Event Guide – November 2017

The November event guide is packed with things to do across the Borough. Check out the complete listing and be sure to share it with others ?

Shows, Exhibitions, Firework Displays, Craft and Gift Fayres, Wedding Fayres, Real Ale, Healthy Walks, Heritage and History, Libraries and more

FETES, FAYRES, MARKETS, FUN DAYS AND MORE

TUESDAYS
Street Market, Church Street, St Helens Town Centre. 9am to 4.30pm

THURSDAYS
Street Market, Church Street, St Helens Town Centre. 9am to 4.30pm

Saturday 4th

Halloween Murder Mystery at Inglenook Farm
7:30pm. Price: £35 per person. Concert pianist Paul DuPrez is recovering from illness at a secluded spot far from distractions.  His wife is looking after him. However as Halloween approaches Mr DuPrez falls foul of the dark history of his home. As detectives, you will watch the scene unfold before your eyes and you must use deduction and reasoning to find out just who did it, how and why. Question suspects, interrogate witnesses and take in all the clues to solve this case. With a huge emphasis on fun & laughter, and with proffessional actors in all roles, this is an evening to remember. Tickets are £35 including a homemade three course meal and a drink.  Booking essential, and a small deposit required. 01744 886 812

Tuesday 7th to Saturday 11th

Christmas Craft and gift Fair. Church Square.

Sunday 12th

Artisan market at Inglenook Farm. 10:00am. Browse over 55 stalls full of stunning, handmade one of a kind crafts and find stunning art, award winning local produce and amazing regional producers.
From handmade skin care to stunning jewellery and handmade childrens wear, there is so much to find. You will also find our courtyard full of stunning, award winning local produce to be sampled.
There will be music and dancing with the Cotton Town Hot Club and fresh food and coffee in our cafe. Car parking and entrance is free

Friday 17th and Saturday 18th

Christmas market event in Church Street / Church Square.
Friday 17th 11am till 5pm. Saturday 18th 11am till 7pm

Saturday 18th

Xmas lights switch on, Victoria Square, St Helens Town Centre. 4pm onwards. more info here

Late night shopping event at Phoenix Apparel, 8 corporation Street. till 9pm

Indoor car boot sale at newton communtiy centre. 10Am-midday. Free entry

Sunday 19th

Earlestown Xmas Lights Switch On. Midday to 6pm. A fantastic day of fun and entertainment

Saturday 25th

Rainhill model Railway club present a Christmas model Railway Show. 10Am to 5pm. Layouts, traders, refreshments and Santa claus. Adults £3. Children £3.50 (includes a visit and gift from Santa). FREE vintage bus between the event and north West Museum of Road Transport in St Helens Town Centre. Rainhill Village Hall, Weaver Avenue (behind shopping precinct, off Warrington road, Rainhill)

Christmas Market at Stocks Hall Care Home, Dentons Green. The event is 2-4pm and there is plenty of stalls to look at including artisan, Christmas decorations and cards, The Bodyshop, cakes, raffles and tombola. Santas and his inflatable grotto will be there too.The bar will also be open serving shortbread biscuits, hot chocolate and mulled wine. 6 Elderflower Rd, Denton’s Green, Saint Helens WA10 6FP.

Craft Fair at Billinge St Aidans Church. 10am to 4pm. Quality gifts for Christmas, refreshments, cake stall, good company and much more.

Sunday 26th

Xmas Craft Fayre at The Mansion House. 10.30am to 3pm.
The annual Crafty Christmas Fair at the beautiful Mansion House in Victoria Park. Visit Santa, browse the stalls, enjoy a bite to eat at the bistro. A perfect venue to seek out those unique, handmade Christmas Gifts.

The Friends of St.Helens Cemetery are again hosting the first  of their  popular Christmas events at St.Helens Crematorium Chapel, Rainford Road, St.Helens. Join with The Friends and The St. Helens Rangers for a fun morning and make your own  Christmas wreath to take home. Fun for all the family,bring the children. Costs £4.00 per wreath, this includes  all your materials to make a beautiful holly wreath. Starts 10a.m. at the crematorium chapel. ‘Book your place , call 07989251376’

Woodland lantern walk at carr mill dam
Lantern Walk round the dam , meet at 2.30pm at the Boathouse to collect lanterns £1 each , leave Boathouse at 3pm , walk round the dam ( 45mins to 1hr) back to the Boathouse for sunset ( great for all the family , path suitable for buggy’s )

Christmas Fair – Rainford Village Hall
Support a small business this festive season and browse the array of delightful craft, gift and food stalls. As well as the opportunity for some unique shopping you will also be able to enjoy hot and cold food and drinks all day. 11am to 3pm. Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, WA11 8HB

 

FIREWORK DISPLAYS

Organised displays across the Borough

Thursday 2nd

Big firework extravaganza at Toby Carvery, Waterside, Carr Mill Dam. WA11 7LX. Fun fair from 4pm.

Friday 3rd

Annual bonfire celebration at Newton Sports Club Crow Lane East WA12 9XE fire lit at 7pm Fireworks at 7.30pm fairground on site catering and bars adults £3 accompanied children £2 infants free

The SIDAC will host a fantastic night of Fun, Fireworks, Food and entertainment. With a traditional bonfire, Professional Fireworks Display to music all in a safe, controlled environment for all of the family.  There will be food stalls, toffee apples and entertainment and the bar will be open all evening.
A disco and entertainment will follow in the Large Function room after the fireworks show for all of the family. 6pm. Tickets are only £3.00 per person and are available behind the bar or you can buy online at www.sidactickets.co.uk Sidac Social Club, Bude Avenue, Sutton Leach, St. Helens, WA9 4PJ

Saturday 4th

Sutton fireworks display. Sutton Cricket Club, New St, Saint Helens WA9 3UU. Tickets: £3. Queries: 01744 812266 http://ticketpole.co.uk/product-category/event-tickets/sutton-cricket-club-events/

Sunday 5th

Clockface Fireworks Display at The clock face Pub and Restaurant. ‘Join us for an evening of pyrotechnic fun for all the family. With music from the fantastic Nikki, great food and a funfair for the kids.’ Tickets: £3 http://ticketpole.co.uk/product/clock-face-fireworks-display/

The Black Bull pub on Knowsley Road, St Helens is hosting a fabulous fundraising firework display in aid of Willowbrook Hospice. Come along and join in the fun! Tickets are £4 and the gates open 6pm with the display starting at 7pm

Spark In The Park. Sherdley Park. Secure, chargeable, stewarded and fully lit car parking is available at Mere Grange (£5 per car), Lea Green Station, Sutton Academy and The Islamic Centre (£10 per car) or you can park for free at nearby Chester Lane Centre. For up-to-date public transport enquiries contact Merseytravel Traveline on 0151 236 7676 or visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk Hot food and drinks will be available from a number of stalls on the night to keep everyone warm. Event-goers are asked to leave their sparklers at home this year. Spent sparklers that can be missed during the clear up operation can cause serious injuries to those taking part in sports activities and dogs being walked in the park after the event. The event gets underway at 6pm on Sunday 5th November, with the opening of the funfair (open until 9pm) followed by the children’s fireworks display at 7pm. The main event will get underway at 8pm.

 

EXHIBITIONS

Drawing The Collection

To coincide with the national event of The big Draw this exhibition takes museum collections from around the North West for inspiration. Artists have come together to produce work which are significant to each individual because of their association with an item, building, piece of artwork or the emotion it provokes. Taking drawing in its broadest meaning we have challenged artists to be‘creative’ with the mediums they use – expect the unexpected and maybe find a new way of drawing. Saturday 9th September to Friday 3rd November, The World of Glass Arts and Heritage Centre.

An abstract retrospective by Phil Wilkinson

Phil has brought together an eclectic collection of his abstract work which Phil himself has said Maysurprise people. Expect both bright and bold juxtaposed with sombre and dark images to create a very personal exhibition. Saturday 9th September to Friday 3rd November, The World of Glass Arts and Heritage Centre.

The Glass Wardrobe

A look back at Women’s fashion from the late 1890’s to the end of the 20th Century. The rise and fall of the hemline And the cinched in waist of the corset to the unrestricted dropped waist from the 1920’s, we’ve even got a bit of Lurex form the 1970’s. This is really a true reflection of how women have battled with the social aspect of body image And how we wrap our bodies to please society. Saturday 9th September to Friday 3rd November, The World of Glass Arts and Heritage Centre.

Two Faced – A Solo Show by Eric Gaskell

Gallery One, The World of Glass. Saturday 11th November – Friday 12th January

Eric Gaskell studied fine art at Wigan and Sunderland, leaving college in 1980 with the Max Beckmann and Istanbul Summer School scholarships. Since then he has continued working in the creative industries, designing, teaching, illustrating and exhibiting. He has shown work in New York, Quebec, Ghent, Dublin, London and throughout the UK as both a painter and printmaker since the early 1980s and has work in many public collections. He has become well known for his linocuts, more particularly his work around the canals of the UK. His work, which is always colourful, splits quite sharply between the highly figurative and the more abstract, graphic world. This exhibition shows both of these faces; from the canals to the more abstract, genealogically researched work and more.

“The process of putting a picture together and the ethos of good draftsmanship is the linchpin between my painting and printmaking. My work is colourful and structured moving from tightly figurative to symbolic/iconographic work. In print I prefer linocut, its strong, flat colour and its physical mark-making suit my working methods and is a good partner to my painting. I like how its graphic appearance seems immediate but can actually take many days of work to produce.”

There will be an opening for Eric Gaskells exhibition on Sat 11th Sept at 1pm

Going Solo – Malcolm Fryer

Godfrey Pilkington Gallery, The World of Glass. Saturday 11th November – Friday 12th January

Malcolm Fryer was educated at Blackburn & Lancaster Schools of Art from 1958-1962, he later taught at Blackpool School of Art then became Curator at the Howarth Art Gallery. Malcolm is represented in many public & private collections: Blackburn & Bolton Galleries, Salford Education Committee, Provincial Insurance Ltd, The Atkinson Art Gallery, Granada Television and many more.

Malcolm is listed in the Twentieth Century Painters & Sculptures, Volume VI by Frances Spalding.

‘’During my long experience of painting, I have attempted to reflect the atmosphere and essence of the things I see every day. My surrounding wherever they may have been, have provided the inspiration for my work, which has been a continual process of exploration. I compare myself to a musical composer who has to arrange different elements to create a successful piece. Sometimes this takes long periods of time’’.

 

THEATRE ROYAL

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The Salon – Tue 21 – Sat 25 Nov.

Tue – Thu: 7:30pm/ Fri: 8pm/ Sat: 2:30 and 8pm

Tickets: From £15

Regal Entertainments are delighted to once again present the hilarious, critically acclaimed comedy play The Salon. Welcome to a beauty spot like no other. If you want perfect nails, a relaxing massage or that perfect perm then there are plenty of places to go, but if you want jealousy, bitchiness and gossip then this is the salon for you! Rollers at the ready!

 

SHOWS AND PERFORMANCES

Friday 10th and Saturday 11th

Rainhill musical Theatre Company present “Grimm-ly Ever After.” Step back to when stories weren’t all ‘Happy Ever Afters’ and enter the dark tales of Grimm! FInd all your favourite GRIMM characters, in our latest show. Rainhill village Hall. 7pm. Adults £7. concessions £5. tickets via https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/rainhillmtc or call 07948 908693

Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th

Rainford amateur Dramtic present ‘The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Production of Murder Mystery’. This is a very funny play which will be performed 15th-18th November in Rainford Parish Church Hall, 7.45pm. Tickets are priced at £7. Every drama group has experienced the horrors of what can go wrong on opening night, and the ladies of the F.A.H.E.T.G. Dramatic Society are no different, with the possible exception that almost everything that could happen does! The scenery collapses, cues are missed, lines forgotten, and the sound effects take on a strange note at times, as the ladies present their ambitious evening’s entertainment with the cunning whodunit, ‘Murder At Checkmate Manor.’ And just in case the audience should get bored there’s a Film and Fashion Show and Murder Mystery Quiz, complete with a Prize! The crunch comes in the denouement when the ‘murderer’, about to be revealed, has to rush home to bandage up an injured daughter. But Mrs. Reece, doyenne of the group, rises above the slings and arrows of outrageous dramatics to save the situation and provide the final inventive twist.

Contact http://www.rainfordamdram.org.uk/contact-us/ for tickets or via their facebook page

 

REMEMBRANCE DAY EVENTS

Sunday 12th

  • St Helens Town Centre

Victoria Square. 10.45am. Prior to the Remembrance service, a parade will make its way from Birchley Street to the war memorial in front of St Helens Town Hall.The parade will be led by Armed Forces veterans and young representatives from the Cadets, Scouts and Guides – and will assemble by Birchley Street car park before proceeding to the war memorial.

  • Newton-Le-Willows

Rembrance day parade. Newton-Le-willows war memorial, Earlestown town Hall. 10.45Am

  • Rainhill

A morning service at St Ann’s Church will be followed by a parade and wreath-laying ceremony at 11:45am, during which the A57 Warrington Road will be closed to traffic between View Road and St James Road.

  • Haydock

A service will be held at the Remembrance Garden, Penny Lane, at 3pm on Sunday 12 November.

 

 

 

ARTS IN LIBRARIES

Thursday 2nd November

Highly Suspect – An Austentacious Murder
Eccleston Library, 5.15pm* & 7.30pm**
Jane Austen was a great writer on the subject of love and the human condition. App developers have now perfected the ‘Austen Algorithm’ – the key to finding the perfect partner!
The new Dating Mr Darcy app is due to be launched at Eccleston Library… But moments before it goes live, its creator is found dead. Someone has literally broken his heart!
But which Austen fan is the killer? What clues can we find in Austen’s books and just who will end up dating Mr Darcy?
Grill the suspects, crack the codes and discover the wit and wisdom of one of our finest writers in an Austen related murder mystery that will require all your sense and sensibilities to solve!
Who is it for 12+
Cost & booking info £6, £5 (St.Helens Library Card Holders), £3 (concs) Book online at: www.culturalhubs.eventbrite.co.uk or call into any library in St.Helens to purchase your tickets

*(Extra Show Added Due To Popular Demand)
**(Online tickets only available)

Thursday 9th – Saturday 11th November

Laura Jamieson – The Travelling Letter Exchange
Newton-le-Willows Library
The Travelling Letter Exchange is a touring letter writing bureau, where you are invited to sit down, write a letter and create a new record of life in the North West in 2017.
This celebration of letter writing will mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. Everyone who puts pen to paper will receive a letter back.
Who is it for Everyone
Cost Free – Just drop in *Check libraries for opening times

Friday 10th November

Barbara Brownskirt – Who DO You Think You Are?: Barbara Brownskirt
Rainhill Library, 7pm
Shrouded in her anorak, her knees bulging from her pop socks, Barbara Brownskirt is the darkly funny unsuccessful lesbian Poet-in-Residence at the 197 bus stop, Croydon Road, Penge.
We meet her, unlucky-in-love, as she attempts to find out who she is and what she’s doing here! Share the highs and lows of her survival in 21st Century Britain through poetry, slides and a study of Judi Dench done 3 ways.
She explores themes of identity, aloneness and failure, while providing a safe space for her audience. Fans of Victoria Wood and Rik Mayall will love it.
Who is it for 16+
Cost & Booking Info £6, £5 (St.Helens Library Card Holders), £3 (concs) Book online here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/who-do-you-think-you-are-barbara-brownskirt-tickets-36652182665 or call into any library in St.Helens to purchase your tickets.

Monday 13th November

Lipservice Theatre Co – Thrills & Quills – Jane Austen’s Life In Letters
Newton-le-Willows Library, 7pm
LipService theatre takes a comic look at Jane Austen’s letters. How odd was the Georgian postal system and what fun could Jane have had with a Twitter account?
From quill to SnapChat: with extracts from Jane Austen’s novels, letters to family members and wickedly funny observations on her neighbours, they look at Jane’s vivid account of her everyday life.
Who is it for 12+
When is it on Monday 13th November, 7.00pm
Cost & booking info £6, £5 (St.Helens Library Card Holders), £3 (concs) Book online here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/thrills-and-quills-jane-austens-life-in-letters-tickets-36683481280 or call into any library in St.Helens to purchase your tickets.

Friday 17th November

Louise Jordan – No Petticoats Here
Eccleston Library, 5pm***
Award winning musician Louise Jordan brings to life the stories of inspirational women who challenged expectations and left a lasting legacy, by telling the true stories of women in the First World War through her original songs.
Hear about the woman who dressed as a soldier on the Western Front, the women footballers banned by the FA (including St.Helens’ own Lily Parr), the ambulance drivers running the gauntlet of enemy fire in Flanders and the so-called ‘surplus million’ single women.
Who is it for Everyone
Cost & Booking Info £6, £5 (St.Helens Library Card Holders),£3 (concs) Book online here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/no-petticoats-here-by-louise-jordan-tickets-36720083759 or call into any library in St.Helens to purchase your tickets.

***Free tea, coffee & scones at the 5.00pm show

CITADEL

http://www.citadel.org.uk/
01744 735436

Simon McBride
Friday 3rd November
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £15
One of the best Blues Guitarists in the world

Mostly Autumn
Saturday 4th November
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £14 ADV/ £15 OTD
Presented by Classic Rock Society, the popular Prog Rockers showcase their new album ‘Sight of Day’

China Crisis
Friday 10th November
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £18
Massively popular 80s group perform tracks old and new.

Aynsley Lister
Saturday 11th November
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £12 ADV/ £14 OTD
Phenomenal guitarist presents an evening of the best British Blues

Carl Palmer
Friday 17th November
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £25
Presented by Classic Rock Society in memory of Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and John Wetton

The Clone Roses & DJ Clint Boon
Saturday 18th November
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £13 ADV/ £16 OTD
Hear all the classic Stone Roses tracks

Cast
Thursday 23rd November
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets £20 ADV/ £23 OTD
An evening with the Pedigree Brit Pop Legends

Mama presents an evening of Genesis Music
Saturday 25th November
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £15 ADV/ £16 OTD
Recreating the sight and sounds of a genesis gig

Cinedrella & Rockerfella
Thursday 30th November
Doors: 7.00pm
Onstage: 7.30pm
Tickets: £7/£5
The Citadel drama groups perform a modern, panto style retelling of the rags to riches fairy tale

 

ST HELENS IN MOTION (Walk, Run, Cycle and more)

FRIDAYS

FREE Walking Groups from Go Active Team. All of the walks get you to and through places you wouldn’t think existed, beautiful views, fantastic wildlife & all this is on your doorstep. Great weekly session to get active as well as meeting new people on the same path as you. All abilities welcome. Walks take place on Fridays from 8.30am to 10.30am

3rd november
Sankey canal trail walk, meeting at the ship inn, blackbrook, WA11 0AB
6-mile flat trail walk round the sankey canal leading through the greenbelt up to carr mill dam.

10th november
Newton race course trail walk, meeting at (old engine public house) Newton Road, WA9 2JR
6-mile trail walk around sankey canal & newton land fill site.

17th november
9-arches trail walk, meeting at Wharf Road, Newton-Le-Willows WA12 9PA
5-mile gentle pace flat trail walk around the 9 arches & gypsy wood.

24th november
Billinge trail walk, meeting at the toby carvery (waterside), Carr Mill, WA11-7LX
6 & a half mile strenuous trail walk through Carr Mill leading through green belt up to Billinge.

Please wear suitable footwear. Well behaved dogs welcome. Weather appropriate clothing. Please bring a drink. Fully Qualified Instructors. Why not bring a friend, family or neighbour. Please be there for 8.15am to sign register and be ready to set off at 8.30am Contact details andrewbrown@sthelens.gov.uk 01744 677970 / 01744 677236
https://www.sthelensunlimited.co.uk/2017/09/15/free-trail-walks-from-the-go-active-team/

Ranger Events

Wednesday 1st November Health Walk at Mesnes Park, 4 miles long, 1.30pm start. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Park Road North, Newton-le-Willows WAl2 9TA For more information contact Mesnes Park Rangers on 01925-229021

Tuesday 14th November Health Walk at Sankey Valley, 4.5 miles long, 1.30pm start. Meet at the Visitor Centre on Blackbrook Road, St Helens WA11 OAB For more information contact the Sankey Valley Rangers on 01744-677772.

Monday 20th November Health Walk at Rainford Siding Lane, 3.5 miles long, 1.30pm start. Meet at Siding Lane Visitor Centre WA11 7SR For more information contact Taylor Park Rangers on 01744-678073

Tuesday 28th November Health Walk at Bankes Park, 4 miles long, 1.30pm start Meet at Bankes Park car park on Main Street, Billinge, WN5 7HR For more information contact Sankey Valley Rangers on 01744-677772

SATURDAYS
St Helens Park Run. Meet at 9am, Bandstand, Victoria Park.

SUNDAYS
2k Junior parkrun for 4-14yr olds at Colliers Moss. 9am.
More info https://www.sthelensunlimited.co.uk/2017/08/17/junior-park-run/

Bike Rides with St Helens Pedal Power – Free use of biks and helmets. http://www.pedalpowerexperience.co.uk/sthelens.html
https://www.facebook.com/StHelensPedalPower/

St Helens and District Ramblers Club.
Checkout their website for more information and walks. http://shdrc.co.uk

HAYDOCK PARK

Saturday 25th

Betfair Chase day at Haydock Park.

Join us for one of the most awaited meetings at Haydock Park featuring The Betfair Chase, a Grade 1 National Hunt Steeplechase.
Opens 10:10, First race 12:10, Last race 15:35
http://haydock.thejockeyclub.co.uk/events-tickets/whats-on/betfair-chase-day

 

REAL ALE AND GIN EVENTS

THURSDAYS
Bottle Night at Connoisseur Ales. 5pm. To 8pm. Basement of Wolverhampton House, Church Street.

Saturday 4th

Connoisseur Ales Open Day. Midday to 10pm. Basement of Wolverhampton House, Church Street. (First Saturday of every month)

Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th

Rainhill Rotary 15th Annual Charity Beer Festival. Rainhill Recreation Club (Cricket Club) Victoria Terrace Rainhill L35 0LH
9th £5   7pm – 11pm
10th £7 7pm – 11pm
11th £7 1pm – 11pm

110 REAL ALES
LAGERS
CIDERS
PROSECCO BAR

FOOD AVAILABLE

All money raised from this event will be given away to Local Charities and Good Causes in the Spring at the Rainhill Rotary Dragons Den

No Children Allowed

Friday 17th

Gin night at Houghwood golf
A selection of fun and flavourful gins – classic, contemporary and unusual! With a card to explain how to pair the gin with the right tonic and perfect garnish.

Why not try one of our popular gin cocktails or create your own signature drink.

For those of you who don’t like gin, but would like to attend with friends the bar will be open! It’s a Friday which means ‘FIZZY FRIDAY’ – Prosecco is available for £2.95 a glass.

A selection of Tapas will be available on the evening, £3.50 per dish or 4 for £10.

Everyone is welcome – you need to book your tickets via the office. Ring 01744 894754, option 1!.

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th

Beer festival at town hall. Raise a toast as the popular annual charity St Helens Beer Festival supporting the Steve Prescott Foundation returns to St Helens Town Hall, with some of the finest ales from across the country, and fantastic music acts to keep you entertained.

 

COMEDY

Friday 17th

Live Stand Up Comedy Night at The SIDAC Lounge
3 amazing comedians including Archie Kelly from Phoenix Nights, Dave Twentyman and Ste Porter. With food and special drink offers. 7pm Start. Tickets only £12.50 each. Tickets are available behind the bar. The SIDAC – Function Rooms & Sports Club, Wheatsheaf Avenue, WA9 4PL.

Thursday 30th

Jimmy Cricket Laughter Show at Windle Labour Club.
A night of Fun and Laughter with JIMMY CRICKET and supporting artists.
£7-50 each, call into the WINDLE TO GET THEM… or phone…..07521 480321

 

DARKSTAR LASER ARENA

TUESDAYS
Tag Tuesday at Darkstar Laser. After 6pm its £9. 3 games of laser tag. Free pizza slice, happy hour drinks.

THURSDAYS
RE:FLEX at Darkstar Laser. Student night. £8 with sutdent ID, £9 otherwise. 3 games of laster tag. Free shot or slush. Discount vodka slush.

FRIDAYS
Friday nights at Darkstar Laser. A different event every week. 7-11pm £10.
Call 01744 733378 for more info.

SATURDAYS
Kids Club. This is aimed at younger kids 6 to 12 years of age. The first game is at 10am so guests have to be here for 9.45ish to get tickets. No booking, just turn up. £6 for 3 games.

 

HERITAGE AND HISTORY

Every Tuesday
The Townships Family History Society are working on a Tuesday 3 45 to 6 45 at Eccleston Library. Ring 677575 to check.

Monday 13th November

The Queens Park Local History Group will be meeting at 7.15pm at Greenalls Sports and Social Club on Alder Hey Road, WA10 4DN. Rosemary Tyler will be talking about ‘The Suffragette Movement’.

The Rainhill Railway & Heritage Society meet at the Village Hall in Dane Court, L35 4LU, 7 for 7.30. AGM for members only.

Tuesday 14th

Rainhill Remembered meeting. Millennium Rooms View Road from 2-4 pm. Do drop in , you will be assured of a warm welcome! Always 2nd Tuesday in the month except August

Thursday 16th

Locomotive Club of Great Britain – North West Branch.
“35mm BR Blue to digital Large Logo” by Roger Sutcliffe.
The Pied Bull Hotel, 54, High Street, Newton-le-Willows. WA12 9SH. 7.30pm

St. Helens Townships Family History Society present ‘Liverpool Cowkeepers – A family history with David Joy. Monthly meetings are held at the United Reform Church at 6.45 for 7pm. Non-members are very welcome to attend.

Monday 20th

The St Helens Historical Society meet at the Friends Meeting House, Church Street, WA10 1AJ. 7.30pm. Joanne Chamberlain’s subject is ‘Mrs Goodison’s Bequest’

Rainford Heritage Society. Indoor Meeting, 7.30pm at Junction Pub
Indoor Meeting, Ken Pye ‘From Roses to Rhinos’

Wednesday 22nd

Saints Community Development Foundation host the first of their Heritage Group events at the Totally Wicked Stadium at 7pm. More info here

Tuesday 28th

Rainhill civic Society. “The Road to Passchendaele: the 1/5th South Lancashires, 55th Division and the Third Battle of Ypres”. Ste. Lingard has a master’s degree in British First World War Studies. Two of his forebears served with the Battalion and died in the ‘Great War’. St Ann’s Centre, View Road. 7.30pm. There is no charge and meetings are open to all, members and non-members. Free parking and level access.

Wednesday 29th

Newton-Le-Willows local history group. Last Wednesday of the month. 5pm. To 7pm. (except December). Newton Library

 

WILLOWBROOK HOSPICE

Willowbrook Hospice – Light Up A Life Appeal and services

Make a donation in memory of your loved one this Christmas and you will receive a commemorative card and a voucher for one of our special badges. Your loved one’s name will also be entered into the Willowbrook Hospice Book of Honour which will be available at our Light Up A Life services: Monday 11 Dec, 7pm – Prescot Parish Church, Church Street, Presoct, Tuesday 12 Dec, 7pm – Church of the Holy Spirit, Dovecot Avenue, Dovecot and Wednesday 13 Dec, 7pm – St Mary’s Lowe House, North Road, St Helens.
For more information, ring 01744 453798 or go online at willowbrookhospice.charitycheckout.co.uk/LUAL
Willowbrook Hospice – Santa’s Mailbox

Keep the magic of Christmas alive by sending your children/grandchildren a personalised letter from Santa! For more information, ring 01744 453798 or go online at www.willowbrook.org.uk

Firework Display
Sunday 5 November
The Black Bull pub on Knowsley Road, St Helens is hosting a fabulous fundraising firework display in aid of Willowbrook Hospice. Come along and join in the fun!
Tickets are £4 and the gates open 6pm with the display starting at 7pm

Coffee Morning
Tuesday 7 November, 10am at Whitaker’s Garden Centre, Prescot
Whitakers Garden Centre, Prescot will once again play host for our fabulous festive coffee morning. Tickets are £4.50 and can be bought from Whitakers.

Charity Evening featuring Nile Jordan – in aid of Willowbrook Hospice
Friday 10 November, 7.30pm at St Mary’s Club, Billinge
Annual charity evening featuring popular vocalist Nile Jordan. Prize raffle and grand auction. Tickets £10 – include a hot pot supper. For tickets, contact: Paul 01744 893452, Ged 01744 895442 or Linda 01744 309825.

Festive Afternoon Tea
Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 November at Willowbrook-The Living Well, Borough Road, St Helens
There’s still a few tickets left for the Festive Afternoon Teas on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 November at Willowbrook-The Living Well.
Doors open from 1.30pm – to buy handmade crafts & goods – with the Afternoon Tea starting at 2.30pm. Tickets are £7.50 – please ring 01744 453798 for more details.

 

ST HELENS WRITERS’ CLUB

The club meets on alternate Wednesdays from 7.15to 9.15pm at the Christian Life Centre, Atherton Street. For more contact Marian Cleworth on 07720048029 or see the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/St-Helens-Writers-Club-1602649089997265/

JOB HUNTING

TUESDAYS

Helena’s Job Hubs, in partnership with Wargrave Big Local take place at Newton Family and Community Centre, Park Road South, Newton-le-Willows. 1Pm to 4pm.

WEDNESDAYS

Helena’s Job Hubs, in partnership with Wargrave Big Local take place at Helena Central, Corporation Street, St Helens. 1Pm to 4pm. To find out more, email onecall@helenapartnerships.co.uk or telephone 01744 637383.

THURSDAYS

Helena’s Job Hubs, in partnership with Wargrave Big Local take place at Newton Family and Community Centre, Park Road South, Newton-le-Willows. 1Pm to 4pm.

LUCEM HOUSE COMMUNITY CINEMA

Lucem House is a volunteer-led social enterprise in St Helens. Lucem House offers cinema, rehearsal space and meeting rooms for hire at competitive rates. 100 Corporation Street, St Helens, WA10 1SX. Phone: 01744 609325 https://lucemhouse.co.uk/ http://www.wegottickets.com/Lucemhouse

Friday 3rd
Loving Vincent Animation | Biography | Crime | Drama | UK | Poland | 2017 | 95 min | Dirs: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman. Cast: Helen McCrory, Jerome Flynn, Saoirse Ronan | Altitude Film Entertainment | A feature film about the life and mysterious death of Vincent Van Gogh. 7.30pm

 

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

MONDAYS
St Helens Camera Club. Bishop Road Police Club. The club opens at 7:30pm for a prompt 8:00pm start and the evening runs until about 10:00pm.

The Best of the Borough Twitter Hour. If you’re on Twitter and have something great to share then tweet between 8-9pm every Monday and include the hashtag #StHelensHour
You might be an artist with new work or an exhibition, a business wanting to promote, a community group with events to share, a sports club wanting to share news etc.

SUNDAYS

Saints Motorcycle Club meeting at Springfield Pub, Thatto Heath. 1pm. Contact Mark 07541 871343. Neil 07955 559181. Every week.

The Phoenix Car Club meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the Clock Face Hotel 7.45pm. All older vehicles welcome, for more details contact David Jones 01744 637052 davidjones66@blueyonder.co.uk

FAMILY ZONE

FRIDAYS
Forest Tots is a Forest School toddler club which runs every Friday morning at the Shining Light Centre. Sessions will run from 10am -1130am and will take place in the woods. For more information on these please email info@myoutdoorclassroom.co.uk

SENIOR ZONE

WEDNESDAYS

Park Farm ACYP Centre
Table Tennis for Seniors -every Wednesday 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Table tennis is a sport that can be enjoyed by individuals of any age and physical ability. Playing table tennis is a great way to stimulate the brain and promote quick thinking while improving hand to eye coordination. It is a fun sport which keeps you fit and flexible without putting stress on your joints, increasing your agility, flexibility and reaction time and a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Park Farm ACYP Centre. Carr Mill, 54 Kentmere Ave, Saint Helens WA11 7PG. 01744 754367 acypcentre@yahoo.com

Reminiscence Cafe at Totally Wicked Stadium. If you want any further information regarding the Café please call 01744 455 074 or email eddie.cunningham@saintsrlfc.com

 

YOUTH ZONE

TUESDAYS
Wargrave Youth Group 6pm-8pm at Newton Community Centre. free and refreshments provided. For 11-17 year olds. Funded by Wargrave Big Local.

WEDNESDAYS
Youth club for 11-17 year olds. Shining Light Centre. Forest Road, Sutton Manor. 7Pm to 9pm.
Music, great games, food, arts and crafts. Chillout. Free

THURSDAYS
Youth Club for 11-17 year olds. Hope Centre. Atherton Street. 7Pm to 9pm. Trips out. Team challenges. Arts and crafts. Music. X-box. Movie night. Chill out. Cooking. Free

FRIDAYS
Youth club for ages 5-11. St Andrews, Dentons Green Lane. 4.30pm to 6pm. Music, great games, food. Arts and crafts. Chill out. Free

Saturday 25th November
Youth Aflame. Wesley Methodist Church, Corporation Street, WA10 1HE. Runs from 2pm to 6pm.
https://www.facebook.com/Youth-Aflame-110303343632/
4th Saturday of the month.

 

LIBRARIES

Always lots on at your local Library, view all the events here bit.ly/SHlibraries

CHILDREN’S CENTRES

https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/social-care-health/children-and-families/childrens-centres-in-st-helens/

HEALTHY ST HELENS

For a full list of activities view the website http://www.healthysthelens.co.uk/whats-on/

OTHER EVENTS

THURSDAYS

Latin In Line Dancing – the fun way to keep fit, no partner required. Reeve Court, Stratton Drive. 6.45pm. At 8pm its intermediate ballroom, latin and sequence.£3.50. Call Keith on 07802 237 261.

SUNDAYS

Soulful Sunday at Coco’s, Westfield Street. 3Pm to 7pm. Playing all your Classic old & New Soul, Motown, R&B, Funk, Disco and Northern Soul. Every Sunday.

Beginners Ballroom, Latin and Popular Sequence Class. Sutton Cricket Club New Street St Helens WA9 3UU. 8.00pm £6.00 per person. Contact Keith on 07802 237 261 every week

EVENTS FURTHER AFIELD AND IDEAS FOR FUN TIMES

All creatures, mainly small
The Wildlife Trust has an excellent searchable database of outdoor events around the country throughout 2016. It is passionate about involving children with the outdoors, and offers family-friendly walks, pre-school wildlife clubs and special family events.
http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/

Treasure hunts with GPS
There’s a lot of fun to be had on modern-day treasure hunts using GPS. Beginners’ guides to geocaching are available online with GPS unit recommendations. A simple web search will reveal caches in your area, and it’s a brilliant way of getting even the most reluctant tweenies out of the house.
http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/blog/what-is-geocaching-2/#more-3890

Sights for dinosaur eyes
The Ordnance Survey website has a great beginners’ guide to fossil hunting, which includes suggestions for where and when to go and what to take with you, such as books of tide times and old newspapers for wrapping any delicate finds in. Go find yourself a dinosaur!
https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/getoutside/explore/beginners-guide-to-fossil-hunting/

Walking and Cycling
The National Trust has a number of cycle routes for families too as well as some great walks including  walks for little legs so that the young’uns don’t get too tired.
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cycling
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/walks-for-little-legs

Become a nature detective
Free Woodland Trust activities from a choice of about 100 from its website for outdoor and indoor fun with nature. Activities include downloadable guides for outdoor fun making squirrel-proof bird feeders and more and for bad weather there are craft activities such as colouring sheets. See Woodland Trust for the full info. https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/activities/search/

Visit the park
Here’s a handy page where you can search for award-winning parks near you – and they are free! http://www.greenflagaward.org.uk/

English Heritage kids go free
If you’re already an English Heritage member, you can get free entry for up to six children (up to 18 years and within the family group) accompanied by an adult. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/join/

Over 500 ideas for free activities
http://www.netmums.com/activities/free-family-fun

Activities for a rainy day (Because we live in England and you just never know….) http://www.netmums.com/activities/g/20-activities-for-a-rainy-day

 

 

 

 

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