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May: Sunflower Competition Launched, supplied by Delamere Flower Farm

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April: Launch of the Women’s Business Netw ork

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The club was pleased to welcome Nick Morcumb, the National Councillor for Region 11 from Whitchurch 41 Club, to our November meeting at the Tiger’s Head. He gave us the latest news, including the new 41 Club set up in Ellesmere Port. Ken Pye, our speaker, joined us after the meal. Ken was introduced as the Managing Director of Discover Liverpool, a radio presenter, writer and passionate Scouser with expert knowledge of all aspects of Liverpool. He provided a highly entertaining talk about Beer, Pubs and Boozers in Liverpool centre. The next gathering will be the Annual Ladies Evening which will be at Delamere Golf Club on December 6th where we will be entertained by a Table Magician. The Christmas Float for Norley has been arranged for 13th December .


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also trained for and undertook the Trans Pennine Trail, a total of 185 miles walked over nine days which raised over £4,000 for the Denman Appeal.

The WI 2017 AGM

The WI successfully collaborates with other groups in the community. Members have supported events at the village hall throughout the year and some members also took part in the hall’s fundraising walk in September.

The blaze of autumn colour is upon us and our November meeting is when we take some time out to reflect on the wide range of activities and experiences enjoyed by members over the last year. Meeting on the first Thursday of each month at 7.30pm in the village hall, members welcomed new members and many guests throughout the year. Some of our members represented Norley at area, regional and national WI events throughout 2017. This is a great way of networking and sharing knowledge and experiences with some of our fellow 226,000 WI members nationwide. For example, to gain awareness and discuss progress of the National WI Federation’s resolutions such as the ‘End Plastic Soup’ campaign. Micro plastic fibres are tiny plastic fragments 5mm or smaller, that are shed from synthetic clothes when laundered with the damaging effect that they end up in the sea and wider environment.

The Norley WI have dressed the telephone box outside the Tigers Head- go and have a look to get in the festive spirit.

In terms of the opportunities to learn new skills, Denman College which is based in Oxfordshire is the national WI’s centre for learning, offering members a wealth of opportunities to learn new skills. Norley WI donated a bursary to the ‘Saving Denman Appeal’. In addition to this, Helen Ebbitt, the Norley WI President,


Following on form the popular ‘Clean for the Queen’ event last year, once again the WI joined the Scouts, Brownies and villagers to pick up what amounted to over 80 bin bags of litter from around the village. The WI also provided the much welcomed refreshments. Together with the Knit and Natter group, the WI made over 150 poppies in preparation for the memorial walk on Armistice Day. The village phone box has been decorated with a ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ theme and is now a Christmas Tree. Once again we have decorated a Christmas tree for the Tree Festival at the Methodist church. Our fundraising activities over the year included the well attended ‘Farmers Bingo’ held in May and the ever popular WI stall at the village show in September. Activities during the year have included visits to the theatre to see The King and I, Sister Act and Cabaret, and we had an evening playing skittles at the Bickerton Poacher. A tour of the Wedgwood factory and museum and a visit to Trentham Outlet were very much enjoyed. Our August outing was an interesting tour of Arley Hall Gardens led by the head gardener, a very knowledgeable and chatty man.

We have also enjoyed a walk around the village ending with chips and sandwiches in the Tiger’s Head and a visit to the Kinnerton Hat Studio where members got to try on many posh hats – a most amusing afternoon. Recently, a successful taster session for T’ai Chi was held and it is hoped that this may become a regular activity. A new sewing group held its first meeting this month and our Christmas dinner will be held at the beginning of December. There have also been a wide variety of interesting speakers and demonstrators at our 11 monthly meetings. We learnt about the valuable work

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undertaken by organisations as varied as the Air Ambulance and the Exotic Pets Rescue. Chester Uncovered was voted as the most interesting speaker in the recent member’s feedback survey. The Belly Dancing speaker inspired some members to connect with their inner dance goddess! New President Margaret Soutar writes: 2017 has been another successful year for members of Norley WI. It is now my privilege to take over as president from Helen Ebbitt who has finished her successful term in office. I have been a member for seven years and was made to feel very welcome right from my first meeting. WI has provided a great opportunity to meet new friends and enjoy a range of activities in good company. I thoroughly recommend it! Another interesting range of activities and speakers is planned for the coming year and a warm welcome is extended to any lady who might wish to join us. Why not come along and give it a try! Norley News | December 2017 |



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It is also a reminder to leave as much as possible of the berries, hips and haws for the birds; in a hard winter these fruits may be all that stands between them and starvation. And when other berries such as holly, hawthorn and rowan are long gone, the black ribbed ivy berries will provide our hungry blackbirds with some very nutritious food, apparently, ivy berries, gram for gram, contain nearly as many calories as Mars bars. Early herbalists too believed ivy berries could counteract the unwanted side-effects of alcohol consumption. But before you stick them in your hangover cure, authorities nowadays say ivy berries are toxic, though not obviously to birds. Of course keep putting out the bird food and, just as importantly, clean fresh water, especially when other sources are frozen solid. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Whilst writing this (mid Nov) I have been watching a dozen or more redwings raiding the bright red holly berries, much to the distress of resident blackbirds as their store of winter food vanished. The redwings, probably having just flown from Iceland, will strip the tree leaving none for the other birds or us to decorate the house. Later, this smallest of the “British” thrushes, will probably team up with fieldfares, another member of the thrush family, and spend their days foraging on the nearby fields.


The centenary of Passchendaele only just gone, and placing the poppy crosses and the lovely knitted poppies at the graves and plaques on Remembrance Day. once again reminded us all of the need to cherish life. The commitment to making Norley an even more special place for all its inhabitants, both animal and vegetable, is renewed with even greater vigour. Once again my plea as Chairman, to all of Norley’s human inhabitants, is that we could really really do with MORE members and especially volunteers on our workdays. It is very

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worthwhile and honestly quite enjoyable, and you only have to do what you can do. The AGM was held on 22nd November but there is still time to become a member.

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The Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam, although treated again this year, will need further treatment for probably the next two years at least. The Rhododendron “Forest “ was given a further going over on the 25th November, but the masses of rubbish have yet to be tackled. If everyone played their part then this Moss could, like Flaxmere, become a veritable wildlife jewel in the heart of Norley. The meeting of neighbouring residents and other interested parties including the Parish Council, CWAC and CWT on 28th November will hopefully make it clear that NWG and CWT cannot do it all. DELAMERE’S LOST MOSSESEnd of Project Presentation There is to be a presentation on the work and outcomes of the project’s last four years on Saturday 20th January 2018, 2.30pm to 5.00pm at Delamere Community Centre, CW8 2HT. To reserve a place please contact Katie Piercy on It will also be a super opportunity for all of us to show our appreciation of Katie’s outstanding contribution to this tremendously successful project. SUPPORT THE UK’S NEW TREE CHARTER The UK’s new Tree Charter was launched in Lincoln Castle on 6 November 2017, the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest. The Charter for Trees, Woods and People (to give it its full name) sets out ten principles for a society in which people and trees can stand stronger together. - Sustain landscapes rich in wildlife - Plant for the future - Celebrate the power of trees to inspire - Grow forests of opportunity and innovation - Protect irreplaceable trees and woods - Plan greener local landscapes - Recover health, hope & wellbeing with the help of trees - Make trees accessible to all - Combat the threats to our habitats - Strengthen our landscapes with trees Each of these is described in more detail on the Tree Charter Website. They are also being commemorated with eleven beautifully carved British oak poles distributed across

WHY? The people of the UK have a right to the benefits brought by trees and woods. The new charter will recognise, celebrate and seek to protect this right through a broad range of initiatives – publicity and news, appeals, campaigns and special events. By declaring your support, you make the charter matter. The greater the support, the louder the voice when it comes to achieving the principal aims across the UK. And for every signature the Woodland Trust will plant a tree! If, like me, you value our trees and grieve that so many in Norley alone have been lost, why wouldn’t you support it? MEMORIAL GARDEN Although I wrote this last year in view of some continued criticism of the “untidiness” of the garden I will repeat that the fundamental basis of a wildflower meadow is that plants have to complete their full life cycle – i.e. to grow, flower and set seed – in order to thrive. Cutting plants when flowering or shortly afterward deprives invertebrates of nectar and pollen and stops plants reproducing from seed. The verge has been mown very short and this is about to be sown with 100 g of cowslip seeds. The present stack of logs there is a haven for frogs, toads and other hibernating animals. It will be made eventually into a log bank. FUND RAISING At present NWG is exploring a variety of sources for grants so that we could start work sometime next year to make a path through the “Tanglewood” at the back of the memorial garden and a path through the “Wildwood” by St John’s where the bluebells were planted. A BIG THANK YOU Our Parish Council put NWG forward for a Community award from Groundworks see https://www.groundwork. Sadly, we were not successful, but it was still very gratifying to see the all the support and appreciation for our work from the council and also CWT. I hope you all have a lovely Xmas and a peaceful and happy New Year and don’t forget to look out for the 10000 snowdrops planted along the walk. Look on our website for dates of our workdays and our meetings. All are welcome!

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Norley Book Club OUR BOOK OF THE MONTH: ‘The Travelling Bag’ by Susan Hill Seeking a different genre to recommend for this month, I opted for a collection of short stories and settled on some traditional, supernatural tales as appropriate for cosy winter evening reading. Having thoroughly enjoyed Susan Hill’s “The Woman in Black”, both as a novel and as the decidedly creepy film starring Daniel Radcliffe, I selected with positive anticipation her recently published offering of five ghostly yarns, headed by the title story, “The Travelling Bag”.

to a contemporary suburban home; the supernatural can appear anywhere! The characters too are varied with the appearance of psychic investigators, schoolboys, medical students, office workers and more. Some kind of psychological disturbance is the stimulus for the events in each: loneliness, rivalry, despair, bereavement and revenge, providing the credibility escape route for any writer of a ghost story – did the events really happen or were they the product of a disturbed imagination?

I was a little disappointed, however, as they don’t match up to the skill of her best known masterpiece: some loose ends are left dangling; conclusions are somewhat predictable; research is inadequate and I think her proof-reader was on holiday when the stories were prepared for publication. Nevertheless, they are still worth reading for Hill’s talent for creating intrigue, sensory atmosphere and a jolly good story.

Any reader would be happy to receive this collection as a Christmas gift and, after all, the short story is always handy as a complete, but quick, read before falling asleep after too many mince pies. Reviewed by Hilary Duncan. NB. Any feedback on reviews would be welcomed via “Norley News”.

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Our Vision for Norley CE Primary School The governing body, who work on the strategic vision for our school in order to give our children the best foundation on their educational journey have, over the last 2 years, focused on ways in which these foundations could be built upon and improved. It was decided that we really value mixed age classes, for a number of positive reasons. Pupils are taught by one teacher for 2 years reducing the need for unlearning to relearn in different classes, younger children have the older children to aspire to and to guide them, older children rise to the challenge of being ambassadors and shine. Children learn to work with different groups of children, planning for the needs of all children is more discrete, the more able are challenged in both year groups and those needing support are nurtured at their level, building self-esteem and confidence. The positives are never ending. However, it has been recognised that our class sizes are increasing. Seven years ago our Pupil Admission Number (PAN) for each year group was increased from 13 to 15 taking the total number of pupils from 86 to a possible 105 in the whole school. This was to restructure the school from 3 classes to 4. Having 3 classes meant that we had 3 age groups in 1 class. This is never ideal and governors wanted to change it. We have increased and maintained our numbers but it will not be possible to increase any more. One reason for this is that our classroom sizes are on the small size. If a new classroom was built for 30 pupils today the Department for Education (DfE) would suggest they were 70 sq. m., but ideally 55-62 sq. m.; our sizes are 48 sq. m. These sizes were based on the PAN of 13 (86). With this in mind the governors’ vision is for us to teach each year group on their own, each morning, for one term. We have started to put this into practice this year because I am passionate about teaching, and maintain that I want a teaching commitment for as long as is possible. In the spring term I taught year 6 literacy, in the summer term I taught year 2 maths, and this autumn term I am teaching year 4 maths in the school hall. The hall is not the ideal place as the resources have to be collected and taken into the hall each day, the acoustics are not good, and we are limited in the times that we can use it. We have had a number of ideas about how to solve this problem, but the most workable option is to have a new teaching space outside on the bank. The staff have been very passionate about this idea as it would provide a solution to a number of issues. In addition to giving us some more space in school, we would use the new space to realise the governors’ vision in a better learning environment. As well as providing a teaching space for individual year groups, the new teaching space could be used for interventions, which


are currently taking place in the library, staffroom, hall and the art area, none of which are ideal especially for children who need extra support. Additionally, it could also be used for after school clubs, choir, BIG group, meetings and to provide a base for Forest School. The school building is owned by the Diocese as is some of the land, the land further around the school is owned by Cheshire West and Chester. It is for this reason we have to use a building consultancy company called AHR, provided by the Diocese. They work on everything to do with the premises, health and safety and project management, being answerable to the Diocese. Any planning has to go through the right channels and has to be supported by all parties involved. Our proposal for this new teaching space is 30 sq. m. It will be a specialist room for a small number of pupils and therefore will not increase the PAN of our school based on current floor space. For the past 3 years we have set a very realistic budget making sure the children are given the best education. Savings have been made where possible in certain areas, PTFA have supported projects and we have not had to spend contingencies put in place. This has all been scrutinised by our very skilled finance governors. Another saving has been made when B&Q kindly donated the paint and the flooring for the Music and Relaxation Room refurbishment. These factors have allowed us to carry forward our savings to continue with the same number of teaching staff and support staff for the next 3 years, leaving us with a sum of money the governors have set aside for a new teaching space. This money has been protected due to our vision and is not ‘clawed back’ by the Local Authority, nor does it affect our funding in the future because it has been ‘ring fenced’ and will enhance the educational experience for our children. We are still waiting for a final out turn cost for this new teaching space. Mrs White and myself have worked with AHR to keep costs down. The PTFA work with the school to ‘enhance the children’s experience’ and with this in mind we have asked that they support us in fundraising to realise the new teaching space, giving more space for all our children. We are not asking for a contribution to the actual building costs. However, we have asked the PTFA to consider contributing to the environment within the new teaching space by adding to our resources. By funding other experiences in school, as the PTFA currently do, this releases funds to spend on bigger projects. The idea of a new teaching space may have come ‘out of the blue’ to parents but it has been a long process and we have now decided to involve the whole continued on page 11

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continued from page 10 community as we are so close to realising this vision for our children. Imagine a school where children have the benefit of being taught both as mixed age classes and single year groups. Imagine a school where children have the luxury of personalised learning in a suitable environment. Imagine a school where children have a special teaching space overlooking school, in the trees, in which to learn in. Imagine a school with space and a base for extra curricular clubs. Imagine no more………… If you have any questions about our vision please do not hesitate to ask. We will be only too glad to discuss our vision with you. Kind regards Mrs Helen Kelly

on behalf of the governors of Norley CE Primary School.

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Tutors aiming for GCSE Success Two experienced teachers from Norley are launching GCSE Success, revision courses in Maths and English for Years 10 and 11 pupils sitting the new style GCSE qualifications. Kerry Haw, in her 5th year running MathsMuscles maths tuition says, “GCSE pupils now have more expected of them and we’re keen to help them achieve higher grades.”

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ALL MAPPED OUT: FRODSHAM CYCLE MAP Weaver and Sandstone Cycle Forum’s Frodsham cycle map provides family-friendly cycle routes across north Cheshire. The forum hopes to promote cycling as a popular method of travel and encourage local residents to get out on their bikes by providing accessible and safe cycle routes. The map is supported by RSK as a local cycle initiative close to the environmental consultancy’s head office in Helsby, Cheshire. Interested cyclists can plan their route using the free map, with several short or longer routes from which to choose. It is a great way for residents to view safe and convenient cycle routes that the whole family can enjoy and engage in a fun exercise activity that promotes health and wellbeing. “RSK’s involvement with the cycle maps reflects our commitment to promoting environmentally friendly travel options and our dedication to improving health and wellbeing,” comments corporate responsibility and sustainability director Sue Sljivic. Initiatives that promote cycling, particularly those that focus on safe and accessible routes such as this scheme, could really help increase the number of people cycling at RSK and in the wider community.

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In Honour and Grateful Memory

This year Remembrance week was made very special by the 154 beautiful poppies knitted by the WI and the Knitters and Natters Group based at the NCK Centre at St John’s. They were distributed around the 12 plaques on the Memorial walk and the four graves at the churchyard (including WW2 hero, Gnr. Jim Lewis - just because he isn’t on the walk doesn’t mean he would be forgotten) The Poppy Crosses walk as usual took place on Remembrance Day, 16 people took part including three children. We collected £40.00 for the British Legion. The poppies looked absolutely splendid and I hope next year, especially as Sunday 11th Nov 2018 is the centenary of the Armistice, that even more do the walk to see them. The acclaimed Wet Nelly was served to the grateful stalwarts who completed the walk and the much requested recipe is now at

Remembrance Sunday too was made special as the amended Norley Roll of Honour (most beautiful calligraphy by Ann Crawford) now with three additional names was read out at both of the Church services. Two, Roly Beazley and David Thomas Malcolm are already included on the walk but not Henry George Wilkinson Woodhouse who died just over 117 years ago (10/11/1900) in the Boer war. Only 20, he was the son of Samuel Henry Woodhouse who had lived at Norley Hall.

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Autumn and winter term is an extremely busy time for Norley PTFA and this year is no different. They have undergone big committee member changes. The hard working Jane Paget has stepped down from chair, along with Sharon Hale from the role of treasurer. They have worked tirelessly to raise funds over the years along with the other committee members. The school and parents are extremely grateful for everything they have achieved and done over the years in their respective roles.

Quiz Is The Biz For the first in a long time the Norley Primary School has run a quiz night (supported by the PTFA). The event was a roaring success with its “Back to school” theme, entertaining quiz master Andrew Bryson, brain teasing questions designed by Cally Littler and generous donations of cheese and biscuits supplied by Sainsbury, Lidl and Tesco supermarkets. The generosity continued with donations of raffle prizes from Blue Cap, Chatwins, Cheshire Farm Ice Cream, Chester Zoo, Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre, De Fine Wine, Delamere Fortune Palace, Elegance Health & Beauty, Forresters Farm Shop, Gulliver’s Theme Parks and My Spicy Blends at Lady Heyes. All money raised goes towards the building of a new teaching space. Parents, teachers, governors and locals alike had a wonderful time filled with laughter and music; everyone gave generously which is reflected in the figure of £888.35! The School pass on their thanks to everyone in the community that supported the event and look forward to many more such like events.


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They have thankfully eased the transition for Cally Littler into the role of Chair, Laura Baglole as treasurer and Kelly White as secretary. Jane and Sharon have kindly offered to continue support the PTFA with their vast knowledge and experience as well as donating their time at events as they are able, for this we offer our thanks to them as an invaluable resource.

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A Brief History of Christmas By Claudia Wild It’s hard to imagine now, but at the beginning of the 19th century Christmas was hardly celebrated. Many businesses did not even consider it a holiday. However, by the end of the century it had become the biggest annual celebration and took on the form that we recognise today. Many attribute the change to Queen Victoria and it was her marriage to the German-born Prince Albert that introduced some of the most prominent aspects of Christmas. In 1848 the Illustrated London News published a drawing of the royal family celebrating around a decorated Christmas tree. Soon every home in Britain had a tree bedecked with candles, sweets, fruit, homemade decorations and small gifts. In 1843 Henry Cole commissioned an artist to design a card for Christmas. At one shilling each, these were pricey for ordinary Victorians. However, the sentiment caught on and many children - Queen Victoria’s included – were encouraged to make their own Christmas cards. By the 1880s the sending of cards had become hugely popular, creating a lucrative industry that produced 11.5 million cards in 1880 alone. Another commercial Christmas industry was borne in 1848 when a British confectioner, Tom Smith, invented a bold new way to sell sweets. Inspired by a trip to Paris where he saw bonbons – sugared almonds wrapped in twists of paper – he came up with the idea of the Christmas cracker. The sweets were replaced by small gifts and paper hats in the late Victorian period and remain in this form as an essential part of a modern Christmas. Gift giving had traditionally been at New Year but moved as Christmas became more important to the Victorians. Initially gifts were rather modest – fruit, nuts, sweets and small handmade trinkets. These were usually hung on the Christmas tree, but then they became bigger and shopbought and they moved under the tree. The Christmas feast has its roots from before the Middle Ages, but it’s during the Victorian period that the Christmas dinner began to take shape. Various forms of roasted meat such as beef and goose used to be the centre-piece of the Christmas dinner. The turkey was added to this by the more wealthy sections of the community in the 19th century, but its perfect size for a middle class family gathering meant it became the dominant dish by the beginning of the 20th century. While carols were not new to the Victorians, it was a tradition that they actively revived and popularised. While Charles Dickens did not invent the Victorian Christmas, his book, A Christmas Carol, is credited with helping to popularise and spread the traditions of the festival. Its themes of family, charity, goodwill, peace and happiness encapsulate the spirit of the Victorian Christmas and are very much a part of the Christmas we celebrate today. Merry Christmas.

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Kingsley Players Youth Theatre Kingsley Community Centre Auditions for Arabian Nights 3rd Dec onwards For More information contact Harlequin Youth Theatre Queen Street, Northwich Peter Pan 25th till 27th January Go to for tickets and more info Harlequin Players Queen Street Northwich When We Are Married 6th til 9th December Go to or tel 01606 246831 Kingsley Players Kingsley community Centre Cinderella 13th till 16th Dec For tickets go to =

Lady Hayes Live music event Local artists “VIVID” Victoria Worthington and David Hodgson performing 9th Dec at 7:30pm Bar open till 10pm Go to Lady Hayes web site for more info Also at Lady Hayes Live events 15th Dec Tricia Liedl 16th Dec Gareth Heesom 23rd Dec The Hoppin Frogs

A “Vivid” Experience Kash 22 is a small bar in Frodsham serving up talented local musicians. If you like live music, this is the place for you. Great bar, Fab food (I highly recommend the Jerk chicken) and killer music. Vivid is one such group to be found at the venue. They are a Father daughter duo delivering awesome covers of Carly Simon, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Candi Staton, to mention but a few. Between them they produced perfectly blended guitar and piano melodies with soulful vocals that entertained and engaged the crowd on Sunday 12th November. I highly recommend you getting to see this group for what would result in an immensely enjoyable evening with something for everyone. They are next playing at Lady Hayes on the 9th Dec at 7:30pm. By Kelly White

Lion Salt Works Christmas Market 5th - 10th Dec Lion Salt Works Live Music with The Assets 8th and 9th Dec contact 07737 185215 for more info


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A: Stick with me and we’ll go places. Q: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?

Go to P9

Norley C E Primary School You are warmly invited to join us for our Christmas production of ‘The Perfect Present’ which will take place in the Church on:Wednesday 13th December at 1.30pm and 6.00pm Thursday 14th December at 1.30pm and 6.00pm You are also invited to our Carol Service in Church on Wednesday 20th December at 2pm You are most welcome to join us for these events and we look forward to seeing you. Please phone 01928 788471 if you would like to attend.




‘Cinderella’ a Christmas treat Kingsley Players bring an early Christmas treat to the stage in December (13th –16th) with a new, magical production of the much-loved classic fairy tale ‘Cinderella’. Written and directed by Kingsley Players chairman Colin Smith, with show-stopping songs by musical director Arnold Ashbrook, this re-telling of the wellknown tale promises a festive feast of fun and fabulous costumes.

features many of the Players stalwarts as well as several of the up and coming stars of our newlyformed youth theatre group.” Cinderella will play for five performances at Kingsley Community Centre, Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th December, 2017, including a Saturday matinee. Tickets cost £7/£8, with £5 concessions available for Wednesday, Thursday and the Saturday matinee.

Chloe Rigby takes on the title role of the longsuffering Baron’s daughter who swaps her kitchen rags for a stunning ball dress. And real-life brothers Roy and Joe Youds are hilarious as the insufferable Ugly Sisters. Colin explains: “Everyone knows the traditional story but this production will feature a few surprises as well. All the expected characters, plus a few more, will have you laughing your socks off and singing along to the catchy tunes. A large cast of more than 30 adults and children

Book in advance through the website or by ringing the box office on 07724 892154.

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Norley Methodist Church Minister: Rev. Sue Levitt 01829 741022 Friday 1st December - Christmas Tree Festival 6.00pm Lighting Up Ceremony to start festival

Wednesday 3rd January 9.45am Wednesday Walk- Garry (01928 890490)

Sat 2nd December - Christmas Tree Festival 11am – 5pm Festival open 4pm – 5pm A Big Christmas Sing

Sunday 7th January 10.45am Morning Worship 6.30pm At Blakelees Methodist Church

Sunday 3rd December - Christmas Tree Festival 10.45am Morning Worship Noon – 4pm Festival Open 4.00pm Festival Closing Worship

Wednesday 10th January Noon Open Door Lunch - Ruth (01928 788071)

Wednesday 6th December 9.45am Wednesday Walk- Garry (01928 890490) Sunday 10th December 10.45am Holy Communion Thursday 14th December Noon Open Door Christmas Lunch – contact Ruth (01928 788071) Sunday 17th December 9.00am Norley@9 10.45am Morning Worship 6.30pm Holy Communion Sunday December 24th – Christmas Eve 10.45am Morning Worship 4.00pm Candlelit Carol Service

Sunday 14th January 10.45am Covenant Service & Holy Communion Wednesday 17th January 7.30pm Café Church Sunday 21st January 9.00am Norley@9 10.45am Morning Worship 6.30pm Evening Worship Thursday 25th January Noon Open Door Lunch – Joan (01606 301198) Sunday 28th January 10.45am Morning Worship 6.30pm Holy Communion Sunday 4th February 10.45am Morning Worship 6.30pm Evening Worship

Monday 25th December - Christmas Day 10.00am Celebration Service Sun 31st December - 10.45am Morning Worship

Wednesday 7th February 9.45am Wednesday Walk - Garry (01928 890490)

Sunday 11th February 10.45am Holy Communion Wednesday 14th February Noon Open Door Lunch - Joan (01606 301198) Sunday 18th February 9.00am Norley@9 10.45am Morning Worship 6.30pm Evening Worship Wednesday 21st February 7.30pm Café Church Thursday 22nd February Noon Open Door Lunch – Ruth (01928 788071) Sunday 25th February 10.45am Morning Worship 6.30pm Holy Communion Every Tuesday from 10.00am to noon Craft Club contact Alison Twinn (01829 741658) Metafit

St John the Evangelist (Norley) Vicar: Rev’d Peter Rugen 01928 787180 Monday 25th December 10am Family Christmas Communion. Sunday 31st December 10.00am Kingsley Sunday 3rd December 10am Family Service No Communion Sunday 10th December 10am Family Service No Communion 6.30pm Evening Prayer Thursday 14th December 10am Midweek Communion Sunday 17th December 6.30pm Carol Service Sunday 24th December 11.30 Midnight Communion

Sunday 7th January 10.00am Family Service

Sunday 18th February 10.00am Holy Communion (common worship) Sunday 25th February 10.00am Worshipping together at Norley

Sunday 14th January 10.00am Family Service Sunday 21st January 10.00am Holy Communion (common worship) Sunday 28th January 10.00am Worshipping together at Crowton Sunday 4th February 10.00am Family Service Sunday 11th February 10.00am Family Service

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See and Know Toddler group, every Friday during term time 10am 11.30am at the NCK Centre next to St John’s Church Norley. Contact


What’s on in Norley? Village Hall Diary For information about Village Hall availability or any other booking enquiries contact: Barbara Lupton: 0759 354 5528 Monday’s Delemere Forest Shamanic Journeying and Drumming Cycle contact Mary 07710 987076 or Emma 07860 564076 Monday evenings: 6th Nov, 4th Dec

Tuesday’s at 9.15am Metafit- 30min HIIT class, all fitness levels welcome Contact Emma on 07971 596529 Tuesday’s 10:00-12:00 Ladies badminton Contact: Shirley Craven 01928 787251 Tuesday’s at 7pm Senior badminton Contact Mark Perry: 01928 732194 or Jean Welsh: 01928 731776 Wednesday’s at 2pm Wednesday Club Contact Joan Barclay: 01928 788394

Wednesday’s 7-7:50pm Zumba Contact Izzy on 07951 152172 Wednesday’s at 8-9pm Pilates Contact Colette on 07708 411076 or email WI Contact Helen on 01928 787092 Friday’s at 7pm Senior badminton Contact Mark Perry: 01928 732194 or Jean Welsh: 01928 731776 Next Parish Council Meeting: 8th January

School diary: For more details on booking the School Hall call Julie White on 01928 788471. Wednesday’s: 6.15pm- PureStretch- 45min class combining yoga & pilates. All ages & abilities. 7.15pm Metafit- 30min HIIT class, all fitness levels welcome

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