Author: Claire Namukolo

Editor, writer, reporter, and city guide based in Cheshire.

A company of more than 300 players, makers, and stitchers met for the first time yesterday (Sunday, January 29) to begin preparations to put on the 2023 cycle of the Chester Mystery Plays. An all-community cast and crew present this show once every five years, the 2023 company hails an ensemble of actors, singers, musicians, dancers, set, prop, and costume makers, as well as a team working in front of the house, drawn from Cheshire, Merseyside, North Wales, Wirral, Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, and Milton Keynes. The mystery plays originate in medieval Chester telling Bible stories as if they took place in…

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Cheshire East Council is requiring residents in Cheshire East to show ID in order to vote in local elections this year. Residents are concerned about a possible reduction in voter turnout because of the requirement to present a photo ID at polls. For the first time, residents in Cheshire East will need to show photographic ID to vote at this year’s local elections. There are a few types of ID accepted, such as a UK, EEA, or Commonwealth passport; a UK, EEA, or Commonwealth driver’s licence; or a concessionary travel pass, such as an older person’s bus pass or an…

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To raise much-needed funds for children’s hospitals in war-ravaged Ukraine, a highly respected Ukrainian pianist and composer and a former Bond girl will bring the cultural spirit of Ukraine to Chester in November. Musician Alla Sirenko and actress Maryam d’Abo (Kara Milovy in The Living Daylights) present The Spirit of Ukraine at Storyhouse on Friday, November 25 at 7 pm, hosted by author and former BBC newsreader Diana Mather. Ukrainian Cultural Association in the UK has put together a program of popular classical operatic arias and duets, Ukrainian folk songs, original music by Alla Sirenko, poetry, and a visual display…

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Chester’s Pastry Pedaleur, the artisan baker of French-inspired gourmet pastries and desserts, has been selected from hundreds of entries to feature in Channel 4’s new six-part series ‘Aldi’s next big thing.  The new TV series sees the supermarket uncover and stock new products from some of the best small food and drink businesses in the UK. The programme will air live on Channel 4 and be available via the All 4 video streaming service from 20th October to 24th November. Episode two will feature Chester’s Pastry Pedaleur competing with other bakers for a contract on 27th October at 8 PM. This…

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The High Sheriff of Cheshire is calling on businesses and individuals across the county to enter the region’s premier awards for enterprise. Jeannie France-Hayhurst has launched the High Sheriff of Cheshire Awards for Enterprise 2022/2023, now in their 16th year, in partnership with the University of Chester to celebrate innovation, initiative and impact across Cheshire, Halton and Warrington. The winners of these prestigious awards will be celebrated at a ceremony in March 2023 at Churchill House, the home of the University of Chester Business School. Jeannie said: “I recognise that the past two years have been particularly challenging for businesses…

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Three Wrens Distillery, based at Combermere, Cheshire, is proudly announcing it will be working with Hammonds of Knutsford, the county’s largest wine and spirits wholesaler and one that supplies a variety of trade customers across the UK. Hammonds is now stocking Three Wrens’ full range of gins and other spirits, and the two companies will be working closely together as Three Wrens continue its ambitious plans for expansion. Hammonds customers can begin ordering the full Three Wrens range from Monday 22nd August. Hammonds of Knutsford is an independent, family-run business that was founded in 1960 by Tony Hammond. Beginning in Wilmslow, the…

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The Spa at Carden – Cheshire’s Country Estate has won the prestigious Marketing and Social Media Award, in addition to recent awards winning Large Spa of the Year 2022 at the BABTAC awards, Experience of the Year at the 2022 Marketing Cheshire Awards, and highly commended Hotel of the Year at the 2022 Marketing Cheshire Awards. Amidst the beautiful Cheshire countryside on 1,000 acres of estate, Cheshire’s Country Estate, Carden Park Hotel, was recognized as one of the best businesses and individuals in the beauty and spa industry at the black-tie event held at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, on…

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A first look inside The Lion at Malpas’s newly renovated holiday cottage was released. Though the local pub already offers several popular rooms for staycations, the converted building will sleep up to six adults and three children in a quintessentially British setting. Due to extensive interest, the cottage is already well booked up. However, booking is available for 2023 onwards, with the possibility of some vacancies at the end of this year. Updates will be released on The Lion’s social media pages. Prior to a major renovation, the cottage served as a breakfast room for residents. However, due to the popularity…

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Tatton Park’s Foodies Festival (dubbed “Gastro-Glasto”) is attracting a lot of attention as it celebrates its return with an all-star guest lineup of celebrity chefs and chart-topping music stars. The Foodies Festival is the biggest touring gourmet food festival in the UK, featuring MasterChef champions, Great British Bake-Off stars and The Great British Menu, Michelin-starred chefs and platinum-selling musicians.  Award-winning chefs taking part this summer, include MasterChef: The Professionals 2021 champion Daniel Lee, MasterChef 2021 champion, Tom Rhodes and finalist David Rickett. Warrington-born MasterChef star, Liam Rogers, will make a welcome return to the region to showcase his finest dishes and from the Great British Menu, Stuart…

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