Event Guide – January 2018


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’’.

Islands for the Lost – Jane Barwood

Godfrey Pilkington Gallery
Saturday 20th January – Friday 9th March 2018

Many of the works in this exhibition were inspired by the artist’s walks in Anglesey, North Wales and the North-West coast of England. The paintings often feature lonely buildings in the landscape. The buildings represent the ephemeral place of people within the eternal natural world. The paintings explore ideas of loneliness and connection, communication and isolation, alienation and belonging. The settings are based on reality but are not realistic. Instead the artist uses colour, texture and form to evoke atmosphere and emotion rather than photographic realism.

Jane Barwood has a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art Painting. She has won several awards including the national Mussini Oil Painting People’s Choice Award in 2017, the Python Art Prize in 2013 and was awarded the Heart of Glass Studio Bursary in 2014. Jane has completed public art commissions and was previously Artist in Residence at Liverpool Hope University. She regularly exhibits regionally and nationally and has paintings in private and public collections, including The World of Glass and JD Wetherspoon. She lives and works in St Helens and is very active in the local arts community.

Inspired by her coastal walks, Jane Barwood uses images of buildings in the landscape in her paintings to explore ideas of loneliness and connection, communication and isolation, alienation and belonging.

There Are Places I’ll Remember – Artworks From The Museum’s Collection

Gallery One
Saturday 20th January – Friday 9th March 2018

There are places I’ll remember all my life, Though some have changed
Some forever, not for better, Some have gone and some remain.
To celebrate the Towns 150th Anniversary this exhibition will explore the ideas surrounding these very popular song lyrics. The exhibition will showcase pieces from the boroughs collection that depict the town of St. Helens over the years.


Weep Mothers Weep

“Weep Mothers, weep o’er the loss of your dear ones
The Fathers and Children who are strewn amongst the dead,
The Explosion has fill’d the whole district with sadness
For homes that are lonely, and hearts that have bled.” (Anon, 1878)

Weep Mothers Weep recounts the terrible disaster which occurred at the Wood Pit in Haydock on 7th June 1878, taking the lives of 204 men and boys.

Students on the FdA Theatre & Performance course at University Centre St Helens have responded to research into the disaster, by creating a performance which incorporates monologues, music and movement.

We hear from the colliery manager, the local priest, the miners themselves, and the wives and mothers of those whose lives were lost. It’s a story of loss and grieving, but ultimately a story of hope as the whole community pulls together to offer support to the families.

Where & When is it on

Tue 16 January 2018
3 performance times: 4pm, 5pm, 6pm
Haydock Library, Church Rd, St Helens, WA11 0LY
Who is it for: Everyone
Cost & Booking Info
Free event: Please book via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/weep-mothers-weep-tickets-41380029783?aff=es2
Haydock Library – Wall mounted pushpad entrance to library, accessible toilet and parking


You Who Live Safe
Julia Cadman

Please join us in our community Holocaust Memorial commemorations at both Rainhill and Haydock libraries. A unique musical composition written by local musician and music teacher Julia Cadman will be performed with choral and dance accompaniments with a selected Primo Levi poetry reading and candle lighting.

Where & When is it on

Monday 22nd January, 4.00pm – Rainhill Library
Monday 29th January, 4.00pm – Haydock Library

Who is it for: Everyone
Cost & Booking Info Free – just turn up

Rainhill Library – Ramp and parking
Haydock Library – Wall mounted pushpad entrance to library, accessible toilet and parking


01744 735436

Sari Schoor & The Engine Room

Saturday 20th January
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £13
Having recently taken the UK by storm while on tour with Walter Trout, Sari Schoor comes to the Citadel for an evening of phenomenal vocals & Blues Rock


Saturday 27th January
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £10 Adv/ £12 OTD
Citadel favourites, Aladdinsane return to once again pay tribute to the legend David Bowie. Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.


Rainhill Musical Theatre Company present Aladdin
Thursday 11th January to Sunday 14th January at Rainhill Village Hall.
7.30pm. Plus a 2pm matinee performacne on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are £10. Concessions £8
Book tickets via http://www.rainhillmusicaltheatrecompany.co.uk/

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


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

5th January
Crank Caverns Trail Walk, Meeting At Toby Carvery Car Park, Carr Mill, (Waterside), St Helens. WA11-7LX.
5-Mile Slightly Strenuous Green Belt Trail Walk Around Crank Caverns, Visiting The Caves.

12th January
Sankey Canal Trail Walk, Meeting At The Ship Inn, Blackbrook, St Helens.WA11-0AB.
6-Mile Flat Trail Walk Round The Sankey Canal Leading Through The Greenbelt Up To Carr Mill Dam.

19th January
Sidings Lane (Kenyon’s Wood) Trail Walk, Sidings Lane, Rainford, St Helens. WA11-7SR.
6-Mile Flat Trail Walk Around Kenyon’s Wood & Local Green Belt.

26th January
Billinge Trail Walk, Meeting At Beacon Road, (Col De Sac At The Top Of The Street), Wigan. WN5 7HF.
6 Mile Strenuous Hilly Walk Visiting Shally Brow & Billinge Lump.

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

Ranger Events

Wednesday 3rd January 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 Ranger on 01925-229021

Sunday 7th January Bird Walk from Rainford, Siding Lane , 10am start Meet at Siding Lane Visitor Centre WA11 7SR For more information contact the Sankey Valley Ranger on 01744-677772.

Tuesday 9th January 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 Ranger on 01744-677772.

Monday 15th January 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 Ranger on 01744-678073

Sunday 21st January Winter Bird Watch from Sankey Valley Park, 10am start Meet at the Visitor Centre on Blackbrook Road, St Helens WA11 OAB For more information contact the Sankey Valley Ranger on 01744-677772.

Tuesday 23rd January 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 Ranger on 01744-677772

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

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

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


Saturday 20th January

Peter Marsh Chase Day – The Road to Cheltenham
The first race meeting of the new year
Opens 10:55, First race 12:55, Last race 16:15


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

Connoisseur Ales Open Days.

Saturday 6th January
Midday to 10pm. Basement of Wolverhampton House, Church Street. (First Saturday of every month)


Call 01744 733378 for more info. http://www.darkstarlaser.com/

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

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.

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.



Thursday 18th January
Locomotive Club of Great Britain – North West Branch.
“A European Steam Miscellany” by Peter Malone. The Pied Bull Hotel, 54, High Street, Newton-le-Willows. WA12 9SH. 7.30pm

Wednesday 31st January
Newton-Le-Willows local history group. Last Wednesday of the month. 5pm. To 7pm. (except December). Newton Library

The Townships Family History Society “help and workshop” sessions are currently being held at Eccleston Community Library, Broadway, Eccleston, WA10 5PJ from 3 45pm to 6 45pm Ring 677575 to check.


Sunday 7th January
Wedding Open Day at Mercure Haydock. Midday to 4pm.


01744 735436

Writing for Wellbeing
Wednesday 1pm-3pm £3
Good company and good writing lead to self-confidence!
This small, sensitive and supportive group share ideas, words and creative writing skills, and always welcome new faces. Whether you’re a beginner, or a more experienced writer, come along and join our group. The group is led by Terry Caffrey, a nationally recognised author, poet and script writer who is involved with numerous arts organisations in the North-West, as well as running projects in various schools and institutions throughout England. He has over 20 years experience as a Community Arts & Disability Worker.

Citi Dis Drama
Wednesday 6 – 8pm £5.50/£3
This group focus on many different techniques, such as improvisation, mime, physical theatre and script work. The group is friendly and informal and is always looking forward to welcoming new members.
The group works towards two performances a year and is led by Sophie Tickle, a professional drama practitioner who brings a wealth of experience to the group.

Sing Out Choir
Wednesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm £5.50/£3
Our Sing Out Choir was formed in 2008 and has since gone from strength to strength. Led by an experienced choir master this community choir is open to people over the age of 16 and of all abilities.
The choir rehearse weekly and take part in several community performances throughout the year performing a wide range of songs from old time classics to contemporary hits.

Portrait Class
Thursday 10.0am – 12.00pm £3



Rainford Village Hall.

Saturday 20th January
Despicable Me. 5pm
Tickets are £4 for adults and £2 for kids

followed by

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at Rainford Village Hall. 7:30pm
Tickets are £4 for adults and £2 for kids


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/


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




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


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