Kelsall's Clubs and Organisations
Ash-worth Time Bank - Linking People TogetherAsh-worth Time Bank encourages local rural people to share their skills and time with each other and also help elderly people with a variety of tasks. Membership is free as are all services. Being a member of Ash-worth Time Bank is like having an insurance policy - you never know when you may need help! Members give any time that they have available and you do not have to give help before you receive help. Ash-worth Time Bank organise social groups, events, reminiscing groups (in Kelsall, Tarvin, Ashton Hayes & Kingsley), have a lending library, art group, craft group, reading group and a Holistic Therapy Day in Kelsall each month, which is free to all carers and people who has suffered a bereavement. We also organise a Pilates and Tai Chi class in Ashton Hayes each week. Ash-worth Time Bank have over 320 members and 10 organisational members. They are there to help you - why not give Susan or Caroline a phone on 01829 751398, or them, or visit Ash-worth Time Bank's website.
Barney's Buddies meet every Thursday morning from 10am in the Upper Room at the Methodist schoolroom on Chapel Green. It's an informal drop-in for mums, babies and pre-school children - dads, grans and carers are just as welcome. There's a play time, things to make, stories and songs with Barney the Bear, and a healthy snack for the children. £1.50 per adult including refreshments, children free.
More information from Sue Levitt (01829-741022).
Kelsall & District Bridge Club welcomes both experienced, intermediate and new players. Sessions are held at the Kelsall Community Centre on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, commencing 6:45pm till 10:00pm.
- Duplicate Bridge on Thursday evenings
- Chicago format on Tuesday evenings
- Guests welcome subject to space availability
For further information, contact Nick Mayfield (01829-752105) or Sue Ward (01928-787193).
Crossroads Care, Cheshire West & Wirral
Crossroads Care, a charity in the Cheshire West and Wirral area, has recently set up a support group at Kelsall Methodist Church for people with memory problems and their carers. We meet on Tuesdays 10am-2pm and provide support, activities, chances to learn or retain skills and build new relationships. We're keen to include our members' interests and provide everything from art, flower arranging, music, films and gardening. The club is also a valuable resource for carers, providing advice and guidance, and an opportunity to relax and be themselves. A light lunch is also provided.
Crossroads Care, Cheshire West & Wirral (0151-343-1960)
Clatterbridge Cancer Research Kelsall Branch
Based in the village of Clatterbridge, Clatterbridge Hospital provides cancer treatment to patients across the north west of England. As one of the dozen committees in the area Kelsall Branch help raise money to fund research and treatment in the race to fight this disease. Clatterbridge fund raising in the village of Kelsall is reaching its 30th year of support for the charity. The main event, the charity gala, grew out of a 'sale of work' which the co-founder the late Mrs Lilian Lightfoot started in her garden in the 1970s following the death of her husband from cancer. The Gala, which is like a very large garden fete, running alongside a 6-a-side football competition for primary aged children, has attracted a number of local celebrities and stalls over the years. This event along with jumble sales has enabled the Kelsall branch to raise a total of approximately £200,000 over the years.
If anyone in interested in joining our committee or helping at any of our
fund raising events
please contact Angela Harrop (01829-752466).
Family History Group
Are you researching your family tree? Are you stuck and in need of some help? Could you share your successful tips with other researchers? Would you like to meet like-minded people who are compiling their own trees? If you answered "YES" to any of these questions then you may be interested in meeting other local people to share your experiences. We are a Family History Group, based in Kelsall, who meet at the Kelsall Methodist Church. We have online demonstrations, short talks, occasional guest speakers, a cuppa and a chat about all things genealogical. Your family does not need to come from Kelsall – our members come from many different places, and so do their ancestors! Recent activities have included: writing a book about the men of Kelsall who served in the First World War; demonstrations by members on various aspects of research. The group members are very friendly and sociable and enjoy helping others and learning something new. Beginners, enthusiastic amateurs, and experts all welcome. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every month (except December), 7.30 – 9.30pm at the Kelsall Methodist Church, off Chapel Green, Kelsall CW6 0QS. Parking is available at the rear of the building. Attendance is £2 per person, per meeting to cover costs. Please contact Linda on 01829-752899. An up to date programme of meetings can be found on our Facebook page.
Kelsall Flower Club is now in its 30th year with a membership this year of some 57 members. We are affiliated to NAFAS and to the Cheshire Area. We have top class demonstrations by both area and National demonstrators with the designs being raffled each month. We have a club competition four times a year which members enter, the winner being awarded a Cut Glass vase to keep for one year and a voucher. We have the opportunity to go to Area and National demonstrations and various social and educational events. We also have workshops and outings, and enjoy the company of our fellow members and friends. Do come and join us at Kelsall and experience the pleasure of fun and friendship through flowers. Click here for examples of our flower arrangements.
The Kelsall and District Gardening Club welcomes everyone who is interested in plants and gardens. We aim to extend our knowledge and experience of horticulture with talks, visits and exchanges of information. Club members benefit from a 10% discount at Morrey's Forest Nursery and at Okells' Garden Centre (Duddon).
As Gertrude Jekyll said "...love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies but grows and grows to an enduring and ever increasing source of happiness". And according to Monty Don "Find an aspect of gardening that makes you happy - independent of what it looks like - and you will be hooked for life. And that is a promise".
For further information please contact Lesley Rimington (01829-759015) or David Shakspeare (01829-751637).
Good Companions Club
Kelsall Baby and Toddler Group
We would like to welcome you to our weekly Wednesday morning meetings held at the Kelsall Community Centre between 10.00am and 11:30am. There is plenty to do for all, from bike & tractor rides to dolls and crafts for the older ones and mobiles, playmats and rattles for the babies. No baby is too small.
It is a group run by volunteers for local Mums, Dads and other carers, and gives the children the perfect opportunity to meet their future school friends. Drinks and snacks are provided for the little ones with a nice cuppa for the adults, for which there is a charge of £2 per family. Regular events are held, with Christmas and Summer parties for the children and occasional well-earned nights out for their parents. Just pop into the Community Centre and join the fun!!
In the 100th Anniversary year of Girlguiding UK, Kelsall Brownies are still very much alive and active. There are currently 28 girls in the pack (24 being the optimum number) and the waiting lists for the next few years are filling up rapidly! This year is particularly exciting as we are working on all kinds of activities that lead towards special badges that are only available in the Centenary year. In September 2009 we took over the PGL centre at Boreatton Park in Shropshire along with hundreds of other Brownies to celebrate the start of the year, and had a weekend packed with all kinds of activities in perfect weather. We plan to close the year in the same way, but this time with a mixed group of Brownies, Guides and Senior Section.
During the year we choose badges to achieve as a Pack, and enjoy interesting craft evenings, sometimes with visiting experts. We spend time out of doors, in Delamere Forest, on adventure trails, on Kelsall Green with our parachute and other games, and we have Pack Holiday over a weekend each year. We always provide a 'small cakes' stall at Clatterbridge Gala and sing carols at Sable Cottage each Christmas, and try to raise funds for a particular charity every year - last year we raised over £800 for Camfed, an organisation which helps to provide education for girls in Africa. At the moment we are working on the Road Safety Badge and really enjoyed the recent visit by the Community Safety Wardens (see photo gallery).
We currently have a Brown Owl, Tawny Owl and Snowy Owl as leaders, with a parent rota to give us the necessary adult/child ratio, as well as a young leader. If you would like to get involved in any way, as a leader, or as a visiting expert or enthusiast, please do get in touch with us, also to add your daughter's name to the waiting list.
Contact: Margaret Corlett, Brown Owl (01829-752931)
Kelsall Ladies Thursday Group
Thursday Group has just celebrated their 40th year with a membership of 45 and a wide age
We meet fortnightly from September through to April, usually some 14 meetings including a Christmas Party meal and an annual Carol Service. Over the years we have had a very wide and varied selection of speakers and demonstrators on all subjects ranging from Adam Partridge (of TV's Flog It fame) through to medelling hats, cookery demonstrations, dancing techniques, learning about baby owls (and snakes) and all kinds of crafts. We welcome all ladies to our meetings which take place in the Methodist Church Schoolroom at 7:45pm. For further information please contact Mary Hall (president) on 01829-751136 or Sheila Railton on 01829-751817.
At the beginning of June 2011, Kelsall Day Centre, which has been successfully caring for up to 12 older people from Kelsall and surrounding villages for more than 20 years, began its new life as Kelsall OPAL Club.
In essence there has been little change. The same members attend, some of whom have been coming for many years, and our loyal volunteers have been joined by some new recruits. We have a new Day Care Organiser, Anne Greenshields, replacing Zoe who is on maternity leave. On Monday 8th August we had an open afternoon and were pleased to welcome many friends who had supported us in our fight against closure, including Councillor John Leather who announced the launch of our new venture. We are grateful to Kelsall Parish Council for their help and support.
OPAL happens every Monday in the Methodist Church Hall. Mornings are spent chatting over tea or coffee, followed by a session of light exercises sitting down. Members always have a cooked mid-day meal prepared by volunteer cooks and afternoon activities can include games and quizzes, art/craft, massage or music. In July, thanks to the generosity of KADRAS, we enjoyed a lunch at Carriages in Tattenhall, and in September we took a barge trip on the canal with a picnic lunch. We have obtained grant aid to enable us to start some adult learning sessions for both members and volunteers, initially in basic IT and 'singing for fun'. So there is plenty to look forward to.
The Kelsall OPAL Club is now run by a Local Management Committee, under the auspices of a charity, Rural Community Services (West Cheshire), which also runs OPAL Clubs in Tarporley, Tattenhall, Malpas and Helsby. We would be delighted to have more volunteers on the team - we are especially appealing for a cook to do one Monday per month.
Royal British Legion, Kelsall Branch
Kelsall has an active branch of the Royal British Legion. For membership details or how to make a donation to this very worthwhile charity visit www.britishlegion.org.uk, or telephone Don Barden, the branch secretary, on 01829-751055. More information can be found here.
"Kelsall War Memorial"©
by Gordon Wilkinson
Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Kelsall Branch
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a charity which exists to save life at
sea. It provides, on call, the 24-hour service necessary to cover search and rescue
requirements to 50 miles out from the coast of the United Kingdom and the Republic of
Ireland. There are over 220 lifeboat stations. In its 176 years the organisation has
had an outstanding record of rescues performed by volunteer crews who put to sea in
extreme conditions to help those in danger or distress. Funding for lifeboats, lifeboat
stations, protective equipment and a host of other essentials is provided entirely by
voluntary contributions. A considerable proportion of the funds needed is raised by the
efforts of almost 1,500 local RNLI fundraising Branches like ours in Kelsall. The
voluntary committees of these Branches organise a wide range of fundraising events
including flag days, coffee mornings, barbecues, theme evenings, fashion shows, garden
parties, sponsored walks and so on - the list is almost endless.
New members are always welcome to take part in organising and running our local events. If you feel you might like to help with this enjoyable and very satisfying voluntary work please contact Edward Baskerville, the branch chairman, on 01829-751967.
To find out more about the RNLI, its lifeboats and its life-saving work please visit www.rnli.org.uk.
Click here to see the Annual Report for 2012.
Scottish Dancing tuition and social dancing takes place for two hours on a
Wednesday evening from 8pm in the Community Centre, from September to May, under the excellent
local tutelage of Sue Duckett of Kelsall. There is no age limit so long as you are willing to
have a good time and have abundant enthusiasm. You don't have to bring a partner. There is no
strict dress code, but light shoes are a distinct advantage. The object is to enjoy yourself,
to keep fit and keep healthy, and to share in the invigorating rhythms of the music.
So if you feel you want to know more, please contact David Beattie (01829-751032) or Margaret Dixon (01829-740665) for more information, or come along on for a taster.
Society of Bookbinders, North Wales and North West Region
The Society generally meets one Saturday each month from 10:30am to 4:30pm in Kelsall Community Centre for workshops, demonstrations, talks etc. It also arranges visits to private presses and close-up sessions in libraries such as John Rylands, Manchester or the Hornby, Liverpool.
and on the internal notice board in the Community Centre.
Tarporley & District U3A
Meets monthly in Tarporley Community Centre to hear a range of interesting speakers and socialise. T&DU3A also runs a number of interest groups who meet to pursue a range of interests such as Art Appreciation, Books, Languages, Digital Photography, Computing, Local History, Walking, Bridge, Crafts and Singing. There are monthly trips out to local stately homes, theatres and gardens, and occasional longer visits – recently to Paris, Italy in planning. U3A is open to anyone who is partly or fully retired. For more see our website.
Vale Royal Singers
The Vale Royal Singers are a well-established chamber choir. We are a group of around 20 mixed voices who give performances in a wide range of musical styles, including large-scale works with orchestra and smaller pieces by modern composers as well as arrangements of popular music, and we are one of the leading chamber choirs in the area. We perform both for charity events and for private occasions, including weddings. A number of our members, including our conductor, live in Kelsall, and we rehearse weekly in the Kelsall Methodist Church Hall.
If you would like further details of our concert programme please visit our website.
The Kelsall WI is affiliated to the Cheshire Federation of Women's Institutes and the National Federation of Women's Institutes, and provides a varied programme of activities for women in Kelsall and surrounding areas. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall on Chapel Green.
We currently have around 70 members and visitors and new members are always warmly welcomed. Our activities include a weekly walking group, bridge sessions and day trips throughout the year plus regular theatre trips and craft workshops. One highlight is an annual trip to the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.
If you would like to know more about Kelsall WI, are interested in becoming a member or if you would just like to come along to a meeting to see what we do and who we are, please do get in touch. Contact Anne (01829-752090) or Heather (01829-752558).