There’s plenty going on over the coming days around St Helens. Find out more here.
West Street Independent Methodist Church
On Saturday, July 2 the church is holding its annual Walk of Witness at 2pm, followed by a Field Day at 3pm. Parr Band will lead the Walk, and will also play in the grounds during the Field Day. There will be a barbecue and lots of stalls including cakes and bring and buy, lots of prizes to be won too. All welcome.
The Co-operative free family fun day
Sutton Leisure Centre is to host a free family fun day for neighbours The Co-operative – who run the giant logistics hub in Elton Head Road – on Saturday, July 9 from 11am to 3pm.
Hundreds of employees and their families will be among those attending the event – but organisers want to see as many members of the local community as possible there too.
Attractions include children’s rides, climbing wall, bouncy castles, hog roast, sweet stalls, children’s entertainers and a safety awareness demonstration.
A key theme on the day however will be community safety and awareness, with the company stressing its commitment to creating a safe operating environment – both within its own site and throughout the wider community.
Wincanton Driver Training and Development Manager Jimmy Riley said: “We do all we can to help our customer - the Co-operative - support their customers by delivering the highest standards in safety. Our priority is to safeguard the wellbeing of our people, our customers and the wider public through ongoing health and safety education at every level of the business.”
To ensure the day is a success, organisers are also keen to hear from anyone interested in running a stall at the event – whether it’s a local organisation, charity or business.
Anyone interested in taking part – or who wants to know more – should contact Jimmy Riley on 01744 833 122 or email Jimmy.Riley@co-operative.coop or Gill Cooke on 01744 833 000 or Gill.firstname.lastname@example.org
St James Methodist Church
A Summer Fayre is being held at the church on Warrington Road, Rainhill on Saturday, July 2 from 11am to 1.30pm.. Admission is 50p, children go free. There will be various stalls, games and café for everyone’s enjoyment and everyone is most welcome.
Cindy’s Nightclub Reunion Night
It’s the first anniversary of the Cindys Nightclub Reunion Nights. What promises to be a great night out will be held at Larkins restaurant, the original Cindys nightclub building on Saturday, July 23 from 8pm to 2am.
Disco, Funk and Soul with a vintage sound and nightclub style light show. Tickets are £7 each call Steve 07886 384429 for more details.
Sherdley Primary School, Mill Lane, Stutton, are holding their Summer Fayre on this coming Saturday June 25 from 11am to 3pm. There will be lots of fun games for chidlren to enjoy, a variety of stalls and refreshments. All welcome.
Panic Room make a welcome return to the Citadel on Saturday, June 25 with a stunning live show, packed full of hit songs from their 5 Award-Winning albums.
Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances the Limehouse Lizzy event due to be shown July 9 has been cancelled.
St Helens Theatre Royal
Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip down memory lane as RTDA get ready for ‘bad boy’ Danny and ‘the girl next door’ Sandy to fall in love all over again. It’s the original High-School musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including We Go Together, Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’ and many more. Tickets prices for the show which will be on from August 25 to 27 start at £10.
Eldonian Village Canal Festival
Thousands turned out to join in the fun at the Eldonian Village Canal Festival in Liverpool over the weekend of June 11 and 12 to celebrate the bi-centenary of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
With over 80 boats stretching down the canal, past Stanley Locks, they made an amazing picture with their bright work shining and bunting fluttering in the breeze.
Children were able to “get afloat” on the free canoes provided by the Canal & River Trust whilst families queued to have a ride down the moorings on the free trip boat, funded by IWA Chester & Merseyside branch.
Live music played throughout the afternoon and the performances of contemporary dance and Old Time Music Hall routines by Trinity Primary School on the Saturday drew a huge crowd. Another local dance club, Vogue Academy, who performed on the Sunday, were applauded for their incredibly energetic street style dance routines.
Visitors also made full use of the catering stands and other stalls around the site whilst the face painter was overwhelmed on Saturday and brought two more staff with her on the Sunday.
IWA’s own Wild over Waterways (WOW) activities were extremely popular and the presence of Shreck, the boat horse, who brought his owner Debbie Hughes along with him to the Festival, made him one of the stars of the show.
The Festival was nominated IWA’s National Campaign Festival 2016 with the aims of increasing the numbers of boats coming down to Liverpool and also encouraging investment into improving this last stretch of waterway before boaters arrive in the Liverpool dock area. These aims are already on the way to being achieved.
Another aim was to create a festival that the community were truly engaged with and the local response exceeded all expectations. Before the festival IWA volunteers worked with the local schools on the history of canals and provided resources whilst IWA’s WOW Co-ordinator and John Ellis, Canal & River Trust’s National Fisheries & Angling manager also co-funded angling taster sessions for the local children with Peter Henery, the Junior Development Officer with the Prince Albert Angling Society.
A large crowd heard the opening speeches by Tony McGann, OBE, MBE, Chairman of the Eldonian Housing Association, Les Etheridge, Chairman of the Inland Waterways Association, Richard Parry, Chief Executive of the Canal & River Trust
whilst the Festival was opened by the Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, Anne O’Byrne.
Local Liverpool Councillor Joe Hanson has since said: “Well done to everyone for the massive success that the Canal Festival turned out to be last weekend. The IWA teams delivered everything they had promised and then some, so a massive thank you to them.”
Two “Get Afloat” raffle prizes were kindly provided by ABC Boat Hire and Midway Boats. Both of these were won by local residents who were absolutely thrilled with their good fortune.
The Festival was organised by volunteers from the Chester & Merseyside Branch of the Inland Waterways Association, supported by the Eldonian Housing Association, Liverpool Culture and the Canal & River Trust.
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