Chester news round up #13

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  • As part of this year’s Clean Air Day campaign on 16 June Cheshire West and Chester Council is offering free charging for electric vehicles at locations across the borough.The electric vehicle (EV) charge points at the following locations will be offering free charging from 6pm on Wednesday 15 June 2022 to 8am on Friday 17 June 2022.  Each car park has two double-socket ‘fast’ chargers, enabling four EVs to charge at once : Bishop Street car park – Chester, Brook Street car park – Chester, Shrewsbury Road car park – Ellesmere Port, Moor Lane car park – Frodsham, Chester Road car park – Neston and Park Street car park – Northwich. The Council has also installed two rapid 50 kilowatt EVCPs and a fast charger outside the boat museum in Ellesmere Port.  Being close to the M53 and Stanlow, the rapid chargers are well suited to quick top-ups by passing trades, taxi drivers and the general public.  These will also be free of charge for Clean Air Day. The Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said: “I’m delighted the Council is able to support this year’s Clean Air Day by providing free charging facilities for electric vehicles, right across the borough. Air pollution is the biggest environmental threat to our health, no matter who you are or where you live.  It can harm every organ in your body and can shorten lives, contribute towards chronic illness and put us more at risk of Covid-19.” To find out more about the simple things you can do to improve the air quality in your community, and protect yourself from the effects of pollution, visit the Council’s Inspire website.
  • As part of Refugee week (20-26 June) Chester City of Sanctuary will be staging a performance of the play “White Rabbit Red Rabbit” by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour. Taking place at the University of Chester creative campus in Kingsway on the 25th June at 730, admission is free. Recommended for ages 14 and above, the play which has been performed worldwide promises “No rehearsals. No director. A different actor for each performance”
  • Blacon history group are presenting a modern history of Blacon at the parade library on the 21st June at 230. The event is free but donations are welcome.
Medieval glass
  • Running from  12 July -17 October, Cheshire’s Lion Salt Works Museum, one of the country’s leading industrial heritage museums, will explore the often forgotten link between glass and salt in its exhibition: ‘In Flux: Salt and Glass in the North-West’.  Designed to mark the United Nation’s ‘International Year of Glass’, the exhibition explores glass through the eyes of people who work within the industry in the North-West. It also considers how the production of the salt-derived flux, sodium carbonate – made using salt from Cheshire’s vast salt deposits – gave a natural advantage to glass-makers in the region.  The colourful exhibition explores the history of glass from the perspectives of a curator of Roman glass at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum as well as Recclesia Stained Glass, a leading glass restoration company. Encirc, one of the country’s biggest glass bottle manufacturers considers the importance of glass in everyday use and a leading North-West architect from Donald Insall Associates looks at the role of glass in building design. The Lion Salt Works Museum examines the specific role of Cheshire salt in North-West glass manufacture and the exhibition concludes with an update on the sustainable glass research and development company, Glass Futures, opening later this year in St Helens.     The Lion Salt Works Museum is one of the last open-pan, salt-making sites in the world and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, with the same protection status as Stonehenge. Extracting salt from beneath the Cheshire Plain has been a key industry for Cheshire for over 2000 years – whether through boiling naturally-occurring brine (such as at the Lion Salt Works) or later, by mining.  Councillor Louise Gittins, said: “Glass is something we take for granted but is key to modern life. Most of us know that the North-West has had a long history of glass-making thanks to pioneering glass processes in St Helens, but I think few would think that the easy supply of Cheshire salt gave the glass industry a natural advantage.  This exciting exhibition throws new light on a North-West industry that we thought we understood, as well as showing how the region will once again be pioneering global changes in the glass-making industry. “ Entry to the exhibition is included in the standard entry price of the museum*. For further information go to 

  • 18 Happenings are bringing 18 music and poetry events to Chester, one a month for 18 months. Mancunian poet Mike Garry returns to Chester, this time accompanied by The Cassia String Quartet to treat Chester to an evening of live music, art and poetry. With the support of local artists, performers and musicians, Mike and The Quartet will be taking to the stage in the most spectacular of venues: St Mary’s Creative Space, Chester. Compère and host for the evening is Jem Stuart. Jem has written poetry for most of his life, but only really started taking it seriously in 2017 – an open mic supporting John Hegley at the Live Rooms in Chester in January 2018 was one of his first performances. Since then, he has appeared at such diverse venues as Bradford Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament. Support comes from Kaziboi, Faceless and Tosin Salako combining music, spoken word, theatre and story telling.
Chester Bach singers
  • Staged by Chester Bach Singers, “Swing Into The Thirties” at St Mary’s Creative Space in Chester at 3pm on Saturday 18th June, will feature a variety of songs including “Tea For Two” popularised by Doris Day, the Frank Sinatra standard “I’ve got You Under My Skin” Glenn Miller’s “In The Mood”, “Night and Day” by Cole Porter and “Begin The Beguine”, made famous by 1930s jazz musician and bandleader Artie Shaw.  Also in the programme are a selection of light classical pieces from the 1930s including “Gaelic Hymns” by Ina Boyle ,”O Vos Omnes” by Pablo Casals and” Serenade to Music” by Vaughan Williams.  Admission to the concert also includes light summer refreshments. Speaking about the concert which rounds off the group’s 2021/22 concert season, Helen Crich, the Chair of Chester Bach Singers said “Swing Into The Thirties” brings to a close a very successful season of events for 2021/22 and I’d like to thank our conductor, Martin Bussey, accompanist Catherine Barnett, our Committee. members and supporters for making it possible. We hope to see as many people as possible at St Mary’s Creative Space for what promises to be a lovely informal summer event and a great way to round off our season. See  for tickets
  • Following on from their recent and hugely successful production of “Little Shop of Horrors”, The Grange School in Hartford are looking forward to welcoming audiences for the school’s forthcoming production of “The Railway Children” which will be staged at The Grange Theatre from Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th June at 7pm There will also be a matinee performance at 1.30pm on Saturday 25th June.  Written by E. Nesbit nearly 100 years ago, The Railway Children tells the story of three children – Roberta, Peter and Phyllis who have to leave their home in London and move to the country when their father mysteriously goes away. The railway becomes a source of fascination and solace to the children and along with Perks the Porter and his lively brood of children they discover a new and exciting life. Head of Drama and Director of the show, Mrs Jacqueline Hardy-Kinsella said, “Theatre is officially back and we are so excited to be able to welcome live audiences to the Grange Theatre once again. “The Railway Children” is based on the much-loved classic book by Edith Nesbit and this charming story deals sensitively with the subject of an absent parent, and the challenges of living in changing circumstances. The talent and enthusiasm of our amazing cast and crew bring this beloved story to life, promises a delightfully touching and wholesome evening of family entertainment for our audiences.” 

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