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Local Radio - Local Issues - Local Presenters - Proud to be at the Heart of your Community.
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tablet, ask your smart speaker to play Radio Warrington
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This page last updated Wednesday, 26 July 2017
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It's about what you CAN do

The Community Page will feature, at my discretion, worthy causes that make a difference in the town, organisations who have assisted me or provided a service in some way, or are friends who are in business and I feel I wish to mention their company or the company or agency they work for. I do not request or receive any advertising revenue from any of the organisations listed. Apart from updating/adding/removing information or for notifying me about errors in the text on my part, please do not contact mywarrington regarding the services offered by the organisations listed. Links and contact details are included for direct contact.

Featured on this page
Bewsey and Dallam Community Information Life for a Life - Mersey Meadows Shopmobility Warrington
The Bridgewater Players Lumb Brook Millennium Green The Talent Bureau
Save Cartwright's Field, Stockton Heath The Maltings, Old Hall Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace
Ethan Connolly Painted Feather Studio Vicky Kinder Tribute
Dale's Auto Spares Penketh & Old Hall Angling Society Warrington Civic Society
Dallam & District Angling Club Radio Warrington Warrington Disability Partnership
Dallam Multi-use Game Area Reader Requests Warrington Male Voice Choir
George and Dragon, Glazebury RRRRE-vamp Warrington Phoenix Club
Gwen and Alan Donoghue The Royal British Legion/Poppy Appeal

Warrington Pride 2012

Hair City The Shannon Bradshaw Trust YMCA
John Holt Cancer Support Foundation Shelly's Restaurant - Best Caff 2008  

- Local Radio - Local Issues - Local Presenters - Radio Warrington - Proud to be at the Heart of Your Community.

Radio Warrington began broadcasting online in March 2007 when Mike Mason and Steve Lewis wanted to offer something they felt the other radio stations didn't offer - a community station where the community is right at the heart of the experience. The station began in Mike's bedroom with a microphone hanging from the ceiling over his bed while he presented a show after working all night in the clubs (honest!). radio_warrington_promo_aug_2014.jpg (85246 bytes)

Still © GI Gandy/mywarrington.

The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from a converted barn in Cinnamon Brow, and all the presenters are volunteers, including yours truly. One of my two shows, the mywarrington Radio Show combines the resources of the mywarrington website with the music in the station's library to present a unique mix of news and history - past and present - about Warrington. Other presenters have themed shows, such as 1970s, A Kick Up The 80s (guess which decade that covers!), Blues, Soul, Country and Rock ‘n’ Roll, Soul, Rock, Easy Listening and ones with a mix of everything.

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The station offers people in Warrington the chance to get involved with a 24 hour radio station and learn radio skills, particularly disadvantaged or disabled people.

News is provided by Warrington Worldwide and the Warrington Guardian.

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In July 2014 OFCOM award us a five year licence to broadcast on the AM band (medium wave) as well as on the internet and via smartphones using the Tune In app. We are now broadcasting on 1332 kHz AM (medium wave). 

To get involved, or even to just listen to our output, visit the Radio Warrington website.

And if you are a businessman or woman with some spare cash, we would love you to help us out with running costs. All contributions welcome! Plus you get a mention on air.

Radio Warrington is looking for your support to help keep your community Radio Station on air. We are a none funded, not for profit community interest company. From time to time the radio station needs to replace broken equipment and pay bills for the phone, internet, electricity and licensing fees. If you like what Radio Warrington does and your feeling a little generous we would welcome any amount towards our funding goal, even as little a £1 to help towards the upkeep of Radio Warrington, every little will count.

Any donation you can give us will be put to good use. We are all volunteers who give up our time to present professional shows for your enjoyment. Those of us that can afford it even contribute to the running costs ourselves to keep us on air! We also encourage you to get involved in the station. That might be on air as a presenter or assistant or in the background with research or promotional work. Or maybe you belong to one of the many community groups or charities in the town who might need a bit of a plug. We can even present a live road show from your community event, although we do have to make a charge for that. Get in touch via the Contact Us link on the home page and arrange to come and be a guest on one of our shows. Who knows, you might raise a bob or two for your own organisation at the same time! Gordon and the team would love to see you.

In Loving memory of Gwen Donoghue, who passed away on
4 June 2015, and husband Alan, who passed away on 19 June 2017

Multi-use games area for Dallam

The improvements include facilities for basketball, 5 a side football and netball. Partners will be working together to put on a range of activities for all age groups in the community, to enhance the area and help improve the health and wellbeing of local residents. 

The games area was funded through the council’s capital programme through parks and open spaces, and the transformation is part of a wider project to redevelop and to revitalise the area, called The ‘Delivering Wellbeing in Bewsey and Dallam’ project.

Senior councillors, ward councillors, and officers were joined by young people from Youth Voices of Warrington on site on Tuesday 17 February to mark the start of the work. 

Executive board member for leisure community and culture, Cllr Kate Hannon, said: “Access to and use of these facilities by all members of the community will have a positive impact on local young people and families as they become involved in sports.”

Cllr Pat Wright, executive board member for health, wellbeing and adult services, said: “By helping to make sport more accessible to the community, not only will the health and wellbeing of residents be improved but so will community spirit and cohesion.” 

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Dallam Recreation Ground The new facility under construction Longshaw Street Play Area

The work is also part of the wider Grey to Green environmental improvement initiative which will see works to upgrade Dallam recreational ground, Bewsey Meadows, alongside highway improvements to Longshaw Street and much more. This is being spearheaded through the ‘Delivering Wellbeing in Bewsey and Dallam’ project headed by Warrington Borough Council and Warrington Partnership.  Work on Grey To Green has already started and making good progress with new footpaths and parking spaces at the Bewsey end of Longshaw Street.

If you want any further info please contact Deborah McArdle, senior partnership and project manager on 01925 442149 or email


The new multi-use game area complements the existing Longshaw Street Play Area on the opposite side of the road alongside the former St Mark's Church of England building (pictured above, right). It also fits in nicely with the changing rooms already in use from June 2013 by groups such as Bank Quay Bulls rugby league team. My request to Warrington Borough Council is to consider a zebra crossing between the two play areas, as this was not included when the Longshaw street Play Area opened in November 2013. (March 2015)


Come along to LiveWire’s FREE, Fun, Exercise Classes.


Providing something for everyone, from low impact exercises to upbeat Zumba classes run by LiveWire instructors.


Get healthy, have fun and make new friends.





Healthy Living & Body Tone



St Marks Church

Longshaw St

Tai Chi



St Marks Church

Longshaw St

Multi Sport

12yrs +



St Marks Church, Longshaw St.

Tai Chi



St Marks Church

Longshaw St

Boxing & Combat Fitness



Bewsey Lodge Primary, Lodge Lane

Bowls & Coffee Morning



Bewsey Park CC, off Troutbeck Ave

Family Boxing

Starts 13th Jan



St Marks Church

Longshaw St




Dallam Primary, Boulting Ave

Mature Movers

age 50+



St Marks Church

Longshaw St

Information supplied. mywarrington accepts no responsibility for errors or omissions.

posted 26 Jan 2016

Warrington Phoenix Club
We are a dance and social club for the over 50s and meet every Tuesday at Eagle Sports Club on Thornton Road in Great Sankey from 8pm till 11pm.

Don't be lonely. Come along and make new friends, and learn to dance at the same time. We specialise is modern sequence dancing, rock 'n' roll and ballroom.

For more information phone Dorothy on Warrington 01925 655538

Warrington Civic Society

Warrington Civic Society seeks to preserve and promote town's heritage, improve its built environment and make Warrington somewhere we can all be proud of. The organisation was originally formed in 1961 and re-launched by John Shipley in 2015. Like them on Facebook and email the group on

The John Holt Cancer Support Foundation Warrington

Gain Strength through Support Registered Charity No. 1111668

We are a local voluntary registered charity who have opened a Cancer Support Centre based in the Town Centre.

Although we are not medically trained, we work alongside health professionals and have spent time gathering information and making contacts with various people and organisations. We have spoken to many patients and carers and have created our service to meet the needs that have been mentioned to us.

Community Focused

Our aim is to provide information and support service for anyone, patient, carer, family or friend who has been affected by cancer in any way.

Our services are free of charge to patients & carers

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Information Support Men's Group
Counselling One to One Support Art & Craft Sessions

Holistic Therapies
Beauty Therapies

Informal Support
Group Sessions


Day Trips & Socials
(Charges may be made for outings where necessary)

and much more


Monday - Friday
10:00am - 4:00pm

15 Palmyra Square South
Warrington WA1 1BL
(by Parr Hall and Queens Gardens)

Help Line: 01925 242 880
Monday Evening
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Office: 01925 240 054
Visit our website for
other opening times
Website: Email:

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Why not call in and have a cuppa! Meet the team and other patients/carers. Warm welcome for everyone.

New Drop-in Cancer Bereaved Support Group
Starting Wednesday 2nd May 2012 2pm - 4pm here at
John Holt Cancer Support Centre,
15 Palmyra Square South, Warrington WA1 1BL

Do you feel lost, lonely, have no confidence, nowhere to go?
Then come along to our new weekly Drop-in Support Group.

If you are bereaved to someone affected by cancer then why
not come along for a tea/coffee and meet other people to
share and have support.

It doesn't matter how long you have been
bereaved - we are here for you.

Please contact 01925 240054 or visit

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We are a local [Warrington] community recycle shop, 
who are committed to support our local communities.
We are based in one of the most deprived wards of Warrington,
which are in the most 20% deprived in England.

RRRRe-vamp is here to tackle mental health equalities,
address our social deprivation and prevent reusable goods
from clogging up our local landfill sites. 
As well as to provide skills, training and qualifications to local people. 

We have over 3000 followers, friends and likers on Facebook.
Click the links below to check out our groups and pages.

You can also find us on Twitter - @RRRRevamp Sue

Our mission

Is to make a positive contribution to our environment by enriching the lives of volunteers by means of improving skills and working towards combating mental health.

We will work towards preventing landfill waste by recycling and re-using unwanted items enriching the lives of our local community and providing essentials skills to our volunteers…………….

Saving our Planet
one volunteer at a time.  


See their website

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Dale is a friend of mine from Bewsey Secondary Modern School days. He started as an apprentice
mechanic after leaving school and later went into sales. He started the auto spares business in 1981.

We would like to welcome you to Hair City, as an established business we take pride in our service skills to make your purchase the right one for you. We offer a wide range of hair including Remi and Remi Couture, Indian hair and Clip-ins, and are all available in all lengths and colours.

Shop 92-96, Unit 6, Warrington Indoor Market, Bank Street, Warrington, Cheshire WA1 2EN

Mobile Number: 07867 615805

A news report in the Warrington Guardian (8 November 2012) highlighted the need for vigilance when dealing with door-to-door callers. A retired lady was conned into paying £80 for a duvet cover by a female posing as a local charity worker on 19 October 2012.

Always ask for identification. Check the ID badge. Never let anybody into your house who you don't know, especially if you live alone (use the chain on the door if you have one fitted). Even if an ID badge is shown, and you are still unsure, telephone the organisation/company concerned to see if the caller is genuine - a genuine caller won't mind waiting outside while you check. Even then, there is no need to let somebody into your property. And don't give away personal or other information, such as telling somebody you already give x-amount of money to a certain charity - they might think you are an easy target for a return visit. If you are suspicious, call the police on the non-emergency number 101 (the telephone operator will decide whether your call is an emergency and offer further assistance). Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555 111. You don't need to leave your name, and Crimestoppers staff will never ask for it. Remember, you are NOT obliged to give to any charity, no matter how good the cause may be. Stay safe at all times, not just in the festive season.

Read the Warrington Guardian report here (live at the time of publishing).

Trading Standards in Warrington run iCAN, the community alert network. Find out more about this valuable service at

On 20 December 2013, a doorstep caller tried to gain access to my property to 'check the condition of my loft insulation'. Despite me telling him that I didn't want or need his service, he was still insistent that he entered my home and asked again, saying he had a special offer on for today. I REFUSED, told him he wasn't coming in and told him to leave my doorstep. He then had the cheek to ask which of my neighbours were either private owners, privately rented their property or were housing association tenants. I told him I wasn't revealing anything about my neighbours and told him to leave. Thankfully, he walked away and saved me the need to phone the police. PLEASE be vigilant with doorstep salesman and callers. REMEMBER, THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO ENTER YOUR PROPERTY.

Painted Feather Studio

painted_feather_studio_anita_young_131012.JPG (180887 bytes) Welcome to the natural world of Anita Young. Anita is a painter, amateur photographer and nature enthusiast and lives locally in south Warrington. On 12 October 2013, Anita exhibited some of her work at the Warrington Market Craft Fair and also demonstrated her skills. Painted Feather Studio was set up in 2010 and Anita undertakes commissions, teaches art through workshops and demonstrations, and has built a portfolio of paintings focusing upon images from the natural world. She is particularly interested in Wolves. Spirit of the Pack celebrates the magnificence of the Warrington Wolves team over the recent years and Anita created a special work featuring an image of a wolf at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
In November 2014, Anita became the first person to win a prestigious new award – the Association of Animal Artists’ Inaugural Chairman’s award. She said: “It is wonderful to have the recognition of the Association and makes all the hard work of this last 12-18 months so much more worthwhile". Read more of the story on Warrington-Worldwide.
To read more about Anita's work and to see examples of her art, link to her website

Warrington Disability Partnership

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Information point in Warrington Market.

Warrington Disability Partnership (WDP) is an independent,
user-led social enterprise committed to valuing everyone's life skills, experience and individuality to enable positive change.

Phone 01925 240064



Link to the Warrington Disability Partnership and

Disability Awareness Day websites fore more


The Shopmobility service is based in Golden Square Shopping Centre. For car users entering the centre from Legh Street, enter the welcome area from the underground car park and Shopmobility is on your left as you enter from the car park. For drivers entering the rooftop car park from Midland Way, take the lift down to the lowest level and Shopmobility is on your right as you leave the lift. If entering on foot, make your way to the escalators or lifts by DEBENHAMS and make your way downstairs to Shopmobility. Centre staff will assist as required.

Warrington Pride - Saturday 29 September 2012

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender) Warrington, in partnership with GLYSS (Gay, Lesbian Youth Support Services), Warrington Borough Council, Golden Gates Housing Trust, LGF (Lesbian Gay Foundation) and Cheshire Police provided support for Warrington's first Pride Event at Queens Gardens in the Cultural Quarter.

The aim of the day was to celebrate the vibrant and diverse town of Warrington and to raise awareness of the LGBT community which is active and thriving in the borough.

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Twitter: @LGBTWarrington

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The Mayor Cllr. Steve Wright arranged for the Warrington Pride flag to fly on the Town Hall. He also performed the opening ceremony.

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The event at the Queen's Gardens featured stalls from local and regional groups.

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A parade took place at 12 noon, taking in Palmyra Square South, Rylands Street, Bridge Street, Sankey Street, Bold Street and returning via Palmyra Square South.
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Chadwick's provided fairground rides and Wolfie called by before travelling to St Helens to see Warrington beat Saints 36-18 and reach the Super League Grand Final to play Leeds Rhinos in a repeat of the Challenge Cup Final.
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Entertainment host for the day was Billie-Jean

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Five hours of entertainment was provided by some of the country's top performers.

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Paul McEvoy
Belinda Scandal Father and Son
(Britain's Got Talent)
Pet Shop Bears
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Fusion Signing Choir Draglife Cheap Cuts
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Rob Eagle Misty Chance Sam Dickinson The Show Bears 
(Britain's Got Talent)

The day ended with a candle-lit vigil and the release of colourful balloons.

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The following groups/organisations were represented on the day.

Warrington Disability Partnership

Centre for Independent Living, Beaufort Street, Warrington WA5 1BA    Tel: 01925 240064    Fax: 01925 241852

Shopmobility, Disability Information Services, Disability Forum, Employment, Access & Training Consultancy, Accessible Holiday Homes, Leisure, Recreation and Sports, Young Ambassadors & Sexual Health Projects

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Department of Genito Urinary Medicine (GUM), Kendrick Wing, Warrington Hospital WA5 1QG

Appointments: 01925 662476 (booked appointment system only from 1 October 2012)

Halton GUM, Block 8, Halton Hospital, Hospital Way, Runcorn WA7 2DA

Booking: 01928 753217

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire Constabulary    For Non-Emergency Dial 101       In an Emergency always dial 999

Change 4 Life

Change4Life    Eat Well - Move More - Live longer

Your Housing Group

Unite Union

Supporting Warrington Pride 2012    Putting equality at the heart of the union.         0800 587 1222

Sahir House

Support for people and families living with or affected by HIV on Merseyside.

2nd Floor, 151 Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2AH     0151 237 3989    HIV Helpline 0151 237 3990

Wired    Charity No: 1060105

Warrington Carers Services for Adult and Young Carers

The Bungalow, Garven Place, off Sankey Street, Warrington WA1 1GP     01925 644212    Free Phone: 0800 7316941



Outrite provides support, information and advice on all aspects of sexuality and sexual health.    See also Cheshire Cheese

Cheshire Cheese

PO Box 321, Crewe, CW2 7WZ      News and information for gay, lesbian and bisexual people in the county.     Tel: 01270 653150

Action for Children


They have developed a therapeutic foster placement service called Transform.     Also on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Deafness Support Network

Providing a range of services that are fair and personalised and that help give deaf and hearing of hearing people equal access to opportunities and services.

Kaymar Body Art     07988 486 557

Airbrush Tattoo’s, Glitter Tattoo’s, Face Painting

Clair’s Cake Shop

195 Warrington Road, Penketh, Warrington, WA5 2EN     Tel 01925 729650

Cake Decorating Courses, Outside Catering, Birthday Frosting Parties

Chinese Culture Kung Fu Tea Experience

Ever wanted to experience a Chinese Kung Fu Tea ceremony? Now you can – in the comfort of your own home.

Caroline’s Chinese Culture Experience: Caroline Lai on 07403 321012

Beyond the Fringe Unisex and Hair

5 Suez Street, Warrington, WA1 1EF     Web:    01925 635 710

Services: Ladies and Gents Hairdressing, Hair Extensions, Wigs and Hair Pieces, Permanent Make-up, Private Fitting Rooms, FREE Consultations, NHS Clients Welcome

Divine Holistics and Beauty

Above “Beyond The Fringe”     5 Suez Street, Warrington, WA1 1EF     01925 354012

Save Cartwright's Field, Stockton Heath Public Inquiry

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The BMX track was built by children of the district and the field has always been a very popular recreation area. In recent years, a list of assets owned by Warrington Borough Council ( and surplus to requirement) was circulated, with the suggestion of selling them off (the toilets on Winwick Road near Tesco were one such asset, which sold for £37,000). cartwrights_field_stockton_heath_120410.jpg (128819 bytes)
cartwrights_field_61_chester_road_site_120410.JPG (160087 bytes) A property at 61 Chester Road, Stockton Heath, which was a derelict, boarded up property, had been a source of concern for many years, providing a target for vandalism and other anti-social behaviour. This property was eventually demolished and it later emerged that a reference to redevelopment of 'land at' 61 Chester Road had somewhere along the line become 'land at the rear of' 61 Chester Road (Cartwright's Field). This obviously caused concern for locals because a green site could be lost to redevelopment, specifically the building of 51 social houses on the site.
The former site of 61 Chester Road, Stockton Heath.
Planning permission for the redevelopment was granted in 2009. Soon after, a fence costing a reported £18,000 was erected around the whole site, thus preventing anybody from using it. As can be seen in the photos above, taken by me on 10 April 2012, the land has now become overgrown.

The notice, right, mentions 54 houses, the original number proposed, but it has since been reduced to 51.

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The Executive Board documents at Warrington Borough Council state that a successful application to register the land as a village green will stop all development. The Commons Act 2006 is the relevant legislation for registering land as a Green. This act allows residents a period of at least 2 years to prepare and submit such an application. The Save Our Field action group was formed, resulting in an application for Village Green status, which was presented in 2011 after research and consultation with locals and officials. Later, a public inquiry was called, which took place at The Pyramid on Palmyra Square South, Warrington, between 16th and 19th April 2012.
cartwrights_field_61_chester_road_entrance_120410.JPG (107684 bytes) I attended that inquiry and, having heard the evidence, I can say that I give my full support to the campaign group in their quest to save this area of green land. I met the group co-ordinator, his wife and members of the campaign group at the inquiry and must commend the compassion and effort they have all put in over the past three or four years to save this valuable community asset from redevelopment.

The road leading to the entrance off Chester Road.

They have completed their enquiries and obtained information with the minimum of legal assistance, for which they must be congratulated. Their professional approach has been second to none and I only hope that the council agrees that they satisfy all the legal conditions for securing Cartwright's Field as a Village Green.
In the meantime, have a look at the Save Cartwright's Field Facebook page to see photos of the field and further information. Entering Cartwright's Field into search engines will bring up some very interesting information regarding the background to the campaign, including discussion meetings in the village and press reports.

The entrance to Cartwright's Field from Montclare Crescent

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mywarrington will report on the final decision, which will be made by Warrington Borough Council following recommendations by the inquiry inspector. The inspector informed the inquiry that he can only make recommendations based on the legality of the case, and not on the compassion and commitment that the action group have all put in, for which he gave them enormous credit at the end of the inquiry. I echo those compliments, as indeed I did to Mr McConnell, the group co-ordinator, at the close of the inquiry.

Unfortunately, the group did not succeed in their campaign and it was reported in the Warrington Guardian on 18 October 2012 that the plan to build homes on the site has now been abandoned as the council withdrew the planning application, so there is still no solution to the issue. The resident's objective has always been to preserve a significant and much-loved green space and they still hope that can be achieved. I echo those sentiments and mywarrington will continue to follow developments.

The above report is based on documents seen online and my observations at the inquiry itself. Any errors will be corrected and/or information removed as necessary. Please note that I do not live in the Stockton Heath area and have no connection whatsoever with the action group, Warrington Borough Council or any other groups or organisations involved in this inquiry. That doesn't, of course, prevent me from giving an opinion.

YMCA - 150 years +

Registered Charity No. 250114

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2005 marked the 150th year of the YMCA's work in Warrington. The Warrington branch of the Young Men's Christian Association started in 1855 with the aim of improving the quality of life for young men in the town, particularly in time of need and to promote positive values through activities and discussion so that they may lead better lives and contribute to the community. Those key aims and values remain unchanged, working now with both males and females.

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Copyright © P. Spilsbury.
Warrington YMCA
3 Winmarleigh Street, Warrington WA1 1NB
Telephone/Fax 01925 632771
Image (above) Copyright
© YMCA Warrington.

The Winmarleigh Street building was officially opened on 26 November 1931 by Princess Helena Victoria. The YMCA previously worked from premises on the west side of Bridge Street near the junction with Friars Gate, and later from near Market Gate.

Peter Spilsbury tells me about the time when he was a committee member in the 1960's. An elderly gentleman came in and said he wanted to renew his membership. The secretary remarked that he had never seen him before. The gentleman said that he never used the building but he never forgot the YMCA services during the war when he was overseas, and paid his yearly membership as a way of thanks. He said that no other services had been as near the "front" and it was greatly appreciated by the soldiers.

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Copyright © P. Spilsbury.
The work of the YMCA is wide and varied,
as these facts and figures from 2005 show:
My photo taken on 17 May 2007.
Warrington YMCA was open 360 days   -   2750 hours.
1,700 general enquiries. 1,800 health enquiries. 1,040 requests for
help with drug issues.
1,200 helped with
alcohol difficulties.
350 multi cultural enquiries. 4,000 young people
visited the Youth Project.
1,560 helped
with homeless issues.
1,020 refugee/asylum
seekers helped.
1,080 Out of Hours requests. 180 enquiries for young
people with education issues.
325 enquiries concerning truancy, exclusions from school and family problems. 1,538 food parcels given out.
150 Christmas parcels to families in need. 1,360 blankets given
to rough sleepers.
1,800 times the laundry facilities have been used. 1,500 showers taken.
1,456 late night hot drinks & support to homeless people.
The work of the YMCA is in conjunction with many other agencies. Here are some of them:

Warrington Borough Council (Youth Service, Housing, Education) Connexions - Phase, Opening Doors, Primary Care Trust, Warrington Learning Partnership, Warrington Drugs Action Team, Warrington Social Services, ARCH Initiatives, Community Drugs Team, Cheshire Youth Federation, Youth Matters (Voluntary Youth Organisation), Youth Offending Team, Cheshire Probation, Housing Associations, Warrington Council for Voluntary Services, Warrington Library, Shelter, local churches, schools and colleges, Volunteer Bureau - Millennium Volunteers - Prince's Trust, Citizens Advice Bureau, Anti poverty and Social Inclusion Forum, Homeless Forum, Multi Cultural Forum, Cheshire Halton and Warrington Racial Equality Council, Warrington Police, Salvation Army, and many more.

And here's what some of the community say about the work:
YMCA makes you
feel welcome.
You can get tea and
toast for less than 50p.
I'm doing my Duke
of Edinburgh Award.
I come because I want
some help and company.
I was able to have a shower & wash my clothes. I felt so much better. I didn't have a doctor and didn't know how to register with one. The YMCA helped me to get a GP. I took part in a play that we wrote at the Youth Group. Long days, no money, nothing to do but think! YMCA helps. I watch TV, play snooker, chat with my mates.
I get a break form the kids. I went on a day trip to
Rhyl and had lots of fun.
I came in because I knew I would get the help needed. It's cool!
I learned to play
pool and table tennis.
I had nowhere to stay. Sometimes you feel angry & that no one cares.
The YMCA staff listen to what you have to say.
Opening times
Sunday 3.30pm to 7.30pm, Monday closed, Tuesday - Thursday 10am - 6.45pm, Friday 2pm - 7pm, Saturday Closed
Youth Group for ages 11 - 19, open Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 6.30pm - 9pm

Telephone 01925 632771 for further information. My thanks to Sue for help in preparing this section.

Lumb Brook Millennium Green    

Registered Charity Number 1078679

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At their website you can register to receive email news from them and keep in touch with the work - or even get involved!

The Objectives of the Trust are to:

Hold the land known as Lumb Brook Millennium Green for the benefit of people who live or work on the Cobbs Estate.

Establish a trust fund and use the income from this to maintain the Millennium Green as open space.

Visit their website See also Warrington Green 1 for more photos.

The Bridgewater Players

The Bridgewater Players drama group perform three full plays a year in Thelwall Parish Hall, with rehearsals taking place on Tuesdays at Lymm Village Hall and on Thursdays at Thelwall Parish Hall between April and September.

The History of the Society

In 1951, our Society began with six people on the stage of Eagle Brow schoolroom, Lymm. The play was "The Rotters" (no one has heard of it since) and the aforementioned six people were all in the play, as well as doing all the stage work, make up, providing all the furniture and properties. If anyone forgot their lines they just had to prompt each other. But, small though it was, Lymm Amateur Dramatic Society was born.

After the first two or three plays, we had enlisted a few more members and we began to "tread the boards" at the old cinema in Lymm. This meant going to the second house on a Saturday night, so that we were there to take down the cinema screen when the film finished, then spend all day Sunday erecting the set and painting the scenery. Sadly Lymm cinema closed in 1962 and Rainbow Nursery now stands on the site.

However, our time at the cinema was not very profitable, so back we went to Eagle Brow, where we remained and progressed - albeit slowly - until 1968.  During our years at Eagle Brow, the Society made many good friends and we especially thank our audience, who supported us so loyally in those early days. Without them, we just wouldn’t have survived all these years.

We cannot let memories of our years at Eagle Brow pass without paying tribute to two of our most devoted members, Sam and Elsie Owen. They were with us in our very first play and, after Sam died, Elsie remained with us and practically carried us about. When plays were in production, we filled her house with costumes and bits and pieces and nearly emptied it by borrowing much of her furniture for our stage set. It was a great loss to us all when she too died in 1968 and both she and Sam will always be remembered with gratitude and affection.

Unfortunately, our long stay at Eagle Brow came to an end in 1968 as they needed the hall for themselves and we suddenly found ourselves homeless. Our last play there was "The Captives" – a very moving play that will not be forgotten by those who saw it.

So there we were, with nowhere to stage our plays, nowhere to store our scenery and equipment and all feeling very despondent, believing that our Society had met its end. But every cloud has a silver lining, and our good friend, Bill Burrows, allowed us to store our goods and chattels in his old smithy at Heatley.

Mr Hall from Heatley station gave us some storage space in one of his old waiting rooms, and we finally managed to move ourselves out of Eagle Brow all in one evening.

As we couldn’t find anywhere in Lymm suitable for staging our plays, one of our former members suggested we approach the vicar of Thelwall with the view of using the church hall. We were greeted with great enthusiasm and Thelwall became the new home for Lymm Amateur Dramatic Society.

After making a few alterations to suit our needs, we produced our first play at Thelwall in January 1969, "Bonaventure", a play we had presented some years previously.

We found the vicar and officials at the Parochial Church Council most helpful and co-operative, and our audience in Thelwall most enthusiastic. Since then we have grown our membership and audience. We are deeply grateful to all our loyal supporters who come from Lymm to see us and also to all our new friends from Thelwall and surrounding districts.

Once it became obvious that Thelwall was going to be our new home and we were there to stay, we decided to change our name to the "Bridgewater Players", this being the common link between Lymm and Thelwall in the form of the canal that runs through both villages. It was hoped that this might draw in more members and audience from both communities and over the years this has certainly been the case.

Of course, the dream of any drama group is to have "a place of its own" but with the ever-increasing costs associated with staging plays and running a hall it remains a dream unless we find ourselves a very rich benefactor.

Our main concern, of course, is to continue to entertain our audiences. We hope that in the past we have managed to amuse, to frighten and sometimes even to reduce the audience to tears, always in the hope we have managed to hold their interest and given them something to think about. In the meantime we continue to make progress at Thelwall and have now performed over 160 productions, which we are extremely proud to have achieved.

In closing, may we thank all our members, both past and present, for all their hard work that is done both on stage and behind the scenes. Without their willing help and support, The Bridgewater Players would not have reached the happy state we are in today.

Anyone interested in joining our Society should contact us on 0845 331 2958 Option 0, 1 or 2. (Local call rate applies in the UK)

Link to their website:    (Information supplied)

It was reported in Warrington-Worldwide on 24 December 2013 that the chairman, Ian Hornby had passed away.

Ethan Connolly

Ethan Connolly suffers from a rare lymphangioma, a cyst on his face which enlarges his features.  He was born in Warrington hospital in May 2004 and immediately diagnosed with Cystic Hygroma. He was transferred to intensive care and eventually to Alder Hay hospital. He was given a tracheostomy to help him to breathe. During a tube change he went into a respiratory and cardiac arrest and after resuscitation he later suffered a punctured lung. In July 2007 he flew over to Berlin for the first of a series of operations to remove the cyst. In April 2012 he flew to New York for the next stage of his treatment. To find out more and make a donation to the £50,000 appeal to cure his condition, see his myspace website.

The Shannon Bradshaw Trust

A Charity helping children with life-threatening conditions - and their families.


In February 2002, doctors at Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool, diagnosed Shannon as having a life threatening condition - Aplastic Anaemia. She had just turned 7, before that she had been a happy, healthy little girl.

After being told a bone marrow transplant was her only hope of a cure, but with no suitable donor on the register, her aunt Jackie organised Blood Donor clinics throughout the North West. This resulted in over 6000 people registering with the Anthony Nolan Trust, an organisation specialising in matching patients with suitable bone marrow donors. Unfortunately, by the time a perfect match was found Shannon was too ill to have the life-saving operation and sadly on the 17 July 2002, just 5 short months after first diagnosis, Shannon lost her very brave battle.

See more on the charity's website

Dallam & District Angling Club

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The angling club is based at Stanners Pool to the north of Dallam, at the end of Calver Road in Winwick Quay. The pool is named after a local resident, who despite being blind, was a keen angler and was well loved in the area, and is sadly missed. Stanners Pool is well stocked with a variety of fish and has seventeen pegs, two of which are adapted for wheelchair users, and two family use pegs. Fishing times are from dawn to dusk, with NO NIGHT FISHING.
Various fundraising matches have been held by the club, one of which raised £400 for the Shannon Bradshaw Trust.

You will find Stanners Pool off the A49 at LA Bowl by driving along Cromwell Avenue over the railway bridge and then turn right at the first roundabout then right again along Europa Boulevard and park at the end of the road. For more information about the club and how to become a member, check their website

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Penketh & Old Hall Angling Society - Celebrating 25 Years

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Our fishing club based in Old Hall, Warrington, has been established in September 1983. The club formed by five local anglers who drank in the Sportsman’s Arms pub in Penketh. We now have approximately 200 members, of which about 25% are Juniors aged 16 or under.

We have leagues for Seniors and Juniors, and are one of the few fishing clubs that still have club coach trips, and in 2008 the match attendances are steadily rising. Our club meetings since 1991 have been held in the Maltings Pub in Old Hall, Warrington on the first Wednesday of every month (pub formerly known as Bewsey Farm Pub until its name change in the late ‘90’s).

Photo Copyright © GI Gandy.

We have a Junior development fund which provides matches, transport and food free to our Junior club members (the League consists of six matches spread across the Summer school holidays), we also give away free tackle to the Junior club members who attend our annual prize night, which is held in October.

We usually give away in excess of £1,000 worth of equipment which is purchased by our fund and enhanced with donations from equipment manufacturers and local tackle shops.

Members who supervise Junior matches are all CRB Approved (Police Checked). We have a child protection policy in place, and we are in the process of sending members on a Level 1 coaching course, which is a nationally recognised course, and we have had help and funding from our local Environment Agency office.

As you can see we are a forward thinking club and continue to develop with the times and help enhance our local community.

For more information check out the society's website

In 2012 the club received Clubmark status from the Angling Trust, a nationally recognised standard for sports clubs.

Life for a Life - Mersey Meadow   

On the Trans Pennine Trail in west Warrington you will come across a new memorial forest and gardens called Mersey Meadow, operated by 'Life for a Life'. Life for a Life is a NOT FOR PROFIT, NON-DENOMINATIONAL, registered charity (Reg No 1096422). It offers you the chance to commemorate your loved ones by planting memorial trees and installing memorial benches in one of thirty woodland locations across the United Kingdom. See Warrington Green page for photos. Also check out their website

Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace

In 1993 the Irish Republican Army (IRA) planted a bomb in the centre of Warrington, resulting in two young boys losing their lives. Twelve-year-old Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball, aged three, will never be forgotten by the people of Warrington. Soon after the atrocity, a Peace Centre, now known as the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace, was established off Cromwell Avenue in Old Hall, with the aim of bringing young people together to work for a better future. And quite appropriately, it is situated on Peace Drive. Check out their website

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Photo taken 6 Jun 2006.

Warrington Male Voice Choir     Some information from Wikipedia

Registered Charity No. 1015320

Warrington Male Voice Choir is one of Great Britain’s oldest choirs, tracing its formation to 1898. During its long history the choir has travelled widely, and has performed in many famous concert halls and cathedrals throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe and Canada. A century of musical excellence has brought numerous festival honours including, most recently, National Champions of Great Britain, several times prize winners at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, and premier male choir at both the Sligo and Bangor International Choral Festivals.

The choir has a full strength of ninety voices and an age range of seventy years. The choir enjoys an international reputation as one of England’s foremost choirs - and as a ‘Choir for Peace’.

Following the IRA bomb attacks on Warrington town centre in 1993, the choir became involved in promoting peace and an end to violence in Northern Ireland. Links were forged with Irish peace groups and, for more than a decade, cross-community concerts for Peace and Reconciliation were performed throughout the island of Ireland, to help break down sectarian divisions. The fostering and financing of ‘grass roots’ reconciliation activities with young people in the interface areas of West Belfast contributed to the choir’s initiatives being acknowledged at the highest level by the Irish, British and United States governments. In 1996 Terry Waite CBE became Patron in tribute to the choir’s humanitarian role, and now frequently supports the choir’s performances in British and Irish prisons, assisting rehabilitation programmes.

The choir were National Champions of Great Britain 1994-1997, Runners-up at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 1998, and winners of the Majestic Choir Competition in Torquay in March 2012, to name just three of their many achievements. To find out more about the choir or to join up, check out their official website.

The Maltings

old_hall_maltings_pub_070616_1.JPG (94919 bytes) The Maltings pub is located off Old Hall Road on Bewsey Farm Close, west Warrington. It is housed in the old Bewsey Farm house from which it took its original name of the Bewsey Farm pub. The farm house was converted into a pub in 1984 and is now a listed building. Nearby Bewsey Barn Community Centre is located in the one of the farm's barns. Old Hall is one of the most historic parts of the town and is named after Bewsey Old Hall, the home of the Boteler family, Lords of the Manor of Warrington in the 13th century. King James I slept there on 20 August 1617. 

 The pub is open daily from 11.30am to 11pm (Monday - Wednesday), 11.30am - 11.30 pm (Thursday), 11.30am - Midnight (Friday & Saturday) and 12 noon to 11.30pm (Sunday). Food (including a children's menu) is available between 12 noon and 9pm every day (Tuesday Night is Curry Night!) and there is a regular quiz night on a Sunday at 9pm and entertainment at other times during the week. Telephone (01925) 638201.

Directions: from the A57 turn onto Cromwell Avenue, drive over the railway and take the third exit off the next roundabout onto Old Hall Road. Follow the road round passing the nursing home and take the second right into Bewsey Farm Close.

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The Maltings (above) and Bewsey Old Hall (below). Bewsey Barns Community Centre (below).
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The George and Dragon pub is situated on the A574 Warrington Road in Glazebury, north east Warrington. It provides an excellent menu at reasonable prices, with a large car park. There is an outside beer garden and for visitors with young children, an outside play area. Or if it rains, why not take advantage of the indoor Wacky Warehouse adventure play area for a small hourly fee? For safety reasons children must be no taller than 4ft 9in, wear long sleeve shirts or tops, long trousers and socks, and must be supervised by a parent or other adult at all times. For further details, telephone 01925 763296.

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The A574 crosses the A580 East Lancs Road between Leigh and Warrington. Network Warrington buses stop right outside.
Check for bus times on 01925 634296. From 1 July 2007, all indoor public areas are no smoking.

The Talent Bureau is a Warrington-based agency who represent actors, extras, models, etc. Our clients require people for all aspects of film, television, advertising, theatre, training videos, commercial & photographic work. They supported the last-ever Dallam Youth Festival in the summer of 2007. Check out their website for more

Royal British Legion

Poppy Appeal

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Shelly's Restaurant Has North West’s Sizzle Factor!

Britain’s Best Caff 2008’ – Regional Winner Announced.  April 2008

Photo supplied

8 Bold Street, Warrington,
Cheshire WA1 1DR

01925 654000

Launched in October 2007, Roof Shop’s search for the nation’s favourite cafés has drawn to a close, but who was crowned as the North West’s ‘Best Caff 2008’?

After an immense response from cafés and tradesmen nationwide, Roof Shop, a national roofing merchant brand, has now announced its winning caffs! On March 27th 2008, the competition culminated in an awards ceremony held at the Belfry, in the West Midlands, where all café finalists attended together with Roof Shop (sponsor and organiser of the competition) staff and suppliers.

Nine regional cafés were awarded for their nominations, the North West’s winner awarded to Shelly’s Restaurant, Warrington. The ‘Best Bacon Buttie’ accolade was presented to last year’s overall winner JJ’s Café and the overall national winner 2008 went to the Giggling Sausage, Northampton, who received the accolade of ‘Britain’s Best Caff 2008’ and a holiday prize worth over £2,000.

The traditional ‘caff’ has become iconic within the construction industry. Roof Shop’s competition has finally put the spotlight back on the country’s treasured and long-established cafés. Café customers have been given the chance over the past few months to vote for their favourite café by handing in nomination forms to their nearest Roof Shop branch.

An astonishing 1,000 cafés were involved nationwide and tens of thousands of votes were cast by their loyal customers. With great service-led expertise on hand at every branch, Roof Shop can provide tradespeople with everything from joists to tiles to up-to-date technical, legislative advice.

More importantly, every branch is able to offer ‘on demand’ product availability with over 40,000 lines including pitched, flat and industrial roofing materials and thousands of accessories.

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Visits to the Roof Shop can easily be tied into the tradesmen’s daily working life (following a pit stop at their favourite Caff!!) “Roof Shop has now become recognised as a one-stop solution for all tradesmen,” said Stuart Base, Marketing Manager, SIG Roofing Supplies Group. “With readily available stock at every branch, the Roof Shop has now become part of the tradesman’s daily life, in the same way that a visit to their local café is.”

Forget the ‘X’ Factor, this year it is all about the Sizzle Factor!

In 2009 Shelly's Restaurant was featured in a book, Afternoon Tea, produced by the AA and The Tea Guild. The café was recommended as a stop-off point in the nation's perfect places for afternoon tea.


In July 2012 Shelly’s Restaurant was awarded five stars – the highest possible – in Warrington Borough Council's Scores on the Doors website for health and hygiene. Information: Warrington Guardian 19 July 2012.

Shelly's Opening Times:
9.30 a.m. until 3.30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday  9 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. & 6.30 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Friday 9.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. & 6.30 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. & 6.30 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Sunday - Closed

See another story about Shelly's on the Nineteen Nineties page.


Reader Requests

Warrington Excelsiors

Does any reader know who or what Warrington Excelsiors were? A sporting group or society of some kind, maybe? A reader has come across a medallion about the size of a £2 coin belonging to his uncle with the Warrington Coat of Arms and uncle's name on the front, and the engraving "Warrington Excelsior 1913-14". Were you a member of this group or can you enlighten the reader? Get in touch with me here at mywarrington and I will pass on any information. (posted 16 Jan 2008)

Warrington Junior Technical School, Arpley Street

I have been contacted by a former Warrington resident who is looking for a photo of Warrington Junior Technical School on Arpley Street. The reader was a pupil there in the late 1940s and would love to see a picture of it again. It was also known as the People's College at one time. If you can help, please contact me here at mywarrington and I would be happy to pass on any information. I could also feature any photos on the website. (posted 12 Jan 2008)

Winwick Hospital Railway

A reader is looking for any photographs of the railway line that ran into and through Winwick Hospital from the West Coast Main Line to use in a series of walks along the line in March 2008. If you can help, please email any photographs to me and I will pass them on. If you are the copyright owner, and would like to share them on this website, please let me know. I would love to see any images - a reader who contributed to Making Tracks remembers the line well from childhood, but does not have photographs. (posted 5 Dec 2007)

Warrington Girls School, Menin Avenue

I have been contacted by a reader in Australia who studied at Warrington Girls School (now Priestley College) in the 1960s before emigrating in 1965. Does any reader have a personal photo of the school building as it looked in the 1960s, or even as it looks today, which I can pass on to her to add to her own personal memories. If you can help, please attach it to the main email address. (posted 24.10.2007)

Pat Lakey, née Talbot, family members

I have received an email from Pat Lakey, née Talbot, who used to live in Golborne, just north of Warrington, around 1953, the time of Queen's Coronation. She is looking for anyone who remembers her and her family. Her parents, Bernard and Anne Talbot, owned businesses opposite the then police station. Pat takes up the story: "My dad opened a canteen and shower facility for the miners and we did outside catering and a grocery shop. My Saturdays were spent bagging sugar in blue bags and doing pats of butter. We also had a 'mobile shop' so weighing 7lbs of spuds was another of my jobs. I can't even remember the name of the road. I have lost contact with my step brother Kenneth Talbot who I know lived in the Warrington area as well".

Pat doesn't live in the northwest any longer and hasn't seen her step brother for well over 20 years, but if you remember her or the family, or indeed you are that long-lost step brother Kenneth, please email me here at mywarrington and I will forward your email on to Pat. I will NOT pass your contact details or memories onto anybody else apart from Pat. (posted 9.8.2007)

Photo Request: Woolston Lido / Bennett's Farm

Does anybody have photographs of Woolston Lido (opened on 19 May 1934) or Bennett's (Bennets) Farm that was on Bruche Ave, Padgate? If you can help, contact me. The reader has tried to locate photos for many years without success.

Read Eric Caddy's memories of the pool in Memory Lane.

A Puzzle Solved: A reader asked if anyone knew where the club ''The Nightspot'', owned by Shane Fenton in the 60s, was situated? The answer has now been given to me: it was off Mersey Street between the Spiritualist Church and the pub on the corner of Buttermarket Street. It later became a tent/canoe making works. Thanks Ian for your input.

I promised the ladies from Scope charity in Cockhedge Shopping Park
that I would publish their photo from the St Patrick's Day 2015 bucket
collection in town centre. Well done girls. And you all look lovely!


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