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What's On in Chester, Flintshire and Cheshire from October 16 onwards

Events, Music & Gigs, Shows & Theatres and Exhibitions in the area

Sheila Hancock

EVENTS

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16

CHESTER: Chester Antiques Show in the County Grandstand at Chester Racecourse from 10.30am-5.30pm featuring more than 40 dealers from across the UK. Call 01886 833091 or visit www.penman-fairs.co.uk.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents David Gaffney holding a Flash Fiction Workshop on short story writing at 5pm at Chester Library. Tickets £5. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: The Pied Bull in Northgate Street will be hosting its 11th beer festival. There will be 17 ales on the bar produced by Hawkshead, Waen and the Pied Bull’s own microbrewery. Start time is 7pm.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Sheila Hancock discussing her new book Miss Carter’s War with Laurie Taylor at 7.30pm at the Town Hall. Tickets £12.50. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: Chester Poets celebrate the launch of their 40th anthology 'Life Begins,' at The Commercial in St Peter's Courtyard at 8pm, admission free. The poets will read from the anthology and poet Edwin Stockdale will read from his first publication 'Aventurine.' 

MOLD: Screening of classic 1931 German thriller M (PG) starring Peter Lorre and directed by Fritz Lang in the Film Theatre at Clwyd Theatr Cymru at 8pm. Tickets £6, concessions £5.50. Call 0845 330 3565 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17

BICKERTON: Bickerton Film Nights at Bickerton Village Hall present Sunshine on Leith (PG). Doors 7pm, show 7.30pm. Members £4, adults £6, child £4. Traditional ice cream and refreshments interval. All profits to Bickerton Village Hall.

CHESTER: Chester Antiques Show in the County Grandstand at Chester Racecourse from 10.30am-5.30pm featuring more than 40 dealers from across the UK. Call 01886 833091 or visit www.penman-fairs.co.uk.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Michelle Magorian with Laurie Taylor discussing her latest novel Impossible! at 5.30pm at the Town Hall. Tickets £12.50. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: The Pied Bull in Northgate Street will be hosting its 11th beer festival. There will be 17 ales on the bar produced by Hawkshead, Waen and the Pied Bull’s own microbrewery. Start time is 7pm.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Geoffrey Boycott with David Frith discussing Boycott’s new book The Corridor of Uncertainty at 7.30pm at the Town Hall. Tickets £12.50. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

FARNDON: The Friends of Clutton School are holding a prize autumn bingo in Farndon Sports and Social Club. Doors open 7pm for eyes down at 8pm. Great prizes, large raffle, hamper raffle and licensed bar. All proceeds go to Clutton Primary School.

KELSALL: An evening of chocolate indulgence at Kelsall Community Centre and hosted by Thorntons, Cheshire Oaks. Be among the first to sample Thorntons new stock of chocolate, enjoy demonstrations, blind tastings, a quiz, goody bags for all and chance to stock up on Christmas treats for your loved ones at discount prices. Tickets £10.

MOLD: Screening of the American drama A Most Wanted Man (15) starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Film Theatre at Clwyd Theatr Cymru at 8pm. Tickets £6, concessions £5.50. Call 0845 330 3565 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18

CHESTER: Chester Antiques Show in the County Grandstand at Chester Racecourse from 10.30am-5.30pm featuring more than 40 dealers from across the UK. Call 01886 833091 or visit www.penman-fairs.co.uk.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents a bookbinding workshop with Barry Brignell at 2pm at the Town Hall. Tickets £20. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Guardian columnist Tim Dowling discussing his new Book How To Be A Husband at 2pm at the Town Hall. Tickets £12.50. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Kate Mosse discussing her new novel The Taxidermist’s Daughter at 4.30pm at the Town Hall. Tickets £12.50. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: The Pied Bull in Northgate Street will be hosting its 11th beer festival. There will be 17 ales on the bar produced by Hawkshead, Waen and the Pied Bull’s own microbrewery. Start time is 7pm.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Francesca Martinez discusses her new book What The **** Is Normal? at 7.30pm at the Town Hall. Tickets £12.50. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

ELLESMERE PORT: Jumble sale at Chester Road United Reformed Church, Whitby, from 2pm. For more information on worship and social activities at Chester Road United Reformed Church, please contact 0773 652 3863.

MOLD: Screening of the American drama A Most Wanted Man (15) starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Film Theatre at Clwyd Theatr Cymru at 11am. Tickets £6, concessions £5.50. Call 0845 330 3565 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

MOLD: Met Opera presents Le Nozze Di Figaro by Mozart, in the Film Theatre at Clwyd Theatr Cymru at 5.55pm. Tickets £15, concessions £13. Call 0845 330 3565 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

SANDIWAY: Scarecrow Trail starts at Blakemere Village in Chester Road. A trail for children to follow with a farmyard theme. Tickets £1 per trail. Runs until November 2. Call 01606 883261 or visit www.visitblakemere.co.uk.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19

CHESTER: Chester Antiques Show in the County Grandstand at Chester Racecourse from 10.30am-5pm featuring more than 40 dealers from across the UK. Call 01886 833091 or visit www.penman-fairs.co.uk.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents James Naughtie discussing his new novel The Madness of July at 2pm at the Town Hall. Tickets £12.50. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: Geordie Shore TV star Holly Hagan will be meeting fans and signing copies of her new book Not Quite A Geordie at WH Smith in Foregate Street at 3pm.

CHESTER: The Pied Bull in Northgate Street will be hosting its 11th beer festival. There will be 17 ales on the bar produced by Hawkshead, Waen and the Pied Bull’s own microbrewery. Start time is 7pm.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Kwasi Kwarteng discussing his new book War and Gold at 7.30pm at the Town Hall. Tickets £12.50. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 20

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Christie Watson discussing her new novel Where Women Are Kings at 5.30pm at the Town Hall. Tickets £12.50. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: Aglow International meeting with talk by Ros Powell at Cheshire County Sports Club in Plas Newton Lane, 7.15 for 7.45pm. Admission £2 including refreshments. Call 01829 271111.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Nathan Filer discussing his new book The Shock of the Fall at 7.30pm at the Town Hall. Tickets £12.50. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: Screening of the film Northern Soul by Elaine Constantine, at Alexander’s, Rufus Court, at 8pm. The film tells the tale of two Northern boys whose worlds are changed forever when they discover black American soul music. Admission £8. Call 01244 340005 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.

MOLD: Screening of the American drama A Most Wanted Man (15) starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Film Theatre at Clwyd Theatr Cymru at 8pm. Tickets £6, concessions £5.50. Call 0845 330 3565 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Wendy Dossett, senior lecturer in theology and religious studies at the University of Chester, giving a talk entitled May The Force Be With You about the impact of storytelling on people recovering from addictions, at 5.30pm at the Town Hall. Admission free. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents writer and broadcaster Alex Bellos talking about his new book Alex Through The Looking Glass at 7.30pm at the Town Hall. Admission £12.50. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

MOLD: Screening of the Palestinian documentary 5 Broken Cameras (15) in the Film Theatre at Clwyd Theatr Cymru at 8pm. Tickets £6, concessions £5.50. Call 0845 330 3565 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

VICARS CROSS: Chester Photographic Society meeting with presentation on Black and White Mark 2 by Alan Angel at the United Reformed Church in Oldfield Road at 7.30pm. Admission £3. Call 01244 300166 or visit www.chesterphotographicsociety.org.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents University of Chester senior lecturer in Spanish Christopher Hull giving a lecture entitled Our Graham Green in Havana at 5.30pm at the Town Hall. Admission free. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents First World War poetry readings at the University of Chester at 7.30pm read by members of staff from the Faculty of Humanities. Admission free. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

HOOLE: The next meeting of the Hoole History and Heritage Society will be held in the Hoole Community Centre, Westminster Road, at 7.30pm.  Ralph Earlam, chairman of the society, will explore Three Parcels of Land in Hoole  - The history of Hoole Road, Lightfoot Street and Bishop Street Car Park from pre-Tithe map to the present day. Email hoolehistory@hotmail.co.uk  or call 01244 346151.

MOLD: Screening of the American drama A Most Wanted Man (15) starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Film Theatre at Clwyd Theatr Cymru at 2pm. Tickets £6, concessions £5.50. Call 0845 330 3565 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

MOLD: Cinema of Childhood screening of Willow and Wind (PG) preceded by the short film Ten Minutes Older in the Film Theatre at Clwyd Theatr Cymru at 8pm. Tickets £6, concessions £5.50. Call 0845 330 3565 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Linda Grant talking about her new novel Upstairs at the Party at 5.30pm at the Town Hall. Admission £12.50. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Mary and Bryan Talbot and Kate Charlesworth talking about their new book Sally Heathcote: Suffragette at 7.30pm at the Town Hall. Admission £12.50. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt MP talking about his new book Ten Cities That Made An Empire at 7.30pm at the Town Hall. Admission £12.50. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

HANDBRIDGE: Chester Literature Festival presents Poetry Pub Crawl with Tim Clare and Mark Grist at The Ship Inn at 7.30pm. Admission £15 including a free drink. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

MOLD: Screening of the Swedish comedy The Hundred Year Old Man (15) in the Film Theatre at Clwyd Theatr Cymru at 8pm. Tickets £6, concessions £5.50. Call 0845 330 3565 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Dominic Berry leading an LGBT poetry workshop at 4pm at the Town Hall. Admission £10. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents University of Chester senior lecturer in law Chantal Davies giving a lecture entitled Cats, Crooks and Myths About The Law at 5.30pm at the Town Hall. Admission free. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Stand-Up Poetry Night featuring Tim Clare, Molly Naylor, Mark Grist and Dominic Berry at 7.30pm at the Town Hall. Admission £15. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

TREUDDYN: Fashion show by Simmi Womenswear at Treuddyn Village Hall at 7.30pm to raise funds for the village hall and the National Urdd Eisteddfod 2016 in Flint appeal. There will also be craft and gift stalls. Tickets are £5 which will include a glass of wine or fruit juice.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Alex Preston giving a workshop on How To Research Your Novel at 1pm at the University of Chester. Admission £10. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Uni Yarns at 2pm at the University of Chester. An afternoon of memories, stories and pictures as the university celebrates its 175th anniversary. Admission free. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Suzannah Dunn talking about her new book The May Bride at 4pm at the University of Chester. Admission £12.50. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: Screen On The Lane presents a screening of The Invisible Woman starring and directed by Ralph Fiennes at Garden Lane Methodist Church. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm showing. Tickets cost £5 and can be booked in advance at www.skiddle.com or in person at Mustique, 83 Garden Lane or on the door on the night.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Tennessee Williams expert John Lahr giving a talk entitled Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh followed by a screening of the Oscar-winning film of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Marlon Brando at 7pm at the University of Chester. Admission £15. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Molly Naylor and Iain Ross present If Destroyed Still True at 7.30pm at the University of Chester. Admission £12.50. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents Not Going Gentle: A Celebration of Dylan Thomas with Glyn Maxwell, Owain Gwynn, Gwyn Vaughan Jones, Michelle McTernan and Emma Lucia, at 7.30pm at the Town Hall. Admission £12.50. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

TARPORLEY: Vintage and artisan extravaganza at the community centre from 10am-4pm. Vintage music, games and over 30 stalls selling vintage clothing and accessories, vintage homewares and handmade and artisan treasures. There will be plenty of games for children to enjoy along with some traditional fayre games including tin alley and the coconut shy. Adult entry is £1.50 and children under 14 go free.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26

CHESTER: Chester RSPB Group field trip to Flint Castle. With high tide 9.4m, watch the spectacle of wader flocks sweeping on and off the mud banks. In between, see little birds flitting through the scrub next to this historic castle. It is essential to call 01244 316590 a few days before, to check details. Car sharing encouraged. Newcomers and beginners welcome. Stout footwear, water and a packed lunch are advisable. See www.rspb.org.uk/groups/chester.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29

CHESTER: Half-term activities at Cheshire Military Museum from 10.30am-noon. Visit www.cheshiremilitarymuseum.co.uk.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1

CHESTER: Chester’s charity music group Soundwall are holding the first ever Gothic Ball at Trafford Hall for The Joshua Tree children’s cancer charity. The ball will feature 20 talented singers, dancers and musicians. Tickets cost £25 including two course dinner, entertainment and disco. Contact www.soundwall.org.uk or 07840114297.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5

CHESTER: University of Chester Faculty of Health and Social Care Historical Society First World War event from 1-4pm at the Riverside Museum. Call 01244 511619 or visit www.chester.ac/hsc/historical-society.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6

CHESTER: Workshop on How To Interpret a Military Photo at Cheshire Military Museum at 1.30-3pm. Bring a military photo to this new workshop and we will show you what you can learn from it. Please bring only one photo. Admission £4 (includes entrance to the museum). Booking required. Visit www.cheshiremilitarymuseum.co.uk.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8

FRODSHAM: Meet the Craft Maker craft fair at Frodsham Methodist Church from 10am-3pm. Stall holders selling a wide range of art and hand crafted items that would make ideal Christmas gifts, including artwork, photographs, jewellery, glass, wood, stone and textile items. Entry is free and there will be demonstrations, as well as refreshments and lots of activities for children and young people.

HANDBRIDGE: Amnesty North West conference on Amnesty’s Campaign against Torture at Queen’s Park High School. There will be personal accounts from human rights defenders, presentations from coordinators of the countries featured in the campaign, workshops on how to work more effectively for Amnesty and a street action. Anyone wishing to attend should contact email: laura.barsby@yahoo.co.uk, or telephone 07800745682. Places cost £10 each or £5 for unwaged.

HOLYWELL: Holywell and District Society meeting with talk on Curiouser and Curiouser - Tales of Flintshire Part II by David Rowe at Penbryn Chapel in Whitford Street. Visit www.holywellsociety.org.uk.

LITTLE BUDWORTH: Neil Howard Stage Rally and Fireworks at Oulton Park Circuit. This will be the only time this year that you can see cars tackling the Oulton Park circuit in reverse. It will also be the only time this year that the action continues into the darkness. Other attractions will include free face painting, a fun fair, and demonstrations from Group B rally cars. There will also be presentations at the end of the event in the Chequers Restaurant, along with bonfire party themed food and drink. Children under 13 go free, and advance tickets are on sale at £10 each for adults. Call 0843 453 9000 or visit http://www.oultonpark.co.uk

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15

HAWARDEN: World War One Remembered - a weekend of exhibition, word and song held in St Deiniol’s Church from 10am-4.30pm. Songs from the war sung by the church choir and Hawarden Village School Choir. All are welcome to join in the choruses. Admission £2.50 (children free). Refreshments available.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16

HAWARDEN: World War One Remembered - a weekend of exhibition, word and song held in St Deiniol’s Church from noon-4.30pm. Songs from the war sung by the church choir and Hawarden Village School Choir. All are welcome to join in the choruses. Admission £2.50 (children free). Refreshments available.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20

CHESTER: Autumn series of talks presents Music in the Cheshire Regiment by Major Eddie Pickering at Cheshire Military Museum at 2pm. Booking required. Visit www.cheshiremilitarymuseum.co.uk.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21

TARPORLEY: The Lakeside Barn, home to Cheshire Cooks cookery school, will be hosting an Italian Themed Wine Pairing Evening. A five course meal will be prepared by Savoy trained chef Philip Martin whilst accompanying wines will be carefully selected by Mark and Richard Winnington of Cheshire and Mersey Wine School. The evening will commence at 7pm. Tickets are priced at £100 per person. Places are limited to 16 people. Call 01829 760902 or email luxury@lakesidebarn.co.uk.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29

CHESTER: Screen On The Lane presents a screening of Saving Mr Banks starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks at Garden Lane Methodist Church. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm showing. Tickets cost £5 and can be booked in advance at www.skiddle.com or in person at Mustique, 83 Garden Lane or on the door on the night.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6

CHESTER: The Great War at Christmas at Cheshire Military Museum at from 10.30am-4pm. It’s Christmas in 1914 and Britain is at war - find out what happened 100 years ago. Hear about the Christmas Truce, what Christmas gifts a soldier would expect to get and what Christmas was like for those left at home. Activities and demonstrations throughout the day. Normal admission charges apply. Visit www.cheshiremilitarymuseum.co.uk.

UPTON: Handpicked Christmas Market at Millview School in Wealstone Lane from 11am-3pm. £20 per table for hire plus donation to raffle. Email pta@millview.cheshire.sch.uk.

MUSIC & GIGS

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16

CHESTER: Geoffrey Woollatt plays music by Karg-Elert, Stanford, Moore, Bach, Sweelinck and Hoyland in his lunchtime organ recital in Chester Cathedral at 1.10pm. Admission £5.45, concessions £4.50. Accompanied children under 16 free.

CHESTER: Cold Ocean Lies in concert at The Compass, City Road. Visit thecompasschester.com.

CHESTER: Gaybourhood presents Blush, Chester’s fresh new LGBT night at The Live Rooms, Homer House, Station Road. Featuring a special performance by international tribute artist Vicky Jackson. Visit www.theliverooms.com/www.seetickets.com.

CHESTER: Repent night at Telford’s Warehouse. Admission free. Call 01244 390090 or visit www.telfordswarehouse.com for details.

WREXHAM: Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita at the William Aston Hall, Glyndwr University. Call 01978 293293 or visit glyndwr.ticketsolve.com.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17

BUCKLEY, The Tivoli, Brunswick Road (01244 546201 - www.tivolivenue.com): Live Wire (AC/DC Tribute)

CHESTER: Oxjam Chester 2014 presents The Mighty Ukes, Jo B and the Pussycats, Backwater, Bexi Blue, Crowded Scouse at Alexander’s, Rufus Court. Admission £5. Call 01244 340005 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.

CHESTER: Oxjam Chester 2014 at The Compass, City Road. Visit thecompasschester.com.

CHESTER: Oxjam Chester 2014 at The Live Rooms, Homer House, Station Road. Visit www.theliverooms.com/www.seetickets.com.

CHESTER: Chester Literature Festival presents seven-piece band Police Dog Hogan in concert at 7.30pm at the Town Hall. Tickets £15. Visit www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: Oxjam Chester 2014 presents The Queen’s Minions, The Black Butterfly and Sparrowhawks in concert at Telford’s Warehouse. Free before 9pm, £4 thereafter. Call 01244 390090 or visit www.telfordswarehouse.com for details.

TARVIN: Abbey Gate College director of music Stewart Smith gives an organ recital in St Andrew’s Church at 7.30pm.  Retiring collection. Refreshments available.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18

CHESTER: Oxjam Chester 2014 at The Compass, City Road. Visit thecompasschester.com.

CHESTER: Chester Blues Festival featuring Steve Cropper at The Live Rooms, Homer House, Station Road. Visit www.theliverooms.com/www.seetickets.com.

CHESTER: Merry Hell in concert at Telford’s Warehouse. Free before 9pm, £4 thereafter. Call 01244 390090 or visit www.telfordswarehouse.com for details.

ELLESMERE PORT: The National Association of Choirs, Wales North and Cheshire West Group, presents A Festival of Song in The Civic Hall at 7.30pm. It features Flint Ladies’ Choir, Hadlow Green Singers, The Fireflies, Castle Singers, Dee-Sign BSL Choir and The City of Chester Male Voice Choir  Admission is £7.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19

CHESTER: Roy Potts Five and a Penny jazz band at Alexander’s, Rufus Court from 2-5pm. Admission free. Call 01244 340005 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.

CHESTER: Open Mic Session with Alx Green at Telford’s Warehouse. Free entry. Call 01244 390090 or visit www.telfordswarehouse.com for details.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 20

CHESTER: Blue Lantern presents The Howlin’ Brothers in concert at The Compass, City Road. Visit thecompasschester.com.

CHESTER: Nick Harper in concert at Telford’s Warehouse. Tickets £10. Call 01244 390090 or visit www.telfordswarehouse.com for details.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21

CHESTER: Lunchtime concert given by Rachel Hoffman (cello) and Lauren Hibberd (piano) at 12.45pm at the Wesley Church Centre, St John Street. Retiring collection. Call 01244 379275.

CHESTER: Unplugged night at Alexander’s, Rufus Court. Doors 7.30pm. Free before 8.30pm. Call 01244 340005 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.

CHESTER: Bad Breeding in concert at The Compass, City Road. Visit thecompasschester.com.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22

CHESTER: Blossoms in concert at The Compass, City Road. Visit thecompasschester.com.

CHESTER: The Hawklords in concert at The Live Rooms, Homer House, Station Road. Visit www.theliverooms.com/www.seetickets.com.

CHESTER: Chester Music Society presents Bethan Griffiths (harp) and Marcus Reynolds (piano) in concert at St Mary’s Centre at 7.30pm. Admission £5. Club season ticket holders free. Call 01244 383455 or visit www.chestermusicsociety.org.uk.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23

BUCKLEY, The Tivoli, Brunswick Road (01244 546201 - www.tivolivenue.com): Heaven 17 and Blancmange

CHESTER: Benjamin Chewter plays music by Messien, Haydn, Bach and Mozart in his lunchtime organ recital in Chester Cathedral at 1.10pm. Admission £5.45, concessions £4.50. Accompanied children under 16 free.

CHESTER: A Night at the Opera at Convivio in Grosvenor Street. The annual autumn evening of supper and sopranos, prosecco and Puccini returns with operatic performances by Impromptu Opera. Tickets are £75 per person. Call 01244 400029 for details.

CHESTER: Tony Wright of Terrorvision in concert at The Live Rooms, Homer House, Station Road. Visit www.theliverooms.com/www.seetickets.com.

CHESTER: Absolute Bowie - David Bowie Tribute in concert at Telford’s Warehouse. Tickets £12. Call 01244 390090 or visit www.telfordswarehouse.com for details.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24

CHESTER: The Freak Out Band in concert at Alexander’s, Rufus Court. Admission £10. Call 01244 340005 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.

CHESTER: Sham 69, The Members and The MLC in concert at The Live Rooms, Homer House, Station Road. Visit www.theliverooms.com/www.seetickets.com.

CHESTER: Baskery in concert at Telford’s Warehouse. Free before 9pm, £4 thereafter. Call 01244 390090 or visit www.telfordswarehouse.com for details.

NESTON: The Resurrection Choir of St Petersburg gives a concert in the parish church at 7.30pm. Admission £10.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25

CHESTER: Funkdub 10th birthday featuring The Dub Pistols in concert at The Live Rooms, Homer House, Station Road. Visit www.theliverooms.com/www.seetickets.com.

CHESTER: Lord Scotland in concert at Telford’s Warehouse. Free before 9pm, £4 thereafter. Call 01244 390090 or visit www.telfordswarehouse.com for details.

DODLESTON: The Chester and North-East Wales Organists’ and Choir Masters’ Association visits St Mary’s Church at 2.30pm to learn the history of the church and its organ and for an afternoon of music, making to which all lovers of organ music are invited. Retiring collection.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26

CHESTER: The Deportees in concert at Alexander’s, Rufus Court from 2-5pm. Admission free. Call 01244 340005 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.

CHESTER: Soil, American Head Charge and (Hed) PE in concert at The Live Rooms, Homer House, Station Road. Visit www.theliverooms.com/www.seetickets.com.

CHESTER: Open mic session with Chris Ingram at Telford’s Warehouse. Free entry. Call 01244 390090 or visit www.telfordswarehouse.com for details.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28

CHESTER: The lunchtime concert at 12.45pm in the Wesley Church Centre, St John Street features Anna Roza Mari (flute) and Russell Lomas (piano). Retiring collection.

CHESTER: Unplugged night at Alexander’s, Rufus Court. Doors 7.30pm. Free before 8.30pm. Call 01244 340005 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30

CHESTER: Roger Fisher plays music by Boëllmann and Liszt in his lunchtime organ recital in Chester Cathedral at 1.10pm. Admission £5.45, concessions £4.50. Accompanied children under 16 free.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1

CHESTER: T’Pau in concert at The Live Rooms, Homer House, Station Road. Visit www.theliverooms.com/www.seetickets.com.

TARPORLEY: Tarporley Done Room Pre-School presents Electro80s - the UK’s premier 1980s Electronica tribute band - at Tarporley British Legion. Doors 7.30pm. Bar until late. Tickets £10. The event will raise money for new toys and equipment for pre-school  children. For information call 01829 730233.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8

CHESTER: Chester Bach Singers autumn concert featuring pieces by Benjamin Britten, Eric Whitacre, Stanford, Elgar, Naylor and Bairstow at Wesley Church Centre, St John Street, at 7.30pm. Tickets £12 (children £5). Call 0845 241 7868 or visit www.chesterbachsingers.org.uk.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14

BUCKLEY: The Houghton Weavers present Keep Folk Smiling, a charity concert at Emmanuel Church in aid of church funds at 7.30pm. Tickets £15 including light refreshments and a glass of wine or soft drink. Tickets available from 01352 753883 or 07533 498673.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15

CHESTER: The Beat in concert at The Live Rooms, Homer House, Station Road. Visit www.theliverooms.com/www.seetickets.com.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18

CHESTER, The Live Rooms, Homer House, Station Road (www.theliverooms.com/www.seetickets.com): Matt Schofield and Ben Poole

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26

CHESTER: Soil, American Head Charge and (Hed) Pe in concert at The Live Rooms, Homer House, Station Road. Visit www.theliverooms.com/www.seetickets.com.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29

WREXHAM: 3 Daft Monkeys and Queen Beats Jack in concert at the William Aston Hall, Glyndwr University. Tickets £12. Call 01978 293293 or visit glyndwr.ticketsolve.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13

CHESTER: Live orchestral concert of The Snowman accompanying a screening of the classic animated film plus extracts from The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky at Chester Cathedral at 12.15pm, 2.15pm and 7pm. Performances last for one hour. Tickets £17-£8. Call 01244 500959 or visit www.chestercathedral.com.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20

CHESTER: Chester Cathedral Choir Carol Concert featuring director Philip Rushforth and organists Benjamin Chewter and Geoffrey Woollatt, at Chester Cathedral at 7.30pm. Visit www.chestercathedral.com for details or call 01244 500959.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21

ELLESMERE PORT: Chester Philharmonic Orchestra present Christmas music with Ellesmere Port Music Society at the Civic Hall. Visit www.chesterphilorchestra.co.uk or call 01829 770149.

SHOWS & THEATRES

BICKERTON: October 18 - Cheshire Rural Touring Arts presents Reel to Real at the village hall at 7.30pm. Cheshire Poet Laureate John Lindley performs from Screen Fever, his collection of poems about the magic of the cinema. Call 01829 782392 or visit www.cheshireruraltouringarts.co.uk.

CAPENHURST: October 24 - Cheshire Rural Touring Arts presents PMac Productions with Old Herbaceous at the village hall at 7.30pm. An evening of warmth, charm, humour and pathos, told by a man looking back over his life and over English rural social history. Call 0151 339 3327 or visit www.cheshireruraltouringarts.co.uk.

CHESTER: October 14-18 - Bothered and Bewildered at the Forum Studio Theatre, Hamilton Place. Comedy drama about life, love, and loss from Chester playwright Gail Young whose previous work was the hit Cheshire Cats. As the audience watch Irene and her family struggle to come to terms with her Alzheimer’s, Irene’s past passion for romantic fiction blurs with reality and she discusses with her unseen companion Barbara Cartland (Irene’s favourite and now deceased world famous romantic novelist) how best to write her ‘memory book’. This is a poignant comedy drama about what some experts describe as ‘the long goodbye’ and is staged in aid of the wellbeing of patients with dementia at both The Countess of Chester Hospital and Ellesmere Port Hospital. Call 01244 341296 or visit www.tiptopproductions.co.uk.

CHESTER: October 16 - Theatre in the Quarter (TIQ) and Cheshire Rural Touring Arts are sponsoring a performance of Hyde Festival Theatre’s  Bantams  – the moving story of the men who could have stayed out of the Great War, but chose not to, at St Mary's Centre at 7.30pm. To book tickets, call  0845 2417868  or contact Claire  0772 0032546 or  Theatreinthequarter@hotmail.co.uk .

CHESTER: October 17 - Riding Lights Theatre Company present A Different Drum at St Michael's Church in Newton at 7.30pm. Using only their creative skills, the team of professional young actors will take you back to first century Rome where you’ll meet another small team creating a performance of their own and trying to stay out of the greatest show in town - the Coliseum, where Nero wants them to share top billing with his lions. Tickets £10 from Les Ellison (01244 347736), St Michael’s Office (01244 315129) or Riding Lights ticket hotline (01904 613000).

CHESTER: October 18 - Comedy Live! featuring Simon Bligh, Danny Deegan and Harriet Dyer at Alexander’s, Rufus Court. Admission £12, members £10. Call 01244 340005 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.

CHESTER: October 23 - The Addams Family Dining Experience at Alexander’s, Rufus Court, at 7pm. Join Morticia, Gomez, Uncle Fester and Lurch, as they meet and greet the guests and invite them into their home, where nothing is as it seems. Enjoy a three course meal while four comedy actors in the land of the living entertain you. Tickets £39.50 including three course meal. Call 01244 340005 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.

CHESTER: October 25 - Comedy Live! featuring Brian Higgins, Scott Gibson and Jonny Pelham at Alexander’s, Rufus Court. Admission £12, members £10. Call 01244 340005 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.

CHESTER: October 26 - Handbags and Manbags, at Alexander’s, Rufus Court. Chester’s newest LGBT night with DJ Kat Klass. Admission £3. Call 01244 340005 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.

CHESTER: October 30 - Hallowe’en Rocky Horror Picture Show, at Alexander’s, Rufus Court. Admission £4. Doors 7pm, sing-a-long 7.50pm, film starts 8.30pm. Call 01244 340005 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.

CHESTER: November 18-22 - Return to the Forbidden Planet at Christleton High School, Village Road. On a stormy night in the winter of 2009, mad scientist Doctor Prospero worked late in his laboratory, aided only by his wife, Gloria, to develop the elusive formula with which he would change the world. The apparently faithful Gloria, however, duped him and sent him off into hyper-space in an old spacecraft. Unknown to Gloria, her infant daughter, Miranda, slumbered peacefully in the craft and was now catapulted light years into the future in her father’s company. Fifteen years later, a routine survey flight under the command of the chisel-jawed Captain Tempest leaves earth’s orbit with a new Science Officer aboard - a hard and bitter woman. As a shower of meteorites hits the ship, the science officer flees, and the craft is pulled inexorably towards the plant D’Illyria - the Forbidden Plant.  With hits such as Shake, Rattle ‘n’ Roll, Young Girl, Good Vibrations and many more, this is a comedy drama musical with something for everyone.

CHESTER: November 28 - Silent Night at the Vanbrugh Theatre, King’s School, Wrexham Road. It is the evening of December 24, 1914, on the Western Front. Along the miles of trenches, wet and freezing men face each other in a stalemate. Then voices are heard over the temporarily silent gunfire. Voices from both sides of no man’s land begin to talk, sing and break the silent night. First produced in 2008, this reworking by Theatre in the Quarter will include new material, original music by composer Matt Baker and authentic songs of the period. The performance also includes a community chorus of local voices. Call 01244 689527 or visit www.cheshireruraltouringarts.co.uk.

CREWE: October 21 - That’ll Be The Day rock ‘n’ roll show at the Lyceum Theatre in Heath Street at 7.30pm on Sunday. Tickets £24-£18.50. Call 01270 368242 or visit www.crewelyceum.co.uk.

ELLESMERE PORT: October 17 - Ben - A Tribute to Michael Jackson with special guest Aaron Bladen performing a Michael Buble tribute act at Whitby Sports and Social Club. Door open 7.30pm. Tickets: £12.50 (£15 on the door). Call 0151 200 7050 for details.

KELSALL: November 29 - Silent Night at Kelsall Community Centre. It is the evening of December 24, 1914, on the Western Front. Along the miles of trenches, wet and freezing men face each other in a stalemate. Then voices are heard over the temporarily silent gunfire. Voices from both sides of no man’s land begin to talk, sing and break the silent night. First produced in 2008, this reworking by Theatre in the Quarter will include new material, original music by composer Matt Baker and authentic songs of the period. The performance also includes a community chorus of local voices. Call 01829 752833 or visit www.cheshireruraltouringarts.co.uk.

LITTLE BUDWORTH: October 23 - Cheshire Rural Touring Arts presents PMac Productions with Old Herbaceous at the village hall at 7.30pm. An evening of warmth, charm, humour and pathos, told by a man looking back over his life and over English rural social history. Call 01829 760422 or visit www.cheshireruraltouringarts.co.uk.

LIVERPOOL: November 5 - Comedian Ross Noble at the Philharmonic Hall in Hope Street at 8pm. Tickets £31, £25. Call 0151 709 3789 or visit www.liverpoolphil.com.

MOLD: September 25-October 18 - Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen at Emlyn Williams Theatre, Clwyd Theatr Cymru. Helen Alving has meticulously planned a fresh start – a bright future for herself and her son, but the ghosts of the past will not be banished. As each fiercely guarded secret is revealed, her fragile household cascades faster and faster towards destruction. A scandalous play described in 1882 as ‘a dirty deed done in public’, Ghosts still has the power to fascinate and unnerve today. Directed by Emma Lucia following her acclaimed productions of Copenhagen by Michael Frayn and Arms and the Man by Bernard Shaw at Clwyd Theatr Cymru. Call 0845 330 3565 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

MOLD: October 17-November 8 - Somewhere in England by Mike James at Anthony Hopkins Theatre, Clwyd Theatr Cymru. In the summer of 1941, at the height of the London Blitz, it was decided that Britain’s indispensable morale booster in the fight against Hitler should be removed to a place of safety. So the stars of the nation’s favourite radio comedy, It’s That Man Again, soon found themselves in a draughty Penrhyn Hall in Bangor, pretending they were still “somewhere in England”. As sophisticated London showbiz stars rub shoulders with the grudging, grasping and gleeful locals, love blossoms in the most unlikely places. Punctuated with songs of the period including In the Mood, Sunny Side of the Street and Love is the Sweetest Thing, Mike James’ new take on this true story is an affectionate tribute to the heyday of radio comedy, the defiant spirit of the home front and the ability of love to bring us all together. Directed by Peter Rowe following a string of hit rock ‘n roll pantos in Mold. Call 0845 330 3565 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

MOLD: October 21-22 - Grounded by George Brant in the Emlyn Williams Theatre at Clwyd Theatr Cymru at 7.45pm. She’s a hot-rod F16 fighter pilot. She’s pregnant. Her career in the sky is over. Now, she sits in an air-conditioned trailer in Las Vegas flying remote-controlled drones over the Middle East. She struggles through surreal 12-hour shifts far from the battlefield hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother by night. A gripping, compulsive new play that flies from the heights of lyricism to the shallows of workaday existence, and targets our assumptions about war, family, and what it is to be a woman. Tickets £12.50, concessions £10.50. Call 0845 330 3565 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

MOLLINGTON: November 30 - Silent Night at Mollington Village Hall. It is the evening of December 24, 1914, on the Western Front. Along the miles of trenches, wet and freezing men face each other in a stalemate. Then voices are heard over the temporarily silent gunfire. Voices from both sides of no man’s land begin to talk, sing and break the silent night. First produced in 2008, this reworking by Theatre in the Quarter will include new material, original music by composer Matt Baker and authentic songs of the period. The performance also includes a community chorus of local voices. Call 01244 851045 or visit www.cheshireruraltouringarts.co.uk.

EXHIBITIONS

CHESTER: October 25-November 2 - The Grosvenor Art Society presents its autumn exhibition at Upton by Chester Golf Club. Over 300 original artworks will be on show in a wide variety of styles and media by both amateur and professional artists, all for sale.

CHESTER: September 26-October 24 - MA Fine Art Show 2014 at Contemporary Art Space Chester, University of Chester, Faculty of Arts and Media in Kingsway. Call 01244 515870 or visit www.chester.ac.uk/casc.

CHESTER: May 24-autumn - Buildings, Battles and Bodies: A History of Heronbridge - discovered in 1929, the site has revealed some amazing secrets. Visitors can begin by exploring the Roman origins of Heronbridge, where a settlement was established on the edge of the River Dee close to the fortress at Chester. Then jump forward to the 7th century and the Battle of Chester to investigate Heronbridge’s fortified enclosure and mass grave. The display can be seen in Exhibition Gallery One at Grosvenor Museum.

CHESTER: Until 2015 - Motherhood - this small exhibition explores the role of motherhood between 1860 and 1960 with interpretation extending into the surrounding period rooms. Recognising that the role is not always fulfilled by the biological mother, the exhibition examines the themes of baby and child care, home making and time out. Through objects, costumes and ephemera, the exhibition considers the roles of motherhood, labour saving equipment and the implications of social developments during a century of enormous change, in the Grosvenor Museum Costume Gallery.

MOLD: September 22-October 18 - Exhibition of work by Peter Kindred in the Community Gallery at Clwyd Theatr Cymru. The effect of light, an arrangement of forms or a juxtaposition of colour, something which demands to be translated into paint. Call 0845 330 3565 or visit www.clwyd-theratr-cymru.co.uk.

MOLD: September 6-October 18 - Bill Swann: The Colour of India - Travels in the Bengal and Uttah Pradesh states of Northern India in 2012 inspire this new body of work by glass artist Bill Swann, at the Oriel Gallery at Clwyd Theatr Cymru. It features wall hangings and sculptures revealing layers and unexpected images within glass, reflecting the joy, colour and optimism of life. Call 0845 330 3565 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

NESS: October 22-29 - Inspired by Nature, an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Christine Holme, Helen Bestwick, Shona Coppin, Barry Natton and Jan Carden at Ness Gardens.

TARPORLEY: October 20-25 - Animal Earth Exhibition at Willington Hall Hotel in Willington. Founder artist Janet Anne Carden invites guest artists to join her in this popular exhibition of animal arts and crafts. Visit www.animalearth.co.uk or call 07899 847226.

 

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