End in site for work

UNITED Utilities has confirmed water improvement work on Ellesmere Road, in Stockton Heath, will be completed by the end of this week.

The firm opened up one lane of the road to accommodate for Stockton Heath Walking Day on Saturday but had to close it afterwards to complete the job.

A spokesman said: "Our work will continue in the area after Ellesmere Road has reopened but we’ll be away from the highway working on private land.

"I know over the past 12 months we've had a regular presence above and below ground on Ellesmere Road and I would like to thank everyone for bearing with us during this time."

Plans for facility

AN Appleton councillor is eyeing up the possibility of obtaining a vacant shop in Appleton for community use.

Cllr Judith Wheeler (LD – Appleton) admits the potential introduction of such a site on Bridge Lane is a long way off but believes it would strongly benefit the community.

The town's South Area Board is following up the matter and it is hoped it may be used to become a cafe, library or venue for meetings and classes.

Before the base can be used for community use, the council, which could rent out the property, would have to be presented with 'convincing evidence' outlining the need for the facility, as well as to get an indication of how many people would use it.

Anybody interested in getting involved should e-mail Jwheeler1@warrington.gov.uk.

Garden selected

AN Appleton garden is on a select list of 16 scenic sites in Cheshire and Wirral set to welcome visitors throughout July as part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS).

Dingle Farm, on Dingle Lane, is inviting resident to visit its four-year-old garden, which includes a large pond, wild flower garden, vegetable patch and wooded area.

The garden is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10pm to 5pm, as well as next Sunday between the same times.

NGS supports a number of charities including Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Admission costs £3 for adults and children can go for free.

Family fun

A HOLIDAY club is giving children the chance to enjoy great outdoor settings this summer.

Fairy Forest School runs conservation holiday clubs at Woodland Trust sites across the town and is inviting children to Appleton's Lumb Brook Valley.

Families are welcome and older children can be left to play in the stream, build bridges and try their hand at hazel hurdling.

For further information visit fairyforestschool.com/holiday-clubs.

Pub's new name

A HATTON pub has been renamed following the success of its food business.

The Hatton Arms is now called the Hatton Pub and Grill after landlord Mark Bell decided to change it.

He said: "The name change is more in line with the restaurant's success and has been done to support the restaurant business a bit better."

Coverage of The Ashes is being broadcast at the pub.