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‘Tis The Season

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WINCAP’s Free Community Newspaper for Winsford Winter 2012/13 Issue 6 WHATS ON IN WINSFORD?

THURSDAY

POSITIVE

ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Cheshire Dance time only) 0pm (term Forum Winsford Youth

(7-11yrs)

Youth Club 5-7pm nity Library Wharton Commu

Glebe

Club (11-17 Green Youth

yrs)

What’s Where? The Edge Centre Community 1QS

TUESDAY

THURSDAY

Antenatal Clinic

9.00-12.00pm & 1.00-4.30pm Wharton/Over/G reenfields Children’s Centres

Antenatal Clinic

Library Ladybir ds (pre School children)

9.15-11.15am Wharton Library

MONDAY Antenatal Clinic

5.00-6.0 £3 per session Winsford Library

Y MONDA(11-19 yrs)

POSITIVE ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES

9.30-11.30am Wharton Children ’s Centre

Baby Massage

9.00-12.00pm Over Children ’s Centre

10.00-11am Wharton Children ’s Centre

Library Ladybir ds

Explorers

to Crawlers 10.00-11.00am Over Children ’s Centre

(pre-school children) 9.15-11.15am Wharton Library

9.00-12.00pm & 1.00-4.30pm Wharton/Over/G reenfields Children’s Centres

Stay and Play

Jo Jingles

1.00-1.45pm Greenfields Children ’s Centre

Reading Group

LOOK INSIDE FOR YOUR OFFICIAL Helen continues to “WHAT’S ON GUIDE” raise money for charity through FOR ADULTS, the sale of her new book! CHILDREN & FAMILIES IN WINSFORD! Club

Greenfields Youth

5.30-7.30pm nity House Greenfields Commu

Club Wharton Youth

(11-19 yrs)

7.00-9.00pm Youth Centre Greville Drive

(13-17 yrs)

6.30-8.00pm House Community Glebe Green

(term 7.00-9.00pm

0pm Vale Royal Juniors Group 7.00-9.0 Musical Theatre The Edge

TUESDAY

(term if required 4.00-5.30pm plus tuck money The Edge 20p

Youth Club

(11-19 yrs)

7.00-9.00pm 50p subs Youth Centre: New Images

Youth Club

7.00-9.00pm 50p subs Youth Centre: New Images

FRIDAY

Spotlight Young

Greenfields House Community 2YA Walk, CW7

15-17 Finsbury

Actors (10-18

yrs)

5.30-7.00pm Drama Group, Square. £4 The Edge, Cheviot

AY WEDNESD(11-19 yrs)

New Images

CW7 2HG Nixon Drive, Tel: 01606 593724

(10-18 yrs)

Club (6-11 yrs) Livewires Youth time only) New Images

New Images Youth Centre

0pm Youth Club 7.00-9.0 50p subs New Images:

Group Bandedge Music time only) just 50p The Edge

CW7 Cheviot Square, Tel: 01606 551766 .uk wincap.co Email: wincap@

with s (11-25 yrs Winsford Buddiety / disability) learning difficul

Friday Night

Youth

yrs) Zone(11-17

subs 7:00-9:00pm Centre: 30p Winsford Lifestyle

Forum Winsford Youth

(11-19 yrs)

7-9pm Youth Club, nity Library Wharton Commu

Zumba

7.15-9.00pm (charges apply) Winsford Library

yrs) Forum (11-19 Winsford Youth at The Edge Youth Club,

7-9pm

SATURDAY

Zumba

WHATS ON IN WINSFORD?

– Winsford Library 10.30-11.30am (charges apply)

Forum Winsford Youth

(11-19 yrs)

7-9pm Youth Club, nity Library Wharton Commu

yrs) Forum (11-19 Winsford Youth at The Edge Youth

Club, 7-9pm

Tel: 01606 556153

Glebe Green House CommunityCW7 1NQ Vauxhall Way, 0300 123 1222

Library Winsford CW7 2AS

High Street, Tel: 01606 275065 .library@ Email: winsford ester.gov.uk cheshirewestandch

on Library

Whart CW7 3HP Willow Square, Tel: 01606 271572 library@ Email: wharton. ester.gov.uk cheshirewestandch Forum Winsford Youth 01606 554649

Young Parents

Time Out Parenti

ng

9.30-10.30am Over Children ’s Centre

Rhymetime (under

10.30-11am Winsford Library

Antenatal Clinic

11.30-12.30pm Wharton/Over/G reenfields Children Centres ’s

Antenatal Clinic

1.00-4.30pm Wharton Children ’s Centre

Stay and Play

WEDNESDAY

Antenatal Clinic

9.00-12.00pm -Wharto n Children’s Centre 1.00-4.30pm – Over Children ’s Centre

Childminder Drop

In 9.30-11.30am Wharton Children ’s Centre

Stay and Play

9.30-11.30am Greenfields Children ’s Centre

Speech and Langua WHATS ON IN Messy ge Team & Talk 9.30-10.30am WINSFORD? Over Children’s Centre Smartiez (Mother

10am-12pm The Edge

Cherubs Breastfe

5.45-6.45pm Winsford Library (every 4th Thursday of

the month)

FRIDAY

WHATS ON IN WINSFORD?

1.30-3.00pm Wharton Children ’s Centre

1.00-4.30pm Wharton Children ’s Centre

5 yrs)

Weaning Group

Group

1.00-3.00pm Over Children ’s Centre

9.30-11.30am Over Children ’s Centre

Speech and Langua ge Team & Messy Talk

& Toddler Group)

eding Group 2.00-3.30pm Wharton Children ’s Centre

Explorers to Crawler s 10.00-11

.00am Wharton Children ’s Centre

Downs Syndro me Support Group

12.30-2.30pm (Monthly ) Wharton Library

What’s Where? The Edge Community Centre

Cheviot Square, CW7 Tel: 01606 551766 1QS Email: wincapx@ gmail.com

Winsford Library

High Street, CW7 2AS Tel: 01606 275065 Email: winsford. cheshirewestandchelibrary@ ster.gov.uk

Wharton Library

Willow Square, CW7 Tel: 01606 2715723HP Email: wharton.l cheshirewestandcheibrary@ ster.gov.u

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Greenfields Childre n’s Centre Whitby’s Lane, CW7 Tel: 01606 2719102LZ

Over Children’s

Centre Ludlow Close, CW7 Tel: 01606 8156961LX

Wharton Childre n’s Centre

Bradbury Road, CW7 3HN 01606 869277

Helen Craven, 52 from Little Budworth continues her selfless charity work with the writing and publication of two books, the first one titled “Coming Through”, a book that documents her coming to terms with her diagnosis of Breast Cancer and beginning her treatment for the disease. The proceeds of this book reached £200 and all the money raised went to help Christies’.

Then inspiration struck again and as she is coming to the end of her treatment she has written a second book titled “Nearly There”. £40 has been raised so far and the money that will hopefully continue to be raised will go to Joshua Tree a charity based in Sandiway, Continued on Page 10 .....

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SNOW ANGELS VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY NEED HELP THIS WINTER

Snow Angels is a volunteer service bringing help and support to older people living in the local community. The scheme was piloted in the northwich area last year and this winter the scheme is being extended to include Winsford and is supported by a wide range of agencies. Continued on Page 5....


Meet The Team... Kayleigh Egerton Reporter

Winsford Wonderers Are you an older or lessabled person and thought your days of kicking a football were over? Then think again because thanks to organisers at Winsford Wonderers and the devoted coaches at ‘SportScape Leisure’ you can get involved in a game of “WALKING FOOTBALL!” Walking Football is for anyone aged 50 years + and is run every Saturday at 11am at Woodford Lodge Sports Centre based behind the former Woodford Lodge High School on Woodford Lane West.

Steve Thurston Cartoonist

Sarah Hutchings Sales / Admin

Mark Baker Volunteer Coordinator

Plus help by Mike Dyson (WINCAP Volunteer) and Tasha Jones from the Princes Trust

Winsford Wonderers received initial funding from West Cheshire Partnership Board and now their funding and support comes from Age UK. If you would like to get involved or for more information please contact Joe Binnion or another member of the team on 07538 342136 Winsford Wanderers are also looking at running these sessions during weekdays and even starting up a Winsford Wonderers Junior team. The organisers are keen to encourage younger and older people to work together and engage in positive activities! If this is something you would be interested in, please call 07538 342136


CAP Run Winsford to raise money!

2ND YEAR HAS HUGE TURNOUT! Run Winsford 2012 took place on Sunday 28th October 2012 and had a sell out capacity receiving over 425 online entries in advance of the day itself. The weather was dull and wet but this did not dampen the atmosphere with both seasoned runners and first timers taking part.

Several members of Christ Church, Wharton recently took part in the Winsford 10k event to help raise funds for Christians Against Poverty (CAP) so that new centres can be opened to offer FREE help to people in debt, just like the one based in Winsford. In fact, this month has seen the opening of a new centre covering Chester & Ellesmere Port. This is the third CAP centre to open in Cheshire West & Chester and means that we are now able to help people in debt across the whole region.

The race was hosted from the Salt Mines, which was an excellent start & finish location for competitors and spectators, with some raising much needed funds for charities such as Macmillan and Winsford Christians Against Poverty, both of whom provided volunteers to help out on the day itself. The multi terrain course, which took in Whitegate Way, Vale Royal Abbey, Vale Royal Locks and The Weaver Way combined road running and trails which runners were praising after having taken part.

If you would like to have the stress of debt lifted from you, please telephone our FREEPHONE number: 0800 328 0006 to book an appointment with a local debt coach.

This is only the second year the event has taken place and was again sponsored by Winsford Town Council and Compass Minerals, with additional support from The Old Star, Redrow, Morrisons and DW Fitness.

THE WINNERS!

The Male Winner was Ryan Holroyd of ‘Staffordshire Moorlands AC’ who finished with an impressive time of 32:19 and he was followed by Female Winner Kirsty Longley of ‘Liverpool Pembroke Sefton AC’ in a time of 37:07. There were categories awarded for other age groups including a team prize, which was won by ‘MyWhereAbouts’. Event Organiser Drew Burrows said, “I would like to thank everyone who entered Run Winsford and especially thank the volunteers in the planning and delivery of this not for profit event. This is only the second time Run Winsford has taken place and I hope that it can continue to grow steadily in the years to come. Being new to this myself, there is a lot to learn and improve upon as it goes forward but we’ve had tremendous support from our sponsors, without who the event could not take place. We’ve had some great feedback and people travelled from far and wide so I hope that we have created something that the town can be proud to host”

Runners ready and waiting for the race to start...

Organiser Drew Burrows (Centre Back) with Volunteers and Winsford Town Mayor Steve Smith


THE WINSFORD ACADEMY DREAM TEAM RETURNS Three students Gemma Clark, Rebecca Hoare and Ben Ladley and a member of teaching staff, Mrs K Ford, from the Winsford Academy, have just returned from the USA where they campaigned in the presidential election on behalf of Barack Obama’s Democrat party. The students were chosen after entering a competition open to over 500 schools and academies. They had to write a 500 word essay on why they should be selected, present to a judging panel on their knowledge of US politics and describe how their project would help them achieve their ambitions. Set up by the Transformation Trust and Academy sponsor, EACT, ACT Inspired took four groups of students to work alongside seasoned campaigners. Each day the pupils attended ‘Campaign School’ where they developed and planned their own campaign, which they are currently working on now. They experienced bipartisan campaigning, attending several rallies and campaign

offices – participating in grass root tactics such as canvassing, phone banking and data collection. The students said of their experience “We have had the most amazing time campaigning and have learnt a lot throughout this project. It has been eye opening to observe how differently elections are run here compared to in the UK, how much they rely on volunteers making a difference, how much money and time goes into the campaigns and how much everyone gets fired up for a candidate, especially during rallies.” Ben, Gemma and Rebecca kept in regular contact with the Academy via twitter and regular updates were posted on the Principals’ Blog so that staff, students and their supporters across the town could keep right up to date with events as they unfolded. An extract from Twitter during their USA Adventure”: “Different things happening every day, but that has to be the best by far! Today we went to the Bill Clinton rally. He’s an amazing man! YES, we shook his hand!”

Ben, Gemma and Rebecca pictured with Secretary of State, Michael Gove and the Academy’s trip lead, Mrs Kate Ford during their training at the Houses of Parliament in workshops, social media, interviewing and American politics.

Pictured with a OFA regional organiser

E-ACT ACADEMY TRAVEL TO KENYA A team of 6 students from Winsford E-Act Academy will be taking part in a month-long Kenyan expedition next summer as part of a programme that offers a mix of conservation and community projects. The group will have the chance to make a real difference through sustainable, life-changing project work that will improve the lives of rural communities and protect fragile wildlife habitats. Projects include building schools, houses, making thatch for roadside sellers and cleaning the beaches.

Working hard in the ‘OFA’ (Obama for America) office

The students have been taking part in various fundraising activities in order to raise the £24,000 needed for the trip and have until May 2013 to raise as much as they can. So far there have been climbs up Snowdon, bag packs, a ‘Spin-a-thon’ event, ‘Africa Live’ – a celebration of African culture with performances and South African cuisine, a head shave, an Under 18’s club night and a Bingo & Quiz charity night. As well as fundraising, there have been donations from local organisations and individuals. If any businesses and organisations are able to donate funds to this group of students, please contact the E-Act Academy on 01606 592300.

Attending the Mitt Romney rally


SNOW ANGELS Agencies include: Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Age UK Cheshire, Weaver Vale Housing Trust, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and many more. Snow Angels volunteer their time to make regular visits to the older people and people with disabilities in the scheme. Nearly 40 volunteers were recruited last year, from a wide range of backgrounds. From clearing paths, accompanying people to health visits, shopping or bringing portable heaters, or simply calling in for a chat. Snow angels make sure they are there to help and are always at the end of the phone. For many older people, the snow angel is the only person they see all day. Loneliness and isolation is debilitating for those in need; during extreme cold weather periods, the situation can get worse. Snow angels follows recommendations from the recent Government publication ‘The cold Weather Plan’ and the National Support Team Toolkit for Tackling Health Inequalities. It is hoped that the scheme will reduce accidental injuries, illness and

deaths caused by extreme cold weather, social isolation during cold weather periods, as well as increasing volunteering in are local communities. If you are interested in volunteering just drop in to the Winsford Volunteer Centre at 7 Queens Parade, Winsford Shopping Centre or contact Mark Baker on 01606 558805. Training is provided for all volunteers participating in the scheme so please get in touch ASAP to be in time for the training on Monday 10th December 5.30-7.00pm sat The Edge, Cheviot Square. If your organization would like to get involved or you are interested in sponsoring the project please contact Cathy Boyd at Snow Angels CIC on 0788 151 0304 or email cathy@snowangels.org. uk or visit the website at www.snowangels.org.uk

Local young person goes to Africa to teach and help families.

Local girl Jessica Bates has been selected to go to South Africa for a year, to teach Dance and English. This opportunity was opened through Project Trust who sends 200 volunteers overseas each year to different placements in different areas of Africa, Asia and South America. By matching an individual to a placement, Project Trust hopes to maximise the benefits to the volunteer as well as the needs of the people, making sure they don’t take work away from their local community. Jessica’s placement will be in a rural village in South Africa and she will be teaching 11-18 year olds and creating extra-curricular clubs for the children to take part in that wouldn’t normally be offered by the teachers. She intends to start a ballet and drama group with the hopes of encouraging the children to develop expressive skills and provide an escape for them when the troubles of home life become too overwhelming. The placements are on-going and different volunteers replace old ones every year, therefore it is highly important for Jessica to raise money she needs to be able to spend a year in this placement, so that she can carry on the good work of the volunteers before her. She is extremely excited to undertake this opportunity and hopes that people will agree that raising this money will be spent in a way that is beneficial to the people

of the community that she is helping and teaching. To take full advantage of this opportunity Jessica has to raise £5,400 by June. This money will be spent on flights, accommodation and support during the year she is abroad; she intends to raise the money at small community events such as bake sales and coffee mornings as well as a sponsored walk up Snowdon. In order to increase donations Jessica is inviting people to donate £10 in exchange for a letter from South Africa on their special day (usually a birthday). And she hopes that through her exciting news being published in the talk about news letter, awareness and donations towards her fundraising will increase. To make any donations or help Jessica in her fundraising efforts, please contact talkabout@wincap.co.uk.  

 


WINSFORD ROYAL BRITISH LEGION FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE

TREE PLANTING CEREMONY

On Wednesday 17th October members of the Royal British Legion along with the Town Mayor Steve Smith, Cheshire West & Chester Rangers, the E-Act Academy, Willow Wood and Wharton Primary Schools. The service was led by Rev. George Crowder and marked the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II for Her 60 years on the throne. Three trees were planted during the service. One by the mayor to represent winsford, One by a serviceman from Royal British Legion to represent Davenham and the final one being planted to represent Moulton by young people from Wharton & Willow Wood Primary Schools and the E-Act Academy.

A packed audience at Winsford Lifestyle Centre celebrated the remembrance of soldiers past & present in a festival of music, hymns and readings on Saturday 3rd November. The fantastic Roberts Bakery Brass Band performed popular favourites while the newly formed Winsford E-Act Academy choir sang modern songs.

Remembrance Sunday Service

Hundreds turned out for this year’s service of remembrance & dedication on Sunday 11th November. A huge parade started at Wyvern House, heading down the Drumber, up Winsford High Street, on to Dene Drive and ending at Fountain Court where the annual service took place, conducted by Rev. George Crowder. Hymns included “Stand up, Stand up for Jesus” before the parade marshall gave the order to ‘Remove Headdress’ for the 2 minutes silence. Many organisations turned out to show their respect and lay wreaths on the 2 Cenotaph’s on Fountain Court. Many cadet groups attended as well as Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Brownies, Guides & Rainbow groups. Churches Together, Local Organisations & Businesses, Political Parties and Winsford Town Council were also present to pay their respects and lay wreaths. The service was followed by an incredibly generous provision of refreshments at The Queen’s Arms Wetherspoon.


FUNDRAISING EFFORTS TO BENEFIT YOUNG PEOPLE ON PRINCE’S TRUST PROGRAMME

Winsford Cross Shopping Centre Management, led by manager Carol Lyon have been working very hard to raise money for the Prince’s Trust “Winsford Team”. Their target is to raise £1,000 by the end of December and they are doing very well so far! During the summer Carol and her colleague Sue Lerczak (Pictured right) organised a tombola and cake stall on Winsford Town Centre and raised nearly £80 and they are braving the Winter weather by organising another taking place on Thursday 15th & Friday 16th November. Carol’s daughter, the talented local singer/songwriter Sam Lyon also helped by performing with other talented locals and raised £129.

Singer/Songwriter Sam Lyon On Saturday 27th October Carol, in partnership with WINCAP, organised a Bag Pack in ASDA which raised a fantastic £386. “Thank you to WINCAP volunteers Ida Warburton, Gaynor Dodd, Hannah Simpson, Chelsee Fulham, Natalie Bland & Amanda Bland. Also thanks to Volunteer Coordinator Mark Baker and Winsford Town Mayor Steve Smith for getting stuck in!”

Carol Lyon (Left) & Sue Lerczak fundraising for Princes Trust

Wharton Youth Centre Mountain Bike Track Wharton Youth Centre based at Greville drive, Winsford, has had planning permission approved for a mountain bike track. Site clearance has been undertaken by the probation services in preparation for the construction work, and subject to weather conditions the work is hoped to be completed by Christmas. Simple construction techniques are being used to complete the work and Winsford Youth Forum have secured funding from Delamere bowling and golf society


THE HORROR OF HALLOWEEN... GGO Spooktacular!

GGO Getters from Greenfield’s Park planned and organised an under 12’s Halloween Party at the Community House on Finsbury Walk. GGO stands for Greenfields Park, Glebe Green and Over Estates and is a neighbourhood project aimed at improving and buolding strong links in West Winsford. The project is run by GGO Getters (Volunteers) who are residents from the three areas with support from local organisations, including Weaver Vale Housing Trust, Muir Group Housing Association, Winsford Community Action Project (WINCAP) and Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Georgia Winstanley, GGO Neighbourhood Officer for Weaver Vale Housing Trust said, “We had a brilliant evening and would like to say a big thank you to everyone who organised and attended the event, especially the mums who took part in the ‘mums musical chairs’ - you know who you are!”

LIVEWIRES HALLOWEEN PARTY! This years annual Livewires Halloween Party was a great success. The children had a fantastic time and the turnout was incredible, as was the scary costumes worn by the children aged 5-11 who attended! Activities included apple bobbing and jelly dunking (which got very messy). The volunteers who help out every week at the Livewires Youth Club had great fun too. Livewires is a weekly (term-time)youth club run by WINCAP Volunteers and staff Sarah Hutchings and Danielle Welsh for children aged 5-11 on Tuesdays 4-5.30pm. Activities vary week to week and include team building games, practical and craft activities as well as the opportunity to play board games, PS2 and Wii. There is also a tuck shop available which the children help with. Thanks to all the volunteers for helping with the party and look forward to the next one. If you’re interested in getting involved as a volunteer in the youth club, please contact Mark Baker (Volunteer Coordinator)

GGO Getters on Greenfields Park are planning to hold similar monthly themed events for younger residents. If you would like to join the planning team or help on the night contact Georgia on 01606 813413 or call into the community house on Thursdays.

New Images Halloween Party

On Friday 26th October New Images Youth Centre held a Halloween Party for approximately 40 young people. There was a fancy dress competition for scariest dressed and the winning champions were Andy and Liam Whitney. The club members enjoyed an evening of Halloween themed party games & Activities!


GRACIE’S FIGHT WITH CDKL5 GRACIES STORY This is the story of a girl named Gracie, a bright beautiful eight year old whose entire world was turned on its head when a diagnosis of a mutation on the CDKL gene was made. As a baby Gracie was beautiful and bright but suffered regular seizures and had developmental difficulties, and it wasn’t until 2004 that a solid diagnosis, one that her and her family were waiting for, was made. Although battling this horrible disorder and dealing with seizures and various problems that go along with having this problem, Gracie loves all the things a typical eight year old loves, like the sun, her mums home cooking and going out to show off her bright pink wheelchair and her snazzy leopard print splints, always smiling she remains hopeful that, with the right awareness raising and funding, one day a cure will be found for this debilitating disorder.

WHAT IS CDKL5?

CDKL5 is a rare genetic disorder that results in seizures which arise when the child is young (as in the first few months of a child’s life) and severe brain development problems. And in 2009 there were fewer than 200 cases of this disorder

reported and diagnosed but since awareness has spread, more cases have been diagnosed. The sad facts of this disorder are that often sufferers are confined to wheelchairs, not able to do anything for themselves; and many suffer problems with their digestive system, scoliosis and/or visual impairment and sensory problems. Gracie’s Mum, Sarah says, “The rareness of this disorder is striking, only 700 known cases of this condition have been diagnosed worldwide, so to spread more awareness about this illness can only be a good and worthwhile thing, and it’s true what they say: ‘the more people know about something, the more they understand about it’, and hopefully with more awareness can come more funding and hopefully better treatments and in an ideal world - a cure! I’m sure that, like me, when you read Gracie’s story you will be moved, touched and inspired to help raise awareness or funds for better research into this awful disorder, so that more treatments can be found and maybe just maybe one day a cure, who knows.”

If you would like to help raise funds and awareness for this disorder, please contact talkabout@ wincap.co.uk and we will pass on your details.

WYF Christmas Card Competition

During November Winsford Youth Forum held a Christmas card competition in which they will be printing the design of the winning Card to send out their Christmas greetings to partners etc. Congratulations to Jade Jenkinson from Wharton Friday Night youth project who will receive a £25 Christmas voucher.

Brave Gracie


Continued from Front Page..

Helen continues to raise money for charity through the sale of her new book! People can buy Helen’s books directly from her by calling her on 01829 760490. Helen is more than happy to bring the books to Winsford for anybody in the local area who is interested in buying them. There is no set price for the book, they are donation based.

Helen Craven Author & Fundraiser

Cheshire West & Chester Council

The Full Works the road to employment

A unique course delivered over 5 days with a creative and fun approach that aims to raise aspirations, tackle low self esteem and improve motivation and employability

Motivation & employability

FUN creative & inspirational

Helen has tried very hard to raise money for charities throughout her illness and it is not for attention or praise but rather it is her way of doing her bit for charity and to give back. Since the age of 17 Helen has never worked, devoting her time to charity with endless, selfless charity work and fund raising. Helen thanks all her friends and family for all their help, support and sponsorships. And also thanks to her friend Gill for typing up the book for her, and to Helen’s husband Paul who printed the pages and put the books together.


The Full Works Low in self esteem? Need to build your confidence and motivation? This course is design to encourage and support you to move your life forward and improve your wellbeing. •

Understand the importance of goal setting

Explore problem solving and decision making skills

Recognise the importance of employability skills, qualities and values

Appreciate the importance of communication skills

Discover the value of team work

The course also includes guest speakers, outdoor activity day and much more; all we need from you is your willingness to GIVE IT A GO!

THE FULL WORKS COURSES RUN THROUGHOUT THE YEAR & THE NEXT COURSE STARTS EARLY IN THE NEW YEAR! CONTACT ALISON REID ON 01606 288540 TO BOOK OR FOR MORE INFORMATION

For further information please contact our Community Learning Team on tel: 01606 288 540

Inspirational poetry By an Inspirational Person A volunteer from Mid-Cheshire Mind is embracing the mental health issues she has suffered with for years by writing a series of poems that tell the story of struggling with her illness and her outlook on life. The book of poems tell her life story and is titled “The Journey” by Davina Falcon. This moving book is the journey through the eyes of a Paranoid Schizophrenic and is her first book, documenting her life and struggles and coming to terms with her issues and illness. The author would like to thank her friends, family and professionals, who have helped her with everything over the years - they all know who they are! The book is available on Kindle as an E-Book and from web supermarket Amazon. You can also find it in WHSmiths and Waterstones. Alternatively you can contact Chipmunka Publishing who published the book who can also provide a copy of this fascinating book! The Talkabout! team would like to wish this inpirational person who gives so much of her time up for charity all the luck in the world!


Mid-Cheshire Foodbank helps families in need!

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED!

Left to right: The Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, Mr David Briggs, the Mayor of Winsford, Mr Steve Smith, the Chairman of Cheshire West and Chester, Councillor Pam Booher, the Mayor of Northwich, Councillor George Mainwaring, and Mr Graham Evans, MP for Weavervale.

MCFB are opening 2 confirmed new distribution centre’s in Winsford, at Christchurch on Crook Lane, Wharton and St. Joseph’s Church Hall on Woodford Lane, Over, with another possibly being provided by The Edge Community Centre. Volunteers are needed to help with all aspects of the Foodbank so if you would like to give up some of your free time to help disadvantaged families, please contact Mark Baker (WINCAP Volunteer Coordinator) on 01606 558805 or email connect@wincap.co.uk. To donate any food or money to the MCFB, please contact 07936 390480 or email info@midcheshire.foodbank.org.uk.

The Mid Cheshire Foodbank (MCFB) held a Thanksgiving Service to mark its formal launch on Sunday, 18 November 2012 at 4:00 pm at St Wilfrids R C Church, Northwich. Canon Jonathan Mitchell hosted and Rev Michael Forman, MCFB CoChairman, led the service. Representatives of several Mid Cheshire churches, who have been involved in setting up the Foodbank, participated and local civic dignitaries attended to give messages of support and encouragement. Mr Rob Nash, Co-Chairman, gave a brief account of the development of the MCFB since its inception seven months ago. He marvelled at the generosity of so many individuals, churches and organisations that have given time, food, money and equipment to enable rapid set up and expressed his thanks to all involved. He observed that in midSeptember the MCFB had very little food and eight weeks later this had grown to 3.5 tonnes, sufficient to open a couple of distribution centres before Christmas. On Thursday 15th November 2012 the MCFB took possession of the key for its warehouse in Winsford and have begun fitting it out. Rev Hilary Howarth gave the sermon on the theme of “loving our neighbours through meeting their need, especially by feeding the hungry.”


TUESDAY

Explorers to Crawlers

POSITIVE ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES

MONDAY

9.30-11.30am Wharton Children’s Centre

Stay & Play (Just turn up) 1.30-3pm Wharton Children’s Centre

Walkers to Talkers

(Referral Only) 11am-12noon Over Children’s Centre

Antenatal Follow-Up Clinic Contact Centre to Book 1-4.30pm Over Children’s Centre

Creative Movers (All ages) 4-6pm Winsford Library

11.30-12.30pm Wharton/Over/Greenfields Children’s Centres (Contact Health Centre to book)

What’s Where?

Willow Square, CW7 3HP Tel: 01606 271572 Email: wharton.library@ cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

9.30-11.30am Greenfields Children’s Centre Smartiez (Mother & Toddler Group) 10am-12pm (50p) The Edge Community Centre

Cherubs Breastfeeding Group 2.00-3.30pm Wharton Children’s Centre

Baby Massage

2-hour long sessions over 6 weeks (call to book) Over Children’s Centre

THURSDAY Antenatal Clinic

9am-11am / 11am-1pm Wharton Children’s Centres 2-hour long sessions over 6 weeks (call to book) Greenfields Children’s Centre 9am-12.15pm Greenfields Children’s Centre Call 01270 612141 to book HENRY Programme

Baby Massage

Weaning Group

Wharton Library

Stay and Play

(All day - By referral only) Greenfields Children’s Centre

(Referral Only) 9.30-10.30am Over Children’s Centre

Winsford Library

9.30-11.30am Wharton Children’s Centre

Child Development Centre

Explorers to Crawlers

High Street, CW7 2AS Tel: 01606 275065 winsford.library@ cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Childminder Drop In

(Referral Only) 11am-12noon Wharton Children’s Centre

(pre-school children) 9.15-11.15am Wharton Library

Cheviot Square, CW7 1QS Tel: 01606 551766 Email: wincap@wincap.co.uk

Jabbery Jacks

9.00-12.15pm Greenfields Children’s Centre Library Ladybirds (pre school children) 12.30-2.30pm / 2.30-4.30 9.15-11.15am Over Children’s Centre Wharton Library Call 01270 612141 to book

Walkers to Talkers

Library Ladybirds

The Edge Community Centre

Antenatal Follow-Up Clinic

(For 2-4 Year olds) 10-11am Winsford Library

Adult Learning

WEDNESDAY

(Referral Only) 9.30-10.30am Wharton Children’s Centre

(Health & Nutrition for young children) 12.30-3pm Over Children’s Centre

Greenfields Children’s Centre Whitby’s Lane, CW7 2LZ Tel: 01606 271910

Over Children’s Centre Ludlow Close, CW7 1LX Tel: 01606 815696

FRIDAY Adult Learning 9.30-11.30am Over Children’s Centre

Wharton Children’s Centre Downs Syndrome Bradbury Road, CW7 3HN 01606 869277

WHATS ON IN WINSFORD?

Support Group 12.30-2.30pm (Monthly) Wharton Library

Stay and Play

9.30-11.30am Over Children’s Centre

Adult Learning 9.30-11.30am Greenfield

Jo Jingles

1.00-1.45pm Greenfields Children’s Centre Call Eve Kay - 01928 739966 to book

Baby Massage

2-hour long sessions over 6 weeks (call to book) Wharton Children’s Centre


POSITIVE

ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

MONDAY

Greenfields Youth Club (11-19 yrs) 5.30-7.30pm Greenfields Community House

Wharton Youth Club (11-19 yrs) 7.00-9.00pm Greville Drive Youth Centre

THURSDAY

Cheshire Dance

4.45-6.15pm (term time only) Winsford Library (£3 per session)

Winsford Youth Forum (7-11yrs) Youth Club 5-7pm Wharton Community Library

Glebe Green Youth Club (11-17 yrs) 6.30-8.00pm Glebe Green Community House

Winsford Buddies (11-25 yrs with learning difficulty / disability) Youth Club 7.00-9.00pm New Images: 50p subs

Vale Royal Juniors (10-18 yrs)

Musical Theatre Group 7.00-9.00pm

Bandedge Music Group (12-17 yrs) The Edge 7.00-9.00pm (term time only) The Edge Community Centre

Creative Movers 4-6pm Winsford Library

TUESDAY

Livewires Youth Club (6-11 yrs)

4.00-5.30pm (term time only) The Edge 20p plus tuck money if required

FRIDAY Spotlight Young Actors (10-18 yrs) Drama Group, 5.30-7.00pm The Edge Community Centre

Friday Night Youth Zone (11-17 yrs) 7:00-9:00pm Winsford Lifestyle Centre: 30p subs

Winsford Youth Forum (11-19 yrs) New Images Youth Club (11-19 yrs) Youth Club, 7-9pm 7.00-9.00pm New Images Youth Centre: 50p subs

WEDNESDAY New Images Youth Club (11-19 yrs) 7.00-9.00pm New Images Youth Centre: 50p subs

Zumba

7.15-9.00pm Winsford Library (charges apply)

CD Perform

4-7pm Winsford Library

WHATS ON IN WINSFORD?

WHATS ON IN WINSFORD?

Wharton Community Library

Winsford Youth Forum (11-19 yrs) Youth Club, 7-9pm The Edge Community Centre

SATURDAY Winsford Youth Forum (11-19 yrs) Youth Club 7-9pm Wharton Community Library

What’s Where? The Edge Community Centre

Cheviot Square, CW7 1QS Tel: 01606 551766 Email: wincap@wincap.co.uk

New Images Youth Centre

Nixon Drive, CW7 2HG Tel: 01606 593724

Greenfields Community House

15-17 Finsbury Walk, CW7 2YA

Tel: 01606 556153

Glebe Green Community House Vauxhall Way, CW7 1NQ 0300 123 1222

Winsford Library

High Street, CW7 2AS Tel: 01606 275065 Email: winsford.library@ cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Wharton Library

Willow Square, CW7 3HP Tel: 01606 271572 Email: wharton.library@ cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Winsford Youth Forum 01606 554649

Winsford Youth Forum (11-19 yrs) Youth Club 7-9pm The Edge Community Centre

WHATS ON IN WINSFORD?


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WINSFORD COMMUNITY ACTION PROJECT WINCAP (Winsford Community Action Project) has been working in the community managing a community centre since 2009 with the help of a Big Lottery Bid. We have provided various activities and services for local people and opened new projects, such as Connect, to provide new and innovative activities. People with ideas have been supported and helped make their dreams a reality. Local people and organisations have been able to access otherwise unaffordable training, such as First Aid, Food Hygiene, Health & Safety, NVQs in Youth Work and Business Admin. More recently we have trained staff to deliver the Community Volunteering Qualification to recognise the skills and contribution local people, especially young people, put into their communities. Talkabout came about because young people wanted somewhere to showcase everything good about Winsford.

INSIDE THIS PULL-OUT • The Edge Weekly Timetable of Activities • WINCAP in Pictures • Future Plans for The Edge Community Centre In October this year 3 students from Czech Republic visited Winsford as part of an ongoing twinning relationship between them and “Winsford & Dane”. 2 students, “Zuzka” & “Kate” carried out their 3 week work experience at The Edge, designing activities for young people at Livewires youth club, helping with admin duties and generally helping out with day-to-day tasks.

Zuzka, Ijtka & Kate at our Volunteer Centre

The 3rd student “Ijtka” carried out her work experience at the E-Act Academy however all 3 girls spent a lot of time with WINCAP who helped to “look after them” during their time in England! WINCAP have always taken in students as part of twinning and have enjoyed having all girls over this year and have stayed in touch with one or two of them since they returned home.

With Town Mayor, Steve Smith

I.C.E. Project Mark Baker, the Volunteer Co-ordinator for WINCAP has organised the I.C.E project for four years with other partners. Projects often have a lifespan and need to evolve in other directions. Cllr Mike Burn’s has a new sports initiative 2013 and Mark feels now is the right time to step down from I.C.E. Mike will be organising an activity for young people in the Summer. It sounds very exciting and Mark will be supporting Mike with this new project.


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ADVERTISEMENT PULL-OUT WINCAP ARE ALWAYS LOOKING AT PLANS TO IMPROVE IT’S SERVICES AND EXPAND THE EDGE COMMUNITY CENTRE. THE PLANS BELOW SHOW BOTH FLOORS OF THE EDGE AND WHAT OUR ASPIRATIONS ARE FOR EXPANSION! MANY OF THE IDEAS CAME FROM RESIDENTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE ON A RESIDENTIAL WEEKEND AT TRAFFORD HALL WHERE EVERYONE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD THEIR OWN ‘COMMUNITY CENTRE MODELS’ AND SAY WHAT THEY WOULD WANT IN THE COMMUNITY CENTRE! THESE PLANS HAVE NOW BEEN SENT TO CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESTER COUNCIL AND OUR FUNDERS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET INVOLVED , BECOME A STAKE-HOLDER OR PARTICIPATE IN ANY OTHER ACTIVITIES AT THE EDGE, PLEASE CONTACT JILL McQUAID AT WINCAP ON 01606 551766 OR EMAIL wincap@wincap.co.uk


THURSDAY POSITIVE Slimming World (Charges Apply) ACTIVITIES 9-11am Wharton Community Library FOR ADULTS Work Club

MONDAY

10cc Coffee & a Chat Social Group 10am-12noon Wharton Community Library Crochet 12-1pm Winsford Library

Express Fitness Workout

6.15-6.45pm Wharton Community Library

Zumba

7-7.45pm Wharton Community Library

Creative Movers 4-6pm Winsford Library

TUESDAY

Work Club

9.30-11.30am Wharton Library

Wharton Ladies Tuesday Club 1.45-3.30pm Wharton Community Library

Tai Chi / Yoga with Kate 7.30-9pm Winsford Library

WEDNESDAY

Work Club (for Weaver Vale Housing

Trust Residents at Wharton) 10am-12non Wharton Community Library

CD Perform

4-7pm Winsford Library

9.30-11.30am The Learning Junction

WHATS ON IN WINSFORD?

Work Club

12.30-2.30pm The Edge Community Centre

Tai Chi / Yoga with Kate 10-11am Winsford Library

What’s Where?

Football Fogies Prediction League 11am-12noon Wharton Community Library

Purple Edge Art Group (40 yrs +) 1-3pm The Edge Community Centre

Silver Circle Exercise Class 3-4pm (most Thursdays) Wharton Community Library Band Edge Music Group (18 yrs +)

7-9pm (term time only) The Edge Community Centre

Sub Aqua Group

9-10.30pm Winsford Lifestyle Centre

FRIDAY IT Drop In 1-3pm The Edge Community Centre

The Edge Community Centre

Cheviot Square, CW7 1QS Tel: 01606 551766 Email: wincap@wincap.co.uk

Winsford Library

High Street, CW7 2AS Tel: 01606 275065 Email: winsford.library@ cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Wharton Library

Willow Square, CW7 3HP Tel: 01606 271572 Email: wharton.library@ cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

The Learning Junction Verdin Centre High Street Winsford CW7 2AN

Reading Group 2-3.15pm Winsford Library

Work Club (for Weaver Vale Housing

Trust Residents at Wharton) 10am-12non Wharton Community Library

WHATS ON IN WINSFORD?


WINSFORD CHRISTMAS STREET FESTIVAL 2012 Winsford’s third Christmas Street Festival took place on 23rd November on the Old High Street. This was a partnership event delivered by Winsford Town Council, Cheshire Police, MAR (Winsford Town Centre Management Company), local businesses and Cheshire West and Chester Council, The Hive, Harry Sharland. There was lots to do at the festival with around 1000 residents in attendance. The High Street businesses either opened early or stayed open later to supply those in attendance with hot food and drinks during the entertainment which included a puppeteer, stilt walkers, live drama sketches, drumming displays and local acoustic artists and bands performing on stage. The evening began with a lantern parade by 9 local Primary Schools from Winsford Cross Shopping Centre to the Old High Street, where the Town Mayor, Steve Smith switched on the Christmas Lights and the evening culminated with a massive firework display.

For further information, contact Trish Johnson, Community Engagement Officer, on 01606 288765 or e-mail: patricia. johnson@ cheshirewestandchester. gov.uk


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NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION • DJ • Kids Entertainment • Face Painting • Karaoke • And much more... Tickets £5 advance / £7.50 on the door

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY 6.45PM - 1AM RAISING MONEY FOR LOCAL CHARITY “WINSFORD COMMUNITY ACTION PROJECT”

Call 01606 558729 For More Information


N W O T D R O F SEPTEMBER 2012 WINS YOR’S TS N E MA V DUCK RACE E & On 8th September the Town Mayor and his ING S I consort organised a fundraising duck race to take A R D N place at Winsford Marina. The weather couldn’t FU AUGUST 2012 TROUPE DANCING COMPETITION £759 was raised for the Mayor’s Charity when Troupe Dancing teams came from all over the Northwest to compete in this traditional competition! As well as entry fees, money was raised by volunteers by the sale of food in the kitchen, hook a duck game, tuck shop, £1 in a bucket and other fun activities throughout the day! Awards were given out by Town Mayor, Steve Smith to the winning teams before everyone packed up their double decker buses and headed home after a brilliant day! OCTOBER 2012 COACH TRIP TO BLACKPOOL The Town Mayor organised a coach which took 46 residents for a day out in Blackpool. The coach arrived at 2pm which gave everyone around 5 hours to do a bit of shopping, have fish & chips or visit one of the many attractions on offer before returning to the coach at 7pm for a drive through the famous ‘Blackpool Illuminations’ which were 100 years old this year!

have been better (even though it would have been nice to have a small breeze to push the ducks along) and £210 was raised for the Mayor’s charity!

CAR BOOT SALE £240 was raised when a car boot sale was held on Wetherspoon Car Park on 9th September. It was fantastic weather and the car park for full to the brim of car booters out to sell their bric ‘n’ brac!

WINSFORD SALT FAIR 2012 Residents of Winsford celebrated the first ever salt fair organised by Winsford Town Council and the Winsford History Society, along with ASDA, Winsford Cross Shopping Centre and WINCAP. The reading of the Royal Charter granted in 1280 by King Edward I was read out in the George & Dragon, Delamere Street, as it would RUN WINSFORD The Mayor’s Consort raised £152 for the Mayor’s Charity have been ‘back in the day’ which kicked off the through sponsorship by taking part in the 10k run organised celebrations of a weekend of Winsford History. by Drew Burrows and the rest of the Run Winsford team! Residents were given the opportunity to look at old photo’s and memorabilia, a mini-cinema show of the Salt Mining Industry and other fun activities!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Mayors Christmas Carol Concert @ St John’s Church, Delamere Street, Winsford Thursday 13th December: 7pm-8pm Free Entry - Donations welcomed on the night ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Coach Trip to Llandudno Steam Fair Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 2013 £15 Adults / £13 Children Pickups at Wetherspoon and Wharton Park Call Winsford Town Council on 01606 593582 for more info or to book. FOLLOW THE MAYOR ON TWITTER....

@townmayor

WINSFORD TOWN MAYOR’S BALL Dignitaries, residents and representatives of local organisations & businesses came together for an evening of entertainment, fine dining and fundraising activities!


WINSFORD TOWN COUNCIL BULLETIN... WINSFORD TOWN MAYOR’S OSCARS 2013 In 2013, Winsford Town Mayor Steve Smith will be hosting an Oscars evening to celebrate the great achievements of Winsford residents, groups, clubs, businesses and initiatives during 2012/13. This will take place on Friday 26th April and this year the Town Mayor will be giving people the opportunity to audition for a slot performing at the Oscars in front of a big audience. HAVE YOU GOT A TALENT? Can you sing, play music, act, dance, perform magic, or have any other alternative talent and want the chance to perform at the Mayors Oscars? If so, please contact Winsford Town Council on 01606 593582 for audition slot times and an application form. AUDITIONS Saturday 26th January 5-8pm at Christchurch Hall, Wharton Saturday 2nd February 5-8pm at St. John’s Church Hall, Over

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depicting “FROSTY FLASHES” scenes will be on sale from The Town Council office at Wyvern House from mid-November. Alternatively you can purchase them from The Edge Community Centre at Cheviot Square. Proceeds will go to the Town Mayor’s Charities (WINCAP and The Sumatran Tiger Trust)

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Neighbourhood Plan Draft Consultation starts!

the beginning of the year, Winsford Town Council has been working on a Neighbourhood Plan for the town. The plan sets out a vision for the future of Winsford, along with policies on • Where new development should go • What sort of social and leisure facilities need to be provided • What improvements are needed in the town The aim is to make Winsford a better place to live, work and visit. Many local people have been involved in producing the Plan, and have given the Town Council great ideas and useful comments. The Council has now produced a full Neighbourhood Plan and now is the time to formally consult everyone in Winsford. Winsford Town Council would like to hear from local people and anyone else interested in the Plan. Full copies of the Plan are available at the Town Council’s offices at Wyvern House; at both Libraries and on the Councils website www.winsford.gov.uk

The consultation runs from Monday 26th November until Monday 21st January 2013. A feedback form is available on the Town Council’s website and in a special edition of the ‘Winsford Voice’ newsletter. Please fill in the form and return to: Neighbourhood Plan Winsford Town Council Wyvern House The Drumber Winsford CW7 1AH

Best Dressed Christmas Shop Window Once again, the Town Mayor will be encouraging Winsford shopkeepers to enter the Best Dressed Christmas Shop Window Competition. With all the economic gloom around recently, this light-hearted competition gives local shoppers the chance to reward Winsford shopkeepers who make a special effort to provide attractive festive window displays. Perhaps you would like to nominate a shop to take part. Watch out for more details in the lead up to Christmas.


FREE TRAINING FOR 2013!!

FRIENDS VISIT FROM OVERSEAS

The Youth Federation deliver a wide range of free training sessions throughout the year which help to support individuals as well as organisations in the voluntary sector.

In September, guests from Deuil La Barre, France, and Neider Eshbach in Germany came to visit Winsford for a 3 day programme of events organised by the Winsford Twinning Association. Deuil La Barre is twinned with Winsford and we hold a “friendship” with Nieder Eschbach.

DELIVERED BY YOUTH FEDERATION

VENUE: THE EDGE, CHEVIOT SQUARE, WINSFORD, CW7 1QS TIMES FOR TRAINING: 6-8PM YOUTH WORK SKILLS: 23RD JAN DEALING WITH AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOUR: 30TH JAN VOLUNTEER’S RIGHTS, ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES: 6TH FEB CHILD DEVELOPMENT: 13TH FEB 1ST AID: 27TH FEB

VENUE: NORTHWICH - TBC TIMES FOR TRAINING: 6-8PM PROGRAMME PLANNING: 17TH APRIL RECOGNISING SUBSTANCE MISUSE: 24TH APRIL FUNDING & FINANCE: 1ST MAY HSE 1ST AID PART 1: 8TH MAY HSE 1ST AID PART 2: 15TH MAY

TO BOOK ON ANY COURSE PLEASE CONTACT BILL BRADLEY ON 01270 654654 (EXT.573) OR EMAIL billb@ youthfed.org

The programme of events included a visit to the Weaver Hall Museum in Northwich to learn about our town’s Salt Heritage before coming along to Winsford’s 1st ever Salt Fair held at Winsford Town Centre. Here they met Winsford people, watched a film about the Salt Mining industry and participated in the activities on offer. It is very important to keep this relationship going between ourselves, France and Germany. Members of Winsford twinning committee also visit France & Germany when invited and learn a great deal about their lives and cultures. The pictures (opposite) show Town Mayor Steve Smith with Olgar who represented Nieder Eschbach and the group picture includes Francios’ and Dominique from Deuil La Barre. Winsford Twinning Committee is made up of a variety who help to keep thses relationships alive. If you would like information on joining the Twinning Committee please contact Mark Baker (Member Secretary) on 01606 559789 or email mbaker@winsford.gov.uk


TOWN MAYOR, STEVE SMITH WITH OLGAR FROM NIEDER ESCHBACH

FRIENDS FROM NIEDER ESCHBACH AND OUR TWINNED TOWN DEUIL LA BARRE

Tuesday 29th January 2013 From 6.30pm Main Meeting 7.00pm Wharton Community Library Willow Square CW7 3HP

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This is your opportunity to  find  out  what’s   happening in Winsford, meet your local ward Councillors and discuss local issues. For further information please contact: Patricia Johnson t: 01606 288765 e: patricia.johnson@ cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk


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heshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents of Winsford to be vigilant after a spate of deliberate fires.

Fire crews have been called to a number of incidents involving bins and small quantities of rubbish in the area over the past few months Colin Heyes, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Arson Reduction Manager said: “We really would like people to be on their guard

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and report anyone they see lighting fires. This sort of crime is extremely dangerous and any fire puts the lives of the public and firefighters at considerable risk. We would therefore urge anyone with information about this sort of behaviour to report it by calling Crimestoppers which can be done anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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Residents are being reminded to put your bin away once it has been emptied and not to leave it outside your property or next to your fence or gate.

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esidents are also reminded that the Service attend more domestic fires involving unattended cookers than any other. More than half of accidental fires at home are started by cooking - often when cookers and grills are left unattended. Cooking safety tips:

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Make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out - so they don't get knocked off the stove. Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob. Double check the cooker is off when you've finished cooking. • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.

What to do if a pan catches fire Don't take any risks. Turn off the heat if it is safe to do so. Never throw water over it. Don't tackle the fire yourself - Get Out, Stay Out, Call 999. For further safety advice go to www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/public-safety

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Young GGO Getters helped residents stay safe during Bonfire Night! We all enjoy Bonfire Night every year with all the fireworks and bonfires on offer, and this year Young GGO Getters (YGGO’s) from the West Winsford area came together during the Autumn Half Term school break to discuss how they could get a message across to other young people on being safe around bonfires and fireworks. YGGO’s are young people that want to make a difference in their neighbourhood and the design for a Bonfire Night safety poster came from inspiration based on some personal experiences and stories they had heard about and accidents with fires and fireworks. They decided to turn these experiences around to give positive advice to other young people and the poster was distributed around the West Winsford neighbourhood and local schools to raise awareness of the potential dangers that bonfire night can cause and how to act safely. Well done to all the YGGO’s for all their hard work! Below is the designed poster.

Wharton Youth Centre Bonfire Event Winsford youth forum and partners held a bonfire celebration on Monday 5th November as part of a community safety bonfire initiative. It was a great success and cleared the ground waste accumulated in the work project for the mountain bike track (mentioned on page 7)

Volunteer’s Blog!!.......

Hi Everyone, Kayleigh here! This is my first blog so bare with me, I apologise if it’s boring! I’m a newish volunteer with WINCAP and so far I’ve met some Czech girls who came over on a volunteering program - they were nice girls and they seemed to enjoy what Winsford had to offer (surprisingly!) ha ha! And one time myself, Mark and the girls went to help out at the Middlewich Salt Fair which was great fun. Mark kept buying cheese and trying to learn Czech much to the amusement of me and the girls! And Susan (one of the Czech girls) spent most of her money on chocolate ha ha! I was a good girl and just had a load of free samples, like the cheap skate I am! I have really enjoyed most of the things I have been involved in since starting my voluntary work with the Edge and WINCAP, it has changed how I see myself in so much as giving me more confidence and raising my self esteem, also it has helped me gain new friends. The things I am looking forward to are gaining more experience, meeting new people along the way and just basically getting to do and be involved with more exciting and different things and to be able to help out at events in and around Cheshire, basically helping out and assisting when and where I can. I’m also looking forward to helping out with youth clubs and events that give the young people of this area something to do and look forward to - also it being a place they can belong to and find some form of happiness and sense of community within. Well people, I know this blog was short and sweet but I have ran out of things to say, surprising really seeing as usually once I start talking i cannot stop ha ha! So there it is, my blog, sorry if you’re asleep from boredom and me droning on about myself all this time, but if by any chance u enjoyed it, why thank you, you never know I might write some more drivel about things ha-ha! I’m so awkward at goodbyes but here it is, goodbye for now from me guys. Peace out! X


A forward looking social business, Catch22 has over two hundred years’ experience of providing services that help people in tough situations to turn their lives around. Intensive Family Support From our offices in Victoria Road Children’s Centre in Northwich, and Greenfields Children’s Centre in Winsford, our Intensive Family Support Service works with children and young people, together with their families, to help them reach their full potential. Our Vale Royal Team support families who: • Live in the Vale Royal area of Cheshire West and Chester • Have children 0 – 19 years, or are due to have children • Are at risk of not achieving their full potential • Have multiple and complex needs We are committed to ensuring that every child we work with, regardless of their background or circumstances, has the support they need to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, be successful and make a positive contribution to their community.

Prevention and Inclusion Team Working from Greenfields Children’s Centre in Winsford, our Prevention and Inclusion team works with children and young people aged 8 to 15. We work with young people that are at risk of anti-social behaviour, offending, exclusion or truancy and would benefit from extra support through 1:1 sessions or family support.

We offer families: • Support from trained family support workers • Help with a range of issues including health, substance misuse, running a home, being a parent and family relationships • Specialist support groups • Home visits, information, guidance and sign posting to other services • Support on issues identified by children and parents as a concern

For further information on our service please contact Stacey Mundy, Project Coordinator for the Vale Royal Intensive Family Support Service on 01606 271650 or 07545 421315.

For further information on the Prevention and Inclusion Service please contact Jo Hughes, Project Coordinator, on 01606 271921 or 07738 994315.

CHARITY FUNDRAISING EVENT

We are holding a Christmas Car Wash at Greenfields Children’s Centre, Whitby’s Lane, Winsford, CW7 2LZ on Friday 14th December 2012. This will be an all day event to raise awareness of our organisation and also to raise funds that will allow us to deliver support groups for children, young people and families in the local area.


GGO doing good in Winsford MORE than 400 people turned out to enjoy a family fun day in Winsford as part of a neighbourhood project. The event, organised by GGO Getters – community volunteers from Greenfields Park, Glebe Green and Over – was originally scheduled to take place in June but had to be postponed due to heavy rain. However, the late summer sun meant the event, which was held on Mount Pleasant Drive in September, could be enjoyed by everyone. Residents took part in a number of fun activities and games, including a bungee trampoline, climbing walls, bouncy castle, pony rides, BMX bikes, cake decorating and live music. Lynda Jones, ward Councillor for Winsford Over and Verdin, said: “The event was a real success and it was great to see so many families in attendance. “Not only were they able to have a fantastic time; they had the opportunity to find out more about GGO, how they could get involved and also access other services available to them.” Fellow ward Councillor Don Beckett said: “The high number of families and local residents, who attended the event, shows what progress is being made locally. “GGO has made a significant impact on improving the local area and enabling everyone to work together. “To help the project develop further, I hope more local people can get involved as a result of the fun day.” To find out more search for GGO on Facebook or contact 0758 7135 713.


XMAS PUZZLE

CAN YOU GUESS THE MISSING WORDS IN THE CHRISTMAS SONGS??? I saw Mommy kissing _____________________ Underneath the mistletoe last night She didn’t see me creep down the stairs to have a peep; She thought that I was tucked up in my bedroom fast asleep Dashing through the _________On a one-horse open sleigh Over the fields we go Laughing all the way; Bells on bob-tail ring making spirits bright What fun it is to ride and sing A sleighing song tonight Jingle bells Jingle bells ________________________ O what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh

Then I saw mommy tickle _____________________ Underneath his beard so snowy white; Oh what a laugh it would have been If Daddy had only seen Mommy kissing ____________________ last night

You better watch out You better not ___________, Better not pout I’m telling you why, __________ __________ is coming to town He’s making a list And checking it twice; Gonna find out Who’s ____________ and __________. Santa Claus is coming to town! He sees you when you’re sleeping

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Twelve drummers________________, Eleven pipers _______________, Ten _________ a-dancing Nine ladies ______________, Eight __________ a-milking, Seven swans a-________________, Six geese a-_____________, Five __________ Rings, Four calling _________, Three __________ hens, Two turtle ____________, And a partridge in a _________tree!

He knows when you’re ___________, He knows if you’ve been bad or good So be good for goodness sake! O! You better watch _______, You better not cry Better not pout I’m telling you why ________ _________ is coming to town, Santa Claus is coming to __________________!!!

___________ the Red-Nosed Reindeer Had a very shiny ___________, And if you ever saw it, You could even say it ______________ All of the other reindeer Used to laugh and call him names; They never let poor _______________ Join in any reindeer games. Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say: Rudolph with your nose so _____________ Won’t you guide my sleigh _____________ Then how the reindeer loved him As they shouted out with glee, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, You’ll go down in ___________________!


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If you would like to: enter a story, buy advertising space, volunteer for our team, or request an electronic version of Talkabout! Then please contact us at talkabout@wincap.co.uk or call 01606 551766

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Meanwhile in Dr. Looney’‛s office...


Talkabout Issue 6  

Community magazine compiled by Winsfrod Community Action project for the benefir of Winsford Residents and local Community

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