• Bonobo Bar and Canteen are hosting a charity event in aid of Soul Kitchen this Saturday (15th Oct) Not for profit party Steppin with Friends will feature eclectic dance sounds and soul. Headliner – SUCHI – is an Oslo-born, London-bred, and Delhi-influenced DJ and producer. She hosts a monthly residency on Delhi-based radio station Boxout.fm with her show ’Through The Smog’ and is part of the South Asian collective, Daytimers. As a DJ, her selections combine the right touch of percussive drums, Indian disco, 90s prog house, UK breaks, trance, electro, and techno. A genre-blending approach that comes from her close links to local producers based in all three of her hometowns. Her mission to place South Asian producers on the map is prominent throughout her sets and mixes, including her Boiler Room debut alongside Daytimers. SUCHI has received support from the likes of Logic1000, The Blessed Madonna, Sherelle, Yung Singh, HAAi and was named one of the top 25 artists to watch in 2022 by Mixmag. Suport will be provided by Evan M & Esteban. https://www.facebook.com/events/303751068626283
  • With Christmas just around the corner, and thoughts turning to the perfect gift for a loved one, a Chester based art gallery is inviting art lovers to view unique works of art as it launches its Autumn Exhibition which will feature works by both local and nationally acclaimed artists. The exhibition at Gorstella Gallery at Tudor Farm in Dodleston near Chester will host art work by several artists, including for the first time, paintings by Chester based professional wildlife artist Claire Shaughnessy who specialises in birds and animal subjects. Nestled in the village of Dodleston on the outskirts of Chester and close to the border with North Wales, Gorstella Gallery was founded in 1990 by Peter and Klaizen Bullivant before being taken over by their Daughter Bridget Kimber in 2004. Other artists featured include Lesley Dearn, Kate Evans, Denise Heywood, Andrew Hood, Sian McGill, Richard Spare and Giles Ward. The exhibition will open with a drinks reception on Thursday 3rd November and Friday 4th November from 6.30pm until 9pm. Following the launch, the gallery will be open on Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November between 11am and 5.00pm All paintings featured in the exhibition will be available for purchase.  Speaking about staging the exhibition, Bridget said “We are delighted to be holding our November exhibition once again this year and we are pleased to be able to showcase the work of a number of different artists and different mediums in our intimate gallery space. We are very much looking forward to seeing existing clients at our viewings and to also welcoming those who haven’t visited us before. Whether you’re looking to buy a unique piece of art as a gift for a loved one or to simply brighten up your home, do come and see us and we’ll be happy to guide you through the art works on display at the exhibition”. Full details about the November exhibition at Gorstella Gallery and the exhibiting artists can be found at www.gorstellagallery.co.uk
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council has been recognised in the 2022 RSPCA PawPrint Awards, picking up a Gold accolade for the eleventh year in a row. The Council scooped the Gold Community Animal Welfare Pawprint (CAWF) Award for exceeding legal requirements in the way it handles stray dogs.  The Awards celebrate local authorities that go above and beyond to ensure high animal welfare standards in their communities. The national animal charity has once again recognised the hard work and dedication of Council staff involved in the collection and re-homing of stray dogs. Council officers also enforce the Public Spaces Protection Order that was updated last year relating to dogs, issuing Fixed Penalty Notices to combat incidents of dog fouling or other related breaches of the legislation. Councillor Karen Shore said: “Eleven years of Gold standard awards for our work with stray dogs is a wonderful achievement.  Many thanks to everyone involved in our stray dog service. Dog owners can really help our Public Protection team by ensuring that their pets are kept safe, are tagged and microchipped and by picking up after them.  It is a legal requirement for a dog to be both microchipped and to have a tag with their owner’s name and address; a telephone number on the tag is helpful too. We’ve recently seen a trend of dogs being microchipped but keeper details not being registered or updated.  Please make sure you register your details and keep them up-to-date. As well as being legal requirements, getting your dog tagged and microchipped means you can be reunited with them as quickly as possible if they go astray.” During dog warden working hours, any dogs collected in Cheshire West and Chester are scanned immediately for the presence of a microchip and, if possible, returned immediately to their owner.  If there is no microchip, the collar information will be used, if available.  If return is not possible at this time, the dog is taken to the kennels.  Outside of working hours, dogs are taken immediately to the kennels and are scanned on arrival.   In 2021, only 28% of dogs were returned to their owners immediately; in the majority of cases owners could not be identified or contacted by the warden, or were picked up out of hours.  Many more dogs than the Council becomes aware of may have been returned without the intervention of the dog warden as finders are able to identify the owner by the collar information. If you need to report a stray call 0300 123 7038 8am – 7pm, Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours (including weekends and Bank Holidays) – call 0300 123 7035
  • Following on from the success of its previous Chester event, The Murder Mystery Experience returns to The Live Rooms in the City centre on Friday 14th October at 7.30pm for another unique, fun filled and dramatic evening, this time featuring an Action Movie murder mystery theme.  The Live Rooms event takes place following successful murder mystery evening having been staged internationally with the Action Movie themed evenings taking place in several countries recently including Dubai and Pakistan. Speaking about returning to the popular Chester venue, Company founder Peter Griffin said “Following the success of our previous Chester murder mystery events, we’re delighted to be back at The Live Rooms with our latest fun filled evening. Guests will be whisked away to a Hollywood film set which promises adventure, intrigue and romance! When the film crew for the new action movie “Danger Panic Zero” come to The Live Rooms to shoot the final few scenes of the film, will they get more than they bargained for when a killer strikes?”. Early Bird tickets are now on sale for the popular event which includes a Hollywood inspired buffet dinner courtesy of the acclaimed Manchester based Leaf Bean Pod Cafe. Peter added “During the evening, guests will have to solve the clues, interrogate the characters and be prepared for an action-packed thrill ride with plenty of problem-solving, audience participation, prizes, awards and much, much more!” www.theliverooms.com 
  • Vivo Care Choices’ Makaton Choir has been in high demand since it launched at the start of 2022, taking part in regular performances at events across west Cheshire. Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to help people communicate. The choir uses Makaton in all its performances and is made up of Vivo staff and people with learning disabilities and autism who access services. The project was first set up as part of Vivo’s Work and Voluntary Enterprise (WAVE) programme, which helps people accessing services learn new skills to get them ready for volunteering or employment. After those taking part in the WAVE programme gained so much confidence from the Makaton sessions, the choir developed and has gone from strength to strength since. The choir now has 16 regular members, with five staff offering support, and has attended events like Vivo’s Employee Awards, Delamere Street Festival, Kaleidoscope Festival and much more. Upcoming events include the Learning Disability Conference and festive celebrations, while the choir is working with Cheshire Down’s Syndrome Society and Hebdon Green School on projects for the new year. Jackie, a Vivo member of staff who has been key to supporting the choir, said: “People we support have loved it so much, they continually requested to do it and it soon became a regular session for us to deliver. They work well together as a team – the laughter is infectious – and everyone involved is so enthusiastic. We are always being approached to do performances and the choir has developed further to introduce new, more complex songs. We’re currently learning a play that has been adapted to Makaton and this will be performed in December. The dedication that the staff team has showed is unbelievable, often sourcing songs and learning the signs in the evening and supporting the choir on evenings and weekends. For more information about Vivo and the range of services it provides across west Cheshire, visit: vivocarechoices.co.uk
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