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• Notices •
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*** Latest Issue No. 282 Feb/Mar 2022 Now Available ***
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The KADRAS magazine is back in printed form this month and is being supplied at a cost of £5 per annum for 6 copies to all those that were on the subscribers list back in 2019/2020 before the onset of the pandemic. If you know of any family, friends or neighbours who would like to subscribe, please contact Anne or Ray or any member of the committee.
If you would like to make a contribution to the magazine please mark them ‘KADRAS News’ and send items to KADRAS Chairman Ray Evans, Ingleside, Chester Rd, Kelsall. tel: 752494 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Magazine Editor: Anne O’Donnell, tel: 751836, email: email@example.com.
KADRAS - past issues
Kelsall Gardening Club - Plant Sale
Where: Kelsall Village Green
When: Saturday 14TH May
Time: 09.30 – 11.30
Come early for the best plants.
The Folk Festival is back!!
Chester Folk Festival will return to Kelsall at the end of this month after a three-year absence caused by Covid. The festival will be held over the weekend of Friday the 27th to Sunday 29th of May.
There will be concerts in the main marquee each evening, as well as free children's entertainment in the Panic Circus Tent, a craft fair and dance displays on the main site at Kelsall Green, plus events in the Community Centre, the Social Club and Kelsall Methodist Church.
We are fully aware that we are guests in your village and sincerely appreciate the support and tolerance you have shown to us over the past 40 years. To this end, we undertake to keep any disruption or excessive noise to a minimum. We will monitor our noise levels and will cease any amplified music well before midnight on each night. Should you experience any disruption or discomfort, please do visit our festival office in the Morris Dancer car park and make your concerns known and we will do our best to address them.
The organisers hope that you will join us and take part in the festivities and enjoy some of the fantastic music and entertainments we have planned.
For full details visit the website: Chester Folk Festival 2022
Kelsall Village Markets
Saturday 18 June & Saturday 24 September 2022, 10am - 1pm
Kelsall Community Centre, CW6 0XB
Bringing you a wide selection of products from a host of independent traders from Kelsall and nearby villages.
20 attractive stalls to choose from offering:
Bread - Cakes - Jam - Cheese - Chutney
Clothing - Jewellery - Cosmetics
Homewares - Woodwork - Art - Ceramics
Jigsaws & Games - Greetings cards
Children’s books & gifts
Free Entry | Free Parking | Free Tea & Coffee
For updates call Delia on 07803 203617
Click here for the Kelsall Village Markets poster
KADRAS and Cheshire Rural Touring Arts present
*** The Zoe Gilby Trio ***
Kelsall Community Centre - Saturday 18th June 2022
Doors open at 7pm for 7.30 start
Zoe Gilby is a vocalist and songwriter making a stunning impression on the music scene today. Her compelling original compositions are written with double bassist husband, Andy Champion.
The show consists of a powerful collection of songs with a strong narrative. Supported by guitarist Mark Williams and drummer Steve Hanley, they deliver a commanding mix of sophistication and dramatic edge. An engaging repertoire of storytelling and atmosphere, her stockpile of music also includes an adventurous blend of contemporary composers from Kate Bush to Pink Floyd and the sensitive treatment of jazz standards completes this “story book”.
“A mix of intelligent original songs and innovative arrangements of tunes by both jazz and pop composers. It’s the quality of the original songs that make this jazz album stand out from the rest of the pack”. The Jazz Mann
Tickets £12 from Jim Struthers 01829 751031, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please bring your own glasses, drinks and nibbles.
Kloud9 is bringing ultrafast gigabit internet to Kelsall
Here's everything you need to know:
We've been blown away by the support and enthusiasm we've received from Kelsall so far, but we still need your help for more registrations for the benefit the entire village. This exciting opportunity means that Kelsall will be prepared for when the existing copper network is switched off in 2025.
The cost of the installation of the network is being covered by the government's Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, which helps rural communities, like Kelsall access gigabit fibre internet. For each resident who registers their interest, the government will contribute a set amount to the cost of installation. This means no cost to the individual household or business!! More information on the scheme can be found here: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk
In order to generate enough funding for the full installation, we need as many residents and business owners to register their interest as possible.
If any of your friends, family, neighbours are based in Kelsall and have not signed up, we would really appreciate it if you could direct them to https://kloud9.co.uk/kelsall so they can also register interest in the scheme.
Finally, we are looking for community champions to help us spread the word - if you are interested in helping us reach the Kelsall community please let us know and we will send you some information that you can use to help promote the project.
Please feel free to contact the community engagement manager, Julie Bushell at Kloud9 on 0333 996 1000 or email email@example.com.
We will be at the community centre on February 4th 1pm-4pm or Tuesday 8th February 5pm-7.45pm
Please see this link from the Parish Council for even more information!
New Youth Focus Team
Creating more opportunities for our youngsters
A new team made up of Parish Councillors and residents is looking at what is available to youngsters in the parish and what we can do to improve the offer.
We are looking for feedback from teenagers in the age range 13 to 18, so that we can make plans for improved provision of activities and facilities, and have supporting evidence to underpin our spending plans (See www.Kelsall-pc.org.uk).
Simultaneously we are working on obtaining funding to enable us to employ a part-time youth worker to design and deliver a programme that responds to the results of the survey. We anticipate that when the Wellbeing Hub is operational it will provide a venue for some of this programme.
We would also like to start a Youth Council for Kelsall as a way for young people themselves to get involved and help steer the project.
If you would like to get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Youth Activities page has been updated.
Have a look for further details: Youth Activities in Kelsall Village
THIS HUB’S FOR YOU.
HAVE YOUR SAY and win a £50 Amazon voucher.
In case you haven’t heard, Kelsall’s new Wellbeing Hub will open in March 2022 to help local residents lead healthier, happier and longer lives.
This has only been made possible by the generosity of the local community which raised the funding for the building currently in construction adjacent to the new Medical Centre just off the village green.
Nearly three years ago, when assessing the feasibility of such a resource, you may have completed a questionnaire which provided a valuable insight into what you would like The Hub to be. Since then, however, many new people have joined our community and everyone’s lives have been impacted by the pandemic so we’d like to know your current priorities and views about wellbeing and what The Hub can do to help.
Your top priority from the previous survey was the provision of somewhere to ‘DROP IN FOR A CHAT’ so we’d like to invite you to do just that at;
Kelsall Community Centre - Friday 17 September - 2pm to 7pm
This will be the first opportunity to get a taste of what The Hub could feel and look like with demonstrations of the kind of activities it may offer such as yoga, seated exercise, gluten free cooking and a lot more. You’ll be welcomed with A FREE HOT DRINK AND SLICE OF CAKE over which you can tell us what you need from The Hub and how and when you would like to use it. There will also be opportunities to get involved by joining the growing band of volunteers that are making The Hub happen. Your views are very important to us so, as a thank you for your input, all attendees will be entered into A FREE DRAW TO WIN A £50 AMAZON VOUCHER. Please fill in your details below to be entered.
Of course, not everyone will be able to attend on the day but you can still tell us what you need from The Hub by going to our website: 2021 Have Your Say, emailing us at: email@example.com or just jotting down your thoughts below and dropping them off in THE HUB BOX AT THE CO-OP BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER.
Your details are for entry into the draw ONLY and will not be retained.
Kelsall Baby and Toddler Group
My name is Charlie Fuller and I am pleased to inform you that I have now taken over running the Baby and Toddler group at the Kelsall Community Centre. The first day of opening is on Wednesday the 14th July, 9.30am to 11am and there is a small fee of £2.50 per family, for ages 0-preschool. The group is informal, fun and relaxed, an ideal place to meet other parents, grandparents, carer’s and for children to interact with others and have fun. We have lots of different toys, soft play and activities, story time, crafts and songs.
KELSALL WELLBEING HUB
Please note that the Wellbeing Hub now has it's own page on the website. Look under Health / Kelsall Wellbeing Hub.
Why not watch the launch video here: https://youtu.be/qavKzIjjefs
Kelsall Covid Support Network
Please note that the Kelsall Covid Support Network now has it's own page on the website. Look under Health / Kelsall Support Network.
Kelsall Community Centre
Online Booking System is now live
Kelsall Community Centre now has an online booking system which is accessible via the Community Centre page here: Kelsall Community Centre. The calendar at the bottom of the page shows all the activities going on at the centre, just click on an event to view more details or to make a booking request click on the .
82 Bus Service
now provided by D&G Bus
The 82 bus service has been taken over by D&G Bus. The timetable for the new service can be seen on their website here: 82 Bus Timetable. The terminus in Chester is now the new Bus Interchange.
OPAL GoOnLine sessions in Kelsall
At The Royal Oak, Chester Road CW6 ORR, 10am to 12noon
Free GoOnLine service for Volunteers, Carers and the over 60’s continues to run in Kelsall.
So if you lack confidence or just need extra help in using computers, tablets or your mobile phone and would like individual support in a friendly and relaxed environment join us.
The sessions will run on alternate Tuesdays 10am to 12 mid-day.
For further details see the OPAL GoOnLine website here: www.opalservices.org.uk
A Pictorial History of the Sandstone Ridge
The Sandstone Ridge Trust would like people’s help to compile a pictorial history of the wonderful Sandstone Ridge.
The Sandstone Ridge is one of Cheshire’s most distinctive landscapes, covering 230 sq kms (88 sq miles) of rolling hills and escarpments that stretch from Frodsham and Helsby in the north, through Delamere, Tarporley, Beeston, Peckforton and Bickerton, to Malpas in the south. This is rural Cheshire at its finest, linked by the Sandstone Trail.
The Ridge has a long and rich history that ranges from pre-historic landscapes through the Roman, Saxon and Medieval periods to the present day. Its appearance has been shaped by centuries of farming, forestry and use of natural resources, including water sources like ancient springs and wells, as well as sandstone, sand and gravel, copper, marl and other minerals.
Old photographs and postcards can provide a revealing snapshot into how people have interacted with the landscape over the decades and centuries. By comparing them with present day views it becomes possible to understand how the countryside, villages and buildings in the area have changed over time.
The Trust would like to hear from anyone who has old photographs and postcards of the Sandstone Ridge area. These can be either in their original (photograph/postcard), or scanned (digital) forms. If enough images can be found, it is hoped that they could be published in a small book for everyone’s enjoyment.
You can contact the Trust by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.