What’s on guide

Friday 9th December

Tarporley War Memorial Hospital annual Carol Concert will take place on at 7pm at St Helen’s Church, Tarporley.  An abridged version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ will be performed by Tarporley Amateur Dramatics.   Tickets cost £7 which includes refreshments and a raffle. For more information or to buy tickets places contact Tarporley Hospital on 01829 732436 or email marketing@tarporleyhospital.co.uk.

Friday, 9th December
There will be a Grand Christmas Quiz at the War Memorial Hall, Duddon, starting at 8.15pm, entry is £5 including a running buffet, there will
also be a bar and raffle. All proceeds will go towards the upkeep of  the Hall.

 Santa on tour

This year Father Christmas will be visiting villages on the 41 Club/Rotary sleigh on the following dates. He will be collecting for local charities.
Bunbury – Tuesday 6th December – 6pm ex The Nags Head
Tattenhall – Friday 9th December – 6pm ex The High Street
Kelsall – Saturday 10th December – 4.30pm ex The Lord Binning
Tarvin 1 – Tuesday 13th December – 6pm ex The George and Dragon
Tarvin 2 – Thursday 15th December – 6pm ex George and Dragon
Tarporley 1 – Friday 16th December – ex Community Centre car park
Tarporley 2 – Saturday 17th December – ex The Spar forecourt



Peckforton and Beeston WI

November is AGM time which seems to have come around very quickly. We had an excellent supper provided by Alison’s Kitchen in Tattenhall followed by a short business meeting and then our AGM, at which the present committee was re-elected for another year with Ann Wall as President.  Celia Kinnersley then gave us a brief insight into Dowsing which turned out to be extremely entertaining and informative (and actually caused a lot of hilarity when we were all given the chance to ‘have a go’).  Celia explained that dowsing has been in existence since the 5th century BC and is used in a great number of situations including, amongst others, finding drains, minerals and water – especially in Africa where it is used to pinpoint water reserves to sink wells.

At our meeting in December we will be hearing about the history of Roberts’ Bakery, and our first hall meeting of the New Year will be on 1st February when Frank Forrest will tell us all about the first Plant Hunters – both of these talks sound very interesting and may be good meetings to attend if you are considering a visit to our WI where you would be most welcome. Our New Year’s Lunch will be on 18th January.  Happy Christmas to everyone

Tattenhall Gardening Society

The December and January meetings of TGS take on an international flavour, with both event transporting us around the world and away from the winter chill.

Firstly, on Wednesday 14th December, Jannie Hollins will talk on ‘Flowers of the World’. She has been involved in a 20 year+ project to develop the extensive gardens at Tattenhall Hall, using her extensive global travels to source unusual plant varieties for the garden. Many readers may have visited the Hall, open each year under the NGS scheme. Here, she will share the practical challenges of growing her collection in Cheshire, along with tips and ideas for us to perhaps try out.

Then, on Wednesday 11th January, TV and radio presenter Dr Mark Spencer (Infinite Monkey Cage, Countryfile), Senior Curator at the Natural History Museum, London, will give a talk to a joint meeting of TGS and Tattenhall Wildlife Group. His subject will be ‘Plant Hunting and Plant Hunters in the 17th & 18th Centuries’, a period of great importance for gardeners, as so many of our garden plants were introduced then from China, Japan and North America.

Both meetings will be held in The Barbour Institute, Tattenhall,  starting at 7.45pm. For Dr Spencer’s evening, all seats must be reserved in advance, including for Members of TGS & TWIG. Non-Members are most welcome (£3 entry), again following advance reservation.

To reserve seats for 11 January, please contact Alex Radley (01829 770386), or Jen Benefield (01829 770692) for Tattenhall Gardening Society or Andrew Hull (01829 770026) for Tattenhall Wildlife Group.

Tarporley WI 
Our final meeting of the year is on Wednesday 7th December, in the Done Room behind St. Helen’s Parish Church. Gaynor Jones from the Flower Room in Tarporley will demonstrate a festive floral arrangement.  This is always very popular, and will be raffled so please bring a little money if you would like to enter. This will be followed by Prosecco tasting, accompanied by a delicious traditional cheeseboard.  Please bring a bottle of something to share! Which Prosecco will be voted our favourite? Next year’s programme will be available; we have lots of exciting speakers
and events to look forward to.  It’s also time to renew membership; subs are £39 for the whole year. Doors open at 7:30; please come along if you can make it by 8pm!  Bring a friend – your first meeting is free. Bring a torch as it is dark! Visit   www.tarporleywi.org, find us on Facebook
or email TarporleyWI@hotmail.com