Brief news around Whitchurch this week...


Lace up!

A team of solicitors with a base in Whitchurch will be switching probate and wills for mud and hills in the ninth Tatton Yule Yomp race.

Hibberts Solicitors, which has an office in Whitchurch, have sponsored and supported the race since it began.

This year race director and managing partner of the firm Stewart Bailey, will be joined by six colleagues on the start line for the tricky trail run which raises thousands of pounds for local charities.

Anne Walley, Karen Witter, Ian Hamilton-Fey, Tara Crisp, Tracy McVeigh and Karen Tomlinson from Hibberts will all be taking part in the 10k race at Tatton Park on December 10, which this year is set to attract 1,500 runners having grown from an original 300 entries.

Stewart said: “Hibberts Solicitors is delighted to be supporting this great event once again. Its popularity has just grown and grown, selling out early every year even when we have increased the number of runners.

“It raises more than £25,000 a year for local charities, which this year are East Cheshire Hospice, neurological care and education provider David Lewis and the Carers Trust 4all.”

For more information about the Tatton Yule Yomp visit the race website at

Flicks in the sticks

The final Flicks in the Sticks of the year at the Talbot Theatre, Whitchurch Leisure Centre, is the funny and uplifting drama Hampstead (12) on Tuesday, December 5 at 7.30pm.

Starring Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson with James Norton, Lesley Manville, Phil Davis, it is inspired by true events.

It tells the story of an American widow who meets a man who lives on Hampstead Heath. They strike up an unexpected romance but then have to fight developers who want to build on the Heath.

Tickets at £4.50 adults, £4 adult concessions and £3.50 young people are available from the Leisure Centre on 01948660660, 07506724572 or on line at

Next year begins with ‘Dunkirk’ on Tuesday January 9 at 7.30pm.

St Alkmund’s services

On Saturday, there will be a Christmas Fair at Tilstock Village Hall from 2-4pm.

Meanwhile, church services this weekend are Sunday 8am said communion and 10am all-age advent communion, plus a 4pm all-age Christingle Service to raise funds for the work of the Children’s Society.

There will be no 6.30pm Evensong while at Holy Immanuel, in Fauls, there will be 9.30am Advent Morning Worship for all ages.

At Christ Church Tilstock, there is 11am Advent Morning Worship for all ages.

Hear, Here

The Whitchurch Hear Here Group meet on December 5 in the Senior Club, Pearl Yard, at 2pm.

Entertainment will be provided by Bill Webb and everyone is welcome. If unable to attend this meeting and you wish to go to the Annual Lunch on January 10 at the Dodington Hotel, please ring Bernice on 664866.

Rotary news

The Rotary club Christmas Float will start on Monday, with a full list of destinations online.

The Rotarians will also be collecting in White Lion Meadow for three consecutive weekends from December 2 between 9.30am and 1.30pm, and also at Sainsbury’s on December 8-9 and 15-16.

Anyone wishing to be part of the Tree of Light can contact John Mitchell on 01948 667378 or David Hewitt on 01948 663143.

Meanwhile, the club is celebrating after it was announced at a recent meeting that 4,000 purple crocus bulbs donated by the Rotary were planted in 40 minutes by Sir John Talbot’s students.

Anyone who is unable to cook a Christmas dinner this year, or will be on their own, can contact the Rotary for support.

The club is anxious to update the delivery list, so if you, or someone you know, has not been contacted in the past and may qualify for this free service, please telephone Rotarian Bob Thompson on 01948 666951 or contact any Whitchurch Rotarian.