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IN THE NEWS
 POLICE arrested a suspected thief in hospital after he was struck by a truck he
was trying to steal. The alleged incident took place on Parkgate Road, Ledsham, in
the early hours of Thursday 13th August.

 SINGER Laura Critchley has now got her own band.
The Little Sutton star is the lead singer of Call Me Laura, which was launched on 1st
August. To find out more visit www.lauracritchley.com

 THIEVES stole pet chickens from the nursery at St Mary of the Angels Primary
School, in Little Sutton, during the summer break.

 STUDENTS in Ellesmere Port return to education this month at a new academy.
The new University of Chester, Church of England Academy, replaces Cheshire Oaks
High and Ellesmere Port Specialist School for the Performing Arts – although both
sites will remain open for some time.
Cheshire West and Chester Council has agreed in principle to the purchase of land
in the centre of the town as soon as sites become available and to a supplementary
capital estimate in excess of £1m to buy the land.
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PUPILS from classes 1 & 2 at Capenhurst CE Primary School went to Beeston
Outdoor Centre for their residential. On the agenda this year was a walk to
Beeston Woods, where the children made woodland collages. They also visited
Beeston Castle and paid a trip to the ice cream farm.

 CAPENHURST Primary School teacher Tom Lewis is cycling 700 miles across
France to raise money for Leukaemia Research.

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Community News
In association with Shell UK, Stanlow

Shell students support hospice
STUDENTS working at Shell’s Technology Centre Thornton raised over £600 by
washing around 80 employees’ vehicles to raise money for the Hospice of the Good
Shepherd.
This year’s group of placement students wanted to run a fundraising event for a
local charity before they moved on after their time with Shell. They decided on
running a “Thornton Charity Car Wash” and their selected charity was the Hospice of
the Good Shepherd.
Jane Davis of Shell External Affairs said: “I was delighted when the students
approached us with their idea and very happy to support their on-site event. We
would like to thank everybody who took part and contributed generously to a great
cause in our local community.”
Amanda Le Bretton, the hospice’s fundraising and marketing manager, said: “This
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is a fantastic contribution from the students and we are extremely grateful to all of
them for giving their time and effort to raise funds for their local Hospice. Corporate
support plays a vital role in the ongoing provision of care to patients with an
incurable illness and we would urge any local companies to contact us if they would
like to follow Shell’s example.”
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Golden days for A Level students
AS The Whitby High School celebrates its golden anniversary there were cries of
delight and surprise as Year 13 students collected their A level results.
Headteacher Mrs Margaret Hughes said: “The school continues to be extremely
proud of the success of our young people and we are pleased to continue to provide
the very best in opportunities for the families of Ellesmere Port. Once again these
results reflect the hardwork and commitment of students and staff at the school.
We applaud their achievements and wish all our students continued success in the
future “
The following pupils did particularly well;
Nicola Lloyd obtained 3 A grade passes in German, Politics, General Studies, a
grade B pass in History and a D grade in AS Mathematics.
Eve Phelan obtained 3 A grade passes in History, German, Politics and a grade B
pass in General Studies.
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Other students who obtained over 1000 QCA points were Eniola Akindele, Alison
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Scouts prepared for 50th
anniversary celebrations
FIFTY years of Scouting will be celebrated in Great
Sutton this month.
On Saturday 19th September the 1st Great
Sutton Scout Group are inviting former Scouts and
leaders to join them at the event in Great Sutton
Village Hall, on Old Chester Road.
The event will be split into two sections during the day.
In the afternoon from 2-5pm, they will be displaying an array of nostalgic
photographs and memorabilia for all interested individuals to enjoy. A great deal
of history has been logged and restored and they hope that people will find it an
interesting walk down memory lane. Tents and uniforms are on display as well as a
campfire mock-up.
In the evening, from 7-11pm, the celebrations continue with an array of
entertainment, and a few words from special guests to highlight the Group’s
achievements, and to acknowledge the value and benefits that local scouting can
bring to so many peoples lives.
For further details please visit www.1stgreatsutton.org.uk
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THE children at Little Sutton CE Primary School are looking forward to
starting the day eating breakfast with friends and enabling their parents the
opportunity to go to work earlier. This facility will be run by Mrs Joan Gore
and Mrs Christine Hislop, both teaching assistants at the school. 21

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HOMELESS CATS GALLERY
Can you provide a good home for a cat?
The Great Sutton Cat Rescue, run by Gina Randall, finds homes for dozens of
stray cats every year - and they need your help to accommodate these moggies.

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There are also several other cats in care still looking for loving and quiet homes.
* Please note that all potential homes will be vetted and a donation is requested at the time of
homing to enable Cat Rescue to continue helping the stray cats and their kittens.

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customers have been charged annualised inter-
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3.5%.
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on the office of Fair Trading to to investigate 
the practices of lenders that `prey on the poor`. 
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loan calculation
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repaid would be
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LATE SUMMER IN YOUR GARDEN
Gardening by Janet Heath

SEPTEMBER often provides a blaze of colour before autumn takes hold so if you like bright, bold
colours there is a wide range of flowers to choose from.
Shrubs such as Hibiscus syriacus also known as the tree hollyhock because of the shape of their
flowers, are hardy shrubs with flowers in white, pink and blue. They flower for weeks in autumn.
Perovskia Blue Spire is a small shrub with branches of tiny electric blue flowers. It likes a well-
drained soil in sun and provides colour well into autumn.
Bright, bold colours for a damp soil why not try Rudbekia fulgida Goldsturm in yellow and
pair it with Lobelia cardinalis with its purple leaved foliage and red flowers. Heleniums come in
a range of red, yellow, orange and russet colours, are good for the back of a border and give
colour for a few weeks especially if dead-headed. Japanese anemones are great ground cover
with tall or shorter flowering stems in white or pink. They also flower for weeks, well into autumn.
Some delphiniums will flower again in September if their first flush of flowers were removed after
flowering.
You can dig up and split perennials in autumn and as the soil is still warm they should settle in
well before winter. Try to remember to plant daffodils in September (tulips can wait until October)
for flowering next year.
Lawn repairs can be carried out in September. If you have bare patches in the lawn or want to
sow a new lawn, September is a good time for sowing grass seed or laying turf. Scarify to remove
moss and apply a weed killer to control those tough perennial weeds.
Hedges can have their final trim of the year to leave them neat and tidy over winter.
Autumn ripening raspberries such as Autumn Bliss and blackberries will now be in season and
taste wonderful. Some early season apples will be ripening so if you want to grow your own
dessert apples, consider Egremont Russet, Fiesta, Katy or Greensleeves. They will be ready to
eat in September but will not keep for very long, so just pick them from the tree!

Janet Heath – The Garden Mentor Tel 01244 318258 janet@gardenmentor.co.uk

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Woman dumped rubbish at beauty spot
AN Ellesmere Port woman
has been fined and ordered
to pay costs totalling more
than £1000 after more than
one and a half tonnes of
rubbish was dumped at a
local beauty spot.
Angela Bailey of Ferguson
Avenue Ellesmere Port failed
to show up at Chester and
Ellesmere Port Magistrates
Court on 10th August.
Bailey had, however,
appeared at an earlier
hearing in July when she
pleaded not guilty and
magistrates proceeded with
the case in her absence.
Although Bailey was not present at her home at the time of the offence the court
heard that young children were used to remove the waste in wheelie bins from 60
Ferguson Avenue to the site of the fly tipping at Rivacre Valley beauty spot.
Cheshire West and Chester Council was able to prove that the waste had come from
Bailey’s home address and that she had therefore breached her duty of care.
The court fined Bailey £200, £15 victim surcharge and awarded full costs to the
council of £888.80 making a total of £1103.80.

Care scheme set for council decision
PEOPLE in Great Sutton have had their say on plans for an over 60s centre.
Cheshire West and Chester Council is proposing to create an extra care housing
scheme on the site of the former Gorsthills Primary School, on Berry Drive.
The state-of-the-art development would provide purpose-built apartments within a
landscaped site with access to a 24-hour care team as well as a range of communal
facilities designed to promote health and well-being.
Plans showing the key design principles went on display at two public consultation
events last month.
Ellesmere Port is already home to one of Cheshire’s first extra care housing
schemes. Hollymere development opened at New Grosvenor Road in March 2009.
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Councillor Brenda Dowding portfolio holder for Adult Social Care and Health services
at Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “This additional development in the area
would give the growing number of older people in Ellesmere Port a wider choice
of accommodation options. Residents would be able to benefit from living in an
environment which has been tailored to meet their individual needs.”
Previous plans were dismissed following complaints about the potential design of the 25
building. The council is due to make a final decision in the autumn

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HEALTH AND BEAUTY
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Q. I buy loads of expensive skin care products but
never get the results that I expect. What can I do?
A. Skin care products will only give the promised
results when they are used on the type of skin
that they have been formulated for. This is
why an in-depth skin care consultation and
analysis of your skin by a trained therapist is
so important to ensure that you get the right
products for your skin. Quite often people
buy far too many products when just a few
of the correct products will do a far better job,
sometimes less is more!
Also, you need to know how to use your
products. Your therapist should give you expert
instruction on the application and removal of your
skin care products so that you are completely
familiar with what you are supposed to do with them
before you take them home. This also helps you to
get the most value out of what you have bought.
Angela Bartlett is a beauty and
A final word, don’t forget that some skin care holistic expert with 25 years of
products promise results that would never be experience in her field. She is the
achievable no matter how much you used them! Chair for the British Association of
Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology, a
Q. I like to use a fake tan product instead of professional association established
damaging my skin with the sun, but I am finding over 30 years ago and representing
that I am getting a lot of blocked pores on my face. thousands of therapists throughout
Is there anything I can do to improve this? the UK.
A. At this time of year many of my clients like to use
a fake tan product to give them a glowing, tanned Her expertise is called on to examine
appearance to take them into the Autumn months. students for an international
However, blackheads and blocked pores can be examination board in many areas
a common side effect of using fake tan products, of the world. Angela is also part of
especially if you have oilier skin or visible pores. the HABIA forum, helping to make
To improve the appearance of your skin try using of decisions for qualifications and
an exfoliating product, suitable for your skin type, on standards in the UK beauty industry.
a regular basis and treat yourself once in a while to
a deep cleansing facial treatment with your therapist. Angela is a successful column
I often recommend substituting fake tan with a writer for the trade journals Vitality
mineral based bronzing powder, bronzing dust or a and Salonfocus and has a beauty,
tinted moisturiser for your face and keep the fake tan holistic and skin care clinic in
products for your body. Tarporley.

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Why did the paintbrush feel ill? Because it had a stroke
Entertainment guide
Essential what’s on info for the next month

Whitby Sports and Social Club FORMERLY THE SHELL CLUB

WHAT’S ON IN
SEPTEMBER
In the Lounge
Sat 5th: Kiss Da Beat
Sat 12th: Paul Abbott
Saturday 5th September
Sat 19th: Band with no Name Kiss Da Beat
Sat 26th: Reckless Elbow
Members free.
Friday 25th September
Visitors £2 Abbasolutely
WEDNESDAYS ARE COUNTRY NIGHTS
2nd Sept: Dillinger
Members free.
9th Sept: Arizona Flame
Saturday 12th September
Visitors £2
16th Sept: The Crown Top Kings
23rd Sept: Louise Rogan
30th Sept: TBA Paul Abbott
Now taking bookings for the Christmas Dinner / Dance
Fri 4th Dec, Sat 5th Dec, Fri 11th Dec, Sat 12th Dec, Fri 18th Dec, Sat 19th Dec
ENTERTAINMENT

Traditional three course Christmas dinner, with entertainment and disco - £25 per head

Chester Road, Whitby v 0151 200 7050
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Entertainment guide
Essential what’s on info for the next month

Saturday 5th
Quake, at the Olde Red Lion pub, Chester Road,
Little Sutton.
Saturday 12th
Paul Abbott, at the Whitby Club, Chester Road,
Whitby.
Saturday 19th
First Great Sutton Scout Group 50th Anniversery
Celebration, 2-5pm and 7-10pm. Free admission.
Visit www.1stgreatsutton.org.uk

Saturday 19th
Band with no Name, at the
Whitby Club, Chester Road,
Whitby

Sunday 20th
80s Gold, at the Olde Red Lion, Chester Road, Little Sutton
Tuesday 22nd September
CHESHIRE Police Authority ‘Have your Say’ meeting, 7pm at the
Civic Hall, Civic Way.
Opportunity for people to give their views on local policing matters.
All welcome.
Friday 25th September
Abbasolutely, great Abba tribute act at the Whitby Sports Club.
Sunday 14th October
LEGENDARY boxer ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard is the special guest of
Vauxhall Motors ABC’s Sunday lunch at Vauxhall Motors Sports
and Social Club, 12.30pm. Tickets are £50. To book your seat call
07971 476605.
Get Fit on Foot
ENTERTAINMENT

Weekly walks from July to September at various spots around the area.
Mondays, 10.30am, walk around Stanney Woods, meeting at the Masonic Hall Car
Park. One hour duration
Tuesdays 10.30am, nature walk. Meet at Rivacre Valley Ranger Cabin. Duration 90
minutes. Wear sturdy shoes.
Tuesdays 12.30pm, Whitby Park walk. Meet at the Links Healthy Living Centre.
Duration 30 minutes. 29
Call Sarah Parry on 356 6782.

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Useful numbers and info
ALCOHOL PROBLEMS POLICE
Local Helpline; 01244 364095 Emergencies call 999
Alcoholics Anonymous: 709 2900 Ellesmere Port Police Station,
AL - Anon Family Group, Helping families of Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port
alcoholics. Tel: 0207 403 0888 Tel 355 4066
ANCHOR STAYING PUT SAMARITANS
0151 355 1313 LinkLine:- 0345 90 90 90
AGE CONCERN South Wirral and Chester Area
336 8388 Phone:- 01244 377999
ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY ST JOHN AMBULANCE
630 5206 Tel 339 7203 (answerphone)
BUS SERVICES Leave message and we will return call.
Cheshire Bus. Passenger Hotline
Phone:- 01244 602666 8.30am - 6pm Monday COUNCIL
to Friday, 9am - 1pm Saturday Cheshire West and Chester Council. All
CITIZENS’ ADVICE BUREAU inquiries regarding education, social services,
Cheshire West CAB, Ellesmere Port office, planning, transport, tourist information, events
Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port. Wednesday and entertainments, allotments, community centres,
Friday 9.30am-12.30pm. Tel 355 3428 football pitches, bowling greens, tennis courts,
DOCTORS ranger service, grounds maintenance, street
Great Sutton Medical Centre, cleansing, catering and cleaning. Call the
Old Chester Road, Phone:- 0151 339 3126 switchboard on 0300 123 8 123. Online at
Hope Farm Medical Centre, www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
Hope Farm Road, Great Sutton.
Phone:- 0151 357 3777 Councillors
Whitby Group Practice, Ledsham and Willaston
The Surgery, 114 Chester Road, Whitby Gareth Anderson (Con)
Phone:- 0151 355 6144 29 Dublin Croft, Great Sutton CH66 2TD
or 0151 355 6151 Phone: 513 6292 Email: gareth.anderson@
DRUG ABUSE cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
Parents against Drug Abuse. Helpline 356 Myles Hogg (Con)
1996. All calls in confidence Silverdale, Benty Heath Lane, Willaston CH64
FIRE 1SD
Emergencies, call 999. Phone: 327 4096 Email: myles.hogg@
Non- essential calls, Ellesmere Port Fire cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
Station, Wellington Road, Ellesmere Port Tel Graham Smith (Con)
355 3333 15 Berry Close, Great Sutton CH66 4XQ
GP OUT OF HOURS CENTRE, Phone: 339 2855 Email: graham.smith@
Western Cheshire Out of Hours Service... cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
Clinics held at Ellesmere Port Hospital 01244
343300 Sutton and Manor
HOMEWATCH Kimberley Anderson (Con)
Borough Homewatch Manager 2 Shepsides Close, Great Sutton CH66 2HZ
Ellesmere Port Police Station tel 355 4066 Phone: 339 4390 Email: kimberley.
USEFUL NUMBERS

(Ext: 3063). 0r 01244 613063 anderson@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
HOSPITAL Bob Crompton (Con)
Emergencies call 999 7 Luton Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 7DW
Countess of Chester Hospital. Tel 01244 Phone: 512 5255 Email: bob.crompton@
365000 cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
MP Paul Donovan (Lab)
Andrew Miller (Labour) 44 Seacombe Drive, Great Sutton CH66 2BD
http://www.andrew-miller-mp.co.uk/
30 Tel 357 3019
Phone: 339 4167 Email: paul.donovan@
cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Why did the hand cross the road? To get to the second hand shop
Clubs and Societies South Wirral Rambling Club
Action Transport Theatre, Whitby Hall, Tel. Joan Day on 355 1878
Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port. Tel 357 2120 Supernatural Encounters Association. Tel
Cats Protection: South Wirral Branch. Tel 355 201 5808. www.supernaturalencounters.co.uk
9813. www.southwirralcats.org Sutton Community Sports Centre, EPSSPA,
Cat Rescue. Tel Gina on 356 4301. www. Woodchurch Lane, Ellesmere Port. Tel 339
catchat.org 4352
Cheshire Paranormal Society. Tel Trefoil Guild. Tel 355 7669
John Millington on355 2622. www. Twins and Multiple Births Association
cheshireparanormal.co.uk (TAMBA). Tel 0870 770 3305. www.tamba.org.uk
Cheshire Regiment Association. Ellesmere Unemployed & Resource Centre, King Street
Port Branch. Tel 339 8734 Ellesmere Port. Tel 355 0233
Chester Accordion Club. The group meets in West Cheshire Athletic Club. www.
Ellesmere Port. Tel: 339 9850 westcheshireac.gq.nu/
Cruse Bereavement Care. Tel 357 3235 West Cheshire Credit Union, Trinity
Guide Association (Ellesmere Port division) Methodist Church, Whitby Road, Ellesmere
Email tinaives@hotmail.com Port Tel 355 7430 www.wccu.co.uk
Ellesmere Port Flower Club. Meeting at Our West Cheshire Video Club Email wcvc.net@
Lady’s RC Church, Enfield Road on the third virgin.net
Wednesday of the month, 7.30pm. Call 355 Whitby Club Photographic Society. Tel 355
6454. 3875. www.uk.geocities.com/whitbyclub
Ellesmere Port Hockey Club. Tel 355 7719
Ellesmere Port Music Society. Tel 01829 Schools
751548. www.epmsonline.co.uk Ellesmere Port Catholic High School,
Ellesmere Port Musical Theatre Capenhurst Lane, Whitby. Tel 355 2373
Company. Tel 339 7784. www. Ellesmere Port Specialist School of Performing
ellesmereportmusicaltheatre.co.uk Arts, Woodchurch Lane, Ellesmere Port. Tel 338
Ellesmere Port Philatelic Society. Tel 01244 2400
579309 The Whitby High School, Sycamore Drive,
Fibromyalgia Support Group. Tel Ruth Spicer Whitby. Tel 355 8445/6
on 348 1098
Footloose Musicals. Tel 356 2079 Little Sutton
Sutton Green Primary School, Armthorpe Drive,
Grange Folk Dance Club. Tel 339 0094
Little Sutton. Tel 339 4604
Great Sutton Everywoman’s Club. Tel 334 Little Sutton CE Primary School, Berwick Road,
4162 Little Sutton. Tel 339 3233
Great Sutton Male Voice Choir. Tel 355 5363
Childer Thornton Primary School, New School
Great Sutton Townswomen’s Guild. Tel 355 Lane, Childer Thornton. Tel 338 2170
4263 Rossmore School, Red Lion Lane, Little Sutton.
Karate: Ellesmere Port Shotokan Karate www. Tel 339 3779
epshotokan.com
Little Sutton Community Centre. Tel 356 Great Sutton
6761
USEFUL NUMBERS

Capenhurst CE Primary School, Capenhurst
Old Time Dancing. Tel 356 6761 Lane, Capenhurst. Tel 339 2685
Parents Against Drug Abuse (PADA. Meadow Primary School, Dolphin Crescent,
Helpline: 08457 023867. www.pada.org.uk Great Sutton. Tel 339 4361
Royal British Legion Women’s Section: Little St Saviour’s RC Primary School, Seacombe
Sutton and District Branch. Tel 200 2939 Drive, Great Sutton. Tel 338 2440
Shell Pensioners Association: Cheshire If you would like your group
Regional Branch. Tel 339 3450
listed please e-mail
Soroptimist International of Ellesmere Port & 31
District. Tel 339 3352 info@ellesmereportlocal.com

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REGULAR EVENTS
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In the Bag:
Offering affordable fresh fruit and vegetables at convenient local locations, including Links Healthy
Living Centre every Tuesday. Pre order and drop in between 11am and 12noon to pick up your
bag. Call 356 6970

Youth Zones
Free drop in sessions for 11-18-year-olds, including computers, games consoles, chill ‘n’ chat,
table tennis, arts and crafts and more at Thelwall Road Community Centre, Great Sutton,
Tuesdays 6.30-8pm and Ellesmere Port Library on Monday, Thursday and Friday from 5-7pm. Call
355 7652.

Friday Night Fever
Friday evening multi sport activities during term times at Stanney Oaks Leisure Centre for
11-16-year-olds. Entry, 50p, includes trampolining, handball, basketball, football, futsal,
cheerleading, badminton , tennis, rounders and more. Call Michelle Aspden on 356 6456.

Playschemes
Fun free open access play activity sessions throughout the year for local children aged 6-11 years.
Sessions at Little Sutton Community Centre, every Wednesday 4.30-6pm and Thelwall Road
Community Centre every Tuesday 4.30-6pm. Call 355 7652.

Skateboarding
Free, instructed sessions. Beginners, Wednesdays 5-7pm; intermediates Saturday 4.30-6.30pm.
Build your confidence and skills. The council supplies the skateboards, helmets and pads but if
you have your own bring them along. Suitable for 9-16-year-olds. Call 356 6782 to book a place.

Ellesmere Port Computer Link
Would you like to learn new computer skills in an informal setting? Come along to the free drop
in sessions at the cyber centre at Little Sutton Community Centre. Contact Helen Spruin on 356
6761.

Little Sutton Community Centre
Carpet Bowls, Monday 2-4pm
Pilates, Monday 6-7pm
Tots Music and Dance, Tuesday 9.30-10.30am.
Over 50s Keep Fit, Tuesday 11am-12noon
Slimming World, Thursday 9.30am-10.30am and 6.30-7.30pm
Salsa, Friday 7-8pm

Thelwall Road Community Centre
Stars Dance School, Thursday 4.30-7.30pm and Saturday 10am-2.30pm
Ellesmere Port Scout Group, Friday 6-8.30pm

Ellesmere Port Library
Free activities
USEFUL NUMBERS

Junior Craft Sessions, Saturday 11am-12noon
Under 5s Story Time, Thursday 2pm
Baby Rhyme and Sign, Wednesday 1.30-2.30pm
Teen Read Group, first Thursday of the month 5-6pm.
Call 337 4684.

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