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Chester weekly news update #14

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  • On Friday Oct 2nd jobs fair there will be a Job’s Fair in the Grosvenor Shopping Centre from 11 til 3. The event is being run in conjunction with Chester BID and Job Centre Plus. The event offers an opportunity to meet multiple employers with current vacancies and will take place in the central square.
  • The Chester Supertrees team will be holding another Community Fun Day in the City Forest Garden on Sat 2nd Oct (10 til 4). The organisers are planning on holding a monthly event going forward on the first Saturday of the month. This Saturday there will be music through the day, some weeding and planting going on and also the chance to help design the art that goes on the subway walls with David Setter from Doodle Planet. Cakes will also be on sale.
Pic; Chester Supertrees
  • Chester FC Women’s Team are appealing for support in breaking their attendance record of 174 at this Saturday’s Vitality Women’s FA Cup qualifying game against Salford City Lionesses. The match on Sunday 3rd October costs £3 for adults and £1 for concessions. Kick off is 2pm at the Deva stadium. Chester FC Women was established in 2015 as a partnership between the football club and Chester FC Community Trust. Outside of FA Cup action the team competes in the North West Women’s Regional Football League and Cheshire Women’s & Youth Football League.
  • Chester Roman Tours are supporting the ambitious plans by Park in the Past to construct a Roman Fort at a disused quarry just over the border in Hope, North Wales. Construction of the unique heritage attraction begun in 2018 and the group are now crowdfunding for £50,000 to build the fort’s defensive barrier fence (palisade) , 4 corner towers and a construction workshop. Donations will be spent on over 500 hours of expert skilled labour, an estimated 20 tons of building materials, and authentic Roman building tools. For more details visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/britains-big-fort-build-at-park-in-the-past#start
  • Inflatabubble, the new inflatable theme park that operates from the Catholic High School in Handbridge is celebrating welcoming in excess of 10,000 guests since opening in late July. The family run business has offered a much needed shot of fun to young families after the trials of lockdowns. The attraction is open every weekend and at school holidays.
Thumbs up from the team at Inflatabubble
  • The 14th Grosvenor Museum Open Art Exhibition returns in January 2022.  Artists from across the country are invited to apply for a chance to display their work. The exhibition will open on 7 January until 6 April 2022. A total of £1,850 will be awarded in prizes.  The First Prize is £1,000, with a Second Prize of £500 and a Third Prize of £250.  Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to vote for their favourite work, and the Visitors’ Choice will win £100.   Bringing in days to the Museum are 10 and 11 December, 10.30am to 5pm. Selections for the exhibition will be made by Maggie Jackson, University of Chester Art Dept Research Fellow, Patricia MacKinnon-Day, Artist, Isabelle Weaver-Jones, Young Director, West Cheshire Museums and Elizabeth Montgomery, Senior Curator, West Cheshire Museums.  Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “I’d like to dedicate our 14th Open Art Exhibition to the memory of Peter Boughton, the Museum’s Keeper of Art who sadly passed away in 2019. Peter was passionate about everything he did, and he was particularly proud of the Open Art Exhibition, he set a very high standard, and I’m sure the selected pieces will meet his critical approval.  Entry forms are available from the Grosvenor Museum’s website: https://events.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/event/the-grosvenor-museums-14th-open-art-exhibition/ they are also available from Poppy Garrett: poppy.garrett@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk at the Grosvenor Museum, telephone: 01244 972197.
  • New at Chester Cathedral is Global Images of Christ: Challenging perceptions. The landmark exhibition of over 40 works of art and sculpture aims to challenge our perceptions as to how Jesus and other people of faith are depicted by people of ethnicity, race and colour. The exhibition includes work from artists such including Mark Cazalet, Peter Eugene Ball and Lorna May Wadsworth and is spread out across the Cathedral building and runs until the 30th October.
The Kiss of Betrayal by Lorna May Wadsworth
  • Storyhouse have revealed their Christmas show for 2021 : Oliver Twist adapted for the stage by Alex Clifton will run from the 4th December until the 16th January and promises “Big-hearted joy, feelgood songs, purse-snatchers and dogs, all live from the gutter this Christmas!” Tickets for the street savvy production of the Dickens favourite cost £18 to £37 and are on sale now https://www.storyhouse.com/
  • The Council is to create a new commission into adult social care provision in the borough . The cross-party commission will look at the range of issues facing the service including: a challenging provider market, developments in technology, building partnerships with the NHS, how care is paid for, budget pressures and changing demographics are all impacting on services.  The Commission will meet virtually six times throughout 2021 and early 2022 and the Council is now asking for local people, partners, and providers to share any evidence they believe should be considered under the following themes : a vision for social care, funding and paying for care, the role of communities, technology, quality of care and ethics, and the workforce. Cabinet member for adult social care and health and chair of the new commission, Councillor Val Armstrong, said: “We want residents to be supported in achieving their aspirations for a healthy and happy life in a place they call home, playing a part in their family and community as much as they wish.. it’s important that we start to identify opportunities to do things differently for the benefit of the many people within our borough who rely on us. We will use the information we receive and its ultimate recommendations to set out the needs of our borough at a national level.”  Members of the public will be able to attend the meetings and contribute through public speaking time at the start of each meeting. All ideas – big and small – can be shared now by emailing: futureofsocialcare@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk. All public evidence gathered will be used to support and inform the Commission and influence the final recommendations on the future of social care within west Cheshire.
Rehearsals for The Show must go on
  • With theatres slowly getting back to normal following their enforced closure during the Coronavirus Pandemic, Tip Top Productions will return to the Anthony Hopkins theatre at Theatr Clwyd for the first time since 2019 with “The Show Must Go On” which runs at the Mold venue from 27th 30th October. The show, which Tip Top describe as “a love letter to Musical Theatre”, will feature songs from popular musicals including old favourites like “West Side Story” and “Mamma Mia” and newer smash hit shows such as “Everyone’s Talking About Jamie”.  Speaking about the impact of Lockdown on Tip Top’s members and finally being back in the rehearsal room after almost two years, the show’s Director Phil Cross said “The past couple of years have had a massive impact on the theatre community in general. Tip Top produced 12 shows in 2019 and 3 in the first three months of 2020. To then suddenly stop and cancel 3 shows that were being planned was really tough. We didn’t know what to do with ourselves, we put all of our efforts into connecting with our members, friends and supporters online, creating over 20 events via zoom during the various lockdowns. People, who may have otherwise been isolated were really appreciative of this online community.” Phil added “When given the opportunity to go back to the main house at Theatr Clwyd, after the success of their two outdoor seasons over the last two years, we were determined to give as many people the opportunity of getting involved and performing again as possible and the decision was made to have 3 casts so that we could rehearse separately. We have a youth group, an Adult ensemble group and an adult Singing and dancing group who have loved being back in the rehearsal room prepping for “The Show Must Go On” It has been delightful to hear our cast singing in harmony and watch them come together to create something wonderful. “The Show Must Go On” is our musical compilation that celebrates silver linings, looking forward with hope and the value of a community.” Tickets: https://www.tiptopproductions.co.uk/
  • Part of a packed programme of events at the Countess of Chester Country Park, Friday night offers a free bat walk (7pm) beginning at the Friendly Bench. Parking is free and guests will need to bring a torch. The event will not take place if raining. For more info contact Park Ranger Neil on 07740 899716 . Meanwhile Sunday 3rd October is Silver Sunday, the national day for older people and will be marked with tea and cake (2-3pm) at the Friendly Bench and music from Chester Legend Matt Baker.

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