• Playground design is put to children

    PRIMARY school children are having their say in the design of a new playground earmarked for Congleton Park. The playground is one of the features of a £1.4 million restoration scheme currently under way at the town park. A shortlist has been drawn up

  • Top of my wish list this year is...

    GETTING up early and camping outside shops seems to be an annual event for parents wanting to get their hands on the must have toys at Christmas. And with youngsters writing letters to Father Christmas as early as October, the search for the best selling

  • About a Boy

    Cert: 12 IF you liked Bridget Jones's Diary, About a Boy is as near as you're likely to get to a male equivalent - so it's rather fitting that Hugh Grant is the central link between both films. Gone is the blushing, floppy-fringed stereotypical character

  • Minority Report Cert: 12

    TINY Tom Cruise flexes his muscles and puts all his action man skills to the test in futuristic thriller Minority Report. With a terribly convincing performance from Brit chick Samantha Morton, the film takes you on a real rollercoaster ride through the

  • Stone Roses frontman gives three cheers for whisky boys

    WITH recommendations from indie legend Ian Brown, Standfast are surely heading in the right direction. The new Warrington five-piece has won praise from the Lymm based former Stone Roses front man who gave a thumbs up to recorded demo tapes and even approved

  • Walk along

    JOIN the rangers from Walton Hall for a New Year walk on January 5, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The stroll consists of an enjoyable three-mile amble in the surrounding countryside.

  • Lights change

    A NEW pedestrian facility is being installed at the traffic lights in Victoria Square, following continual pressure from Stockton Heath parish councillors. The change will allow for a regular 'pedestrian phase' and a significant increase in the number

  • Go ahead for cottage plan

    COUNCILLORS have approved plans to build a detached house in Appleton - despite being advised to refuse it. The application was for outline permission to construct the property on land next to Stone Cottage in Windmill Lane. Appleton borough councillor

  • Police clamp down on beggars

    POLICE in Stockton Heath have promised that they are continuing to clamp down on beggars who are asking for money in the village. Parish councillors reported that one persistent beggar was still continuing to beg outside the Forge precinct despite warnings

  • Listen to patients

    The hospital should be spending the money on essentials for the hospital. My mother is in Warrington Hospital and I had to take two pillows in because the staff couldn't find any spare to give her! The food some days is appalling. It is not the food but

  • No to top ups

    STUDENTS should not have to pay top up fees. We want our children to get a good education, this will make most of them forget about going to university, as they would not all be able to afford it. The Government should allow students the freedom to study

  • Kept in the dark

    CAN SOMEBODY from Warrington Borough Council's full time officers, explain why the double lamp standard is not lit at the junction of Gig Lane, Dam Lane, and Longbarn Lane, which has not been illuminated since August. This is a busy junction, on a bus

  • Worthy aim

    I AM writing to you as co-chairman of the Association of Healthcare Communicators (AHC) regarding the article by Helen Jones MP which appeared in your newspaper recently. Ms Jones is getting confused between public relations and corporate communications

  • Throwing money at them is not the answer

    I HAVE read with interest recent correspondence in the local press regarding beggars in the centre of Stockton Heath. One letter published in the Warrington Guardian suggested it was un-Christian behaviour not to give to these people. I would suggest

  • Plans in spotlight

    DOZENS of people have taken part in a public consultation in Burtonwood aimed at finding out how residents would like to see the village's traffic problems solved. Proposals for raised junctions, road cushions and waiting restrictions went on display

  • Upstairs, downstairs

    BIG-HEARTED volunteers who give up their time to help patients, visitors and staff at Halton Hospital were treated to a huge party. Health chiefs dressed up in Victorian costume to serve them a feast of festive food as a big thank you for all their efforts

  • Christmas comes early thanks to Forshaw Fund

    YOUNGSTERS have received an early Christmas present thanks to donations from Burtonwood and Westbrook Parish Council's Forshaw Fund. Children from five primary schools in the area scooped a share of £1,000, which was provided by the parish council and

  • Giles sheds some light on his festive film project

    A WINWICK movie-maker is starry-eyed at the thought of his next illuminating project. Giles Perkins is getting into the festive spirit and is on the lookout for the biggest and best Christmas light displays for a special festive documentary. The 35-year-old

  • Pupils in fine festive voice

    TUNEFUL youngsters from a Latchford primary school will be singing Christmas carols for residents of a Westy residential home today, Thursday. Children from Our Lady's Catholic Primary School will be paying a visit to The Three Bridges Residential Home

  • Open day for Playmates

    DON'T forget that there will be open day for Playmates in Westy tomorrow - and children are busy rehearsing for a special show. Youngsters will be putting on a show for parents and other visitors who are interested in finding out about Playmates, which

  • Hobby becomes a reality for war enthusiast

    A BEWSEY man is gearing up to open a new business in Latchford thanks to a 16-year hobby collecting war memorabilia. Neil Battersby, of Danby Close, will pull up the shutters on his new shop, in Thelwall Lane, on Saturday morning and welcome Second World

  • Staff are flying high after charity leap raises £1,000

    STAFF at Warrington Housing Association have taken a giant leap in the name of charity and scooped £1,000. Employees at the Howley offices jumped out of a plane at 14,500ft, reached speeds of 120mph and raised £1,000 for the Warrington, Widens and District

  • Latest plans

    THE following planning applications have been submitted to the borough council's development control committee: A single-storey extension to the front, side and rear of 13, Malcolm Avenue, Orford; a detached double garage with room in roof space at 6,

  • Unbeaten tag intact

    SNOOKERS A extended their lead at the top of Warrington Snookers Centre Snooker League Division One to 13 points with a 5-2 victory over Richmonds. Second-placed Irish Club A lost ground on the leaders courtesy of a 4-3 home defeat. Third-placed Walkers

  • Peel's efforts go unrewarded

    ALBERT Peel did not deserve to be on the losing side of Warrington Independent Darts League's Monday Division One clash between Red Lion and Gas Social. The Red Lion ace cracked in a superb 10-darter but Gas triumphed 6-3. Gas' top gun was Tony Monks,

  • Other anglers Green with envy

    PIKE anglers have been gaining the best of the winter action this week with good catches on a host of Lymm Angling Club waters. One such water is Abbey Lake. Bailiff Cyril Wilding spent some time there with a day ticket angler who caught seven fish. Two

  • Union's plea to members

    RETAIL union Usdaw is urging its members to report retailers who open on Christmas Day. The plea follows plans to encourage the Government to introduce laws banning large shops from opening on December 25. The union is hoping to stop Christmas Day becoming

  • Rachel's angel design takes top honours

    A CHRISTMAS card designed by a Warrington schoolgirl is set to land on the doormat of Prime Minister Tony Blair. Warrington South MP Helen Southworth invited schoolchildren to enter a competition to design her festive greeting for 2002, which will be

  • Daresbury Lab unveils new super microscope

    SCIENCE Minister Lord Sainsbury has officially unveiled the world's highest resolution analytical microscope at Daresbury Laboratory. The SuperSTEM (Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope) will provide a world-class research facility and is housed

  • Council leader cagey over future of baths

    BOROUGH council leader Mike Hughes has refused to make a commitment that would ensure the retention of the historic town centre baths. Speaking at Monday's full council meeting, Clr Sheila Woodyatt (Conservative) asked Clr Hughes to make a pledge that

  • Have yourself a merry little Christmas on us!

    A LATCHFORD gran is set for a very merry Christmas after scooping prizes totalling £900 in a Guardian competition. Jean Leigh enters a variety of prize draws each week - but our Christmas On Us competition was the first she has ever won. Now her grandchildren

  • Kitchen firm boss denies bully claims

    A KITCHEN firm has hit back at claims that a company salesman acted like an aggressive bully when visiting a home to try to sell a kitchen. Andrew Garside, director of Ultimate Kitchen Furniture, defended his store after an Old Hall couple claimed that

  • Warrington know what they have to do

    Warrington RUFC 34 Oldershaw RUFC 8 WARRINGTON climbed to third position of Powergen Northern Division South Lancashire/Cheshire One with a victory over basement side Oldershaw. Due to the strength in depth of leaders Caldy, Warrington captain Stewart

  • Work begins on new stadium

    THE official ceremony to mark the start of work on Warrington Wolves' new stadium took place this week. Contractors Barr officially moved on to the Winwick Road site on Monday to begin work, which is expected to take 45 weeks. Among the dignitaries present

  • Lymm leave it late to sink 14-man Park

    Lymm RFC 10 Winnington Park RUFC 5 'BOXING' Day came early on Saturday when an old rivalry went beyond the realms of sportsmanship. A minor brawl in the first five minutes was not dealt with by the referee and niggles continued throughout the Powergen

  • Keeping an eye on Twickenham

    HAVING tasted Twickenham glory once, Len Davies is hoping for another trip to London - this time with Lymm High School in the Daily Mail Under 15s Cup. Davies coached Cheshire for 11 years, including being in charge of the County Championship winning

  • Man jailed for rape of teenage girl

    A RAPIST from Warrington, who drugged and attacked a 14-year-old girl after he was released from prison with an electronic tag, has been jailed for nine years. Father-of-five David Sudlow, aged 58, of Woolston, was originally convicted at Warrington Crown

  • Sports digests

    adidas academy coaching course PENKETH High School will host a five-hour adidas soccer academy coaching course on Monday starting at 10am. The indoor course, which is open to anyone between the ages of five to 13, boasts tutoring by professional coaches

  • Emphatic victory

    Warrington Grange 7 Wirral 0 WARRINGTON Grange women's soccer side ended their recent run of poor form in emphatic fashion in the quarter-finals of the Cheshire Cup. Grange, who came into the game on the back of four defeats in their last six games, played

  • Lifesaving skills 'should be taught to all mums'

    A CAMPAIGN has been launched to introduce the teaching of lifesaving skills to all new mums in Warrington Hospital's maternity ward. Michelle Richards, of Manchester Road, says that she was taught cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills when her baby

  • Crosfields hang on

    Broadheath Central 3 Crosfields 4 CROSFIELDS survived a brave comeback by Broadheath Central to move away from the relegation zone in Mid-Cheshire Soccer League Division One. Crosfields shell-shocked Broadheath by taking a three-goal lead within 17 minutes

  • Take some good advice this winter

    AN initiative to promote healthy living in Warrington this winter was launched yesterday, Wednesday. The winter health and social care campaign aims to give people in the area the information they need to help avoid common seasonal health problems. A

  • Town granted an extra £46m for healthcare

    WARRINGTON Primary Care Trust is set to receive an extra £46 million over the next three years as part of a massive investment and reform package nationwide. The figures were released as Health Secretary Alan Milburn announced that more than £148 billion

  • Town prove stern test

    Warrington Town 0 Salford City 2 ONLY conceding two goals to moneybags Salford could be considered to be something of a success for Warrington Town, specially after having their goalkeeper sent off. High flying North West Conties Division One side Salford

  • No vote for post-meeting drinks ban

    CHRISTMAS cheer was far from evident at Warrington Town Hall this week as the Liberal Democrats were denied the chance to bring in a post-meeting drinks ban. The opposition party had tabled a motion to call for an end to the sale of alcoholic drinks post-meetings

  • Council leader stands firm over claims

    A TOWN Hall meeting erupted on Monday night with the three party leaders engaging in a war of words over the community centre fiasco. Clr Barbara Mawer, Lib Dem leader, asked council leader Clr Mike Hughes to comment on his accusations that fellow councillors

  • The 'Prices' are right for Wellie

    WELLIE had to pull out all of the stops to progress to the fourth round of Warrington Sunday Soccer League's Denis Scholes Trophy at the expense of lower league opposition FC Royal. Royal played exceptionally well but they were undone by goals from Carl

  • Shopkeeper identified by trading standards

    TRADING standards officers believe that they know which shopkeeper sold gas canisters to teenagers in Orford last week. Four youngsters escaped serious injuries in an explosion after sniffing gas in a garage on Saturday, December 7. And one of the mums

  • Dead ringers for pop idols

    YOU can feel the love in the classroom at Broomfields Junior School in Appleton when Darius lookalike Chris Short is teaching his pupils! The 29-year-old Walton man is the spitting image of the pop idol - and the likeness has only become greater since

  • Leaders trample Grapes

    THE long running sequence of close games between Lymm Rangers and Moore United produced another cracker in the Warrington Soccer League Frontrunner Premier Division. Lymm have enjoyed the better of recent cup encounters between the two sides but table

  • No more wuff rides!

    A ROAD that leads to two of Warrington's animal shelters and has been plagued by potholes is finally being fixed. Slutchers Lane, which is home to both the Cats Protection League and the RSPCA and runs under a railway bridge, has been a bone of contention

  • Arson attack at elderly man's flat

    ARSONISTS set a pile of rubbish on fire outside the back door of a flat in Orford on Tuesday - while the elderly occupant was inside. And the situation was made even more dangerous by the fact that a gas meter was situated just yards away from the flames

  • Rylands stay on course

    Shaw Rhinos 12 Rylands 25 RYLANDS showed exceptional commitment in the second half of their game against Shaw Rhinos to maintain their North West Counties Division One title bid. They travelled to Shaw without key players due to injury and seasonal functions

  • Crosfields embarrassed

    Leigh Miners Rangers 68 Crosfields 8 CROSFIELDS were given a lesson by Premier Division side Leigh Miners Rangers in a one-sided TXU Energi Challenge Cup match. Soap competed in the opening quarter and showed patches of play which troubled the opposition

  • £70,000 raised

    Warrington Hospital's League of Friends have raised nearly £70,000 this year. A variety of equipment has been purchased for the hospital with the cash, including an accident and emergency anaesthetic heater, a water machine, surgery trolleys, orthopaedic

  • Drug dealer fails in appeal over sentence

    A DRUG dealer has failed in a bid to overturn convictions for his involvement in a £1.2 million narcotics plot. Former car dealer Phillip Sullivan, aged 39, of Padgate, was challenging guilty verdicts for conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine, ecstasy,


    CHRISTMAS was nearly cancelled for a church group when heartless thieves ransacked a van packed with festive goodies destined for their Christmas party. But displaying true Yuletime spirit, Warrington has rallied around to ensure that the Scrooge-like

  • Traffic worries

    PARISH councillors in Croft are unhappy with a new traffic order, proposed by the borough council, allowing motorists to use Dam Lane for access only. They fear that the move will increase congestion in Smithy Brow and Smithy Lane instead.

  • Views wanted on site's future

    IDEAS are wanted for the future of Risley's landfill site when tipping finishes there in 2006, when the intention is to convert the area into a wildlife haven. Contact Stuart Mander at Biffa Waste, Rixton Old Hall, Manchester Road, WA6 6EW.

  • Katherine bears cuddly gifts for hospital's poorly children

    IF you go down to Pendlebury Children's Hospital, you're sure of a furry big surprise - thanks to a Glazebury garden centre. Katherine Bent, who works at her family's Warrington Road centre, made the trip to the Salford hospital armed with 50 Bents' bears

  • School engineers specialist links

    GREAT Sankey High School has been forging links with the engineering community as it bids for specialist status. Staff from Fiddlers Ferry-based firm AEP visited the Barrow Hall Lane school to talk to the pupils about careers in engineering and to answer

  • End of the road for Hunt haulage yard

    THE approval of plans to build houses on the haulage yard and family home of 1966 World Cup winner Roger Hunt represents the end of an era for Culcheth, according to a businessman behind the blueprints. The proposals for six homes on the Church Lane site

  • Quality award

    THELWALL Infant School has reason to celebrate today, Thursday, when it receives a prestigious national award. Alan Wells, director of the Basic Skills Council, was due in school to present a quality mark award, which recognises achievement in numeracy

  • Engineering

    new success CELEBRATIONS are on for a Thelwall man who has achieved a masters degree. Stuart Kingston, aged 23, graduated in software engineering at the University of Manchester Institute for Science and Technology (UMIST). The former Lymm High School

  • Memories could save green

    THE search goes on for tales and memories people might have of using the field next to the Farmers Arms pub in Lymm. Lymm Parish Council wants to hear from people with memories of using the land to successfully apply for it to become a village green and

  • Group wants to play fair

    A PLAN to provide some much needed play equipment for Elizabeth Park in Thelwall has been put forward by a community group. Thelwall Youth and Community Association is looking to bring the park up to the standard of others in the area. It is hoping to

  • Action plea on parking chaos

    THE persistent menace of motorists parking on double yellow lines across Lymm must be tackled, according to parish councillors. Traffic chaos often envelops the village, especially during peak times and when schools open and close, with the number of


    The wedding and reception has taken place at the Liverpool Marriott Hotel South of 34-year-old Mr Allen Barber, son of the late Mr William Alan Barber and Mrs Irene Barber, of Gateacre, Liverpool, and 34-year-old Ms Deborah Anne Hamer, elder daughter


    The wedding and reception took place at the Daresbury Park Hotel, Warrington, of 32-year-old Mr Christopher Ellison Myers, eldest son of Mr and Mrs D. Myers of Woodley Fold, Penketh and 25-year-old Miss Catherine Ann Needham, eldest daughter of Mr and

  • Showboat opera SOS

    AN opera company has issued an SOS for men and women for its latest show. Trinity Amateur Operatic Society is staging Showboat March next year. The company urgently needs people for chorus and principal parts. The society meets on Mondays and Thursdays


    The wedding has taken place at the Hanover International Hotel of Mr Saul Bloxham, aged 31, younger son of Ms Diane Bloxham and Mr John Delta, and Miss Louise Forshaw, age 27, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs Alan and Marlene Forshaw of Hamsterley Close


    The wedding has taken place at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Wakefield of 32-year-old Mr Craig Daren Clucas, youngest son of Mr and Mrs A Clucas of Georges Crescent, Grappenhall, and 28-year-old Miss Victoria Claire Parkinson, only daughter of Mr


    The wedding has taken place at Magdalene College Chapel, Cambridge University, of 33-year-old Mr Robert Treleven Hutchings, elder son of Mr and Mrs M T Hutchings of West Deeping, Lincolnshire, and 27-year-old Miss Kate Mary Fullerty, only daughter of


    Mr John Henry Barton, wife of the late Mrs Ada Barton, died on November 8. Mr Barton, of Alder Crescent, Orford, was last employed as a finishing chargehand at Thames Board Mills, and had previously worked at Simes and Castle rubber works. Before the


    Mr John Foy died of heart failure on November 30. He was 52. Mr Foy, of Quebec Road, Orford, lived in Latchford for most of his life. He was a self-employed bricklayer. Mr Foy enjoyed following rugby league and had played in his earlier years for local

  • Margaret retires

    A FORMER cake decorator who turned her hands to safeguarding power stations, aircrafts and oil rigs has retired. For the past 23 years Margaret Buckley, of Locking Stumps, has been a specialist in the manufacture of tiny ultrasonic probes which detect


    Mrs Teresa Bernadette Clarke, wife of Mr John Peter Clarke, died on November 5. She was 77. Mrs Clarke, of Windermere Avenue, Orford, was born in Prescot and lived in Warrington for 58 years. Mrs Clarke was employed as a valet at Lookers for more than


    The wedding has taken place at Wesley Methodist Church, Cadishead, Manchester of 34-year-old Mr Peter Hepburn, second son of Mr Brian and Mrs Christine Hepburn, of Cadishead and 34-year-old Miss Jo-Ann Clare Sharples, only daughter of Mr Bernard and Mrs

  • Sales manager

    A NEW sales manager has been appointed to Lymm-based Extra Leasing. Sandra Bradbury has been recruited to the position from High Peak Borough Council and she will have special responsibility for specialist vehicles such as RCVs and for promoting a new

  • Firm expands its pioneering project

    A RECYCLING firm that has developed a pioneering initiative to train prisoners in the Warrington area celebrated the official opening of its Birchwood factory. Belmont Technology Remarketing, which is based at Birchwood Park, recycles computers, mobile


    Mr Robert Frederick Payton, husband of Mrs Edith Payton, died on November 21 of an aortic aneurysm, aged 82. Mr Payton, of Eastdale Road, Paddington, was born in Latchford and had lived in Paddington for 55 years. He was last employed by Ken Leigh Motors


    Mrs Elizabeth Green, wife of the late Mr Ted Green, died on November 16 of peritonitis. She was 88. Mrs Green, of Holford Avenue, Bewsey, was born in Warrington and lived in the town all her life. She was a cook with the school meals service for 15 years


    Mr Vincent McDougall, husband of the late Mrs Annie (Dell) McDougall, died of bronchopneumonia on November 23. He was 95. Mr McDougall, of Brookfield Retirement Home, Lymm, was born in Orford, later moved to Latchford, and lived in Stockton Heath for


    Mrs Monica Ruck, wife of the late Mr Albert Edward Ruck, died on December 2 of pneumonia and carcinoma. She was 91. Mrs Ruck, of Lancing Avenue, was born in Evelyn Street and lived in Orford for 35 years. She was last employed as an operator at Richmond's


    Mrs Frances Wheeler, wife of the late Mr Wilfred Arnold Wheeler, died on October 6. She was 91. Mrs Wheeler was born in Warrington and lived in the town all her life. She enjoyed watching television, especially sport, and gardening. She leaves two daughters

  • Jospehina shall go to the ball

    IT'S Christmas with a twist at a Warrington church as they present their production of Josephina and the Technicolor Ball Gown. St John's United Reformed Church on Wilderspool Causeway will be presenting the play, a combination of Joseph and Cinderella

  • Choir bring the cup home to the Parr Hall

    AN all-conquering choir is set to return to home soil tomorrow, Friday, and get the chance to parade its latest silverware. A packed house is expected at the Parr Hall tomorrow and Saturday for the festive Christmas Voices, Christmas Brass concert, staged

  • Motorway junction opens

    JUNCTION eight of the M62 officially opened this week, finally easing congestion after 18 months of improvement work. Work started on the £32 million new interchange in March last year to widen the motorway to four lanes between junctions eight and nine

  • Duty chemists

    DUTY chemists for this Sunday, December 22, are Jolley's Chemist in High Street, Newton, from noon to 1pm, and Taylor's Chemist in West End Road, Haydock, from 10am-8pm.

  • Economy being managed in a sensible way

    A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM DAVE WATTS MP I WOULD like to wish you and your families a happy Christmas and a very prosperous New Year. As we all look forward to the Christmas and New Year break with our friends and families, we can now all appreciate that

  • Saints smash two club records

    SAINTS will be in celebration mode after breaking two club records. Following Saints' record sponsorship deal with global internet security provider, the club have announced that their early bird season ticket and home shirt sales have

  • Ticket prices confirmed

    TICKET prices for the 2003 World Club Challenge between Saints and Sydney Roosters have been confirmed. The prices for the game at Bolton's Reebok Stadium on February 13, kick-off 8pm, are £5 for under 16s and between £15 and £20 for adults. There is

  • McNeil back in Harro-ing defeat

    Harrogate Town 3 Runcorn FC Halton 1 RUNCORN were unable to capitalise on a dominant first half performance in the Unibond premier division and instead slumped to their sixth away defeat this season. The result leaves Liam Watson's side 19th in the league

  • Blue Bell knock Swan off top spot

    NEWTON Social reached the Earlestown Dominoes League Division One summit courtesy of a comprehensive victory over a strong Griffin side. Neil Crehan and Steve W. Jones started the ball rolling for Newton with a 2-0 win against George Fairclough and Norman

  • St. Pats stay hot on Bryn Labour's heels

    ST. Pats failed to take full advantage of Earlestown Snooker League leaders Bryn Labour having an open date. They could only manage to draw with Beer Engine. Nevertheless, the result moved them into second place in the table only two points behind Bryn

  • Vicars left high and dry

    Vulcan FC 4 Vicars 0 AN eagerly anticipated 'derby' day turned out to be a runaway success for Vulcan. Three Vulcan goals in the second half left Vicars high and dry in the Warrington Soccer League Division One affair. And it was two former Vicars players

  • Teamwork is the key to Trust success

    WITH bags of confidence, self-esteem and community spirit, an enthusiastic team of young people is looking forward to a bright future. And it's all thanks to Cheshire Fire Brigade's successful Prince's Trust scheme. The youngsters have completed more

  • Van theft warning

    VAN drivers are being warned not to leave their engine running and their keys in the cab when they make a delivery. It follows a couple of incidents last week where drivers came back out to the road or car park and found their vans had disappeared. Police

  • Dear Santa, I'd like world peace...

    WHAT are youngsters in Warrington hoping to find in their stockings and unwrap under the Christmas tree this year? Children at Winwick CE Primary School, in Myddleton Lane, spent an afternoon searching through catalogues and magazines to compile a Christmas

  • Seeing Double

    S Club AND then there were six. For anyone thinking that the departure of rotund S Clubber Paul would bring about a radical departure in the perky popsters sound will be sadly disappointed. For S Club's first album as a sextet, Seeing Double, brings us

  • Ms Dynamite

    A Little Deeper (Special Edition) WHEN Ms Dynamite - aka Niomi McLean-Daley - crashed into the charts with her astonishing debut album A Little Deeper earlier this year it was difficult for even the most hard nosed critics to take a pop at her. Combining

  • Come home

    THE tension mounted to fever pitch as Warrington's good souls crammed into a jam-packed Parr Hall on Friday night to await the arrival of Starsailor, back on their home turf for a special one-off gig for charity. I wondered if the new material being premiered

  • Oh Lord, it's a towering success!

    The Two Towers Cert: 12A By ALISON KLABACHER PREPARE yourself for the cinema experience of the year as the second instalment of The Lord of the Rings comes to life in a three-hour thrill-fest of bloody battles and magical mayhem. Last year's adaptation

  • Festive fix

    A WARRINGTON band has got its festive Christmas fix by playing regularly at venues in Liverpool and Manchester before a triumphant return to Warrington. The Fix last played at the White Hart in August but returned earlier this month to top the bill upstairs

  • Eddie's got to be perfect

    SINCE melting people's hearts as the driving force behind Fairground Attraction, Eddie Reader has announced north west dates to accompany a new album release, in 2003. Everybody remembers the carefree lilts of her smash hit, Perfect, that stormed to the

  • It's got to be Kim!

    DONNY Osmond, Michael Jackson, Sister Sledge ... the list of star celebrities was endless as Warrington teenagers this week had stars in their eyes. And Kim Warren, aged 16, of Waverley Close, wowed the Parr Hall judges as Eddie Reader to win the solo

  • Birthday treat for Thomas

    A YOUNG Vikings fan has been given an early Christmas treat this year after becoming the first winner of the club's monthly birthday draw. Thomas Dempsey, of Drayton Close, Runcorn, pictured here with the club's community development officer, Martin Davidson

  • Champ at last

    AS WIDNES boxer Liam Kavanagh stepped up for round two in the National Senior Novice Championship final, he turned to his long-time coach Jack Ryan and vowed: "I'm going to win this." Two minutes later, he had, ending months of preparation and disappointment

  • Police meeting

    THE next Stockton Heath police sector meeting takes place at 7.30pm, January 8, at the upper site of Bridgewater High School.

  • Signs variety

    PLANS to put up a variety of floodlit signs at The Walton Arms were discussed at last week's meeting of the development control committee. The application was part approved and part refused.

  • House success

    PLANNING chiefs have approved an application to build a four-bedroom property on land at the back of Cary, in St Mathews Close, Appleton. They also gave the green light to plans to build a two-storey side extension to Cary as well as a single-storey extension

  • Honours bid

    STOCKTON Heath Parish Council is considering new ways of honouring a councillor who was forced to retire through ill health. Eric Ridley is unable to be made an Honorary Freeman as, being elected as a parish councillor in 1995, he has not completed the

  • On the cards

    AN APPLETON vets group has taken the novel approach of donating money to charity instead of sending Christmas cards to clients. Freshfields, a registered charity that looks after unwanted and mistreated animals, received £200 from Appleton Hall Vets,

  • School shows its quality

    AN Appleton school is celebrating becoming one of just three Warrington schools to win a Primary Quality Mark. Alan Wells, OBE, visited Cobbs Infant School, on December 19, to present the honour following an accreditation inspection that revealed high

  • Drivers could face residents on patrol

    VILLAGERS in Stockton Heath could soon be personally clamping down on drivers who break the law, by helping an innovative council campaign to stop speeding motorists. Traffic and safety manager Howard Claxton is calling on councillors to endorse a scheme

  • Generous town

    MAY I thank the Warrington public for their generous contributions to our Christmas sleigh appeal. It was a pleasure to go round the borough areas of Warrington where our licence permits to see the joy and excitement on the faces of the young and old

  • Service? It's a joke!

    WISHING ALL Warrington taxi drivers a tipless Christmas. My wife went for a meal in the centre of Warrington on Friday night (December 13). She ordered a taxi at 10 o'clock for 11.45pm. Needless to say, it did not turn up. Waiting outside until 12.30am

  • Is this any way to treat human beings?

    I was appalled to read in the Warrington Guardian that parish councilors and Sgt Ian Roe, should make such comments as "Rid the village of these beggars" and advising people to get rid of the vagrants. Are we talking about rabid dogs here? Or are we talking

  • Charity collection

    DON'T forget that members of St Philip's Church in Westbrook will be collecting for charity tonight (Thursday) and tomorrow evening. The carol singers will be travelling around Old Hall, Westbrook and Callands, handing out Christmas cards and collecting

  • Carol concert

    ST MICHAEL and All Angels Church is hosting a Christmas carol concert tomorrow evening, Friday, with readings and songs. Liverpool's Jubilate Choir will be singing at the event, which starts at 7.30pm, and there will also be cheese and wine in the parish

  • Martin to tell about Army life

    A FORMER St Gregory's RC High School pupil will be visiting Warrington's Army careers information office this week to provide hands-on advice to future soldiers. Nineteen-year-old Martin Blyth has just completed full military training and is now serving

  • In safe hands with Wolfie

    A WINWICK man is preparing for the opening weekend of a children's nursery - in a renovated Catholic church. Paul Wright has spent the past few months working on the church at the former Winwick Hospital site. And Safe Hands Children's Day Nursery will

  • Council celebrates new quality award

    HALTON Council delivers high quality public services - and that's official! Council spending watchdog, the Audit Commission, awarded the authority a 'good' rating in the first national performance tables. Independent assessors gave Halton a score of three

  • Plans in place for showroom

    PLANS have been submitted to build a new car showroom and workshop in Bewsey. Polar Ford is proposing to erect the showroom, together with a used car building, wash bay and car park, at the junction of Owen Street and Winwick Road.

  • Can you help to trace an old friend?

    A STOCKPORT man has asked for Guardian readers' help in tracking down an old friend - whose last known address was in Bewsey. Gerald Gore wants to trace Juliet Catharine Gore, who was born between 1963 and 1965, and is the granddaughter of Rita Gould,

  • Getting to the heart of your community

    COUNCILLORS are planning to get out and about in the community as part of a Town Hall review of an improvement programme in Fairfield and Latchford. The scrutiny analysis of the three renewal areas is looking at how effective the scheme has been on improving

  • Meet some old friends

    CALLING the class of 1950 and 1952 at St Ann's Infant and Junior School in Orford. A reunion is planned at the Blackburne Arms pub in Orford on Monday, December 30. For more details, contact Brenda Morris on 0161 775 2588.

  • New Year's Eve party

    PADGATE Youth and Community Centre, on Station Road, Padgate, is hosting a New Year's Eve party and dance, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £3 for children aged eight to 15. No children under eight are allowed to attend. All proceeds

  • Singing out in search of a record

    A CHORUS of angels sang out in unison across Britain last week, joined by voices from St Oswald's RC Primary School on Padgate Lane. The school choir, led by head teacher Helen Lennon, became involved in the record-breaking stunt after performing at The

  • Schools join forces for new term

    JUST as the Spice Girls themselves predicted, two will become one when Bruche Infants and Bruche Junior Schools amalgamate at the start of the January term to form Bruche Primary School. And pupils at the junior school marked the occasion by performing

  • Fozzard injury

    AN injury that troubled Wolves prop forward Nick Fozzard during Super League VII has flared up again. Wolves head coach Paul Cullen revealed that 2002 ever-present Fozzard played much of last season with a groin injury and he visited a specialist for

  • Opportunity knocks!

    WARRINGTON Wolves will be seeking to reverse the trend of defeats to Widnes Vikings without eight of their Super League squad men on Boxing Day. Head coach Paul Cullen has ruled out eight players, and it could rise to 11 between now and the game, but

  • 'Unsurvivable' fall kills 53-year-old

    A RUNCORN man with learning difficulties fell to his death down a flight of stairs, an inquest has heard. David Holder, aged 53, suffered "unsurvivable injuries" outside his Palace Fields flat on September 20. He was found by postman Ben Hunt at around

  • Adventurer Mike sets off on a wacky race

    WACKY adventurer Mike Doran is off on his travels again - driving to the Sahara Desert in a £100 banger. The father-of-one, of Bramhalls Park in Anderton, saw an advert for wacky racers to drive from Plymouth to Dakar in Senegal and was immediately hooked

  • Glance guide to sport

    Darts Warrington Independent Darts League results: Monday Div One: New Alliance 7 Brit Rail 2, Penk Cons 2 Dog & Part 7, Penk Spts SC 2 Farmers Arms 6, Red Lion 3 Gas Soc 6, Smithys 6 Hawthorne 3, Jolly Tanner 3 Imperial 6. Div Two: Poacher B 3 Poacher

  • Lightning 'Crack'

    IT is starting to get interesting at the top of the MD International Indoor Bowls League. League leaders Reflecta Hawks were in good form on Sunday as they beat Missfits 6-3 despite a great victory for Missfits by Andrew Elliot and Wilf Hands. Bernard

  • Life in Ye Olde No.3

    LOWLY Ye Olde No.3 caused the upset of the season in Grappenhall Darts League by storming into a 5-0 lead against second-placed GYCA. The No.3 team's top guns were S. Welsh, 19 darts, C. Round, 20, B. Stoll, 20, N. Knight, 22 and match winner B. Allen

  • Sure way to start a party

    SURE Start families have been celebrating this week with Christmas parties for youngsters and their parents in Warrington. The north Warrington group will be covering Orford, Bewsey and Whitecross from April next year, helping children under four. Clr

  • Rivers provide bulk of catches

    A HOST of Warrington Anglers' Association's stillwater fisheries and canals have frozen over due to the sudden drop in temperature on Tuesday night. If this 'cold snap' continues anglers will have to fish 'Eskimo style' or look for pockets of ice-free

  • New moves ahead for historic Wolves site

    THE historic home of Warrington Wolves could be turned into houses or offices after the final game is played in the New Year. Wilderspool will host its last game after more than 100 years of memories at the end of the forthcoming Super League season and

  • Taking a step back in time

    LYMM rolled the clock back to the Victorian times on Saturday as thousands crammed into the village for the annual Dickensian Day. There was family fun throughout the village with the main parade in the afternoon watched by crowds lining Lymm's streets

  • Dave finds the recipe for TV success!

    WINNING a television cookery competition has given one Old Hall food expert a taste for success. And Dave Chadwick, of Ross Close, is hoping that his new-found fame will be the secret ingredient for his new Internet company. The 38-year-old cooked up

  • Still riding high

    Pilkington 1 Rylands 3 RYLANDS overcame Pilkington to maintain their top four status in Mid-Cheshire Soccer League Division One. Lee Ellis put Rylands ahead in the 23rd minute with a neat finish. Rylands' second goal came from Hickman, who avoided two

  • Chapelford project excites developer

    DAVID Wilson Homes has been named as the developer of Chapelford Urban Village - and will build more than 2,000 houses there. The 200-acre former RAF Burtonwood site will include property from one- and two-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom houses, plus

  • End of the road for angry residents

    RESIDENTS of a cul-de-sac in Winwick have slammed two utility companies for carrying out maintenance on their street at the same time. People living in Birch Avenue say that the situation is "causing chaos" for drivers trying to get to their houses, because

  • Sports digests

    Warriors secure runners-up spot WARRIORS of Warrington claimed 50 speeding tickets and 140 awards for top six finishes at the club's Graded Meet at the weekend. The club had 80 swimmers competing in the event and a number of them swam personal best times

  • Junior RL round-up

    Rylands u12 18 Wigan St. Judes u12 0 CONTROLLED discipline and excellent defence set the platform for Rylands' impressive victory over a tough Wigan side. Matt Lomax, two, Jack Reid and Joe Moore were Rylands' try scorers in a good all round team performance

  • Toughest game to date

    Latchford Albion 0 Hindley 22 LATCHFORD Albion showed tremendous fighting spirit in what was their toughest North West Counties Division Two game of the season. The final score line was not a fair reflection of Saturday's game. The home side gave their

  • Council set to give up 10,000 homes

    TOWN Hall policy chiefs have confirmed that they are to give up ownership of their 10,000-strong housing stock - but no final decision has yet been made on the way forward. At a meeting on Monday, councillors agreed to support a plan to transfer the council

  • Banana skin avoided

    Hunslet Warriors 18 Woolston Rovers 30 RUGBY League fans looking for live action over the festive season can watch Woolston Rovers play at Wilderspool Stadium. Rovers, without changing room accommodation after their clubhouse fire, have been using Padgate

  • Councillors 'had broken procedures'

    WARRINGTON'S Labour hierarchy has spoken out for the first time to explain why two councillors were disciplined following a meeting earlier this year. The issue was back on the agenda at Monday's full council when Clr Ian Marks, Lib Dem, asked why the

  • £32m motorway junction officially opens

    THE new £32million junction of the M62 was officially opened this week - signalling the end of traffic congestion in Warrington and the beginning of a 25-year development project. After 18 months of improvement work, which involved widening the motorway

  • Write in

    GREAT Sankey residents can contact their parish councillors about issues in the area by writing to Great Sankey Parish Council, Whittle Hall Community Centre, Lonsdale Close, Whittle Hall, Warrington, WA5 3UA.

  • Poster winners pick up prizes

    THE efforts of two clued-up young artists are set to bolster Culcheth and Glazebury Parish Council's latest anti-litter campaign. Weeks ago the council set a challenge to schools from both villages, urging youngsters to design their own trash-busting

  • Winter wander

    WALK off those extra helpings of Christmas turkey by taking part in an event at Sankey Valley Park on Sunday, December 29. The winter wander takes place from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. For more details, or to find out more about workdays taking place at the park

  • Feast of fun with Santa

    YULETIDE youngsters enjoyed a festive breakfast with Santa - and raised funds for charity at the same time. The event, which was held to raise cash for Marie Curie Cancer Care, took place at Whittle Hall Community Centre on Saturday. Children took part

  • Glorious gardens gain rewards

    DOZENS of residents in the Birchwood, Locking Stumps, Gorse Covert and Oakwood areas have been given recognition for their green-fingered prowess. Each front garden in the adjoining areas was entered in the town council's Birchwood In Bloom competition

  • Success at the double!

    A GREAT Sankey man has achieved diplomas in social studies and social work from Greenwich University. Wayne George Elcoat, aged 43, of Liverpool Road, is a former pupil of Bridgewater High School and Broomfields Primary School in Appleton. He is now working

  • Housing plan provokes concern over green issues

    PLANS to build 39 homes in a leafy corner of Culcheth have provoked a number of concerns from villagers. An outline planning application has been lodged for land off Wigshaw Lane and Hob Hey Lane, close to Culcheth Linear Park. Environmental campaigners

  • Council seeks views on u-turn ban proposal

    MOTORISTS may be banned from making u-turns in Penketh Road in a bid to prevent accidents. Warrington Borough Council is proposing to make an order to stop vehicles from making u-turns through the gap in the central reservation at Penketh Road's junction

  • Token effort is a huge help at Sycamore Lane

    A JUNIOR committee set up at a Great Sankey primary school is going from strength to strength. The Sycamore Lane Junior Committee, made up entirely of pupils, is collecting tokens from a number of different schemes to raise money for the school. Currently

  • End of an era as playgroup closes down

    A PENKETH playgroup, which has provided activities for tots in the area for more than 25 years, has closed its doors. Meeting Lane Playgroup, based at the leisure centre, has been forced to shut down because of falling numbers and new Ofsted requirements

  • Carol service

    A CANDLELIT carol service takes place at St Mary's Church in Lymm this Sunday, starting at 6.30pm.

  • Guides aiming high

    A LYMM Guide who is aiming to go to Austria next year for a special international camp is holding various fundraising events across the village. Katie Aspinall, a Lymm High School pupil, is the only Guide from the village who is making the trip but needs


    The wedding and reception have taken place at the Fir Grove Hotel, Grappenhall, of 32-year-old Mr David Ian James, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Alan James of Gainsborough Road, Warrington, and 33-year-old Ms Carol Jane Blair, youngest daughter of Mr and


    The wedding has taken place at Thomas Risley UR Church, Locking Stumps, of 22 year old Olu'yinka Alan Oyinloye, eldest son of Niyi and Janice Oyinloye, of Woolmer Close, Gorse Covert, and Miss Claire Ann Pemberton, only daughter of Mr Pemberton of Oakfield


    The wedding has taken place at the town hall at Ayia Napa, Cyprus, of 29-year-old Mr Richard Michael Rosa, second younger son of Mr and Mrs A Rosa of Bridgewater Avenue, Latchford, and 24-year-old Miss Lain Louise Collins, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs


    The wedding has taken place at Warrington Registry Office of 34-year-old Mr Neil Thomas Walley, only son of Mr and Mrs Tom and Ada Walley of Prestbury Drive, Thelwall, and 27-year-old Miss Michelle Louise Gaskell, only daughter of Mr and Mrs Ken and Linda


    The wedding has taken place at St Michael and All Angels Church, Little Leigh, of 35-year-old Mr Ian Jefferson Potter, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Gordon and Joan Potter of Senna Lane, Comberbach, and 35-year-old Miss Wendy Deborah Kinlin, of Whittle Hall


    The wedding has taken place at Our Lady's RC Church, Latchford, of 38-year-old Mr John Bailey, youngest son of Mr Sid Bailey and the late Mrs Pat Bailey, of Polar Avenue, Padgate, and Miss Claire Louise Delooze, only daughter of Allan Delooze and Mary

  • Joining the team

    A WARRINGTON-based bin collection firm has welcomed a new sales administrator to its team. Terberg Matec UK, whose head office is based in Birchwood, has appointed Chris Walley as sales administrator to act as a link between the sales administration team

  • Steel tree is pride of Lowry

    IT'S Christmas with a difference at The Lowry this year thanks to an amazing steel Christmas tree. The 18 foot by nine foot futuristic design was created by Croft Engineering Services of Risley and has numerous innovative features. It is lit from within


    Mr Thomas William Moore died of cardio-respiratory failure on October 30, aged 58. Mr Moore, of Poplars Avenue, Orford, lived in Warrington all his life. He was employed by Rylands Whitecross and The Firth Company. Mr Moore was an avid Wire rugby league


    Mr Lee Hennessey, son of Danny and Pauline Hennessey, died of pneumonia on December 1. He was 31. Mr Hennessey, of Patterdale Avenue, Orford, lived in Orford all his life. He loved listening to music, watching football, and enjoyed the company of his


    Mrs Barbara Elizabeth Forber, wife of the late Mr Frederick Forber, died on November 14, aged 62. Mr Forber, of Larchfield House, Newton-le-Willows, was born in Warrington and had lived in Newton-le-Willows for 62 years. She was employed as a cotton weaver


    Mr Zain Alhadad, husband of Mrs Eileen Alhadad, died on November 27 of kidney cancer. Mr Alhadad, of Wellington Street, was born in Singapore and came to live in Warrington in the early 60s, working for British Steel until its closure, then owning his


    Mrs Lily Rose Barnes, wife of the late Mr Herbert Barnes, died of a stroke on November 1. She was 87. Mrs Barnes, of Holly Road, Penketh, was born in Warrington and lived in Penketh for 66 years. She was a kitchen assistant at St Joseph's School, and


    Mrs Dorothy Rowland, mother of Anne Melbourne, died of pneumonia on October 28. She was 77. Mrs Rowland, of Henshall Avenue, Latchford, was born in Newton-le-Willows and had lived in the Warrington area for 40 years. She leaves a sister, a son, a daughter


    Mr Charles Joseph Fitzsimmons, husband of Mrs Lucy Fitzsimmons, has died, aged 69. He was born in Liverpool and had lived in Stockton Heath for 35 years. Mr Fitzsimmons was employed as a toolmaker at Ford's, Halewood, and during his national service he


    Mrs Queenie Thomas, wife of the late Mr Samuel George Thomas, died on November 14, aged 91. Mrs Thomas was born in Warrington and spent the last 23 years in Anchor Court. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo and watching sport on TV. She leaves a daughter


    Mr Joseph Edmund Holding, husband of the late Mrs Elsie Holding, died on September 1, aged 86. Mr Holding, of Oakmere Drive, Penketh, was born in Clock Face and moved to Penketh in 1960. He was last employed by Cheshire County Council until his retirement


    A funeral service for Mr Frank Craddock took place on August 20 at Walton Lea, followed by cremation, and interment of the ashes in the family grave took place on December 2. Mr Craddock was 86. Mr Craddock, of Cabul Close, was born and lived in the Battersby

  • Around Europe

    RANGER Dave Owen is taking spectators on a slide illustrated trek around Europe, Canada, Kenya, India and the USA at Sankey Valley Park on Sunday, December 22. The Travels of a Naturalist talk, which has been organised by St Helens Council's ranger service

  • Open hours

    NEWTON library will be open between Christmas and New Year on the following dates; Friday, December 27 from 10am until 5pm, Saturday, December 28 from 10am until 5pm, Monday, December 30 from 10am until, 5pm and on Tuesday, December 31 from 10am until

  • Rat trap

    ENVIRONMENTAL health officers are asking the public for help in their fight to reduce the town's pest population. The growing national trend in take-away food, often discarded on streets, is contributing to the growing numbers of rats and other vermin

  • Charity shops have Christmas all wrapped up!

    WITH Christmas just around the corner, the pressure of buying top quality presents at affordable prices is often a major headache and a financial burden, but charity shops in Newton are providing a welcome option for top Christmas gift ideas. The Hospice

  • Bin collections

    CHRISTMAS holiday refuse collection for Lowton and Golborne is as follows; if your usual collection day is Monday your bin will be collected on Monday, December 23; if it is on Tuesday it will be Tuesday, December 24, if it is on Wednesday it will change

  • School offers festive cheer

    FESTIVE cheer was offered to senior citizens in Newton as students delivered Christmas hampers last week. Year 10 pupils of St Aelred's Catholic Technology College were responsible for fundraising, collection and distribution of the hampers. They raised

  • Drugs baron fails in appeal over sentence

    A DRUGS baron from Newton - on the run for two-and-a-half-years - has failed in a bid to get his conviction quashed. Despite fleeing from justice in April 2000, when he was sentenced to 23 years jail for drugs conspiracy offences and a firearms charge

  • New ambulances unveiled

    GREATER Manchester Ambulance Service has unveiled its new fleet of emergency ambulances. The new Renault Master vehicles contain state-of-the-art lifesaving equipment, including an electrical management system, specialist suction units, fluid warning

  • Head teacher John says fond farewell

    CHRISTMAS marks the end of an era for children and staff at a Newton school as they bid a fond farewell to their head teacher after 12 eventful years. But although John Murray, head at St Aelred's Catholic Technology College, retires this week, colleagues

  • Two arrested as man's body is found

    TWO men from the Leeds area have been arrested and released on police bail, in connection with the discovery of a man's body with gun shot wounds in Haydock at the weekend. The body of 25-year-old Daniel Leroy Regan, from Leeds, was found by police at


    THE Guardian has learned that around 40 asylum seekers have been transferred to a location in Haydock, near Newton, from the infamous Sangatte refugee camp in France. The Red Cross camp, near the port of Calais, home to thousands of Iraqi, Afghan and

  • Sunbeam's bubble bursts

    ST. Pats had the fright of their lives against rock bottom Sunbeam in Earlestown Darts League Division One. Sunbeam raced 3-0 ahead thanks to impressive throwing by Ste Hearn, 23 darts, Dave Roblin, 48 and Adie Jerzierski, 32. The bubble then burst as

  • Toxic avengers

    AN evening of exciting blues is guaranteed when Toxic Blues return to Club 57 Jazz and Blues Club this Friday (December 20). The group started out in 1999, as a jam session for the group's members after work. The group features Keith Thomas; harmonica

  • Weather causing havoc

    THE water temperature of the upper pound of Newton Anglers' Association's Sankey St. Helens Canal was below four degrees Centigrade for this week's Over Sixties and Disabled Sweepstake. It is a known fact that fish rarely feed below this temperature and

  • Golborne go second

    Golborne FC 2 Malpas 0 GOLBORNE produced a good performance to leapfrog their second-placed opponents in the Mid-Cheshire Soccer League. The first half was a scrappy affair with Golborne playing into a strong wind and struggling to come to terms with

  • Super sub Rowe hits late winner

    ALSAGER Town forward Gareth Rowe struck in the dying seconds on Saturday to hit a dramatic winner. Alsager had been pulled back by mid-table Curzon Ashton after leading 2-0, and the game looked set to end in a draw. However Rowe had other ideas after