Lifeboat thanks

The RNLI wishes to thank everyone who contributed so generously to the charity's May Da collection in Whitchurch on May 4.

A total of £543.76 was collected towards the local fundraising for the Lifeboats and equipment for the volunteer crews.

Hear, Here

Whitchurch Hear Here Group have a coach trip to Southport on Tuesday, June 6 leaving the car park by Tesco at 9.15a.m.

Cost is £12 and there are a few seats left. If interested in joining us please ring Bernice on 01948 664866.

Rotary car and concert success

Whitchurch's Rotary Club will play host to a purple Mercedes car next week, as part of the worldwide efforts to curb and eradicate polio.

The vehicle is being driven around the area by their counterparts from Leek Rotary Club as part of polio awareness.

Purple4Polio is a mission started by the worldwide Rotary Club to tryp to help eradicate the disease and each year, local clubs follow the national campaigns to help raise funds.

The purple Mercedes will be at the Civic Centre on Wednesday, May 23 after visiting the clubs in Wem and Ellesmere.

Meanwhile, Whitchurch Rotarians staged their 45th annual two-night, free variety concert for local seniors in Whitchurch Civic Centre on May 8-9.

Some 500 guests were welcomed and the performers were thanked by the club`s president Walter Schafer. Entertainment by local artistes and groups – including Penny Weedon, Pritchard School of Dancing, Polly and John, Rotarian David Simcock, The Fauls Singers (David Stokes, Rachael Whitehouse), Ukuleles Unlimited, The Bradbury Girls – was greatly enjoyed, with interval refreshments served by the ladies of Whitchurch Inner Wheel club.

The concert was for the first time kindly sponsored by David Wilson Homes. The compere was again David Hewitt, stage manager Howard Jones and Ron Lewis, Ian Fawcett (attendance and transport), programme Chris Smith and other Whitchurch rotarians stewarding. A retiring collection for local charities raised £408.

Flicks in the Sticks

Oscar winning Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is being shown on the big screen at The Talbot Theatre, Whitchurch Leisure Centre, on Tuesday, May 22 at 7.30pm.

A darkly comic drama, Frances McDormand won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as a mother trying to find justice for her murdered daughter.

Tickets at £4.50 adults, £4 adult concessions and £3.50 young people are available from the Leisure Centre on 01948 660660, 07596724572 or on-line at www.artsalive.co.uk

Dog Show

Whitchurch's Leonard Brothers Veterinary Centre will be holding its charity dog show at the town's Alderford Lake on Sunday, May 27.

Classes on the day will include Handsomest Dog, Prettiest Bitch, Best Puppy, Best Senior, Best Trick, Best Rescue, Most Unusual Cross Breed plus the headline Best in Show.

Entries will be taken from 12pm for judging to begin approximately at 1.30pm. Entries are £1 per class.

All monies raised will be donated to Desmond's Fund and Grinshill Animal Rescue.

Town Twinning

The usual monthly meeting of the Twinning Association Committee was held at the Dodington Lodge, Whitchurch, on Tuesday, May 1.

We had received a request to accommodate another French visitor, which we successfully arranged. Consequently there will now be 17 in the party. After the Mayor’s reception of the French on behalf of the town at the Civic Centre on the morning of Saturday, June 9, there will be time for visitors to explore the town and Party in the Park before embarking on a trip to Oswestry to visit the British Ironworks or, if wet, a visit to the Secret Bunker, near Nantwich.

Dinner in the evening will be at the Jack at Calverhall. The cost will be £18.95 for members and menu choices will be requested shortly.

The arrangements for the Sunday in Liverpool were finalised. We will take a tour on a ferry at a cost of £8 per head for members and then a coach tour with a guide, after which the party will be free to visit the museums and places of interest of their choice before departure at approximately 4.30pm.

Hosts will be issued with an allowance to treat their guests to lunch in Liverpool and to provide a midday meal on Saturday. Sunday night will be spent with the host families.

The French will depart from the Dodington Lodge on Monday morning. We wish them bon voyage and a safe trip.

Secretary, Val Webb, outlined the measures which will be taken in order to comply with the new GDPR regulations.

Chairman, Andy Allen, will represent the Town Twinning Association at the funeral of Peter Wagstaffe, who was for many years a staunch supporter.

There will be no meeting in June as it falls just after the end of the French visit. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, July 17, at the usual time of 7.30 pm at the Dodington Lodge, Whitchurch.

All interested parties are welcome to attend. Membership enquiries to the Secretary, Mrs Webb, telephone 01948 663948.

Beechtree Course

Whitchurch's Beechtree Centre is hosting a series of beginners courses for people who have bought iPads and are not sure how to use them.

The course, which starts on Thursday, July 19 between 10am and midday, shows people how to use the Internet, discover new apps and how the device works.

Each session costs £10 and please bring your IPad with you, just don’t forget to bring any existing usernames and passwords with you, especially for email.

For more information and to book a place: call us on 01948 666612 (pre-booking recommended).


Car Boot Sale

Wem Rec Ground will host a Car Boot Sale on Saturday, May 26 from 8.30am until 12.30pm in aid of Hope House.

There will be catering and a toilet on site. For more details, call 01939 232963.

Wem Town Hall

An exhibition called 'Severn Artists' will start at the Town hall from May 31, running through to June 28.

The exhibition of works by local art group, Severn Artists is a creative, inspiring and informal group for adults from beginners, to experienced artists.

Meanwhile there will also be a Dementia Friendly Film showing of Gigi on Monday, June 4 at 1.30pm.

The film is about a rich playboy weary of the conventions of Parisian society and he and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long.

Tickets at £5, carers free (not available online). Tickets include refreshment.

For more details about what's on at the Town Hall, call 01939 238279 or head to www.wemtownhall.co.uk


Ladies Lunch

There will be a Ladies Lunch at Victoria Jubilee Hall in Malpas on Saturday, June 2.

Ladies are invited to join in a fabulous afternoon of food and drink in aid of Breast Cancer Care, with a great raffle and a fine show of hats by Fine Feathers.

Tickets are £30 which includes canapes and drinks on arrival before a two-course meal, and can be bought from Gill valentine at The Sewing Room or Rachel Williams at Honey Bee Florist.

First responder talk

On Friday May 11 there was a talk and demonstration by a First Responder to the Friday Friends Group who meet 10am to midday at Malpas Young People's Centre.

The group is open to any person in the area who is over 50. The programme for the next few months was announced. On May 18 there is a Fun Art Class with Jan Ibbotson.

On May 25 there is a sing-a-long with Geoff Stewart. On June 1 the topic is "Call my Bluff". On June 8 there is Sit down Zumba with Maritza. On June 15 there is Fun and Laughter with Alec, his ukulele and side kick. On June 22 there is more Fun Art with Jan Ibbotson.

On June 29 there is an outing to Bellis's while on July 6 there is Prevention of Falls by a physiotherapist from Malpas Surgery. On July 13 there is tea, chat, group planning, table tennis, scrabble etc. For further details contact Wendy on 01948 820568 or email wendy.fridayfriendsgroup@gmail.com


Friendship Group

The Bronington Friendship Group is hosting a coffee evening on Friday, May 18 at Bronington School, starting at 7pm.

There will be stalls plus a raffle and everyone is welcome. Entry fee is 50p on the door and for details, call Mark Watson on 01948 780 252.

Annual meeting

Bronington Community Council will be holding its monthly May meeting tonight at Whitewell Parish Rooms from 7.30pm, half-an-hour after the Annual Parish Meeting.

The agenda for annual meeting will address appointments to the chair and vice-chair roles as well as appointments to a variety of external bodies.

In the main agenda, a number of internal procedures, such as as code of conduct, internal auditing and approving financial regulations, will be discussed.

Councillors will address new GDPR regulations plus updates on the Barry Barlow Memorial Play Area.

There will be a councillors' questions session at the end.



The minutes for Tilston Parish Council's Annual Meeting, held on May 3, have been published.

It was resolved that Nicola Prince was elected chairman for 2018/19 and will be supported by Sue Willett.

Councillors heard from members of the public about a lack of action by Cheshire West and Chester over people living in vans on land at Low Cross Hill and wanted the parish council to put pressure on their unitary authority.

Residents also raised objections to a proposed agricutlural building in Grange Lane.

There was a suggestion to name the field behind the War Memorial Hall with a theme to mark the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War.

It was agreed the annual 'Village Tidy' will be at 10am on Saturday, June 16.

Other items can be viewed at www.tilstonparishcouncil.co.uk


McCarthy and Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, has been given the go-ahead to build high-quality, Retirement Living apartments in Audlem Road, Audlem.

The project will create up to 120 jobs during the construction phase and represents a multi-million-pound investment in the local area.

The development will see the site transformed into 25 one- and two-bedroom apartments complete with on-site parking and professionally maintained, landscaped gardens.

Ian Wilkins, regional managing director at McCarthy and Stone (North West) Region said: “Naturally we are delighted to have received planning permission for this development.

"There is a real need for this type of accommodation in the local area and we believe that this scheme will create an opportunity to provide much-needed specialised housing, allowing older people to downsize and remain in Audlem near friends and family.“