Author: The Guide Cheshire

After the hugely successful Boodles May Festival, Chester Racecourse is about to hold its popular family-friendly race day – “Roman Day” – on May 28 at the world’s oldest racecourse. Chester Racecourse’s ICM Stellar Sports Roman Day aims to celebrate racing, families and the city’s history through a parade and an outdoor event, which features Roman-themed activities. The racecourse will offer free admission for children with an adult ticket holder on ICM Stellar Sports Roman Day, and to complement the racing entertainment, the racecourse will offer a number of activities that will keep young racegoers entertained. The racecourse grounds are…

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The owners of a popular Chester Market bottleshop and taproom have celebrated the opening of their new venue in Chester city centre. That Beer Place’s new high street venue has finally opened its doors after many months of anticipation. Having been successful in Chester Market, That Beer Place has acquired the two-story building on Foregate Street, which was formerly Berketex Brides and had been vacant for over three years before being acquired for a bottle shop and taproom. That Beer Place was opened back in 2018 by owners Lisa and Dale when Chester Market was all but lost, but with…

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Local theatre company Time & Again – who recently lost their entire collection of costumes, props, sets and equipment in the Armadillo self-storage unit fire at Stanley Green – are rising triumphantly from the ashes and performing two exciting Shakespearean productions at The Carrs Park in Wilmslow this June. The company specialise in stylish historical productions and will be reprising last year’s 1980s spin on A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with some new twists and treats!) alongside a brand new Much Ado About Nothing with a 1950s seaside setting. Featuring a cast of young local talent, both plays feature striking miners,…

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Bear Inns, operator of The Swan at Tarporley and The Lion at Malpas, has recently made a substantial donation to two local Cheshire causes, supporting both with much-needed financial support. The £1000 donation went to two different causes, with £750 going to Middlewich & District Foodbank and another £250 going to First Goostrey Scouts. The Middlewich & District Foodbank does vital work in the Cheshire East region by providing families in crisis with emergency food parcels. It works with referral agencies in the area, such as schools, GPs, and local councils to ensure that no one in need goes hungry. The First Goostrey…

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Students of the Chester theatre school, North-west End Acting School, have set themselves up for success on the professional stage. Ruby Nightingale, Kieran Foster and Molly Madigan, all students at the North West End Acting School in Chester’s Garden Quarter, are taking their first steps to a professional career in the theatre. Molly, 22, has landed the trainee actor role at Storyhouse’s Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre in Chester this summer.  The actor, singer and songwriter will begin rehearsals with the professional cast later this month and has already secured roles in Romeo & Juliet and Little Women. Her NWEAS…

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The office of High Sheriff of Cheshire, which dates back to Saxon times, was formally conferred on Jeannie France-Hayhurst on Sunday, April 10, by the Rev Tim Hayward, the pastor at St Boniface Church in the village. Jeannie practised Family Law in the North West and North Wales and since her retirement has focused on community organisations and promoting art, literature and music in Cheshire. She serves on the University of Chester’s governing council and is a trustee of the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital charity. Cheshire Community Foundation, which supports a wide range of charities across the county, is Jeannie’s…

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The next exciting stage of the redevelopment of Winsford town centre can now begin after planning permission was approved to transform a key part of the centre, following the development of the new Aldi last year. The Council has planning permission to demolish Queen’s Parade and Fountains Court and replace them with modern retail shops and restaurants, a drive-to/through coffee shop, new car parking and the relocation of war memorials to a new public square. The project is scheduled to start this summer, and the overall development will have a distinct parkland character by extending Winsford’s green spaces, its award-winning…

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A new wellness festival focused on wellness for the wellness industry looking at people, the planet, health and sustainable economics will launch at a tranquil countryside spa in Cheshire this summer. Organizers of SpaFest, an annual wellness festival for the spa and wellness industry, have announced the launch of ‘SpaFest Gives Back’ at The Carden Park Estate. Focusing on the planet, health and sustainable economics, SpaFest was founded by Amanda Winwood and Made for Life Organics in 2017, with support and partnership from Sarah Camilleri, Founder of European Spa magazine as media sponsor. The premise of SpaFest is to raise…

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Chester’s premier choir is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a new president well known for his work with community groups and choirs around the city. Chester Male Voice Choir founded 80 years ago as The Cestrian Male Voice Choir, recently announced that Matt Baker BEM will serve as its new president, succeeding Her Grace The Duchess of Westminster in that position. Matt is known for his work with local community groups and choirs in Chester, as well as his compositions for several Chester Mystery Play cycles, and the Chester City Passion. In his position as artistic director of Theatre in…

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A new training program is being developed at the University of Chester that will train 60 members of university staff to provide support to people who disclose sexual violence across its campus. As part of the model, University staff are trained as First Responders in case of disclosures of sexual misconduct, as well as Sexual Violence Liaison Officers to provide ongoing support to students or staff who have experienced sexual misconduct. A successful bid by John Dwyer, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, resulted in funding for the training from Cheshire’s Reflect and Respect campaign. Staff members receive training…

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