Callands Primary awarded funding to improve building

A CASH boost of £400,000 will be invested in an 'outstanding' primary school in Callands.

Councillors have rubber stamped proposals for Callands Primary to upgrade its existing building including the creation of a new foundation stage building for reception classes to replace the mobile classrooms.

Work is expected to commence in May and be completed by October. 

Warrington Borough Council’s Steve Reddy, director of families and wellbeing, said: “This investment will make a tremendous difference to the learning environment at Callands and I am delighted that the executive board is enabling the project to move forward without delay.

“Staff and governors have played a crucial role in developing the plans, and we have very much appreciated their feedback and support.

“Contractors will be on site at the earliest opportunity to begin creating the kind of high quality accommodation that pupils and staff deserve.”

The kitchen area will also be refurbished as part of the plans.

The council funding is part of £1.26million allocation pot for 2016 to 2017 by the Department for Education to maintain community schools.

Coffee drive-thru plans given green light

BLUEPRINTS to open a Starbucks drive-thru at Burtonwood Services have been approved by council planners.

The detached building must be built within the next three years at the services on the eastbound motorway between junction eight and junction nine.

Magic show date announced in Winwick

A MAGIC show will take over Winwick Leisure Centre as part of a Minions Party next month.

Doors will open at 1pm to 4pm on Monday, May 30, at the centre off Myddleton Lane.

Balloon making and a bouncy castle are also planned for the event.

Entry is free.

Nursey welcomes new friend

YOUNGSTERS at Bright Horizons Callands Day Nursery and Preschool had a hoot when Kate the Owl came to visit earlier this month.

The visit was organised by staff at the nursery on Gresford Close to bring the children closer to nature, and help to stimulate an interest in science and nature from an early age.

Jenny Connor, deputy Nursery Manager said: “The children were so excited by the visit of Katie the Owl – for all of the children this was the first time they had ever seen a bird of prey up close. 

"The visit, as well as being exciting, also offers us a great opportunity to teach the children about the natural environment and the world around us in a fun and engaging way.”

Charity concert set to take place this year

BURTONWOOD Amateur Music and Drama Society will be hosting a charity night to raise funds for the second defibrillator for the village.

The show is expected to take place on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, at Burtonwood Catholic Club on Phipps Lane.

A spokesman for the group said: "The proceeds from these two performances will help fund the purchase of two defibrillators, one of which has already been obtained and is now in place outside the doctors' surgery on Clay Lane.

"This project was inspired by the recent successful use of a defibrillator when Martin Ratcliffe suffered a heart attack whilst playing football in December last year."

The second unit when purchased will be located at Burtonwood Community Centre.

To sign up to be a part of the show visit