The Weekend event guide is packed with things to do across the Borough.
Rotary Club Santa Sleigh events Across the Borough https://www.sthelensunlimited.co.uk/2017/11/26/rotary-clubs-santa-sleigh-collections/
FETES, FAYRES, MARKETS, FUN DAYS AND MORE
Xmas Tree Festival – 1st to 15th December at St Helens Parish Church in Town Centre.
Friday 8th December
Carols in Victoria Park
The annual Community Carol concert takes place on Friday 8th December.
Meet at the Rutland St lodge at 6.15pm for Carols around the Xmas tree accompanied by the fabulous Ukes 3A players.
At 6.30pm walk through the park by torchlight singing as you go to the beautiful Orangery for more Carols with the Ukes 3A players.
At 7.15pm they will be awarding the prizes for the annual story writing competition and hearing the winning entries being read out. They may also have a visit from a well loved red suited gentleman… as long as you have all been nice and not naughty.
Sleighs will leave around 8pm
Bring your lanterns and your coats… if the weather is poor meet in The Orangery.
Saturday 9th December
Phoenix Apparel’s Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair returns to St Helens Town Hall by popular demand. With a host of beautiful Christmas gifts, crafts, food & drink & of course Father Christmas himself! Entry £1. Children go FREE
Xmas Party and Art Print Sale. Sale of artists original print works from the 20:20 Print exchange. Artists from Platform as well as studios throughout the U.K. and International submissions will have work for sale from £10 per print. Along with warm festive fayre and a convivial catch up with artists from Platform Print Group and Studios 1pm to 4pm. Platform Studios, upstairs at St Marys Market.
The Big Carol event in Newton-Le-Willows. A traditional carol sing around care homes of Newton. A joyous evening where local children give gifts to to senior citizens. 3Pm onwards. Willow Court, Newton Community Hospital, Linear Park, Woods Court, Heald Farm Court, Elm Tree House, Nine Arches, Tesco.
Everyone is invited to the book launch for St. Helens Now and Then: Celebrating the first 150 years of the town by Sue Gerrard. 11am –12 noon , Wardleworths Bookshop, Westfield Street. More info https://www.sthelensunlimited.co.uk/2017/11/16/st-helens-now-and-then-book-launch/
Inglenook Farm Xmas Market. Browse over 65 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 and so much inspiration for Christmas gifts from unique and independent traders. You will also find our courtyard full of stunning, award winning local produce to be sampled. There will be music and dancing and a special appearance from a live singer to get us in the festive mood! Enjoy mulled wine & hot spiced cider, unique businesses and a very special appearance from Santa! Car parking and entrance is free but please be aware our car park fills fast so there may be a wait – please car share wher possible so we can get you all in quickly! 10am onwards.
How do you fancy winning £100 worth of Hardshaw Shopping vouchers just in time for Christmas? Simply find “Mrs Christmas” who is hiding in the Hardshaw Centre between 12pm and 2pm. More info here
Xmas Fair. Alexandra Care Home. 2pm.
Happy Hands Xmas party at the Deafness Resource Centre. 5pm to 8pm. £3 per child. Call 07043 082965 for tickets.
Sunday 10th December
Christmas market with breakfast with Santa. 10am till 8pm the glass horse pub sherdley road St Helens. Lots of stalls and activities mulled wine mince pies plus many more. Free entry to the market but charges apply for the breakfast with Santa please visit the glass horse pub for more info.
Jamm Studios Xmas Showcase. Join them for an evening of incredible live performances and festive cheer! 4Pm to 6pm. £10. 22 Volunteer Street, Saint Helens, WA10 2AY.
Xmas Market at Greenslate Farm Craft, Food & Gift Stalls. Music & Live Entertainment. Practical Christmas Craft Demos. Festive Food & Mulled Wine. Midday to 4pm. More info http://greenslatefarm.org.uk/2017/11/christmas-markets-at-greenslate-community-farm/
Inglenook Farm Xmas Market. Browse over 65 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 and so much inspiration for Christmas gifts from unique and independent traders. You will also find our courtyard full of stunning, award winning local produce to be sampled. There will be music and dancing and a special appearance from a live singer to get us in the festive mood! Enjoy mulled wine & hot spiced cider, unique businesses and a very special appearance from Santa! Car parking and entrance is free but please be aware our car park fills fast so there may be a wait – please car share wher possible so we can get you all in quickly! 10am onwards
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.”
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’’.
Friday 8th December
Dancers, singers, musicians and DJs perform in this showcase of young and local talent
Climb That Tree
Saturday 9th December
A musical journey through David Gibb’s hilarious imagination. Where bears live in the cupboard under the stairs, wolves are roaming the corridors in school and trips to the moon are a regular occurrence. Ages 3+
The Abominable Snowman
Sunday 10th December
Doors: 11.00AM & 2.00PM
Onstage: 11.30AM & 2.30PM
Join us on this snowy adventure in to the mountain where thing are not always how they seem. Enjoy a delightful blend of puppetry, live music and enchanting story telling in this charming tale of an unlikely hero. Ages 3+
Sunday 10th December Bird Walk from Mesnes Park,10am start. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Park Road North, Newton-le-Willows WAl2 9TA For more information contact Mesnes Park Rangers on 01925-229021
DRINK BASED EVENTS (REAL ALE AND GIN ETC)
Connoisseur Ales Open Days.
Saturday 9th. Midday to 10pm.
At least 6 beers on at each as well as mead, fruit wines, cider, hot mulled wine and a temperance bar. Pints start at £2.40. Brewery tours from Mnidday to 6pm only.
DARKSTAR LASER ARENA
Call 01744 733378 for more info. http://www.darkstarlaser.com/
Friday nights at Darkstar Laser. A different event every week. 7-11pm £10.
Call 01744 733378 for more info.
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.
CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
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 email@example.com