Author: The Guide Cheshire

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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A new training programme is currently being rolled out to 15 of Warrington’s high schools and colleges to tackle sexual violence and in particular violence against women and girls. Delivered and funded as part of the Safer Streets Warrington initiative, the programme will cover sexual misconduct, consent, and bystander awareness to young people in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 and will be delivered as part of the RSE curriculum. The overall aim of the programme is to equip teachers within schools and colleges to help enable pupils to recognise and respond appropriately and safely to unwanted behaviours. John Dwyer,…

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An esteemed choir from Chester is preparing to perform a special concert that was delayed due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. The Chester Festival Chorus’ “Music All Around Me” concert will feature performances of light classical pieces by Edward Elgar, Thomas Tallis, and Charles Villiers Stanford a cappella. The concert will donate 50% of the proceeds to Chester Aid For The Homeless. The concert will be led by the choir’s popular conductor Ellie Slorach, who is based in Manchester. A graduate of The Royal Northern College of Music, Ellie is the assistant conductor for the Orchester Philharmonique de Liege and the…

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Chester Cycle Tours is running a series of FREE events in February and March to get adults back on their bikes and pedalling around the city. The event, which is totally free, is sponsored by Cycling UK, the aim of which is to give people who are new to cycling or haven’t cycled in a while the confidence to ride on Chester’s roads. Two courses are being offered by Chester Cycle Tours, a first course that takes place on quieter streets, and a second course that aims to get locals cycling safely into the city centre. Interested participants may sign…

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A new authentic artisan bakery is set to launch in the village of Bradwall, just a short distance from Sandbach, creating jobs and breathing new life into the Village Hall. Bradwall Bakehouse will produce incredible artisan bread for the local community and plans to use locally-sourced ingredients that support the rural community it serves. The new bakery, located at Bradwall Village Hall, is currently undergoing refurbishment with the aim to open for business in late spring 2022. It’s hoped that bakehouses will create jobs in the area as well as become a hive for artisan bakers in the region seeking…

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