CHILDREN who took up the spine-tingling 2013 Summer Reading Challenge at Tattenhall Library were presented with their medals last month.
Many families also took part in a range of free activities with the theme ‘Creepy House’, organised by the library to encourage them on to the finishing line.
Children chose their own six books to read from the selection available, collected stickers and discovered the secrets of Creepy House and met some of the hair-raising residents. Each child that completed the venture was presented with a medal and certificate at a special award ceremony.
Laura Noble – head teacher, Tattenhall Park Primary School and Cllr Stuart Parker – Executive Member, Culture and Recreation – with some of the Summer Reading Challenge participants at the Tattenhall Library award ceremony.
Another strong Tarporley Karting Team (TKT) took part in the latest National Schools Karting event at Fulbeck in Lincolnshire on 5th October. Thankfully the drivers were treated to warm and dry conditions, although the track presented a few challenges with its uneven surface and tight chicanes.
As usual there were seven different classes of competition, ranging from novice drivers aged 10 to 12 in low powered Karts to drivers aged up to 17 years old in higher powered TKM and Rotax engine Karts. In Class 7 TKM, where competitors compete in Karts with 100cc engines, TKT drivers fared well. From a field of 24 Lee Whittingham (pictured) took 1st place after a series of excellent drives in the 4 heats, whilst James Mills did well to finish 2nd , other TKT drivers in the top were Tom Evans who was 5th, Reece Griffiths who was 7th and Henry Kirby who was 10th.
In Class 14, which is for 85cc two stroke Raket engines, the competition was very exciting and TKT’s Kurt Roberts drove superbly to finish 2nd from a field of 10 drivers, congratulations also to Theo Hesketh who finished 3rd overall.
If anyone reading this is interested in finding out more about TKT or Natska and Schools Karting in general please contact Howard Malyon on 07887 626 320, or come along to a TKT club meeting at Tarporley High School (Wednesday evenings from 7-9 pm during School term time).
NINETEEN sixth formers undertook their Duke of Edinburgh Award gold assessed expedition in the Rhinog Mountains of Snowdonia, starting on Harlech beach and finishing on the beach at Barmouth four days later. The teams proved to be excellent navigators in wild country. They coped with the difficult terrain and challenging weather conditions whilst carrying rucksacks containing everything required for their time in the mountains, (equal to around one quarter of their body weight!). The teams met the objective of the expedition, which is to be self-reliant and independent whilst incorporating outstanding team work.
Peckforton Castle has scored a big ‘thumbs up’ from local kids football teams the Davenham Dynamos and Davenham Rangers. The stunning medieval castle, set in the heart of Tarporley, Cheshire, has sponsored the first kits of the Under 7 teams as they enter the mid-Cheshire league.
Manager of Davenham Dynamos and Rangers, Paul Parker said: “We are delighted to have the support of Chris & Kate Naylor and the team at Peckforton Castle for both the football teams. The boys are certainly proud to wear their new kits – they look fantastic.”
The presentation was made by former England and Bolton footballer Kevin Davies, who made a surprise appearance to the lads’ training session. Kevin proved to be a real hit with the boys.
Paul added: “We are so grateful to Kevin Davies for giving up his time to come and meet our boys – I’m sure they are all newly-inspired to work well together and to enjoy their first season of competitive football.”
Peckforton Castle Owner Chris Naylor handed over some of the shirts to the team and delighted in helping make them feel like proper footballers.
Chris said: “My son Lucas plays in the Davenham Dynamos and they are a brilliant team. The lads work really hard and are dedicated at what they do. One of things we try to do at the Castle is support local businesses and organisations in any way we can. This is our way of giving something back and helping inspire a child’s future.”
He added: “It was a pleasure to sponsor both teams and I hope their pride in their new kit will reflect in their success on the pitch.”
Dazzling sunshine, a sharp shower and a beautiful rainbow accompanied Tarvin Tennis Club’s Finals Day event in early September. After a few months of preliminary rounds the finalists met to do battle and friends, family and supporters were treated to the usual competitive mix of brilliant Murray-like returns and – ouch – don’t need Hawkeye for that one!
With a short break between matches play lasted for nearly five hours, which tested the stamina of all players but especially that of Jane Wilson, who had won her way into all three of her events. That she was successful in the first two, the Ladies’ Singles and Ladies’ Doubles was cause for celebration, though the Mixed Doubles became a bridge too far. Jane becomes the Ladies’ Singles champion for the first time and was ably assisted by her partner Catherine Mason in winning the Doubles.
Peter Nosworthy continued his domination of the Men’s Singles, winning his 9th consecutive singles title and 13th in all, overcoming spirited resistance from Daniel Sherwin who was hampered by injury from early in the second set. Graham Freeman and Keith Barker triumphed in a close three-setter in the Men’s Doubles. This was hard-hitting Graham’s first title but Keith’s 10th since his first in 1987.
Graham Bunting displayed his usual speed about court and ability to intercept almost anything flying over the net in retaining his Mixed Doubles title, this time with a new partner, Sarah Mitchell, whose steady drives kept their game on course.
Altogether a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon’s tennis and thanks must go to all who contributed in any way – players, umpires, line judges, refreshment providers, tea makers, washers-up and loyal supporters, especially those who lasted until after half past six!”
Two Junior Environmental Officers from Kelsall Primary School have won the title of Junior Environment Club of the Year.
Finalists from 20 primary schools across West Cheshire attended an Oscar-style event where they were nominated for several different categories including Best Litter and Recycling Project and best use of the JEO handbook.
This year’s winning JEO’s from Kelsall Primary school won some environment-related prizes and to display the Junior Environment Club of the Year plaque at school for a year.
A separate £500 environmental prize was awarded by Councillor Lynn Riley for the most innovative idea for a school environmental project. This year’s winners, Newton Primary School in Chester plan to put the money to good use by building a climbing wall which allows children to recycle their plastic bottle and cans in the school play ground.
And the runner-ups were also presented with prizes and certificates to celebrate all their hard work over the past year.
The school will hold the winners Plaque for one year before passing it on to next year’s winners.
Pictured: Councillor Lynn Riley with Junior Environmental Officers from 20 schools across the borough.