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January is a horrid month so I always find that the new academic year is a better time to set yourself a new challenge or some new goals. I read just yesterday that we have 50,000 thoughts EVERY day, so if you are looking to set yourself a target then it’s definitely a good idea to write it down, otherwise it will remain just one of those many, many thoughts. If you are thinking a weight or health goal then Autumn is (almost) certainly a better time than January. With 16 or so weeks until Christmas there’s lots of time to get where you want to be or certainly make a massive impact on your goal in time for the big day. And chances are you can make a good groove with your new habits and practices well before the cold and dark nights hit us! I can hardly believe it but this is the last issue before our Christmas edition, so until then, take care.

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Take the heat out of the kitchen this Summer! Warrington’s Shop Local ‘champions’, Paul and Andrea Clark, are preparing to take the heat out of the kitchen in homes across the town and make peoples’ holiday plans all the more easier. Ovenu Warrington, the town’s leading oven valeting specialists, is on hand to offer its professional service to homes and businesses in the town, amid brighter and warmer weather throughout summer. Paul said: “It may be barbeque season, but people must not forget about their ovens! They are the focal point of many homes and with autumn around the corner, there will be a greater emphasis placed on hot, home cooked meals. It’s best to stay ahead of the game and safeguard the oven from any potential health and safety risks in good time before it is used even more when temperatures begin to drop. “People would much rather be enjoying days out in summer with family and friends, than cleaning their ovens!” Paul and Andrea were recently awarded The Essential Guide’s Shop Local accolade, which is is presented to a Warrington business that receives the most nominations by members of the community. The pair were recognised for their commitment to delivering excellent customer service and going above and beyond for clients. Over the last 11 years, Ovenu Warrington has completed more than 10,000 oven valets and amassed 3,000 testimonials, as well as more than 90 5-star reviews on Google. 6

Paul added: “We have continued to enjoy a great deal of success and happiness operating throughout Warrington, and we can’t thank our loyal customers for their invaluable support. It was a proud moment for the family when we received the Shop Local award, and we are now looking to kick on and enhance our service even more!” The Ovenu valeting process involves dismantling key components of an oven such as the door, interior panels, fan and shelves and placing them into design-registered equipment, which uses environmentally-friendly, non-caustic products to clean the oven parts. The whole process takes between two and three hours and leaves the oven, hob and exterior in immaculate condition. Ovenu is accredited by the British Accreditation Bureau to ISO 9001 and all cleaning products used by Ovenu are environmentally friendly, bio-degradable and conform to the latest government REACH regulations. Ovenu’s Carbon Remover is also approved by the Vitreous Enamel Association. For more information about Ovenu, or to make a booking with Paul or Andrea, call 01925 453377, email ovenuwarrington@hotmail.co.uk or you can visit www.ovenuwarrington.net. You can also like the company’s Facebook page by visiting www.facebook.com/ovenuwarrington. Remover is also approved by the Vitreous Enamel Association. The Ovenu valeting process involves dismantling key components of an oven and placing them into design-registered equipment, which uses non-caustic products to clean the oven parts. Ovenu is a full member of the Approved Franchise Association (AFA.)

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Sunday 30th September 7pm Padgate Community Centre

Tickets £7.50 Child tickets £4

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All funds raised to be donated to The Eye Fund, a charity providing counselling and support for people who have lost their vision. & Myeloma UK, supporting research into treatments for the blood cancer Myeloma.

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Join us for our ‘Petfactor’ event! Come along and join us for: Flyball and agility demonstrations Obedience fun ring for the fastest down, the fastest recall A 10 class Dog Show including classes for the waggiest tail, prettiest bitch, most gorgeous golden oldie and lots more

W inners from the classes will go through to the Petfactor final to win a year’s free Healthy Pet Club membership and a FREE Portrait of their pet! Lots of stalls hosted by local pet businesses and local pet charities with goodies to buy, tombolas and many more competitions Goodies to eat, a raffle and a colouring competition Teddy operating theatre - children are encouraged to become a surgeon for the day and go home with a certificate! Nurse clinic tent – find information on the many FREE clinics offered by our highly skilled nursing team! Parasite lucky dip Face painting and much more!

On Saturday 1st September 2018 At 11am – 4pm, in Orford Park Warrington

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1. What were the first names of the Wright brothers, who are generally regarded as having invented the world's first successful aeroplane?

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2. What three consecutive letters in the alphabet give the name of the flag carrier airline of the Netherlands? 3. What was the intended destination in the 1982 film Airplane 2: The Sequel? 4. On a plane he nicknamed Glamorous Glennis, who was the first pilot confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight? 5. What is the air traffic control call sign held by any United States Air Force aircraft carrying the US Vice President, but not the US President? 6. In 1927, Charles Lindbergh made the first nonstop trans-Atlantic flight on a plane called the Spirit of St. Louis. In which city did he take-off and in which city did he land?

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7. Making its only flight on November 2nd 1947, what was the two-word rhyming nickname of the Hughes H-4 Hercules, which was the largest flying boat ever built and has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in history? 8. If you flew due east from Edinburgh airport, what would be the first country you would fly over after leaving Scotland? 9. Is the airline Cathay Pacific the flag carrier of… a) Hong Kong; b) Singapore; or c) Malaysia? 10. In which 1960s film does the title character fly to a fictional European region called Vulgaria?

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And the Winner is... It’s official – Bumblebee Heating & Plumbing is the Regional Boiler & Heating Installer and Contractor of the Year! On 3rd July, local Warrington firm Bumblebee Plumbing & Heating Ltd was awarded the Boiler and Heating Installer & Contractor of the Year 2018 at the Northwest Regional Energy Efficiency Awards, held at the Mercure Hotel, Haydock. Owner Ross Coen said, “We’re delighted to have won this award. It’s recognition of our commitment to our professionalism and high standards of customer service. We invest time and money into our apprentice schemes, creating a workforce that we can be proud of in the future.”

Judges considered the nature, scale and scope of the work carried out, and special emphasis was placed on any successful integration of any local or National Government Energy Efficiency schemes in the nominee’s projects.

The judges also looked at the impact their work has had within the local community; what their customers and local community have to say about them and what level of expertise the nominee had.

"We aim to give back to the community"

To be considered for the award, nominees had to outline what set them apart within their field, and demonstrate how they achieved clear energy savings.

Ross commented: “We aim to give back to the community and are offering to supply and install a free boiler to someone within the local community. We want to help transform the life of someone in the community, who otherwise might not be in a position to buy a new boiler themselves.”

If you know of a family or someone who has had a change of circumstances or needs help, you can nominate them on the Essential Guide website. Search for Bumblebee Heating and Plumbing Ltd. Simply fill in the form, stating who you’d like to nominate, and the reasons why they should be chosen. The decision will be made by Bumblebee Heating & Plumbing in conjunction with Essential Guide Magazine Ltd, with the installation taking place in August.

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NW Lets

NW Estates can reflect on their one year anniversary in the property sales market and credit their success to sales manager Jennifer Box. Jen has spent 30 years in the housing market, building her extensive knowledge of the North West market. Jen has enjoyed a distinguished career in the estate agency world working for one of the major corporate brands. Jen says, “I have, for some time, wanted to take my skill set in the large corporate world to a more traditional

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estate agency business and was delighted when an opportunity arose at NW Estates. My goal is to make NW Estates the “go to” estate agency in Warrington. I believe in combining technology and the personal touch to ensure all our clients not only sell their properties quickly but also enjoy a smooth and dare I say it pleasant experience. This coupled with clear communication throughout the entire sales process will be key to our success” Steve & Wendy Richardson, Directors at NW Estates, say, “We are thrilled Jen joined our team. The Sales division was a key focus this year and Jen’s knowledge in this field is unsurpassed and has been vital to the growth to this part of our business.”

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Get more space at home for just £297

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We’d all like more room at home. But not everyone can afford to move or extend. So what if there was a way to get extra space for just a few hundred pounds, ready to use in less than a day? In truth, that space is already there. It’s just not being used to its full potential.

ago, MTLL specialises in generating space by making our lofts easily accessible. The latest MTLL franchise to open covers the Warrington area and is run by skilled local, Paul Langley, who says the company’s no-frills approach is what most people are looking for.

For most, the loft is a dark and dingy place visited on rare occasions; a precarious scramble across dusty beams with torch in hand, grabbing what’s needed then clambering back past boxes filled with long-forgotten belongings. But that dark and dingy place is worth thousands. In fact, it takes up a third of the floorspace in an average home. So shouldn’t we be making the most of it?

“We’re not selling £15,000 loft conversions,” says Paul. “This is a low-cost and simple alternative. For just £297 + VAT you can get a ladder that slides easily up and down, as well as a proper light and some boarding to make the space safe and secure. We can also fit a draft-proof loft hatch if required from only £55.”

And that’s where More Than Loft Ladders (MTLL) comes in. Founded in Bolton six years

The price customers are quoted is the price they will pay, with no additional call out charges. Paul provides a free guarantee on all parts and labour too.

For a free survey and quotation with no obligation, contact More Than Loft Ladders now! Call 0800 0359 880 or visit the website at www.morethanloftladders.co.uk

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The Perfect Recipe For A Fun, Foodie, Family Day Out! So why do so many of our visitors come back every year? Is it for the fantastic food and drink? Delectable delights and tasty treats from our wonderful street food vendors and amazing artisan producers. To polish up their culinary skills with our free Chef Demos? Or, to get stuck in with the Bake-Off stars on our free, interactive Bake Stage? Or maybe, it’s our cocktail of niche bars, with their tempting tipples, ready to enjoy?

surroundings of some of the country’s most beautiful stately homes? Oh and yes, we do make sure their children are blissfully amused, and the dog can come too! Don’t forget you can get free food festival ticket if you enter our ‘Cake Off ’! But that’s just what we think! Come along, take a big bite of the action and see if you agree!! www.greatbritishfoodfestival.com

Perhaps it’s for the memorable moments, soaking up the atmosphere, chilling to some fabulous live music, sampling the Cake-Off creations, being entertained by the (slightly crazy) Men v Food warriors, all the while enjoying the stunning

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GRAPPENHALL

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FRIDAY 5TH OCTOBER

Tickets on sale from 1st September 2018

The perfect mix

“An evening of live music, Gin and Prosecco”

Classic & New G&Ts Fevertree Tonics Flavoured Gins Range of Garnishes & Spices Pimp your Prosecco At The Old Barn, Bellhouse Lane Grappenhall WA4 2SG 01925 268633 • 7.30pm to Midnight Tickets £5 in advance or £6 on the door Entry includes raffle ticket for prize draw at end of evening www.grappenhall.com

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Do You Want To Take Part In A Truly “Bucket List” Experience? Warrington Youth Club will be opening a brand new Youth Zone in October 2019. To raise awareness of the zone, they are running an amazing cycling event aimed at anyone in the Cheshire area regardless of cycling ability. The ride is a four day event in July 2019, from Salzburg to Vienna – some 270 miles. Amazing scenery, fantastic company, tour guides, food, drinks and accommodation is all included. You will fly to Saltzburg on Tuesday 2nd July and be met by the tour company. Everything you need will be catered for, during the week and you will finish riding on the 6th July and fly back home on the 7th (or stay a few days if you want to take in this amazing place).

You will need: • A good road bike • Flights to and from Saltzburg and back from Vienna • Cycling clothing • A sense of humour • To raise £1500 as a minimum between now and 30th April 2019.

For more details of the ride, or how you can be involved, visit the Warrington Youth Club facebook pages or website here: www.warringtonyouthclub.co.uk

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Courgette & Red Onion Crustless Quiche Why not try this slimming and colourful quiche which boasts fabulous flavours? Ingredients • 2 courgettes • 2 red onions, halved and finely sliced • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • Low calorie cooking spray • 100g low fat natural cottage cheese • 6 large eggs • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs • Small handful of finely chopped mint

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Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. 2. Coarsely grate the courgettes and place in a large sieve. Press down to remove as much liquid as possible and set aside. 3. Lightly spray a 20cm round, shallow baking dish with low calorie cooking spray and set aside. 4. Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the onions, courgettes and chilli and stirfry for 10 minutes. Season well and transfer to the prepared baking dish, spreading evenly across the base. Spread the cottage cheese over the vegetable mixture. 5. Beat the eggs in a large bowl, season and add the dried mixed herbs and mint. 6. Pour the egg mixture over the cottage cheese. 7. Place in the oven and cook for 30 minutes or until set and golden. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for about 15 minutes before cutting into wedges. 8. This can be eaten warm or cold. If serving cold, cool, cover and chill until ready to eat.

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be inspired MONDAY GRAPPENHALL Grappenhall Ex Servicemen’s Club, Chester Rd 5pm & 7pm Tel: Nicola 07581 213452 TUESDAY GRAPPENHALL Grappenhall Ex Servicemen’s Club, Chester Rd 9.30am, 5.30pm & 7.30pm Tel: Sara 07948 375250 WEDNESDAY GRAPPENHALL Grappenhall Ex Servicemen’s Club, Chester Rd 11.30am Tel: Kerrie 07960 961518 SATURDAY WESTY COMMUNITY CENTRE Bridgewater Avenue, WA4 1TA 7.15am, 8.45am, 10.45am Tel: Jen 07921 905389

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Bank Park Pavilion Launch There’s another welcome addition to Neighbourhoods in Warrington’s portfolio of community facilities.

Bank Park Pavilion is situated next to the town hall and adjacent to the park’s all-weather bowling green, and is available for hire to local community groups and private parties. Boasting a café and large, adaptable interior space, the pavilion also gives Warrington Borough Council’s neighbourhoods team an ideal central Warrington venue for hosting community health and wellbeing events throughout the year.

L-R: Cllr Tony Higgins, Ella Bennicke,12, Mayor of Warrington Cllr Karen Mundry, Amy Carter, 11 and Maureen McLaughlin

Cllr Tony Higgins, executive board member for community, leisure and neighbourhoods said: “I am

delighted that we have been able to provide the neighbourhoods team with a town centre base as a focal point for activities, events and campaigns. The location is perfect for year-round events within easy reach of thousands of people. There are already plans afoot for teddy bear picnics and World War 1 commemoration events.” Guests at the Monday 30 July official opening were introduced to the prominent public health campaigns including ‘Know your numbers’ blood pressure checks and the Change4Life ‘Train like a Jedi’ summer activity programme, while the Warrington’s Wellbeing service offered tips and support for making lifestyle changes and improving mental health. For more information about opening hours, or to find out about hiring the pavilion for your meeting, contact the community centre team at communitycentres@warrington.gov.uk or call 01925 818017.

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Half way through the year already How have you been this year so far? Well and happy we hope. If you’ve been stressed, anxious or even in pain, it could be time to do something about it. Not having time isn’t really an acceptable excuse sorry. When you’re unable to go to work or look after yourself and your family then you will have to find the time then so why not take time for you now? Affordable, accessible relaxation WellBeing Days are affordable accessible monthly events where you can have a holistic treatment such as a massage, reflexology or reiki. We have a wide range of treatments available including hot stones to get into those tight muscles and really relax them. Bliss!

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Think about making it part of your month in the same way as you go shopping or clean the house. Our lovely bodies require and deserve to be taken care of. They do take care of us and give us messages all the time, but unfortunately we don’t listen to them a lot of the time and only take action when they are screaming at us with pain or illness. What would your body like to experience? Would your body like a massage? Indian head massage, hot stones, aromatherapy or deep tissue – the choice is yours. If you don’t know get in touch and we can help you decide.

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Early Autumn September Gardening

Plants are in bloom earlier this year due to the dry weather which brings on flowering before the “normal” season.

Penstemon

Colour this autumn comes from Rudbekia fulgida Goldsturm, a jolly yellow daisy like flower with a black centre which flowers for weeks if kept watered. They do best in a heavier soil that retains moisture and need to be split and replanted every few years to maintain their flowering. Another flowering perennial that is doing really well this year is the Penstemons. These produce foxglove shaped flowers for a long period from summer to autumn, especially if you dead head them. They have bright green leaves and the flowers come in red, white, all shades of pink and mauve/blue. This year they have performed well in the heat when other plants have wilted. The smaller leaved variety Garnet with dark red flowers is very good for hot Abelia weather.

If you are looking for colour from shrubs, then the Hydrangeas of all varieties are performing well if kept watered! They like a damper soil but if the leaves wilt, throw a couple of buckets of water on the roots and they should perk up. Although I love the Lacecap varieties, the mophead types are giving bold colour this year as you can see from the photo. Another late flowering shrub is Abelia Grandiflora. This needs a bit of shelter so a windswept site is not ideal. It has small neat glossy green foliage and in autumn has masses of small white scented flowers. Can get to 2m tall if left unpruned but cut it back after flowering or in spring and it will form a neat shrub about 1m tall. Work to do in the garden. Let your pumpkins and squashes harden off in the sun before bringing them in to a cool garage to store. Protect your brassicas with robust netting to avoid pigeons eating them over winter. If the soil is damp enough, perennials can be dug up and split and replanted. Crocosmias need this as after time they become congested and cease to flower well. Replant a few in soil enriched with well rotted manure for a good show next year.

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If you would like to visit gardens look out for gardens open under the National Gardens Scheme where all proceeds go to charities including Marie Cure Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support. Mount Pleasant Gardens, Kelsall open on 1st and 2nd September, has 10 acres of gardens to discover including a sculpture trail.

Janet Weeds

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Summer’s here and as I write this Black Thursday have just two more gigs before our summer break. As usual we will be taking August off, giving ourselves a complete break from gigging and rehearsal, allowing us to recharge our batteries in time for the Autumn and beyond. If our last gig was anything to go by we certainly deserve that rest! In June we played at the wedding of some friends and it turned into a mammoth set and a great evening. We were the last of three bands on stage, with our two support bands entertaining the crowd superbly until it as time for us to hit the stage. Inevitably timings always don’t go to plan at events like this and our anticipated start time slipped back for an already late 10.30pm to sometime shortly after 11.00pm. Having been there since around 6.00pm the guests were well fed and watered by this time and

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ready for a dance. We had given the bride and groom our full set list some weeks before, so they could pick all their favourites. It was, therefore, a somewhat different selection of songs to our usual set, also the previous band, BBGM, had already played two or three of our regular numbers. We had originally planned two sets of around an hour each, allowing us a short break in the middle to recharge our batteries – and glasses! From the start to finish the dance floor was packed with guests dancing the night away to our tunes. As we approached what would have been the final song of the first set, Lee suggested that we carry on for a bit longer to keep the crowd in the moment with us. In the end we played non-stop for around two and three-quarter hours. What a great night!

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Classic Rock Band Next up for us is a first visit to the First and Last Bar None in Leigh, followed by a welcome return to the Musketeer, also in Leigh the following week. Strictly speaking it’s not our first visit to the First and Last as we have played in the building before, in fact one of our very first gigs was at the Avenue – the previous name of the First and Last. That would have been about seven or eight years and two singers ago! Then it will be time for our summer break and holidays abroad for some of us, but we’ll be back ready to rock in September!

If you want to know more about Black Thursday you can follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/blackthursdayUK) and if you’ have a party or other event coming up that you’d like us to play at, please get in touch either through the Facebook page or by phone on 07881 521150.

Popular rock music from the ’60s to the present day

Available for Birthdays, Parties, Weddings, Celebrations

Listen to us at www.myspace.com/ blackthursdayuk

07881 521150

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Warrington Borough Council 01925 444400 Library 01925 261148 Warrington Bus Station 01925 634296 Train times/Enquiries 0845 7484950 Warrington Hospital 01925 635911 Police Non Emergency number - 101 Police - 999 Crime Stoppers - 0800 555111 Utilities Electricity-faults - 105 BT Faultline - 0800 800 151 Gas-Emergency - 0800 111 999 United Utilities - 0800 33 00 33 Warrington District Camera Club We meet every other Monday at Winwick Lesuire Centre, Myddleton Lane Warrington WA2 8LQ Contact David Edwardson 07946 583069 Grappenhall Shotokan Karate Club Bradshaw CP School Mon 7-8pm Thur 7-8pm Contact Sensei Catherine Pritchard on 07899030198 Tiny Tugs Mums & Tots The Quays Community Centre Tuesday 9.30am 36

Thelwall Morris Men Meet at Thelwall Parish Hall on Wednesdays at 20.15 New members welcome. www.thelwallmorris.org.uk Warrington Tangent Ladies group meets fourth Thursday of month. Varied events programme. Contact warringtontangent@gmail.com Tea Dance. Thelwall British Legion Thurs 11.30-4.00pm. Tea, biscuits, free raffle. Call the Club on 01925 263819 Embroiderers Guild Warrington branch meets on the first Thursday of the month (except January and August) at Padgate Methodist Church, Padgate Lane, Warrington WA1 3JU. Meetings commence at 7.30 pm and last approximately 2 hours. Evening meetings are either led by a speaker talking on a technique they work with or can be ‘hands on’ where the members learn a new technique/skill. It is not necessary to sew some of our members come along to appreciate different styles of embroidery. Contact Kathy Lyne. Email: kathy@lyne.net Tel: 01925 819243 Co-operative Women’s Guild. Every 3rd Wednesday, 1.30pm. St Hilda’s Mission, Slater Street, Latchford N & M C Ramblers Association Warrington Group Are you stuck for something to do on a Sunday? Do you like walking, want to get fit or simply enjoy a day in the countryside? Why not join us on one of our fortnightly coach outings. For more information visit our website www.nmc-ramblers.org.uk or ring Sue Richardson on 01925 212027

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Marlfield WI. Meet at Grappenhall Library, last Monday in the month, 7.30pm Contact Cindy Stuart 01925 265919 Warrington Photographic Society The Quays Community Centre. Tues 7.30pm. John Rutler 01925 263194 Sands Staff Dining Room at Spire Cheshire Hospital, Fir Grove Close, Stretton, Warrington, meetings held on 2nd Thursday of the month, trained befriender on hand from 7.30pm, meetings start at 8pm til about 9.30pm. Contact details: warringtonsandsgroup@gmail.com or 07454100951, www.uk-sands.org Warrington Bridge Club Plays at BELONG, on Loushers Lane. Contact Carol Bingham 01925 262534 Gemini Music Group Meet on a Tuesday at the 7th Hood Manor Scout Hut, Dorchester Road, Great Sankey at 7.45 p.m. until 10 p.m. New members are always welcome. Please contact Liz Priest on 07710 235896 if you would like more information. Warrington Brass Junior & Senior Band Latchford Methodist Church. Tuesday 7.30pm. Phil 01925 264220 Warrington Cine & Video Club Meet at St Martin’s Methodist church Hall, Gig Lane, Woolston.Monday 8pm. Rob Evans 01925 262876 Allemanders Square Dance Club Thurs 8 to 10.30 pm, Alford Sports & Social Club, Manchester Road, WA1 3NJ Beginners and experienced dancers welcome to join our friendly group 01925 817921 www.allemanders.co.uk

Grappenhall Community Library The Library is open Monday and Tuesday 2pm - 6pm, Thursday and Saturday 10am - 1pm, offering coffee, a selection of teas and cakes, crafts and toys for children as well as an extensive range of books to borrow. Browse our web site .grappenhall.org.uk or our facebook page Friends of Grappenhall Library for more information about us and our future events. Thelwall WI Thelwall Parish Hall Every 1st Tuesday 7.30pm 01925 264242 Freemasons of Cheshire Domville Lodge No. 4647 Meeting at the Spread Eagle Hotel Lymm 2nd Friday excepting June to August Contact: Derek Brook 01925 602 513 Groups and Clubs at Grappenhall Community Centre, Bell House Lane Model Railway Club Mon & Thur 7.00-10.00pm Brian Johnson 01925 601298 Grappenhall WI Meet at Grappenhall Community Centre on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 2.15pm. Contact Anne Ongley 01925 264873 Warrington Amateur Radio Club Tues 8.00pm Paul Carter 01925 268096 Widows & Widowers Club Thurs 8pm Margaret Shaw 01925 816469. Warrington Art Club 2nd Monday 7.00pm Mike Allen 01925 630264 Grappenhall Probus Club Meet alternate Thurs mornings at 10am. Secretary:- Jim Troman Tel 264427. e-mail:- jwtroman@talktalk.net

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Essential Index of Advertisers Dancing School Aesthetics AT School of Dance 18 Dermatology Solutions 27 Chance to Dance 5 Asbestos Removal Decorators SB Jones Demolition 23 Keith Pike Decorating Services 13 Auctioneers Double Glazing Repairs Warrington Auctions 31 Cloudy 2 Clear - Warrington 17 Brickwork Electrical Pelham Brickwork 13 1st Electricians 7 Building & Construction Graham Fearnley Electrical 38 Interconstruction 28 J & K Electrical Contractors 23 Thelwall Building Services 14 Estate Agents Building & Maintenance NW Lets 1 Philsan Plumbing 7 Events Cake Specialist Great British Food Festival 19 Cakes by Lauren 5 Grappenhall Community Centre 21 Car Repairs Wellbeing Day 30 Autobody Care 27 Financial Advisor Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Pure Financial Consulting 26 Zero Dry Time 18 Furniture Childcare/Nursery Top Secret Furniture 2 The Quays Day Nursery 3 Gym Chimney Sweep Energie Fitness 11 Pro Sweeps 23 Home Maintenance Cleaning Services DB Joynson 14 Eleanor Moor Cleaning 19 Envirovent 39 Clothing Alterations TFS Plumbing & Household J&P Sewing Machines 11 Maintenance Services 29 Computer Maintenance Landscaping AMS Landscapes 32 DCS Computers 27

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Loft Ladders More Than Loft Ladders 16 Mortgage Broker Faraday Mortgage Associates Ltd 29 Music School Ben Byrne Drum Tuition 5 Oven Cleaning OvenU 7 Pet Care Bark Busters 9 Pilates Class The Pilates & Reformer Academy 20 Plumbing & Heating Bumble Bee Plumbing & Heating 13 EKS Plumbing & Heating 11 Lady Plumber 27 MRP Plumbing 23 Podiatry Finer Feet 5 Property Maintenance Caddick Property Repairs 29 Pub & Restaurant The Parr Arms, Grappenhall 15 Slimming Group Slimming World - Latchford 24 Slimming World - Thelwall 25 Social Club Grappenhall & Thelwall Royal British Legion 40 Veterinary Practice Rees Vets 9


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Thelwall, Grappenhall & Latchford - Sept/Oct 2018  

Thelwall, Grappenhall & Latchford - Sept/Oct 2018

Thelwall, Grappenhall & Latchford - Sept/Oct 2018  

Thelwall, Grappenhall & Latchford - Sept/Oct 2018

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