Diary updated on 22/11/2019
Updated on 19/11/2019


Success of the village web site depends on the input from all the local groups, societies, businesses, services and venues. To be featured on the site please email the with all the relevant details, together with photographs (if applicable).

Development of the web site will continue over the next few months, so if you have any comments, suggestions, requests or questions please email the Photographs of the local area or events are especially welcome.

• Upcoming Events •

Kelsall Wellbeing Hub

Kelsall Wellbeing Hub

Quiz Night

Saturday 23rd November 2019
Kelsall Community Centre

Raffle, licensed bar, includes light snacks at interval.

Telephone Alan or Jen on 01829 458396 or email: alanbottomley@outlook.com

Doors open at 7:30pm for 8:00pm start.

Tickets are £8 each in advance.

The Churchfitters

The Churchfitters - Christmas Cracker

Friday 29th November 2019
Kelsall Community Centre

The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A bass guitar made out of a frying pan. Heart wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock bouzouki. Traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax.

The three virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments – adding flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, stand up dustbin bass and a sackful of percussion to their ensemble, let’s not forget the unique “bing-bong” machine made out of hack-saw blades.

Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you’ve got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering.

Doors open at 7 pm for 7.30 pm start

Tickets £12 from 01829 751031

Kelsall Wellbeing Hub

Kelsall Wellbeing Hub

Christmas Artisan Market

Saturday 30th November 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Kelsall Community Centre

Array of stalls ranging from chutney and preserves to jewellery, and from cakes to pyrography. Hopefully it will be an opportunity to find some great Christmas presents!

Fabulous gifts, cafe, cakes, toys, pyrography and tombola.

If you would like a stall contact Fiona on 07813 745002 or email: fiona.bazley@gmail.com

Flicks in the Sticks - TOY STORY 4

Flicks in the Sticks


Friday 6th December 2019 - Kelsall Methodist Hall - 7:30pm

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody's slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realise that they're two worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.

Starring: Voices of: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Madeleine McGraw

Admission: Adults: £5.00 Enquiries: 01829 752931.

Pay on the door only. Doors open at 7.00pm. Refreshments available.

Flicks in the Sticks - YESTERDAY

Flicks in the Sticks


Friday 3rd January 2020 - Kelsall Methodist Hall - 7:30pm

Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He’s about to become a very big deal. From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill, comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life.

Starring: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Sophia Di Martino, Ed Sheeran

Admission: Adults: £5.00 Enquiries: 01829 752931.

Pay on the door only. Doors open at 7.00pm. Refreshments available.

• Notices •

St. Philip's Church Calendar


St. Philip's Church Calendar
St Philips




Following the success of the 2019 Village Calendar, St. Philip's Church 2020 Calendar featuring more wonderful photos of our beautiful village is now available.

Get your copy from: The Firs Vets, Kelsall Methodist Church, 'Sponsored Sing' event on 23rd November at St Philip's Church and the Christmas Tree Festival on 7th December.

Profits will go towards the Modernisation Project Fundraising.

Queries to:

Andrea Gray tel 752833


Kath Roberts tel 752209 kroberts18@talktalk.net

Posted 19th November 2019
St Philips

Kelsall Churches Welcome New
Ecumenical Minister - Revd Susan Banks

On Sunday 3rd November Kelsall Churches welcomed their new Ecumenical Minister Revd Susan Banks. Susan moved to St Philips vicarage with her husband Allan, just over three weeks ago from a parish in North Manchester.

To find out more visit the St Philip's Church page: St Philip's Church

Posted 19th November 2019
Ashton Hayes Repairs

New Entry on the Business Pages

Ashton Hayes Repairs

Ashton Hayes Repairs is a local electrical repair business committed to going carbon neutral by repairing and thus re-using items that would otherwise be thrown away which only increases landfill. Services available cover a broad range of equipment from household appliances to more unique items.

For further details see the entry here: Ashton Hayes Repairs.

Contact: 07982 356 965. Website at: www.ashton-hayes.com.

Posted 31st August 2019
Cheshire School of Jewellery

New Entry on the Business Pages

Cheshire School of Jewellery

The Cheshire School of Jewellery is a small and friendly jewellery workshop in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. They offer a range of jewellery making courses including one off sessions and longer courses available where you can learn more in-depth knowledge of silver smithing and jewellery making.

For further details see the entry here: Cheshire School of Jewellery.

Contact: 0773 079 1416 Email: cheshireschoolofjewellery@gmail.com
or visit the website at: www.cheshireschoolofjewellery.co.uk.


Posted 21st July 2019
Rotary Club St Philip's Kelsall

Church modernisation receives support

at local Rotary Club event

The modernisation project at St Phillip’s Church in Kelsall has received a further boost to its fundraising efforts. Former children’s Minister Edward Timpson CBE was the guest speaker at the Tarporley Rotary Club dinner on Tuesday 7th May, where he spoke to members and their guests about his experience of growing up in a family who fostered, working as a family barrister out of Chester and spending five years as the government minister responsible for vulnerable children. As a thank you for his attendance, Tarporley Rotary kindly offered to donate to a charity or cause of Mr Timpson’s choosing, that being the St Phillip’s Church modernisation project. As a result of the proposed work the church will be able to hold more varied and flexible forms of worship and the church space created by the removal of the pews will be available for community use during the week. If you would like to learn more about the project and how to contribute please visit the St Philip's website at: www.kelsallparishchurch.org.uk where you will find a Donate now button and also a further page with details of the modernisation project. Anyone looking for more information should ring the project manager on 0770 924 9470.


Posted 18th May 2019
Harvest House Bakery

New Entry on the Business Pages

Harvest House Bakery

Harvest House Bakery is a micro bakery based in Kelsall producing artisan breads to order in the traditional manner without preservatives, additives or improvers.

Orders are taken direct from customers via the website and delivered free to customers in the surrounding villages.

For further details see the entry here: Harvest House Bakery

Contact: 0748 385 4699 Email: orders@harvesthousebakery.co.uk or visit the website at: www.harvesthousebakery.co.uk.


Posted 5th May 2019
Wellbeing Hub Fundraising

Wellbeing Hub


At the time of writing we have passed £93,000 towards the £115,000 we need to be in a position to place the construction order to build the Hub. Our aim is to reach this total by the end of April as we expect to have to give the order to proceed in May.

We are very sure that there are numerous people who intend to make a donation or buy a bond but haven’t got round to it yet, so it is important that they act now. There’s only 6 weeks to go!

You can get an update on the fundraising at www.kelsallppg.com.

There has been a healthy discussion going on in the village about the need for the Hub and the benefits that will flow from it, so it is just worth going over this ground again. The primary focus of the Hub will be loneliness and social isolation. If you read the government’s loneliness strategy you will see that loneliness is a bigger killer than alcohol, tobacco and obesity. A study carried out by University College London concluded that limited contact with family, friends and community groups predicts illness and earlier death. Another study concluded that social contact is the biggest factor in longevity, particularly face to face contact. The fact is that people get ill and die prematurely from social isolation and we have people in our community who are lonely or socially isolated. The Hub will be there for those people and in this way we shall help those people to live longer, healthier lives.

However, this is not the only focus. We also want the Hub to provide support for people who are struggling to deal with a wide range of things such as bereavement, depression, divorce, job loss, giving up smoking, managing weight, bullying at school, self-harming and so on. The survey we carried out in September gave us a good indication of the needs. The six most popular activities were 1. Drop in for a chat, 2. Counselling, 3. Help with accessing Health and Social care, 4. Support for teenagers and young adults, 5. Support for mothers and babies, 6. Support for carers.

The use to which the Hub will be put will be determined by the community and its needs. We will be guided by the doctors who will tell us, based on the people they see in their surgery on a daily basis, what we need to be doing but also by what people in need of help are asking us to provide. Doubtless there will be specific needs across all the age groups.

None of us knows better than the doctors that the Hub is needed. The kinds of suffering that the Hub will be there to address are largely invisible to us as we go about our daily lives, but they surface in the surgery when intolerable symptoms emerge. Without such a facility people, being “British with stiff upper lips”, tend to put on a brave face and suffer in silence and alone until they get ill. The Hub will help to prevent people from needlessly getting ill by signposting them to the support they need, much of it being available in the Hub.

So, this is all about helping people in our community to live longer, happier, healthier lives. Surely that’s something that everyone can sign up to and make into a reality by


To buy bonds call Alan on 01829 458396 or Humphrey on 01829 752905

To donate you can do it by BACS to Kelsall PPG, s/c 20-51-08, A/C 43443957 giving your name as the reference, or on line at www.kelsallppg.com or by cheque made payable to Kelsall PPG and sent to 87 Old Coach Road, Kelsall, CW6 0RA


Updated 21st March 2019
Kelsall Community Centre Logo

Kelsall Community Centre

Improvement Survey

In 2019, the Community Centre will have been officially open for 25 years. The current committee recognises that work needs to be done now to modernise facilities and to improve access for all, especially youngsters and those of us who are becoming less mobile as we grow older. Also remedial or replacement work is required to improve efficiency in running the centre, e.g. lighting and a few changes to upgrade the centre to current legal requirements.

The committee has a small fund built up over many years which currently supports general maintenance, however the committee will be seeking further funding opportunities to deliver the improvements we believe we need. First, however, we wanted to know your views on what you believe needs to be done, to help us prioritise and plan the work to deliver the improvements required.

Feedback from the results of the survey, where possible, including proposals for the work and timescales for further comment will be posted on this website in due course.

Updated 11th March 2019
D&G Bus

82 Bus Service

now provided by D&G Bus

The 82 bus service has been taken over by D&G Bus. The timetable for the new service can be seen on their website here: 82 Bus Timetable. The terminus in Chester is now the new Bus Interchange, it does also now stop at Stand DD in Foregate Street.


Updated 19th November 2019
Cheshire Dog Grooming - Mobile Services

New Entry on the Business Pages

Cheshire Dog Grooming - Mobile Services

Jessica is a fully qualified dog groomer offering a mobile service around West Cheshire, Chester and Nantwich. Grooming services include nail trimming, bath using all natural shampoo, and full breed specific grooms using clippers, scissors or hand stripping.

For further details see the entry here: Cheshire Dog Grooming

Contact: 0795 559 1188 or 01829 752525 Email: cheshiredoggrooming@hotmail.com or visit the website at: www.cheshiredoggrooming.co.uk.

Posted 6th January 2019
OPAL - Older People Active Lives

OPAL GoOnLine sessions in Kelsall

At The Royal Oak, Chester Road CW6 ORR, 10am to 12noon

Free GoOnLine service for Volunteers, Carers and the over 60’s continues to run in Kelsall.

So if you lack confidence or just need extra help in using computers, tablets or your mobile phone and would like individual support in a friendly and relaxed environment join us.

The sessions will run on alternate Tuesdays 10am to 12 mid-day.

For further details see the OPAL GoOnLine website here: www.opalservices.org.uk

Posted 7th September 2018
St Philip's Church Lounge St Philip's Church Lounge

The Lounge

The lounge at St Philips Church has had a complete refurbishment and is now available for hire to organisations, groups, families or individuals. An ideal location and venue for meetings, coffee mornings, presentations, small family gatherings or parties, children's parties or whatever you require your ideal space for.

A small but well equipped kitchen with serving hatch to main room. Kitchen is equipped with oven, microwave, kettles, crockery and cutlery.

The main room has been decorated in a pleasant colour scheme and easily moveable tables and chairs mean that you can set the room to meet your needs.

For further details or to make a booking, please contact Heather Leather on 01829 752558 or email hleather16@gmail.com

Updated 20th July 2018
Sandstone Ridge

A Pictorial History of the Sandstone Ridge

The Sandstone Ridge Trust would like people’s help to compile a pictorial history of the wonderful Sandstone Ridge.

The Sandstone Ridge is one of Cheshire’s most distinctive landscapes, covering 230 sq kms (88 sq miles) of rolling hills and escarpments that stretch from Frodsham and Helsby in the north, through Delamere, Tarporley, Beeston, Peckforton and Bickerton, to Malpas in the south. This is rural Cheshire at its finest, linked by the Sandstone Trail.

The Ridge has a long and rich history that ranges from pre-historic landscapes through the Roman, Saxon and Medieval periods to the present day. Its appearance has been shaped by centuries of farming, forestry and use of natural resources, including water sources like ancient springs and wells, as well as sandstone, sand and gravel, copper, marl and other minerals.

Old photographs and postcards can provide a revealing snapshot into how people have interacted with the landscape over the decades and centuries. By comparing them with present day views it becomes possible to understand how the countryside, villages and buildings in the area have changed over time.

The Trust would like to hear from anyone who has old photographs and postcards of the Sandstone Ridge area. These can be either in their original (photograph/postcard), or scanned (digital) forms. If enough images can be found, it is hoped that they could be published in a small book for everyone’s enjoyment.

You can contact the Trust by emailing info@sandstoneridge.org.uk.

Posted 15th April 2018
'The Story of Kelsall by Elspeth Thomas' image

The Story of Kelsall by Elspeth Thomas

Kadras has kindly allowed the full text of the book 'The Story of Kelsall' by Elspeth Thomas (with illustrations by Anne Saul) to be made available on the website. The book is in a text searchable pdf format. Click the link below to have a read of this fabulous resource.

The Story of Kelsall by Elspeth Thomas