Diary updated on 14/04/2017
Updated on 14/04/2017


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Development of the web site will continue over the next few months, so if you have any comments, suggestions, requests or questions please email the Photographs of the local area or events are especially welcome.

• Latest News and Events •

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Shape up for Summer - Come along to Julie’s new Body Blast class.

Tuesdays at 2pm – starting 4th April at Kelsall Community Centre.

We’ll work together, using a variety of exercises to help you achieve a lean, toned and strong body, and it won’t only be for the Summer.

This one hour class will fly by as you really work your whole body in a way that will challenge and engage you, leaving you with a fantastic sense of achievement…

  • There’ll be great tunes to inspire you throughout
  • You can work at your own pace – it’s your class, your choice
  • Just have some fun, feel the burn and feel the benefits

Book Now – text or call 07947 140138 – email

Regular price £5 per session - Try it out… first session Free

Adam Bulley & Chas MacKenzie (formerly known as Wingin'It)

Adam Bulley & Chas MacKenzie (formerly known as Wingin'It)

A CRTA Production - Saturday 22nd April - Kelsall Community Centre – 7:30pm

Formerly known as Wingin It. One of the most highly rated duos in the country Adam Bulley and Chas Mackenzie deliver a fiery, energy–fuelled array of acoustic music. Weaving effortlessly between bluegrass, gypsy jazz, folk and even pop. Propelling the acoustic guitars and mandolin to new levels of expression and excitement their performances are, at once, an informal, life affirming and memorable musical experience.

“They are having real fun on stage and they communicate this effortlessly to the audience” – Richard Lindsay (Ullapool Guitar Festival).

More information here.

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Litter Pick


Saturday, 6th May - Meet at Lord Binning Carpark at 10am


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Clatterbridge Cancer Research Charity Gala

Saturday 6th May 2017 at Kelsall Primary School from 12.30


Kelsall Charity Gala in aid of NWCR Clatterbridge Cancer Research Kelsall Branch will be held at Kelsall Primary School from 12.30 with the crowning of the May Queen and Rosebud Princess 1 pm.

Fun for all the family with entertainment, 6 a side football competition, stalls, displays, BBQ and games.

Entrance £2 children under 12 free.


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Kelsall Garden Club Plant Sale

Saturday, 13th May - Lord Binning car park from 9.30

Kelsall Garden Club Plant Sale will take place on Saturday, 13 May in the Lord Binning car park from 9.30 to 11.30. Plants for sale are all grown by club members and monies raised go towards the club and its activities. So if you have any gaps in your borders or your veg plot then come along and get something that is really "homegrown".


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Chester Folk Festival

Friday 26th – Monday 29th May 2017

This year’s festival will take place as always over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend and features a varied line-up of some of the best performers on the current folk scene. These include Chris Sherburn & Denny Bartley, Bob Fox, Belshazzar’s Feast, The Wilson Family and many more. There will be concerts in the main marquee, dances in the Community Centre and many smaller events in the Social Club, the Lord Binning, Kelsall Methodist Church and the Farmers Arms.

Tickets are available for afternoons, evenings or for the whole weekend. Admission is free to all workshops, sessions, displays, children’s events and to the craft fair.

For more information, programme of events and ticket prices, see the website at www.chesterfolk.org.uk.

• Notices •

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The Story of Kelsall by Elspeth Thomas

Kadras has kindly allowed the full text of the book 'The Story of Kelsall' by Elspeth Thomas (with illustrations by Anne Saul) to be made available on the website. The book is in a text searchable pdf format. Click the link below to have a read of this fabulous resource.

The Story of Kelsall by Elspeth Thomas

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St. Philips Church 150th Anniversary

2018 Photography Exhibition and Competition

"Through the Seasons in Kelsall"

Adults and Childrens classes - 13 winning photographs will be chosen for a 2018 village calendar.

Prizes for the winners!

Photographs need not be recent and do not need to be digital. Dig out some old snaps that fit the bill!

Entry forms available from 1st April at the Firs Veterinary Centre, local shops, and St. Philip’s Church (generally open 10-4 daily), on St. Philip’s website www.kelsallparishchurch.org.uk. or downloaded here.

Entries to be received by 1st September 2017.

A photography exhibition and voting for entries by the public will take place on Saturday 16th September, 1:00 to 4:30pm and Sunday 17th September, 12 noon to 4pm at St. Philip’s Church Lounge. Refreshments and light lunches will be available.

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Voting opens to find Cheshire's young X factor artists

A public vote to find Cheshire's best young artists opens on Monday 3rd April. More than 300 pupils entered this brand new dot-art Schools competition and are hoping for your votes to see their artwork on display in a free public exhibition at Mid Cheshire College later this spring.

This new Cheshire online inter-school art contest, gives both primary and secondary pupils across Cheshire the opportunity to showcase their artistic talents and have their work displayed in the exhibition.

The judges have narrowed it down to their top three entries from each school ready for the public vote. The artwork with the most votes from each participating school will form part of the two week exhibition, which opens in June.

The shortlisting panel is made up of representatives from major arts and cultural institutions, including Polly Brannan Education Curator at Liverpool Biennial, Sandra Penketh Director of Art Galleries at National Museums Liverpool and Professor Caroline Wilkinson, Director of the School of Art & Design at Liverpool John Moores University.

View the shortlist and vote online for the work you would like to see on show at Mid Cheshire College, Hartford at http://cheshire.schools.dot-art.com/vote. Voting will open from 3rd April and close at midnight on Friday 5th May 2017.

Click here for: the full news release and a copy of the voting poster.

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Trustee vacancies

Wanted - People who care about people

Since 2011 Rural Community Services (RCS), providing services known as OPAL Services, has been helping others in rural West Cheshire to live the lives they want to lead. Rural life can become quite difficult and isolating for older people. RCS offers OPAL services across the rural parts of the borough which aim to enhance people’s lives and tackle the issue of loneliness and isolation.

We are led by a board of trustees with a range of professional backgrounds and skills and we are looking to expand our team. This is an exciting time of growth for us and we seek skilled people to join us on this journey. The people we are looking for will want to make a difference in the lives of older people. We are all passionate about our mission and we are looking for others who feel the same. No previous board experience is needed although it would be helpful. We welcome applications from people of all ages and backgrounds. We will offer trustees training and we pay out of pocket expenses to our trustees. Enthusiasm and commitment are the most important qualities we are looking for.

We expect the time commitment needed for the role to vary between 4-10 hours per month and the duties would include:

  • Attendance at quarterly board meetings with time in between to read all papers
  • Attendance at subcommittee and task group meetings (this could be another 4 meetings per year)
  • Engaging with RCS activities, projects, training and events

The board has identified a number of key skills which would complement our existing team and help us develop in the future. These include: expertise in dementia, expertise in contracts and legal work, commissioning of health care, volunteer management, and social media expertise.

We have an application pack available from Linda Middleton, our Administrator. Please contact Linda at: If you would like to contact us informally to find out more about the organisation or the role please email your details to Jane Colville, our current Chair at

Feel free to learn more about us by looking at our website, www.opalservices.org.uk

The closing date for applications is 30th April 2017

Rural Community Services (West Cheshire), P.O. Box 161, Whitchurch, SY13 9BG. Email: info@opalservices.org.uk. Website: www.opalservices.org.uk. Rural Community Services (West Cheshire) is a company limited by guarantee; registered charity no. 1143753; registered company no. 7521625. Registered office: 18 Utkinton Road, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 0HS.
Posted 22 March 2017

GoOnLine Services

GoOnLine is a drop-in service which helps older people †in rural areas, including OPAL Club members, to learn how to access the internet, with one-to-one support of volunteers. The service aims to foster use of the internet to pursue peoples’ personal interests. The sessions are run in sociable settings in local venues. The session dates for 2017 are listed below.

GoOnLine drop-in sessions will be held in the following venues:

Farndon: Lewis’s of Farndon Coffee Shop, High Street, Farndon , CH3 6PU

The service runs on Thursdays, and the sessions run from 0930 am to 1130 am.


May†4th & 18th

June†1st & 15th

Frodsham: The Queens Head, 92 Main Street.

The service runs on Mondays, and the sessions run from 1030 am to 1230 pm.

April 24th

May 8th & 22nd

June 5th & 19th

Crowton: Hare and Hounds, Station Road, Crowton CW8 2RN

The service runs on Tuesdays, and the sessions run from 10 am to 12 midday.

April 25th

May 9th & 23rd

June 6th & 20th

Cotebrook: Alavanley Arms, Cotebrook, Nr. Tarporley CW6 9DS.

The service runs on Thursdays and the sessions run from 10 am to 12 midday.

April 27th

May 11th & 25th

June 8th & 22nd

Oakmere: The Lounge, Chester Road, CW8 2HB.

The service runs on Tuesdays and the sessions run from 10 am to 12 midday.

April 18th

May 2nd, 16th & 30th

June 13th & 27th

Please† note that individual sessions may have to be cancelled at short notice (http://www.opalservices.org.uk/go-online/). In such cases, we regret any inconvenience caused. For more information, contact: goonline@opalservices.org.uk or Jean Toyn on 07563 156 220 or Carol Hitchen on 07851 253 587

If you have IT skills and would like to volunteer to help with this service, please contact GoOnLine – they would be delighted to hear from you.

Posted 5th April 2017

New Entry on the Business Page

Street Farm Dairy, Tarvin - Fresh Raw Milk (unpasteurised)

They have proudly milked a herd of pedigree Holstein cows and purebred Jerseys at Street Farm for the past 32 years. Based at the foot of Kelsall Hill, on the A54 in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire Countryside, surrounded by the villages of Tarvin, Ashton and Kelsall.

Fresh from the cow the milk is cooled and sold through a vending machine called the “Milkbot”. This keeps the milk cool and customers can dispense the amount they want into bottles provided. Fresh Raw Milk (unpasteurised) has a rich, full bodied, clean taste, full of flavour, full of natural goodness, nothing added and nothing taken out, just as nature intended, the nearest thing to a complete food.

For further details click here.

Posted 17th March 2017

NDP Referendum Results

Kelsall and Willington Neighbourhood Plan referendum results are:

Yes 576
No 25
Rejected (unmarked) 1
Turnout 23.6%

Full details can be found here on the CWAC web site.

Key Policies in the Plan

Background to the Plan

Link to the Chester and Cheshire West website for the full version of the Plan

Paper copies of the NDP documents can be consulted at the doctors', the vets, the school, both hairdressers

and in the Methodist church lobby.

Posted 3rd March 2017