saturday 9-5 Except for Thursday the 11th and Friday 12th December when we will be open till 8pm

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Fake or fir – the choice is yours

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he perfect Christmas tree is the focal point of every home during the festive season, so whether you prefer the aroma of a freshly cut real tree, or a stylish artificial option, Grosvenor Garden Centre has the ideal tree for you.

With comprehensive selections of both real and artificial trees, there are various points to consider before taking the plunge. Firstly, how much space do you have available? Do you want a practical and trouble free option that can simply be packed away for use year after year, or would Christmas simply not be Christmas without a real tree? If you like the idea of a real tree but the thought of needles all over the carpet puts you off, don’t worry. One TREE-MENDOUS FUN: Choose the tree to suit your home. of the most popular choice of Christmas tree is the Nordman variety, throughout the Christmas period. If green in colour with typically strong which is renowned for its excellent you are short of space, the Fraser Fir branches – and the needles are not too may well be the best tree for you .as it sharp for easy decoration. needle retention. Grosvenor also offer a range of conThe Fraser Fir is also very good at is conical shaped and narrower than tainer grown Nordman, Noble and holding its needles and this is a the other options. Another popular choice is the Noble Spruce trees that can be transferred highly scented variety – creating a wonderful seasonal aroma to last fir, as this is such a glorious deep to the garden after Christmas.

Tips to keep your tree looking good 1. Keep the tree outside in a bucket of water until you are ready to display it in your living room 2. Cut an inch off the bottom of the tree to encourage the tree to absorb more moisture through new cells 3. Take a look at the range of tree stands available at Grosvenor – water

holding stands in particular are designed to make sure the tree stays healthy and absorb water. The hotter the room temperature, the more water will be absorbed. 4. Watch your tree for signs of dehydration as the needles begin to curl upwards.


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All aboard for Santa special CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR AT Mountain Park Hotel & Golf Club

ON THE RIGHT TRACK: Make this a Christmas to remember for your family with a ride on one of Santa’s special trains at Llangollen Railway.

Northop Road, Flint, Flintshire, CH6 5QG Email: reception@mountainparkhotel.co.uk

You can enjoy a traditional Christmas or You can have the ultimate Thai dining experience in our authentic Thai restaurant, The Thai Sugar Hut

Christmas Day

Christmas Fayre Lunches

5 Course Festive Fayre £45.95 Adults £35.95 Children/Seniors

4 Course Christmas Lunch Only £18.95 per person

Boxing Day and New Years Day

New Years Eve Gala Buffet

Delicious 3 Course meal served in beautiful surroundings Only £17.95 per person

Live Entertainment - Paul Silva £49.95 per person / £170.00 per couple Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

HAVE YOU BOOKED YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY YET? Some dates in December & January still available for Christmas Party bookings Start the festivities with a glass of mulled wine on arrival A 4 Course Dinner will then be served & dancing into the night with your friends and colleagues For only £27.00 per head We also have special room rates for party evenings from only £29.95 pp including breakfast

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uring the festive season Llangollen Railway operates its very popular Santa’s special trains.

Advertiser’s announcement

November 29 to 30 and then each weekend throughout December. There will be trains on December 6 and 7 and December 13 and 14, and from December 20, through until Christmas Eve. There is a very festive feel with each train beautifully decorated along with the stations. A grotto coach is at Llangollen station for children and adults alike, to walk through at either the beginning or end of Trains from November 29th the journey. Each child receives Ticket Price Only £12.00 a gift from Santa on Gifts From Santa For The Children the train – with the Sherry & Mince Pies For Adults adults getting a treat too – in the form of a glass of sherry and a mince pie. Santa travels on the train and there is an opportunity for photographs with Bookings and Information him on his sleigh during the stop over at the end of the line. ● Booking is strongly recommended for this event. Call the Santa line on: 01978 860979.

The railway becomes Lapland and occasionally, the valley gets the required snow to add authenticity. The Santa trains start from the weekend of

Llangollen Railway Invite You

To Join The Santa Express! Avoid Disappointment Book Today! Lines Open Now

Pre-Booking is Essential

0844 443 9393 Book On-Line

Please book early to avoid disappointment Call our reception directly on

01352 736000

or send an email to request a more detailed brochure

SAVE & BORROW IN CONFIDENCE The Credit Union provides a local source of affordable finance to all its members regardless of income. It is set up, owned and run by its members. When you join, you will enjoy the benefits associated with membership, including:

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Control over your finances Low cost loans

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Security of savings Free life insurance on savings

EXAMPLE: BORROW £100, PAY IT BACK WITHIN THE YEAR AND PAY ONLY £6 INTEREST Main Office: 27 High Street, Holywell, Flintshire Telephone 01352 715555 Open every day until Midday Closed Wednesday Other Offices in Buckley, Flint, Mostyn, Shotton & Deeside and Mold *Regulated by the Financial Services Authority

www.santaspecials.co.uk

NORTH CLWYD ANIMAL RESCUE

Registered Charity No: 515195 Maes Gwyn, Trelogan, Nr. Holywell, Flintshire, CH8 9BD Tel: 01745 560546 Web: www.ncar.org.uk E-mail:animalrescue@btconnect.com

CHRISTMAS OPEN DAY

Sunday, 7th December 2008 Come and join in the fun at our Festive Open day! There will be many gift stalls, Santa’s grotto for the Children & animals & Hot Toddy & mince pies.

All the animals will have their stockings up, waiting for treats and goodies for Christmas day! We have many animals here needing homes,

but please remember that an animal is for life not just for Christmas!

One of in North Wales the biggest and best tou s n o i t c a r t t rist a Open every Sunday Traders, Car Booters, Stall Holders - all welcome Arrive at 8am

Open 52 weeks of the year Tel: 01352 711 111 www.coedmawr.co.uk Coast Road, A548 Greenfield, Holywell, Flintshire. (12 miles from Chester)

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A magical time at Greenacres farm

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ake this Christmas a magical experience for all the family with a visit to Greenacres Farm.

Go and see Santa Claus and his real Reindeer everyday from December 1 to 23 (10.30am until 7pm). There will be one of the biggest Christmas Grottos in the North West, including a lovely children’s carousel, fabulous decorations and lights and a magical Christmas walkthrough for the whole family. Meet Santa’s real reindeer as they patiently wait for Santa Clause as he chats and gives presents to all the children in his grotto. The Farm Park will be decorated for Christmas with a huge Christmas tree and life-size Father Christmas waving to the children.

Advertiser’s announcement There will be a beautiful Nativity scene with Mary and Joseph, the three wise men and baby Jesus in a real stable, with baby donkey, cow, and little goats surrounding baby Jesus. Take time for a break – then call in for some warm and welcoming Christmas treats in the Farm café. And a huge selection of Christmas goodies and souvenirs can be purchased from the Christmas gift shop on the Farm-Yard. ● Greenacres Farm is sign-posted ‘Farm Park’ from the Queensferry Roundabout off A494. For further details, log on to the website at www.greenacresfarmpark.co.uk

Dathliadau’r Nadolig yn Erddig Christmas at Erddig 5 DECEMBER OPEN AIR CAROL CONCERT The Salvation Army Band and Rhosnesni High School Choir Meet Father Christmas 6pm - 7.30pm Free Admission 6/7, 13/14 & 20/21 DECEMBER CHRISTMAS MARKET Gifts, Chestnuts, Mulled Wine & Music Meet Father Christmas and see his toy workshop 11am - 4pm. Free Admission £4 to meet Santa; every child receives a present 19, 20 & 21 DECEMBER YULETIDE GLOW A magical light and music experience. 5pm - 7.30pm £4 admission including NT members. Children free The gardens, kitchens, NT Shop and parlour open every weekend until 21 December Free Admission

SANTA’S HELPER: Real reindeer will be at Santa’s grotto at Greenacres Farm Park.

BRYN AWEL Hotel

 01978 355314/01978 315151. Erddig - 2 filltir i’r de o Wrecsam. Gweler yr arwyddbyst oddi ar yr A483/A525. 2 miles south of Wrexham. Signposted from the A483/A525. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

The Lemon Tree CHRISTMAS LUNCH

Our festive lunch menu will be available from the 1st December through to the 24th December. The price is £14.50 per person for 2 courses and £17.50 for 3 courses

CHRISTMAS DINNER

Our festive dinner menu will run from the 1st December through to the 24th December at £23.50 per person including a bottle of wine per couple

* SPECIAL OFFER *

●● CHRISTMAS LUNCH MENU Adults: £12.95 Children under 12: £8.95

Monday - Saturday December 01-22

●● DISCO PARTY NIGHTS DInner £19.95

CHRISTMAS DAY - IL NATALE

Served throughout December

Party Nights Dinner & Disco £22.95

December 12, 13, 19, 20

●● NEW YEAR’S EVE NIGHT Buffet Dinner & Disco £32.95

●● CANDLELIT SUPPER

We will be serving a special Christmas Day Lunch from 12.00 noon - 3.00 pm £45.00 per person £22.50 Children 3 - 10

NEW YEAR’S EVE - SAN SILVESTRO

Our delicious 6 course New Year’s Even Banquet Menu to celebrate the arrival of 2008 is available from 7.00 - 10.00 pm at £45.00 per person.

* SPECIAL OFFER *

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND 3 Course & Glass of wine £13.95

Mon - Thurs throughout December Mon - Sat from January 2009

www.brynawelhotel.co.uk

STAY THE NIGHT Not want to drink and drive but still want to enjoy yourself? Anyone attending a function in the month of December can enjoy Bed and Breakfast for only £55.00 per room per night. Offer is subject to availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Bryn Awel Hotel, Denbigh Road, Mold

01352 758622

NEW YEAR’S EVE ACCOMMODATION Only £90 per person! Incl. of one night’s superior en-suite accommodation, complimentary bottle of Prosecco & fresh flowers, delicious 6 course New Year’s Banquet and full cooked breakfast. Offer is subject to availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. The Lemon Tree, 29 Rhosddu Road,Wrexham, Clwyd, LL11 2LP

Telephone: 01978 261211


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CRACKING TIME: Choose your own novelties for handmade crackers.

Beat the credit crunch

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f the global credit crunch means you will have less to spend this Christmas don’t despair, there is a lot you can do to make it special without waking up with a financial hangover in the New Year.

CARDS GALORE: Save cash and send your own personal message.

Last year, it’s estimated* the average person spent £435 on Christmas gifts, with considerably more spent on children. Sales of Christmas decorations reached almost £28m, while Christmas cracker sales alone were £25m. Not surprisingly, this year our spend is forecast to be considerably less, but that doesn’t mean that Christmas need be any less magical, according to HobbyCraft, the specialist arts and crafts superstore. “Be creative and you may be surprised at how much fun it is getting back to basics,” says Lisa Saban from HobbyCraft, who has come up with lots of thrifty ideas to help the whole family make the most of the festive holidays. “You may find that the time spent with the family, creating handmade cards, decorations and gifts can make Christmas even more memorable,” said Lisa. ● You can pick up free step-by-step project sheets at HobbyCraft. Visit www.hobbycraft.co.uk (0800 027 2387). *Source: British Retail Consortium.

DECK THE HALLS: Make your own decorations for a fraction of the cost with help from a free Hobbycraft leaflet.


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All You Need Fo Christmas

Christmas at ✴ ✴ SHOP ROSE FARM

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HAVE A FRESH CHRISTMAS

FARM FRESH POULTRY • WholeTurkeys • Turkey Breast Joints • Geese• Capons • Ducks• Chickens

LOCAL LAMB • Leg Joints • Shoulder Joints •Lamb Chops

HOMEMADE

HOME PRODUCED BEEF

Taste the Difference!

All cuts including: • Topside/Silverside Joints • Rib on the Bone • Boneless Ribs • Sirloin Joints • Brisket Joints • Fillet/Sirloin/Rump Steaks

• Leg and Shoulder Joints • Loin Joints and Chops • Home Cured Bacon & Gammon Joints • Back Bacon, Streaky Bacon & Smoked Bacon • Various Size Gammon Joints

“MAKE LIFE EASIER THIS CHRISTMAS. ALL YOUR SHOPPING UNDER ONE ROOF”

• Snugburys and Cheshire Farm Ice Creem • Locally Baked Bread, Cakes and Pastries • Large Range of Farmhouse Recipe, Pickles and Preserves • Local Cheshire Apple Juice • Locally brewed Weetwood Ale & a selection of other real ales • Farm Fresh Free Range Eggs • Selection of Handmade Traditional Biscuits • English Wines and Liqueurs • And lots more including all your general groceries

ROSE FARM CAFE NEW WINTER MENU AVAILABLE SEASONAL MID WEEK ROAST (Wed only) 2 course £8.99 Served between 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm

TUESDAY SPECIAL 2 courses £5.95 Example: Soup & Cottage Pie or Sausage & Mash & Crumble & Custard

Bookings welcome and advisable Open 10am - 4pm every day except Monday

FULLY LICENCED

CHRISTMAS IN THE GREENHOUSE • CHRISTMAS TREES • WREATHS • PLANTS AND LOTS OF GIFT IDEAS

Greenhouse Open 10am p 4pm every day except Monday Call in or phone for your

Christmas order form, simply fill in the form and we’ll have it ready for collection

Buy 5 kg of Braising Steak at £7.99kg and get 5 kg of Lean Mince FREE Save £1.00 per kilo when you buy a whole Brisket

Also a limited amount of home produced Highland Beef (order early)

VISIT OUR FOOD HALL

FULLY LICENCED

SPECIALS

5 kg of Lean Mince £24.95 All subject to availability

HOME PRODUCED FREE-RANGE PORK

• Pork Sausage • Old English Sausage • Pork and Spring Onion Sausage • Pork Chipolatas • Pork Sausage Meat • Burgers

AMPLE FREE PARKING Open 7 days a week Mon - Fri 8am - 6 pm Sat 8am - 5 pm Sun 9am - 1 pm

Quality Assured

THE DELI Our Delicatessen counter stocks a huge range of British farmhouse cheese and home cooked meats • Farmhouse Cheshire, Cheddar, Lancashire and Wensleydale • Our Blue Cheese range includes: Stilton, Shropshire, Garstang and Mrs Bells • Fancy a tipple? We have Cheddar with Whisky and Swaledale with old peculiar Beer • Goats Cheese including smoked and blue • Ewes Milk Cheese and Yorkshire Feta • Fancy favourites include: Wensleydale with Cranberries or Ginger or Lemon, Cheddar with Walnuts or Chillies or Chives, White Stilton with Apricots or Lemon Peel or Orange • Other favourites include: Somerset Brie, Bowland, Tewkesbury, Smoked Lancashire & many more including the famous Stinking Bishop!!! • And don’t forget, we also have a range of home cooked meats

ROSE FARM SHOP John Street, Utkinton, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 0LP Shop 01829 732978 Cafe 01829 733114


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This is Carden Park There3s so much to look forward to this festive season at Carden Park. Whatever your event, be it an office party or a celebration with friends, we have an array of menus, dazzling entertainment and luxurious accommodation WITH PRICES THAT START FROM JUST

ÂŁ30.00 per person. Please contact the Event Sales Office on

01829 731000 Quoting reference CL89 to make your booking now.

Give your family, friends or colleagues the perfect gift!

Vouchers available for the Spa, Golf and Accomodation.

Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, Nr Chester, Cheshire CH3 9DQ T: 01829 731000 F: 01829 731032 E: conference.carden@devere-hotels.com W: www.devere-hotels.com De Vere Hotels are a division of De Vere Hotels & Leisure Limited. Registered in England. Registered number 418878. Registered address: Carden Park Hotel 2LLP, Bridgemere house, Chester Road, Preston Brooke, Cheshire WA7 3BD


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