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Top 10 Chester community stories of the week

Kelsall, air cadets, Upton, Inner Wheel, University, Hospice, Dial West, Saughall, carers, Barrow and Littleton all feature in our pictorial round-up

1. Kelsall Primary School

Kelsall year 6 football team won this year's Tirley Garth tournament

Year 6 pupils at Kelsall Primary School have won the annual Tirley Garth football tournament.

Teams from Kelsall, Utkinton, Tarporley, Duddon, Tarvin, Oakmere Academy and Delamere Academy took part in the football competition in the glorious sunshine held in the grounds of Tirley Garth near Tarporley.

Four teams went through to the semi-finals. Utkinton beat Tarvin by three goals to two and Kelsall A (Year 6) beat Kelsall B (Year 5).

Kelsall won the final 2-1 with both goals from team captain Joel Jones. The Kelsall success ensured a rare double for Kelsall - Year 6 also won the Clatterbridge Gala held in May.

2. Chester Air Cadets

Back L-R: cadet Nick Burns, cadet Alex Burns. Front L-R:, cadet Charlotte Ford, Lauren Ellis, cadet Lee-Ann Pickstock

Chester Air Cadets welcomed their first female officer to the squadron.

Former cadet 23-year-old Lauren Ellis passed out of RAF College Cranwell with flying colours to join the squadron staff.

Lauren, now a pilot officer in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Training Branch, said: “Being a cadet gave me such amazing experiences that I wanted to put something back. Cranwell was hard work, but worth it.

“I did everything as a cadet - flying, gliding, shooting, adventure training, Duke of Edinburgh - but the highlight was marching down The Mall to Buckingham Palace with the Red Arrows flying overhead and meeting Prince Charles.”

The squadron has a recruit information evening on Tuesday, September 22.

3. Upton time capsule

From left to right, teaching assistant Anne Ellis, Grace Hankin, Jay Ghomo and home manager Hilary Price

Predicting the future for a time capsule which will be opened in 60 years’ time is a big responsibility.

Jay Ghomo and Grace Hankin, both 10, from St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School in Blacon have that honour.

Joined by teaching assistant Anne Ellis, the pair visited Upton Dene Residential and Nursing Home to get inspiration for artwork they will bury inside the capsule at the site.

They have been asked to show how life is now and how they think it will be like in 2075.

Jay said: “I think everything will be faster – faster cars and even faster internet. There will also be robots in care homes to help the care assistants.”

The capsule will be buried later this summer, once the children have done their drawings.

Grace said: “I think there will be flying cars and I will be flying to Blackpool every weekend. I love to draw and I hope the residents at the care home in 60 years’ time think my picture is pretty.”

The 74-bedroom care home will be run by the Sanctuary Group and should be open in late autumn.

4. Inner Wheel Club of Chester

Joel Millett, chairman of the Cheshire branch of the MND Association, receives a cheque from Nova Haddock from the Inner Wheel Club of Chester

The Inner Wheel Club of Chester welcomed the chairman of the Cheshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association to their monthly meeting where they handed over £1,700 raised at an exclusive carol concert.

Departing club president Nova Haddock presented the cheque to Joel Millett at the Inner Wheel’s meeting at the Mercure Abbotts Well Hotel in Christleton before handing over to her successor Nadine Morris.

The club is part of the world’s biggest women’s voluntary service organisation, founded in Manchester in 1924 by Margarette Goulding, the wife of a Rotarian.

The impressive total was raised at a Christmas carol concert at Eaton Chapel within the Eaton Hall estate, which welcomed the Cor Merched Rhos choir.

Nova, from Eccleston, picked the MND Association as the club’s chosen charity after her husband Robin – who used to work on the Eaton estate, died from the condition three years ago.

Joel Millett, chairman of the Cheshire branch of the MND Association, added: “The Eaton carol concert was a very special night and the money raised will be such a boost to our work, supporting people across the region who are facing MND in many different ways, including through our monthly support meetings which Nova and Robin used to attend.”

The Inner Wheel Club has now broken up for the summer but meets again at the hotel on the second Monday of each month at 7pm from September. New members are always welcome.

5. University of Chester

Pictured with the bronze Heist Award 2015 are L-R: Simon Bracewell (education & public sector director, Havas People); Charlotte Fenney (client partner, Havas People); Adam Bodger (marketing manager, University of Chester); Ric Bengree (acting director of MRA, University of Chester); Rob Hardy (head of education at The Student Room (Award sponsor)); Shai Vure (digital marketing manager, University of Chester); Sarah Markillie (digital marketing assistant, University of Chester) with Jeremy Vine

The University of Chester has won a national award, thanks to positive feedback from its students.

The marketing, recruitment and admissions (MRA) department won a bronze Heist Award in the Student Voice Category, based on student responses.

The Heist Awards, which were held at the Palace Hotel in Manchester, recognise excellent practice in higher education marketing.

Chester students, as well as students from across the UK, were asked to comment on how their university was marketed to them and whether that had proved to be a realistic impression.

6. Hospice of the Good Shepherd

Sainsbury's Caldy Valley Road store in Great Boughton has launched its partnership with the Hospice of the Good Shepherd

Sainsbury’s Caldy Valley Road store in Great Boughton has launched its partnership with its new Local Charity of the Year, the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.

The Backford hospice was chosen at the beginning of July by Sainsbury’s customers and the charity will now receive a year’s worth of support through fundraising and awareness from the store.

Representatives from the charity joined Sainsbury’s colleagues over the weekend to kick start the fundraising with bag packing in the store.

Justin Caroe, community fundraiser at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, said: “Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year scheme has made a real difference too many charities over the last few years and we’re delighted to have been selected.

“We’re really looking forward to getting started and raising awareness of our cause as well as raising vital funds to continue our work in the community.”

Adrian Clark, store manager at Sainsbury’s Caldy Valley Road, added: “We’re really looking forward to working with Hospice of the Good Shepherd over the next year and the team have some great ideas for fundraising. We hope our support will make a real difference to the charity, and customer enjoy the variety of activities we are planning.”

7. Dial West Cheshire

Adam Piggott, Guy Evans and Dave Owen of Cassidy + Ashton in Chester at the finish line of the JLL Property Triathlon North in Salford Quays

Chester-based planning and architectural practice Cassidy + Ashton has made a generous donation to DIAL West Cheshire after competing in a gruelling charity triathlon.

Three professionals from the firm, which recently relocated to Hunters Walk, ran, cycled and swam their way over 25km to raise £1,200 for the Chester-based charity which provides a range of services to enable disabled and older people to live sustained, independent lives.

Organised by Jones Lang Lasalle and Peel Group, the JLL Property Triathlon North was held at Salford’s MediaCityUK and challenged property, construction and built environment professionals to run, cycle and swim 5k, 20k and 750m.

Guy Evans, whose brother-in-law has received support from DIAL West Cheshire (DIAL House) for many years, said: “We’ve been based in Chester for almost ten years and wanted to do our bit to give something back to the community.”

Keith Roper, chief officer at DIAL West Cheshire, added: “The money raised will help us to refit the kitchen in our Community Café. The kitchen is staffed primarily by disabled volunteers and the café, which is open to all, is an extremely valuable facility for disabled people and others in the local community.”

8. Saughall Rotary Club

Saughall Rotary Club members with visitors from Swaziland

Saughall Rotary welcomed visitors from Swaziland who gave an account of how the road infrastructure project has greatly improved local lives and increased access to healthcare facilities.

Two teachers from Mibita community, a mountainous village near Nhlangano in Southern Swaziland, told club members that prior to the improvement works carried out, a 20km road stretch could take one and a half hours. Newly recruited teachers can now be better retained due due to the shortened commute.

Some children leave their homes very early to make their way to school - since the road was built they can travel safer and faster to their school which is at 1400m above sea level.

The project was headed by Carol Parry on behalf of Swazaid and led to a global school partnership with Abbey Gate College who now partner with Milinzini High School.

Rotary Saughall raised £5,000 while a further £5,000 was received by Swazaid, raised through pupils at Abbey Gate College.

9. National Carers Week

Fran Miller (Carers and Employment Manager for Cheshire Carers), Jo Jewell (Carer Lead Liaison Officer for Cheshire West and Chester) and Lindsey Weston (Employment Development Worker for Making Space) during Carers Week

Two key carer organisations were rewarded with a voucher for a luxury spa day by Carden Park Hotel, to enjoy a little rest and relaxation at the four star luxury resort.

The gift was donated during National Carers Week to local organisations Making Space and Cheshire Carers.

The spa visit will include a luxury spa treatment, a delicious spa lunch and use of the leisure facilities for each carer.

The two carer organisations regularly visit the hotel and the hotel team wanted to reward them with a gift that recognises the hard work carers do on a daily basis.

National Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make throughout the UK.

Making Space and Cheshire Carers deliver a wide range of local support services including advice about health issues, entitlements, mobility, grants for holidays, equipment and support.

10. Barrow and Littleton Twinning

Barrow and Littleton Twinning Association on their recent French exchange visit

Two Cheshire villages have celebrated their 30th anniversary of being twinned with a French town.

Representatives from Barrow and Littleton, twinned with Aubignan, a small town in Provence, spent a long weekend there in the homes of French families.

Their hosts treated them to a full programme of events including visits to sights in the area, picnic lunch among the vines and evening jazz festivals in the village square.

The visit culminated in a game of boules or petanque at the local sports club, which was won by Simon and Rosie Ely from Littleton, with their French captain Pierre.

Hot on the heels of the visit, a Boules et Buffet evening was held in the Littleton garden of Bettie Gilliatt, when about 40 members and their friends tried their hand at the game.

After a close final on a warm summer evening, Sally Ballard bowled the winning boule to take the team prize with Terry Brookshaw and Martin Rocke.

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