Event Guide – March 2018

This month’s event guide is sponsored by Britannia Taxis.


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.


Mezzanine Level
20th January – 9th March

“To touch the past is to relive the memory of a life and time gone by”

The future is influenced by the past in everything we do and sometimes it can be the smallest thing which triggers a feeling, an emotion, a sense of being , a place or wellbeing.   Using artefacts from our museum collections we look back over 150 years of personal donations which chart the life of people of the borough.

Mother’s Day Workshops at The World of Glass

Saturday 3rd March

Adults 11am. Families 2pm

Adults – Create and paint a piece of framed glass art, making a unique mother’s Day present. £9.99 (includes a cup of tea and a slice of cake).

Children – Create and paint a folding glass frame especially for Mum.£5.99

Both workshops get the chance to make a hand-painted Mother’s Day card. 01744 22766.


01744 735436

Saturday 3rd March
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £11 ADV/ £12 OTD
A night of Prog Rock with Britain’s Premier ‘Yes’ tribute band.

Luke Daniels & Nancy Kerr
Friday 9th March
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £14 ADV/ £16 OTD
Two of folks most exciting performers present this fantastic double header. They’ll be playing their own and each other’s music at this unmissable event.

The Floyd Effect
Saturday 10th March
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £19.50
Citadel favourites return with their incredible show with lights, projections, smoke and lasers.

John Bramwell (I am Kloot)
Friday 16thMarch
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £15
The frontman of I am Kloot performs songs from his debut album

The Joni Mitchell Song Book
Saturday 24th March
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £14 ADV/ £16 OTD
An intimate performance of the musical genius’ back catalogue


Rainford Parish Church Amateur Dramatics Society present “Up Up and Away”, a comedy drama by John Peel, being performed 14th,15th,16th & 17th March 2018. 7.45pm. £7. For tickets call Myra on 01744 883350.


Saturday 10th March

Spring Craft and Gift Fair. St Peters Church, Newton-Le-Willows. 10am to 3pm.


An opportunity to buy unique gifts and handmade goods for Mother’s Day and Easter. Items for sale include bags, cushions, candles, jewellery, pictures and toys.

Fully accessible facilities with free car parking and refreshments available.

Sunday 11th March

Artisan market at Inglenook Farm. 10am to 3pm.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


Thursday 15th March. Village Hotel Whiston. 7.15pm. Tickets are £10 each. £15 with food. Call 0151 449 4709 to book tickets Quote TwitFeb18 for a 10% discount.

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

2nd March
Newton Racecourse Trail Walk, Meeting At (Old Engine Public House), Newton Road, St. Helens. WA9-2JR.
6-Mile Slightly Strenuous With Few Hills, Leading On To Sankey Canal & The Landfill Site.

9th March
Billinge Trail Walk, Meeting At The Waterside Pub (Toby Carvery) Carr Mill, St Helens. WA11 7LX
6-Mile Strenuous With Hills Trail Walk Around The Greenbelt Of Billinge.

16th March
Bold Moss Trail Walk, Meeting At Gorsey Lane, Clock Face, St Helens. WA9-4XB
6-Miles Trail Walk Around Tracks & Local Greenbelt In Bold.

23rd March
The Dream Trail Walk, Meeting At Jubits Lane Car Park, Opposite King George’s Paying Fields, Sutton Manor, St Helens. WA9-4RU.
6-Miles Strenuous Trail Walk With Hills, Round The Trails & Visiting The Dream.

30th March
Griffin Wood Trail Walk, Meeting At Gorsey Lane, Clock Face, St Helens.WA9 4XB.
6-Miles Strenuous Trail Walk With Hills Round The Tracks of Griffin Wood & Visiting The Dream.

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 7th March 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

Tuesday 13th March 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 19th March 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

Tuesday 27th March 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. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/sthelens/


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 bikes and helmets.


St Helens and District Ramblers Club.

Checkout their website for more information and walks. http://shdrc.co.uk

Woolybacks Mountain biking Club






More info about this group on their website

St Helens Healthy Walks Programme

The walks programme from the Healthy Living Team have a range of different walks including Health Walks and Progression walks which are led by qualified, friendly Volunteer Walks Leaders, St Helens Council Rangers and Healthy Living Team Staff.

View the February and March timetable of walks



21st March 2018
Howdens Joinery Raceday
Take a look at County for £10
Opens 12:10, First race 14:10, Last race 16.55
Read more at http://haydock.thejockeyclub.co.uk/events-tickets/whats-on/midweek-jump-racing#ZxLYVxAep4iCJHBg.99

31st March 2018
Easter Family Day
Dress up as a superhero and try your super powers at our Easter family day!
Opens 12:05, First race 14:05, Last race 17:35
Read more at http://haydock.thejockeyclub.co.uk/events-tickets/whats-on/easter-family-day#cf5h14TbkauwQ7xj.99


23rd to 25th March. Beer and Gin Festival at Liverpool St Helens Rugby club.

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

Connoisseur Ales Open Days.

Saturday 3rd March
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 15th March
St. Helens Townships Family History Society present St. Helens Through the Lens, with Victoria Brokenshire. Lucem House Community Cinema, 100 Corporation Street, St Helens. WA10 1SX. 6.45 for a 7pm start. Non-members are very welcome to attend.

Thursday 15th March
Locomotive Club of Great Britain – North West Branch.
“The Vintage Narrow Gauge Railways of Spain from1950 Onwards” by John Sloane. The Pied Bull Hotel, 54, High Street, Newton-le-Willows. WA12 9SH. 7.30pm

Monday, 19th March
Rainford heritage Society. Roger Blaxall presents ‘How Ormskirk Treated Evacuees in WW2’. 7.30pm at Junction Pub

Wednesday 28th March
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.

The Birth Of Club Rugby – The History and Heritage Of Liverpool St Helens FC

An exhibition celebrating the history of club rugby and its origins in St Helens and Liverpool.

Rainford Library – 26th February to 16th March
Chester Lane Library – 19th March to 6th April
Newton-Le-Willows Library – 9th april to 27th april
Eccleston Library – 30th april to 25th May
Liverpool Central Library –  1st June to 30th June

For more information please visit http://lshheritage.co.uk/


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


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 2nd March 2018 – Round Ireland with a Fridge
Comedy/Drama | Ireland 2010 |Dir. Ed Bye-Cast: Tony Hawks, Valerie O’Connor, Ed Byrne-Soda Pictures
After years of performing the same comedy sketch at performances, Tony Hawks decides to find inspiration for his scripts by travelling around Ireland with a portable fridge.
£5.50 / £4.40 (concessions) 7pm


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


Saturday 3rd March

Chain Lane Park Clean Up 11am to 4pm.

We are cleaning up Chain Lane park as it is becoming unsightly with litter, the park is well used by families, young people and dog walkers. We want to make the park a more pleasant place to visit, bring people together, reduce litter and help our wildlife.

Come along and give us a hand, find out what’s on at Chain Lane Community Centre, explore more volunteering opportunities with Remix Volunteering/UC Crew and meet members of the 26th Blackbrook Scouts.

Our litter pick is funded by the #Iwill Social Action Fund and the Community Foundation of Merseyside.

Refreshments provided and a free raffle for vouchers! Bin bags have been provided by St Helens Council

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March

Rainhill Model Railway Club. Rainhill village Hall, Weaver Avenue. 10am. Adults £5. Children £3. Families (2+2) £13

Saturday 10th March

Gardening for wildlife workshop – find out how to turn your garden into a wildlife haven. Greenslate Farm. 10am to 1pm. £3/person, booking required. https://greenslatefarm.org.uk

Saturday 10th March

Soroptimist International St Helens To Celebrate International Women’s Day – St Helens Town Hall. 10am, to 3pm. more info can be found here



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